Toronto Burlesque Festival 2020 Application Form
Early Bird Applications; Nov 27 2019 - Jan 4 2020
Regular Application January 5th - March 1st, 2020 (by 11:59pm Eastern Time)
Artists who apply with an act pitch and receive provisional acceptance must submit a video update by May 1, 2020.
Provisional artists will hear if their acceptance has been confirmed by May 15, 2020
Festival Dates: July 23-26, 2020

Thank you for applying to the 13th 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.
We are looking for your most spectacular performance proposals. We welcome acts suited for the main stages, intimate numbers in the round, explosive performances on the bar, aerial acts suspended overhead, and more. 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 diverse, leading edge numbers that show masterful use of costume, comedy, character, satire, politics, glamour, production value, and beyond.
With your performance application, we are also welcoming workshop proposals to teach at our TBF Burlesque Masterclass Series!

Applications require video footage of the act you are to perform at the festival.
If you send in an application for an act pitch (an act still in development), you must still submit a video telling us about your proposal. This video could include you telling us about your musical selection, showing costume drawings or items you already have, demonstrating snippets of choreography, etc. If your pitch is provisionally accepted, you must send in additional video footage of your rehearsal by May 1st 2020 and your confirmation of final acceptance will be sent by May 15 2020.

Please submit one act and up to two workshops per application.
You are welcome to submit as many applications as you wish. Early application until Jan 4th 2020 cost $15 CAD/application.
Applications Jan 5 - Mar 1st 2020 cost $20.00 CAD/entry.

Successful applicants will receive an honorarium, a weekend pass to attend all festival shows, a discount for one guest. We regret that we cannot pay for hotel and travel for out-of-town guests, but we will attempt to assist with introductions to local community members who may be able to host guests.
Acceptances will be sent out April 1 2020.

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