Coming Up Next…
That’s right! We’re back at Guilt & Co NEXT TUESDAY, September 27th!
We’re returning to the venue that started it all, that sexy basement bar in Gastown, Guilt & Co! Join us for the launch of our new monthly production, jam packed with live music, burlesque, and scintillating fun. On stage you’ll see:
MISS SYDNEY CLAIRE
Doors at 8, Show at 9
Two extra sets of big vocal tunes with the band to follow!
$15 advance/$20 at the door subject to availability. You can purchase tickets in advance here.
So grab a drink, order that cheese plate (you know you want it), sit back, and enjoy the show!!
Here are some photos of this month’s cast, on and off the Guilt & Co stage. See you next week.
You miss us, we miss you, so we’ve got lots of fun coming your way!
It’s been a beautiful summer, full of inspiration for the members of Pandora & The Locksmiths. We’ve all got our own adventures afoot as well as some super fun group announcements, check it out!
You can catch Nicky Ninedoors performing at The Granville Strip in downtown Vancouver. She has also just finished teacher training at Tantra Fitness so look out for her classes. The next big thing in Mrs. Ninedoors’ calendar is bringing back the amazing Retro Strip Show to The Penthouse. More about that later…
Besides getting gorgeous new photos done by Fubarfoto, Carole Brunette plans on going back to school! She has been accepted into the Expressive Arts Therapy certificate program at Langara College. Congratulations, Carole!
Ariel Helvetica will be teaching two progressive workshops at the Vancouver Burlesque Centre starting this month. Kick It & Spin It and Booty Booty Bootycamp both start August 16 and you can still register!
Alison played a truly EPIC sold out show with her other band, Queer As Funk over Vancouver Pride weekend. So you see that photo?!? You seriously don’t want to miss their next show in town (or in your town) so make sure to check out their website for announcements.
You read right, shows, PLURAL! As a group, we’ve been on a creative journey over the last couple years. We shook up our regular routine, tried out some new things, took a bit of a break, and relised that where we really want to be is on stage and in the studio together. Coming up in the fall we have:
Retro Strip Show
The first edition of Retro Strip Show wowed the crowd over the Easter long weekend earlier this year. Back at The Penthouse by popular demand, you can be there to witness all the exotic pole amazingness, throw money, and cheer your heart out September 4. Ticket and casting information can be found here on the Facebook event page. Get super excited, watch the video reel from the first edition by La Tinta Nostra here!
Return to Guilt & Co
We missed our home so we’re taking it back to where it all started! You can see a revamped version of our monthly show at Guilt & Co in Gastown starting September 27. After that, we’ll be on the last Tuesday of every month. Check back here for information on each show.
Make sure to join us soon!
Coming Up Next…
Retro Strip Show at The Penthouse
Taking a departure from our usual burlesque show format, members of Pandora & The Locksmiths are teaming up with some of Vancouver’s top strip teasers and pole dancers to present Retro Strip Show at the historic Penthouse Nightclub on Sunday March 27. Doors open at 8PM, with the show starting at 9PM.
Vancouver has a long and passionate affair with striptease, from the days of classic burlesque through the exotic dance boom of the 80s and 90s. Up until the late 70s live music was still often the accompaniment for striptease entertainers. But with the rise of disco, and changes to entertainment laws, 1978 saw the end of bands backing up dancers. Let’s pretend that didn’t happen, if only for one night. Let’s play some funk, some soul, some rock, and yes, even disco! Unlike the revues of old, Retro Strip Show is entirely female produced and provides an easygoing environment for audience members of all sorts to partake in an unique alternative strip club night and have a booty-shaking good time!
Retro Strip Show features four full-length gravity-defying strip sets from ecdysiast superstars Lola Frost, Jackie Brown, Nicky Ninedoors, Miss Sydney Claire, backed up by the indomitable Locksmiths who will be playing David Bowie, Curtis Mayfield, Donna Summer, Led Zeppelin, Aretha Franklin, and Diana Ross. This is your opportunity to relive a moment in Vancouver nightlife history – while making it rain in the process!
You will also get a chance to play our balloon game and win awesome prizes from our fabulous sponsors: Wink of an Eye, Honey Gifts, JuJu hair lounge, Tantra Fitness, Biercraft, Vancouver Burlesque Centre, East Vanity Parlour, The ORchid Club, and Ninedoors Photography.
Make sure not to miss out on Retro Strip Show! Tickets are $25 and available at retrostripshow.brownpapertickets.com.
