Dandy-up…It’s high-time for a Retro-Roundup of Smart Cocktails, Hard Swing, Rockabilly and Sexy Stage Acts.
LILY FROST presents the second Edition of BIG CITY SOCIAL, a new performance series that launched to a standing-room-only crowd at Lula Lounge in April. Big City Social #2 promises heightened-revelry, presented smack-dab on the Thursday between Pride and Canada Day Celebrations in Toronto.
Thurs June 29 at Lula Lounge, www.lula.ca, 1585 Dundas St. W. Dinner Reservations guarantee seating: 416-588-0307
6:30pm Doors / 7pm Cocktails, Dinner & Dance Lessons / 8pm Show / 11pm Late Nite Dance Contest
Lily is joined and backed by seven-member musical outfit THE GENTLEMEN CALLERS – featuring Eric St. Laurent, Teddy Hawkins, Michael Herring, Tony Rabalao, RJ Satchithananthan, William Sperandi and Gene Hardy. Special Guests are TENNESSEE VOODOO COUPE – featuring BIG RUDE JAKE (whoo-hoo), Steve Good, Steve Abrams and Donny DeKouchay offering up their special mix of ‘100-proof hillbilly jive’. Also on hand is DJ DAVID FARIS, dancers from SODA POP HOP DANCE STUDIO, and seriously hot burlesque from MR. DEW LILY and LAURA DESIREE.
It’s a SOCIAL, dah-ling… Socialites are invited to dandy-up. Come ready to flirt, dance and mingle. At the heart of our event is fine music, rounded out by novel touches, such as Cupid’s Grotto, where the one and only Miz ‘Matchmaker’ Marshall – a professional Yenta -will be encouraging Cupid’s arrow to do its thing.
It’s the opinion of our ‘Social Coordinators’ that dancing is a damn-good-thing. To get the joint jumpin’, we’re pleased to partner again with SODA POP HOP DANCE STUDIO. Their members will be on-site to school attendees in a pre-show dance lesson at 7pm. They’ll also perform two numbers in the show and are coordinating a LATE NIGHT DANCE CONTEST* (at 11pm).
Big City Social #2 is also the launch party for Lily’s new EP, entitled REBOUND. With her new tracks, Lily explores her recent experiences of dating after a marital split, sex and the single, and her new role as a self-described ‘rebound bitch’.
Our Generous Patrons: Martha & Alf Davis, Alice Kernaghan, Janet & Doug Davis, Monica Avendano, Antoine O’hannessian, Donna Starr, Jannie & Paul Mills, April & Cheryl McDonald, Rob & Soli Joy, Greg Robertson, Cat Nimmo and Moses Znaimer.
BIG CITY SOCIAL, CAST OF CHARACTERS (Soda Pop Hop Dance Studio pic above)
Special Guests TENNESSE VOODOO COUPE (pictured below) help kick the evening off. Self-described as “100 proof hillbilly jive cats ,” the Coupe was created by Steve Good and Big Rude Jake. Current band members include (Big Rude) Jake Hiebert (songwriter, vocals, rhythm guitar), Steve Good (doghouse bass, band manager), Steve Abrams (lead guitar, lap steel guitar), and Donny DeKouchay (snare drum). www.facebook.com/tvc.tobook.com/tvc.to/
DJ David Faris is a popular Toronto-based DJ, known for spinning an eclectic mix of frantic rockabilly, unruly rock ’n’ roll, and twangy instrumentals. He is the resident DJ at Rockhouse TO events, including the Rock-A-Billy Shake-up!, East End Rockabilly Riot, and Surf and Turf. He is a regular guest on CIUT’s Catwoman Radio. www.facebook.com/djdavidfaris
Laura Desiree launched her performance career on the bartops and bottle service tables of New York City’s high-end hotels and Lower East Side dive bars. Laura became a popular go-go dancer and eventual burlesque performer under the guidance of Miss Jo “Boobs” Weldon and the New York School of Burlesque. Traveling back to hometown Toronto, Laura began producing burlesque shows across the city under the title” Vamps Like Us”. Most recently, Laura created shock- driven arts experiences for the stage at Toronto’s Candyland as their Creative Director.
Mr. Dew Lily is an original member of Boylesque TO, Canada’s Premiere all-male burlesque troupe. Mr. Dew Lily has performed in Canada, the U.S.A. and at the Life Ball in Vienna, Austria. Dew Lily was born naked and intends to stay that way.
Miz ‘Matchmaker’ Marshall (Yenta-in-Chief of Junia Matchmaking Services, pictured at left), will assess your current dating profile via Cupid’s Report Card, and send you on your way with feedback. If you’re not putting yourself out there in the first place, Miz Marshall will be happy to school you in the basics of online and real-world dating. This experienced temptress will happily instruct you on approach, flirting techniques, and personal presentation. www.junia.ca
Soda Pop Hop Dance Studio is proud to be the only dance studio in Toronto to provide group and private lessons of all levels, in rock’n’roll dances. They share their love of music and dancing through courses, workshops and events. Soda Pop Hop offers rockabilly jive, bop and boogie-woogie dance courses, all including a first free-trial class for dance enthusiasts. www.sodapophop.com
Performer and recording artist LILY FROST has generated positive attention (Gemini Nomination, Bravo Video Award, Top 20 charting on CBC Radio 2), for more than 20 years. She is celebrated for her earlier recordings, such as 2008’s Lily Swings, which featured swing renditions of Billie Holiday songs, and for all of her 12 original albums to date. Lily is well- known from song placements in TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Charmed, Crazy Beautiful and her Gemini-nominated work creating and performing the tracks for CBC’s Being Erica.