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Montreal / Kahnawake woman crowned Queen of Burlesque!

1st Indigenous woman and 1st Canadian to win the title

Lauren Jiles ( known on stage as Lou Lou la Duchesse de Rière) has been performing burlesque for more than a decade, but her latest win as the 2018 New Orleans Queen of Burlesque is extra special, as she is the 1st Indigenous woman and the 1st Canadian to win the title.

Jiles is Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) from Kahnawake and is well-known in Montreal’s burlesque community. When she started her career 13 years ago, she was one of only a handful of Indigenous performers across Canada.

The international festival, which is in its 10th year, is known for crowning the top classic striptease dancer. Jiles was crowned on September 22nd, 2018 at New Orleans’ Civic Theatre.

Rick Delaup, founder and producer of the New Orleans Burlesque Festival, said Jiles had an edge over other contestants.

“All seven of the contestants are really established burlesque performers who are very skilled at what they do,” he said. “But when you have them all at one showcase where only one of them wins the title, you have to stand out among the others. She had everything in that performance. She had a really stunning costume. It was more original and it was just really noticeable.”

Watch her award-winning performance for yourself!

Montreal Burlesque Festival’s 10th Anniversary!

It will soon be time once again for Montreal’s popular annual Burlesque Festival, which will be celebrating it’s 10th Anniversary this year!

Held from Friday October 20th to Sunday October 22nd, 2018; the festival holds several shows, as well as workshops.

For more information or to obtain tickets, visit the official Montreal Burlesque Festival website.

New 2017 Queen of Burlesque crowned

Raquel Reed from New York City wins the title of “Queen of Burlesque” at the 9th Annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival, held in late September 2017.

Watch her award-winning performance for yourself!

Music Video of the Day: All About That Bass

A light-hearted but pointed commentary about body size and acceptance in today’s culture…