Miss You Much!
Besides working on Retro Strip Show, we’ve been busy making some really awesome plans for this spring. Let us share them with you!
Ruthe Ordare is wrapping up an intense term at school and will be returning to the stage this April at The Orchid Club. She will also be teaching a new butt-kicking progressive class at the Vancouver Burlesque Centre so get ready to sweat! Big plans include performing her sock money solo at the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival and picking out super cute outfits for BHoF.
Miss Kiss has stepped into the world of theatre costuming! You can see the show she worked on, Little Miss Glitz, until March 26 at the PAL Theatre. She’s also planning a huge trip to the Emerald City Comic-Con!
Nicky Ninedoors is currently setting hearts ablaze (for a fee), performing at the Granville Strip in downtown Vancouver. She’s been training HARDCORE in aerials and pole at Tantra Fitness and will be ready to slay at Miss Nude Canada in May.
Carole Brunette will also be returning to the burlesque stage this spring at NSFW: Hip Hop Meets Strip Tease in April. She too is planning a new progressive at the VBC, Groove Train, starting later this month. If you’re looking for a weekly dance sesh, she’s teaching Sassy Street Jazz Wednesdays at 6PM.
Ariel Helvetica is getting not one but TWO progressive workshops ready for the VBC. Do the educational opportunities ever end? No, friends, they do not. Besides teaching, she is prepping to compete in the Miss Viva Las Vegas competition in May. She will also be spending time with her very adorable three-legged cat.
Ava Lure has been in producer pants mode! The Orchid Club at The Projection Room is basically the most fun you’ll have on a Tuesday night and she’s also been planning awesome parties as the new Events Coordinator of Burlycon. Recently, her life was MADE by a private trip to Vancouver’s Catfe where she starred in a promotional video for the VIBF.
Whether it’s kicking your butts in the studio or making you drool on stage, we got you!
Over the last few months, Ava, August, Miss Kiss, and Miss Fitt & Liam got engaged! Love is in the air and we’re so grateful to be celebrating with our Pandora & The Locksmiths brothers and sisters.
It seems only fate, or divine intervention, that our shows keep happening around holidays. It must be true that when you pray to Stripper Jesus, she makes it rain! Take a look at these awesome photos by Tom Gould from our Boxing Day show at guilt&co and just try to stay dry.
Coming Up Next…
Pandora & The Locksmiths at Guilt&Co!
That’s right, darlings, we’re back at guilt&co in Gastown for a holiday extravaganza. Saturday, December 26 will be a riot of a sexy time. Singing! Dancing! Balloons filled with prizes! Jazz! Funk! and striptease! You know you’ll need to drink away your awkward Christmas dinner, do it with us, why don’t you?
On stage that evening:
With the melodious accompaniment of that smokin’ 6 piece band,
And hosted by:
MISS KISS aka STRIPPER JESUS
Doors 8 pm
Show 9 pm
Suggested minimum donation $10 with all proceeds going to the performers. See you there!
In the Giving Spirit
Sooo, if you ever run into any of us over the holidays, we hope you’ll be in the giving spirit! The ladies of Pandora have some pretty fun wish lists this year, why not make our dreams come true? Last year, Miss Kiss asked for dragon wings, but for 2015, she’s asking for the whole dragon (with treasure, an added bonus)! Ariel Helvetica wants an unlimited travel budget and if that can’t be done, feathers of her own. Superstripper Nicky Ninedoors would like fetish boots and lingerie – no messing around! August Wiled would like a Time Turner… wait, no, just more time to spend with friends. Last but not least, Ava Lure is still wishing to add to her kitty family – an exotic shorthair would be perfect!
A little while back, the whole group did an in-studio photo shoot with the fabulous people of Fubarfoto. Check out our awesome team!
We’ll be seeing you soon…
That’s right darlings, we’re planning a show! Everyone knows that November 1st is the true beginning of the Holiday Season, let’s not deny it. Well, we can’t wait for present time so we’re putting together a little show for Boxing Day featuring a lineup of Pandora superstars. Guess where – at Guilt & Co! I heard that Stripper Jesus might be there, so don’t miss it (cause we know you miss us). We’ll be announcing the full lineup later on, so make sure to check back here.
In the Meantime
You can catch the members of Pandora around Vancouver, Western Canada, and even in the U.S. of A!
