It’s no coincidence that the upcoming Grand Burlesque Show originated in the sexy city of Montreal- We guarantee that you won’t find saucier or more creative burlesque performers anywhere else…

The Grand Burlesque Show, March 29-31 at Club Soda, is produced by the simmering Scarlett James, Montreal’s premier burlesque performer and belle of the burlesque ball. The showgirl is an ambassador of retro glamour with a beauty reminiscent of early screen sirens, a venerated performer and a legend in Montreal’s burlesque scene. We’ve heard that Scarlett James sometimes performs in a 5 foot tall martini glass, which certainly sounds like something that needs to be seen in person.

At The Grand Burlesque Show, you can look forward to drinking champagne or wine while soaking up the lady likes of Lada Redstar (Germany), Jett Adore (Chicago), La Divina (Dallas) and tons of other cheeky performers, acrobats, comedians and actors. This year’s theme is Island Fever, so there’s also a good chance that you’ll see some coconut bikinis, if you’re lucky.

Montreal is such an audacious city that it’s no surprise that the burlesque scene is thriving. Consequently there are a myriad of burlesque shows and events to choose from, whatever your flavour.

The Blue Light Burlesque are a local troop that describe their shows as “classy, campy and sexy.” They perform a series of sketches (based on a theme) that take place in the bygone era of vaudeville and music halls. Their next show, The 4 Seasons, will be at Cafe Campus on April 14. Glitz and glamour is guaranteed.

If you’re looking for something edgier, check out the Blood Ballet Cabaret. They’re a troupe from Montreal featuring a bevy of babes (including the ravishing and devastatingly beautiful Fuhrious Nina) led by Miss Bloody Mary Anne. Their shows are titillating musical and acrobatics feats inspired by the circus arts, theatre and of course, the art of burlesque. If you’d like to spice things up with some smart and ribald entertainment, check out their next show on April 22 at the Belmont.