Toronto Burlesque Festival 2017 Application Form

Early Application Deadline: January 15, 2017
Early Selections will hear by: February 1, 2017

Final Application Deadline: March 1, 2017
Final Selections will hear by: April 1, 2017
Festival Dates: July 20-23, 2017

Thank you for applying to the 10th annual Toronto Burlesque Festival! Our goal is to showcase the best in local, national and international talent, while providing opportunities for performers to network together and build community. To celebrate our 10th year of dazzle, we're going over the top to curate our most exciting festival yet. With this in mind we are looking for your most spectacular performance proposals. We are seeking a vivid mixture of solo striptease, troupe and duo acts, as well as drag, singing, cosplay, circus, aerial, and sideshow numbers. We encourage vivid, diverse, leading edge numbers that show masterful use of costume, comedy, character, satire, politics, glamour, production value, and beyond.

NEW: With your performance application, we are also welcoming workshop proposals to teach at TBF Burlesque University! Classes will take place at Revival and other studios.

Please note, this year we have two application deadlines:

1. Early Application: Nov 18, 2016 to Jan 15, 2017 at 11:59pm Eastern Time.
Have you been touring a seasoned act that brings the house down? Are you a passionate, polished go-getter with a clear, irresistible new number in development? Do you have an act from a previous application attempt that has been renovated and upgraded? This may be the deadline for you. We will be selecting up to ten acts from this first batch of applicants to be announced in January and they will receive early individual promotion in our social media campaigns, 50% off the early bird price of our Burlesque University weekend class passes, a promo spot in our slide shows at the festival, an artist pass to all festival shows, a guest comp ticket to the show in which they perform, and more! All other artists who apply before December 31st, 2016 will receive 20% off one general admission ticket per festival show (April 15th purchase date only), as well as full consideration for our final selections in March.

2. Final Application: Jan 16, 2017 to March 1, 2017 at 11:59pm Eastern Time.
Are you pondering an epic new act idea? Do you have a newly debuted number that you're still workshopping? Do you have a vivid showstopper but need time to pull some footage together? Do you have an act that you're on the fence about submitting? This later deadline may be perfect for you. Successful applicants will receive individual promotion in our social media, an artist pass to all festival shows, and 20% off one general admission guest ticket per show (April 15th purchase date only), and more!

This year the Toronto Burlesque Festival will have the following showcases (titles and styling subject to change):

THURSDAY - RED CARPET GALA -- REVIVAL
This opening bash will feature a sampling of all the styles offered in the other festival showcases. On this night, we will be inviting our media partners for a buzz-worthy affair and introducing our sponsors for the weekend. We are looking for fierce, camera-ready acts that capture the imagination and seduce the lens.

FRIDAY SHOW - MONDO GONZO -- MOD CLUB
Join us in toasting outrageous comedy, clever surprise, edgy satire, gender-blast, and over-the-top innovation. Come bring the house down!

SATURDAY EARLY SHOW - THE GLAM-A-GANZA -- MOD CLUB
Show us your most decadent costume drama, innovative props, advanced choreography, and full tilt, high glam stunts and tricks. Everything to inspire the most luxurious and sublime fantasies.

SATURDAY LATE SHOW - POP! -- MOD CLUB
We are looking for vivid, exciting works related to popular culture, TV, film, nerdlesque and cosplay. Knock us out with polished, witty, madcap work in full technicolour and cinemascope!

SUNDAY - FUTURE PERFECT: THE RAZORS EDGE - REVIVAL
This finale showcase attempts to answer the question: What is the future of burlesque? Throw in for this mash up of the punk rock roots of the Toronto neo-burlesque revival scene with the hottest modern rebels on today's bleeding edge. Show us how you break the mold and take burlesque theatre where it's never been before. Bring on your most daring, challenging, in-your-face masterworks. We are looking for artists who push the envelope and who push themselves with new skills, new gimmicks, next-level character, raw truth, and impressive physical feats. Seduce and destroy.


We regret that we cannot pay for hotel and travel for out-of-town guests.

Please submit one act and up to two workshops per application. You are welcome to submit as many applications as you wish. Each application costs $25.00 CAD.

Submit your application fees via PayPal to applications@torontoburlesquefestival.com

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