Just returned from her tour of Europe, Ariel Helvetica is not slowing down any time soon! She’ll be heading down to Seattle this week to teach at Burlycon, a burlesque education convention. You can also catch her at Silk Tease in Seattle this Wednesday and at The Orchid Club at the Fox Cabaret November 24!
Ruthe Ordare just made her NSFW: Hip Hop Meets Striptease debut as a sexy sock monkey! Something only she is capable of. Ruthe has also recently stepped up as Associate Producer of The Orchid Club and will also be performing in this month’s edition. Producer pants look good on this one!
Nicky Ninedoors also slayed at NSFW this weekend. You want more of her stripper magic? She’ll be bringing her act around B.C. and Alberta so keep an eye on her Facebook page to see when she’ll be in your town!
The last time we were all together on stage was way back in June – woah! Even though the Winter Solstice is approaching, we can still fantasize about the Summer Equinox, no? Thanks to these pictures from fubarfoto, WE SURE CAN!
If you’re looking to cool down, you’ve come to the wrong place!
We’ve been heating up the summer with some amazing solo appearances and won’t be slowing down any time soon. We know you miss us so let’s catch up!
Ruthe Ordare recently performed Opium (the number that won her “Best Solo” at the 2014 Texas Burleque Festival) at the Oregon Burlesque Festival! She will be going to Toronto to teach on August 30 and 31 so east-coasters, jump on that opportunity! Don’t worry local lovelies, she will also be starting a new progressive at the VBC in September.
Alison Gorman and Miss Kiss TORE IT UP at Queer as Funk’s huge pride concert earlier in the month. Take a look at the UH-MAZING full photo set from fubarfoto here.
Nicky Ninedoors will be performing at Mondo Exotica this Friday. She’ll also be shakin’ it at GoGo Bungalow this Sunday! Also, Nicky is feeling sassy – she’ll be finishing off August with two weeks of stripping in Kamloops and Kelowna. You know you want to watch her for 20 minutes straight! Lastly, Ninedoors Photography canvas prints are for sale! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase.
Ariel Helvetica is festival bound! She will be hitting up the Edmonton Burlesque Festival AND competing for Queen at the New Orleans Burlesque Festival in September. Before then, you can check her out at Sweet Sip this Thursday at the Keefer Bar. She also has shirts!! You can order her hilarious “Tits & Teeth” shirts by emailing email@example.com
Ariel & Voracious V will also be embarking on an epic Euro trip this fall! Starting at the Stockholm Burlesque Festival, the pair has gigs in Rome, Munich, Edinburgh, and Berlin. Bon voyage!
Ava Lure, the administrative powerhouse, will be working behind the scenes this fall at both the Vancouver International Film Festival and at the Vancouver Fringe Festival. She also wore a really cool glitter suit at Mondo Exotica last month.
Miss Fitt has been enjoying her summer doing full shows as a lead vocalist for the first time! She has also been ripping it up at lots of music festivals.
August Wiled has been keeping it cool, spending her namesake month in southern California. Who doesn’t love a good vacation?
Make sure to catch one of us in action! We loove seeing you.
To celebrate the summer solstice, Pandora & The Locksmiths remounted “Awakenings” at the Rio Theatre featuring Peekaboo Pointe and Black Dog String Quartet. Take a look at our favourite pictures from fubarfoto.
Coming Up Next…
Pandora & The Locksmiths Present: “Awakenings” featuring Black Dog String Quartet and Peekaboo Pointe
On the cusp of spring and summer, celebrate the many facets of femininity as they emerge into the beckoning day and smoulder through the intoxicating evening. Fierce and beautiful burlesque unfolds to the lush interpretations of a 10 piece orchestra playing classical, jazz, and modern day music. Our first independent, full-length production, “Awakenings” is a coming of age for the group and we’d love for you to celebrate with us at the Rio Theatre this Saturday, June 20! Tickets are available here and at the theatre with doors opening at 8PM.
PEEKABOO POINTE (NYC)
FemmeC for the evening:
With special guests:
BLACK DOG STRING QUARTET
We’re so excited about the amazing artists we’re collaborating with for this production. Want to learn a little more about them? Read on!
Guiding you through the evening will be Vancouver burlesque luminary, Lola Frost. As Vancouver’s Rock’N’Roll Flapper, Lola Frost is best known for combining her anachronistic styles of vintage and modern – a true 1920’s starlet with a kiss of Ramones grit. Her pieces are a sensorial experience to behold; an elegant blend of dance, theatre, and fervent striptease.
