Saturday, January 28, 2012

Red Herring Burlesque Presents - Reveal Me at the Rivoli

Red Herring & co. present Toronto's new monthly social burlesque show! The first Wednesday of every month! Debuting Feb 1st at The Rivoli on Queen St West!

Are you a new performer? Come debut!
Are you an established performer? Be in the show, or have a showgirl's night off and relax!
Are you a producer! Come out and see who's new!
Are you a photographer or a videographer? Come out and see who you meet*
Are you a local business owner? Come sponsor!

This is the show for you!

What's a social burlesque show! A show focused on being more than a sitdown event! We WANT you to get up, network, talk, eat, drink, and make connections!

Supporting and connecting new and veteran performers, this is a monthly show happening the first Wednesday of every month at the Rivoli backroom! Come eat, chat with your fellow performers, network with industry and photographers, partake in a tipple of booze, and see who's new and shaking what at Reveal Me!

 FIRST Show REVEALS Include:

Emcee Drag Queen Daytona Bitch

Professional Peelers:
Keela Watts
Esther De Ville
Percy Katt
and Aviva the Mirage

Virgin Vixens:
Charlie Quinn
Skaii Walker
Bianca Boom Boom
and Nina La Noir!

With every act captured on video, booze-filled cupcakes and gifts on hand, and drinks at the ready, this is not an event to be missed! Come hang out, get some food in you, and put your showgirl heels up!

We also have a large projection screen, and here's your chance to see your logo displayed for all, or trailers for the latest upcoming show!

To be involved in Reveal Me as a merchant, advertiser, performer, peeler, or virgin vixen, emcee, or to volunteer, please contact me at RedHerringBurlesqueATgmailDOTcom

*Only hired media will be allowed to work the show. If you would like to be considered, please contact me

Thanks to:
Toni Wallachy of Pink Panther Studios
Tatiana of Spanish Fly Films
Brook Alviano of Brook Alviano Designs and CUPCAKES
Mark Boyer of 3B Artistry
The Rivoli


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Pin-Up Modeling Tips and Tricks From the Pros

The lovely folks over at Pin Curl Magazine published this informative tidbit for models hoping to achieve a Pin-Up look in their next photo shoot. This article has so many tips that are great for newbies and seasoned pro's!

Pin Curl January 2010

The tips are gathered from three incredibly successful pin-up photographers: Roy Varga, Stacy Barich of Atomic Cheesecake Studios, and Shoshana of Through the Looking Glass Studios.

Here are some of my favourite tips! Click through to the full article to see all 20 tips!

Pin-Up Modeling Tips and Tricks From the Pros

3. If you want to wear a garter belt and stockings, avoid anything that is designed to “stay up” on its own. Rubberized “thigh highs” and “stay ups” can make even the most toned thighs look like sausage. There are lots of online retailers that specialize in classic stockings that won’t bind your legs. Also, if you have less than toned thighs, a good trick is to find some completely sheer “sheer to waist” pantyhose as a foundation. (Make sure they are not control top! A good choice- Sheer Energy Sheer to Waist- they have the green stripe on the box.) The pantyhose will make your legs looks great, and then you can pull the stockings over them to have the stocking look with toned upper thigh.
14. When posing, try to keep your tongue firmly glued to the roof of your mouth. This will slim your face, and cut down on the double chin.
18. Create lots of angles with your body without pointing a joint to the camera. Never point elbows, knees, or armpits directly to the camera; this is extremely unflattering. Instead create angles where these joints are pointing away from the camera.

Good luck modeling!


Friday, January 20, 2012

Featured On - A Wind in the Willows

Take a look at this feature from last year's Improptease (back when it was Imprompteuse!) over on A Wind in the Willows!

Impromptease is produced by the gorgeous Keela Watts and Obskyura under Tootsuite Productions. Be sure to keep an eye open for this event, the only one of its kind! Featuring improv burlesque, and audience participation!

It's like Whose Line Is It Anyway, but with nudity!


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Burlesque Beat - Impromptease Press!

I just found a wonderful quote over at Burlesque from a review of December's Impromptease, produced by Tootsuite Productions.

