Save that fancy, sequined holiday dress – an opportunity to re-wear it appears quickly on the New Year’s horizon. Announced late last month, the infamous and annual Grand Burlesque Show – this year titled The Burlesque Express – will take place from March 10 to 12, 2011 at Club Soda. Presented by Montreal burlesque queen Scarlett James, this year’s edition will feature over 20 international performers, carrying the audience to another era that adamantly does not include Cher and Xtina. Burlesque ladies from many exotic lands, including Paris, Istanbul, Venice and Shanghai are expected to grace the stage, accompanied by variety acts and live musicians.

Fittingly, guests are encouraged to wear their best hats – think Kate Middleton at a wedding amplified by 100 – and to not skimp on pearls, diamonds and bowties (let’s be honest, your man will probably rent a full tuxedo if it means he’s allowed to attend this show). Or, grab a gaggle of girlfriends, as all the glitz and glamour one can possibly manage should be adorned on this very special evening.

Tickets are now on sale (as of December 6) and are expected to sell out fast. Of course, for $127 + tax, your gang can guarantee a superb ‘view’ with VIP passes and reserved seats; regular and premium tickets are $52 and $87 respectively (plus tax).

Club Soda – 1225 St-Laurent.

~ Tyler Yank