Performer, teacher and mentor, Lola is co-director of the Vancouver Burlesque Centre and integral member of Sweet Soul Burlesque. She has been internationally recognized at Tease-o-Ramma and the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival, where she was awarded “Sexy, Sultry, Sizzlin’ Striptease” (2009) and “Most Dazzling Dancer” (2013). She has, with great honor, competed at the Burlesque Hall of Fame in the categories of Best Debut (2010), Best Duo (2012 & 2013), Best Troupe (2010), and in 2013 won 2nd runner up in the category of reigning Queen of Burlesque – Miss Exotic World.
A published and noted writer she has been featured on the 21st Century Burlesque Magazine site and in the Berlesker: Handcrafted Literary Journal along with keeping her own blog with a steadily growing following.
Black Dog String Quartet
Black Dog String Quartet will be joining The Locksmiths to create a 10 piece orchestra and a truly unique sound. Formed in 2007, the Black Dog String Quartet is comprised of some of Vancouver’s finest young musicians. The group has appeared on the recordings of artists such as 54-40, Marianas Trench, Bleeding Through, and many others. Individual members have performed live on stage with some of the world’s top acts, including Kanye West, Sting, Michael Buble, Mariah Carey, The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and Video Games Live.
The quartet’s excellent playing and reputation have landed them in studios with producers like Warne Livesey (Midnight Oil, The Matthew Good Band), Dave Genn (54-40, Hedley), and Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad). Recent performance highlights include appearances with Tambura Rasa, Vancouver Peace Choir, and Karen Flamenco Dance Company.They’ve been a featured ensemble at the Sonic Boom Festival of New Music and at Classical Revolution Vancouver, and all four members play regularly with multiple regional symphony orchestras.
Their solid classical background, high skill level, and collective open-mindedness set the Black Dog String Quartet apart as one of Vancouver’s most unique and versatile ensembles.
All the way from New York City, Peekaboo Pointe will be headlining this Saturday’s production! Peekaboo Pointe, known as the “Fastest Tassel-Twirler from East to West,” has graced the stage of nearly every burlesque show in New York City, and continues on her mission of “Seducing the World, one stage at a time.”
Peekaboo started out as a classically trained modern dancer studying under Bill T. Jones, Mark Morris Dance Group, and a host of other notable choreographers. With an early background in ballet and tap, she eventually ventured off on a rare and unusual tour of Cuba studying Afro-Cuban Dance with the group Cutumba. Since then, Peekaboo has applied her extensive knowledge of dance to the nightlife of New York City and turned it into striptease gold. She embodies classic burlesque glamour, but can’t resist throwing a little seductive shock into each of her performances. As if that’s not enough, Peekaboo’s talented tassels spin not only on stage but also on a higher level. Adoring audiences are left breathless as she performs her rare and impressive shows of skill on the pole!
Peekaboo and her twirling tassels have wowed crowds all over the world! Most recently touring with the highly acclaimed show “Cabaret New Burlesque” for 2 tours all over France. She has performed in St. Petersburg, Russia, headlined the Austrailian Burlesque Festival 2012 and another coast-coast tour of Australia with the Burlesque Ball 2010. She was a featured performer at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival with the award winning show “Vive La Cabaret”. She did a 6 week tour of the UK and Ireland and Sweden. She performed in Venice Italy for MTV, and almost every city in Spain with Los Straightjackets and the Pontani Sisters. Not to mention a US tour headlining the Dos Equis Midnight Revue, and several US tours with Burlesque-a-Pades. She has even made it all the way to Russia to perform! When at home in NYC she was a cast member of the long running shows “This is Burlesque” (2007-2009) and “Guilty Pleasures” (2006-2007) and has performed at over 100 different venues in New York City including Duane Park, Slipper Room, Highline Ballroom, and The Box, just to name a few.
The excitement is growing, make sure you don’t miss out! Let us know you’ll be catching the show by clicking “attending” on Facebook. See us step out on our own this Saturday!
Vancouver International Burlesque Festival
“Awakenings” was last seen in 2014 at the VIBF. With added material, a larger cast, and our wonderful guests, the upcoming production of the show displays the overall progression of the piece. In May of this year, we debuted another production, “Visions of Lore” at the 10th annual Vancouver International Burlesque Festival. Reimaging myths and legends, we brought our brand of dark magic to the stage. Take a look at these amazing photos by Fubarfoto, Cameron Brown, and WeDo Photo!