The beautiful Red Herring created quite a buzz with her “Fairy Dust” themed scene. Set to Justin Timberlake’s Sexyback, she performed her routine wearing delicate blue fairy wings that sparkled under the stage lights. Starting off with a gorgeous blue corset, matching fringe g-string accentuated with white bows, and opera gloves, she flittered like a butterfly across the stage as she slowly and sensually peeled layer after layer. The wings only came off at the end to be used for the final reveal. The whole scene came together beautifully when she blew fairy dust into the audience as she was leaving the stage. This lady knows how to think on her feet and improv seems to be a natural extension for her – she seemed comfortable and confident with her instant routine.
Olena Sullivan (Photolena) 

Followed by a gorgeous photo from the event!

Photo by Olena Sullivan (Photolena) 

My costume props were a pair of butterfly wings, a wand, and a pouch of glitter.  I ended up dancing to Justin Timberlake's Sexyback.

Again, this is one of my favourite events. Check out the video compilation of that night!

~ Red

Friday, January 6, 2012

2011 in Review!

2011 was a whirlwind year for me, and now that it's at a close I finally have a chance to look back over what I've accomplished and what still needs to be done in the coming year.

This year I made the decision to roll with the punches and layoffs and try to manage a self-employed career involving burlesque and some of my other talents. I'm hoping I can keep that up in 2012!

Image from


I produced two shows this year, and helped out with a few others. Ladies in Red was the first show of the year, at Cherry Cola's Rock 'N Rolla. The show went spectacularly, and I am so happy to have had a chance to work with the girls who have become a staple in my cast for producing. Also on this show was the debut of Izzy Ridged, aka Joey Arrigo who you may know from So You Think You Can Dance Canada. The drama following this show was disappointing and I found myself losing faith in the community due to the behaviour of some jealous people but it's best to ignore it and move forward, and that's what I did and will continue to do!

Babes in Space was another resounding success! My Star Trek vs Star Wars burlesque show sold out both nights of its show and received several positive reviews, as well as TV spots with Naked News and Cosmo TV. I'm so thankful to the audience and my performers for pulling out all the stops to make this show amazing, and to my friends who worked their pert asses off at FanExpo to help with the booth.

I've come to expect drama surrounding productions. Babes in Space was dogged by a very similar pair of productions by a group that had originally stated that they were aiming to promote and contribute to their community. Originally. I've removed myself from their association and the success of my event speaks for itself.

I've learned to guard my productions a little bit more seriously heading forward, and to consider those who I am making partnerships with more carefully. There are a lot of unscrupulous people that I simply do not need to waste time on. I will continue to surround myself with inspiring and talented people who don't feel the need to bully others to get ahead. Lead by example and all! Both shows were great success and moving forward with that will be my main goal!

Babes in Space group finale, photo by Chris Suppa


I've had a chance to perform and play with a load of amazing people this year! The highlight was the recent show with my teacher Coco Framboise. Performing with Armitage Shanks and the whole cast was stellar.

The Toronto Burlesque Festival seemed to whip by this year and I really wish I had more of a chance to throw myself into the crowd! My performance on Sunday was both less and MORE stressful than performing at the beginning of the 2010 festival. Last year I was the Thursday opening act, and able to enjoy the rest of the weekend with the pressure off (though the pre-performance pressure was insane!). This year I had a load of other performances in my head and nervous anticipation leading up to the show! But the environment was great and I was in the first set so I got to see the rest of the performances. I was also able to write up the first few days of the festival for 21st Century Burlesque, and you can check out my diary over there!

Impromptease is probably my favourite regular show, both for the reason that its producers are brilliant, and the show is a ball of hilarity. I was also able to perform at Comedy Bar again, which was a bit nostalgic as that's the bar where I did my first burlesque performance!


I was able to take quite a few classes this year, and I hope I can continue that into the new year. Coco's classes are a regular thing for me, and I was excited to take lessons from Burgundy Brixx and Jett Adore (whom I got to interview later). Through her I was also able to learn from Minnie Tonka and Armitage Shanks (who was brilliant, as usual).

