History of Sass

The Sweet Soul Burlesque TroupeSweet Soul Burlesque is the vibrant, critically acclaimed burlesque troupe from Vancouver, Canada. From ribbon staffs to giant venus fly traps to life-sized jack-in-the boxes, Sweet Soul strives to break the mold by creating fun, ground-breaking burlesque events that are of high production value and unequaled sassiness. The troupe works together to inspire each other and other women / lovers of women to enjoy themselves and their sexuality and to rekindle their sense of playfulness and confidence.

Since their inception in 2003, the troupe has quickly become internationally reknown and has been featured in the Globe & Mail, CBC Television and Radio, Global Television, Fashion TV, City TV and MTV Canada and has appeared at hundreds of events, including Showcase and CBC's season wrap parties, the Shambhala Music Festival, and fashion shows for designers such as Betsy Johnson, Wolford and Fluevog. They’ve performed alongside countless musical acts from The Herbaliser to Los Straightjackets as well as appeared at countless black-tie corporate events and galas.

Sponsored by burlesque-inspired fashion design company Sweet Soul Clothing, the troupe was formed by 3 performers: designer Cara Milk, producer Crystal Precious and choreographer Cherry OnTop. Appearing now with the troupe are six fabulous personalities from heaven, including the three original members along with underground pin-up icon Little Miss Risk, saucy sophisticate Miss Rita Star and rock n' roll flapper Lola Frost. Past members have included alt-country darling Jailbait Jenny, performance artist Malaika Millions, music-industry ingenue Starlet Bourbon & activist/artist Your Little Pony.

Sweet Soul are also the co-founders of the hugely successful Vancouver International Burlesque Festival (along with the critically acclaimed Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society). One of the largest events of its kind in the world, the festival attracts hundreds of burlesque performers to Canada’s West Coast every year.

Encouraging artists of all kinds to collaborate, the troupe works with countless special guest dancers, poets, beatboxers, MC's and DJ's. Their self-run rehearsal/prop shop headquarters, DOLLHOUSE STUDIOS , plays host to private events and also attracts local film producers and photographers.

Check out our EVENTS page to see where Sweet Soul is performing next or CONTACT US for booking information!