Coming Up Next…
VISIONS OF LORE at the VIBF
This Saturday, a brand new production will come alive on the Vogue stage. Visions of Lore dives into the world of myth and legend to reveal new truths. Join us! You can buy tickets in advance here to make sure you’re part of this show’s very first audience.
Bringing you their interpretations of timeless tales:
with musical magic from:
Last week, we shared a bit of inspiration with you. Curious for more? Read on to discover the final three mythical creatures we created acts around.
Known for his beauty and loved by the gods, Narcissus famously fell in love with his own reflection. He could never obtain the object of his desire, though, and wasted away at the side of a mirror-like stream.
The varcolac can be released from within at times of deep darkness. Taking over the host’s body, the creature longs to devour the moon and in doing, remove all light from the world.
Undeniable seductresses, sirens lure sailors onto their island with a song of ultimate knowledge. Whether portrayed as half-bird, half human or as beautiful mermaids, sirens are sure to entice and entrance. Let yourself fall under their spell!
We are so excited to share this new production with all of you! Join us for the 10th Annual Vancouver International Burlesque Festival this Saturday, May 2!
More March Photos!
This post is all about giving you more, so here you go! Feast your eyes on some of the performers who will be bringing Visions of Lore to life. Thank you, David Tresham for the photos.
Visions of Lore – VIBF 2015
That’s right people! Get yourselves ready for our next big production! Visions of Lore will debut at this year’s Vancouver International Burlesque Festival. Comprised of entirely new material, Visions of Lore explores interpretation of myth and legend from a female perspective. Join us on this quest for power, knowledge, beauty, and danger on May 2nd at the Vogue Theatre.
Now, we don’t want to give it all away but we do want to share some inspiration with you! Dive into our hearts and minds to discover the beings that will be gracing the stage.
Thought of as the first woman to be created by the gods, Pandora received many gifts of knowledge from the divine world. Her curiosity led to the releasing of all things terrible on earth when she opened that fateful box.
Known as “the divine personification of the breeze,” the Aurae command both light and blustering winds. Stunning to behold, the Aurae disappear and reappear while gliding through the air.
Represented by Eunomia, the goddess of law and order and Itzpapalotl, the skeletal warrior goddess with flint-tipped claws, the moth is forever in conflict with itself. Can she resist the flame, or will she take on its destructive power?
Curious for more? Next week we’ll be sharing three more mythical beings with you!
March at the Fox Cabaret
Wait a sec, it’s just been pictures of not us this entire blog post! Let’s get re-acquainted, shall we? Thank you, David Tresham for these sassy photos of our March show at the Fox Cabaret.
Coming Up Next…
Pandora & The Locksmiths at the Fox Cabaret
Yes, yes, y’all the whole gang is back together and ready to put on a show! We’re returning to the Fox stage with our signature brand of scintillation: a revue of slick performances, unique style, and amazing music. We can’t wait to see aaallll the friends, old and new, so make sure to get your tickets!
On stage this Friday, March 13 you will see:
Doors are at 7:30 with general admission tickets at $15 and VIP tickets at $35. See you there, lovelies!
What’s Up, Pandora?
Even though we haven’t performed together for the general public since December doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy! Let’s catch up, why don’t we?
We had the opportunity to perform in smaller groups at some of Vancouver’s most lavish parties this winter. Both Gastown Gazette and Prohibition at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia celebrated new beginnings and we were there to entertain their crowds!
Ariel Helvetica has been quite the globetrotting showgirl this winter. She’s high-kicked some major butt at the Southwest Burlesque Showcase in New Mexico and Atame in Montreal last month. Coming up, she’ll be heading down to Portland for Rue Royale Burlesque.
February was full of action! Voracious V and Nicky Ninedoors both brought down the house in Burlesque Duos on February 14.
Ava Lure has been busy behind the scenes, co-producing Skin Game at The Emerald and working on the 10th Vancouver International Burlesque Festival. And guess what? She’s just been accepted to compete on the Saturday night of the Texas Burlesque Festival in Austin!
And all together, we will be debuting a brand new production, Visions of Lore, at the upcoming VIBF! Voracious V, Ruthe Ordare, Miss Fitt, Ariel Helvetica, and Ava Lure are also performing solos in the showcase sets. Here’s to another festival season!
With a winter like that, no wonder we’re bouncing into spring. Here we go!
New Year’s Eve at the Hotel Vancouver
We rang in the new year at one of the city’s most glamorous venues, the historic Hotel Vancouver! David Tresham caught the magic in his camera, relive it here: