With just 12 days to go, Queerlesque has found a venue for its 2018 show
“Queerlesque is an annual cabaret show comprised of local dancers, singers, and actors, and is a platform for gender and sexual minorities. The show provides not just a space for LGBTQ2S+ Northerners and their allies, but a community of inclusion, multiculturalism, safety, and affirmation,” a press release from Queerlesque states.
The production had been searching for a venue since the spring but ran into difficulties finding a space that was both accessible and held a large capacity.
“It’s both the best part, and the most stressful part of organizing Queerlesque,” says co-producer Iman Kassam. “Finding an accessible venue with a large capacity is tough in this town, but we manage every year. And this time we found a venue that is bigger and weirder than ever before!”
With help from Creative Collective, Queerlesque will be taking over a local venue and turning it into a pop-up club, called The Extra. The address of the club will be announced on the show tickets, which go on sale this week. The revamped club will include a bar and a dazzling catwalk. Aside from the performances, the event will include a red carpet photo shoot for guests, fundraising activities, snacks, games, and a few surprises.
This year’s production promises to continue in the tradition of past Queerlesque shows, featuring new and returning performers who bring a unique collaboration of drag, cabaret, and burlesque acts. And yes, there will be a whole lot of glitter.
Queerlesque 2018 will be taking place on August 10th and 11th at The Extra. Tickets are $25 each, and go on sale on Wednesday at Birchwood Coffee Ko.
Queerlesque is run entirely by volunteers and is a fundraiser for the Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife.