Where can you find sassy sword swallowers, titillating tassels and some of the region’s best local brews? The answer is Beerlesque at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown. Their annual fundraiser next Friday will showcase some of Vancouver’s most talented performers along with craft beer and the city’s favourite food cart creations. They’re calling it a “Feast for the Eyes and the Palette; a Carnival for the Senses!”
Performers will include Blackberry Wood, Jenny Magenta, Valery Vyntage, Rebel Valentine, Ruthe Ordare, Teddy Smooth, Bad Girls Burlesque, Big Red, M.Pyress Flame, Cosmo the Clown, Savage Cream Puff & Gordon White, Kata Sita, The World’s Youngest Female Sword Swallower, and the Lace Embrace Atelier fashion show.
Event partners Vancouver Craft Beer Week and CAMRA Vancouver will serve up Driftwood Brewing, Phillips Brewing, Russell Brewing, Red Truck Beer, Vancouver Island Brewing and many more. ReUp BBQ and Ursu Korean BBQ food carts will also be on site.
I asked Brenda Racanelli, Arts Programmer for the Roundhouse, why they decided to go with this format for their annual fundraiser. “The idea came about when we at the Roundhouse wanted to feature the amazing artists we support and who use our Community Arts Centre everyday by including them in a fundraising event,” Brenda told me by email. “The next step was to find an event partner who would bring something different to the table – we found CAMRA Vancouver and Vancouver Craft Beer Week who are like agents for craft beer – and that is how BEERLESQUE came to be! A celebration of local art that you can see, hear, and drink!”
Your $50 ticket includes all entertainment and beer, and will support the Roundhouse Community Centre as will proceeds from the raffle. You can also dress up (it’s encouraged) to enter to win the costume contest. Tickets can be purchased in advance online, by phone (604) 713-1800, or at the Roundhouse Front Desk. The event (for those 19 years of age and older) will run Friday, August 19, 2011 from 7:00pm until 12:00am.
The Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre is located in Yaletown and serves Yaletown and the Downtown East Side communities of Vancouver.