Other classes I was able to take included a series of circus classes with my trainer through Centre of Gravity. I hope to focus more on my aerial skills in 2012, since quite a few things got in my way this year! I managed to make some progress on vocal classes with my sexy teacher, but due to time and cash I also had to let those slide. Again, something I want to pursue more responsibly in 2012! I also took some dace classes with Carla Catharwood, and though her idea of burlesque is at odds with mine (PussyCat Dolls style vs Strip Tease, which is a whole other blog post) she's an amazing dancer and a great teacher. I'd like to take more classes from her in the future.

A major class I took with the Hourglass Workout with Lyzabeth Lopez. This is a really hardcore women-only bootcamp focused on creating and enhancing an hourglass figure. I lost 15lb and about 15 inches over the course of the her classes, and made huge increases in strength. I'm continuing these classes in 2012, and you should too.


I met some great people this year and furthered some previously existing relationships.

Toni Wallachy of Pink Panther Studios was a great connection and we've done amazing work together (and I hope to continue to do so).

Brook Alviano has continued to make some amazing costumes for me and others, and was indispensable with Kinky Biscuit (an upcoming star) during Babes in Space and the insanity there.

Tatiana of Spanish Fly Films has been incredible at filming and editing some amazing trailers, and I've got a load of work for her in the new year!

Coco Framboise stepped in near the end of the year and has been amazing, despite her busy schedule.

Kinky Biscuit, Toni Wallachy, and Tatiana in Windsor

I've learned a lot about how to keep positive influences close and disregard the negative ones that come out, and I'm going to try to get better at this in 2012.

The Future!

2012 already has a ton of things underway. I've been running in circles throughout December trying to get moving on projects that don't have dates yet. Of course, without dates, I have nowhere to go!

I'm really excited for the productions I have lined up for the new year! You can expect another Babes in Space from me some time around FanExpo. I will also be coproducing with the amazing Toni Wallachy of Pink Panther Studios , and have another show in the works with another infamous (and dapper) colleague that I'm incredibly excited about.

My monthly show is an experiment that will be launching February1st (stay tuned for more news!) and I have plans being made to attend Miss Exotic World in Las Vegas during the summer, and BurlyCon (finally!) in the fall.

With my passport renewal underway I'm excited to explore performance opportunities across the border and maybe even overseas!

That being said, obviously production is a major push for me this coming year. I'm hoping to continue my streak of sold-out shows! No pressure.

With my employment situation transforming from corporate salary to self-run business, I'll be looking for multiple opportunities to expand my social media clientele and taking some time to teach myself more tips and tricks in this area. Even though I feel I'm strong in this category, I'm all about staying on top of learning!

This blog will be undergoing a mini-makeover with some expansion into advertising, and I'm hoping to push forward on my Youtube page as well! My website needs an overhaul. This'll be a top priority for me.

As for my performances, I would like to audit my current acts and work on 'upping' their 'wow' factor. Less acts, higher quality! There are two festival style acts that I have buzzing in my head, and I'd like to refine my plane act as well.

Basically, more more more for this coming year!

Here's to 2012!

~ Red

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Holidays! - Cookies and Truffles

Despite being sick for a majority of the gigs I had on my calendar earlier this month, I managed to pull through and get 'er done!

There were six shows for me this month before the holidays, and two more after Christmas! Busy busy for sure! Much abuse of cold meds happened, as well as the amazing Cold 911 from DavidsTea. Saviour, right there.

I tend to get baking over the holidays, and it's one of the rare occasions you'll find my slaving away in the kitchen. Something about it being cold outside, I guess. As soon as the showgirl plague I was experiencing passed I went straight to the recipes I had building up!

Oreo and Chocolate Chip Truffles made a first-time appearance in my kitchen and seem to have gone over well with those who ate them.

My other specialty is Chocolate Chip Kalhua Espresso cookies, and remain to be the only thing I cook that my parents will eat without suspicion.

I'm honestly a good cook, they're just suspicious.

Sweets were used for gifts this year. Gifting homemade food is great to do if you're in a budget crunch! And really, who's not these days?

Also, thank the powers that be for makeup and its ability to make me not look like a cold medication fuelled zombie, even when I felt like one!

~ Red
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