The Gumshoe Revue

was: September 22, 2016 // 8pm

at

The Columbia

530 Columbia St.
New Westminster, BC

and raised over a thousand dollars for
Women Against Violence Against Women (WAVAW)!


Ghost Light Vaudeville Society’s debut production, “The Gumshoe Revue”, was an investigation into paranormal pulp and pulse-raising performances. Our hardboiled hosts led us all through a wide variety of acts - including burlesque, drag, comedy, and music - each one uniquely inspired by the supernatural, extraterrestrial, or paranormal.

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“In a vaudeville theatre you weren’t just laughing alongside hundreds of other people in the room, but also with the guy who had just done it.”

— Tom Carter 1

Ghost Light Vaudeville Society is proud to honour over a century of Vancouver performing arts history. We choose to represent an artform that built a strong community and brought a diverse group of performers into the limelight.

Vaudeville originally began to seep north into Vancouver from Seattle once a railway was built connecting the two cities in 1905. Vancouver’s version of the “Great White Way” was centered around Hastings Street. Formerly known as “Skid Road” due to its heavy use by Vancouver’s early logging industry, the street quickly transformed into an entertainment center as theatres like The Pantages, The Columbia, and The Rex went up, and began to host acts from the west coast vaudeville circuit. The Pantages in particular was one of the first to bring in people of colour and created a variety of cultural performances onto their stage.

Vancouver’s rainy climate contributed significantly to the popularity of Vaudeville as local workers looked for a place to get out of the rain and spend a little cash on entertainment. Since each act ran no more than eight to ten minutes, the restless crowds were usually kept happy and entertained.

Unlike other major metropolitan cities, who saw the art of vaudeville die out in the mid-1930’s with the Great Depression, Vancouver’s theatres continued to showcase a wide variety of acts until after World War II. When the availability of televisions moved entertainment primarily into the home, vaudeville’s light began to dim.

Today, with the revival of burlesque and live revue theatre, vaudeville may have a chance to shine again on the streets of Vancouver.

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Sources:

  1. De Trenquayle, Madeline. "Vaudeville Vancouver: An Interview with Tom Carter - Spacing Vancouver." Spacing Vancouver. Spacing Magazine, 2015. Web. 19 Apr. 2016.

 

Miss Dee Twenty

During the day, Miss Dee is a comedian and writer with her hands in many pies (both metaphorically and physically). She cohosts The XX-Files Podcast, an incredibly rude and inane look at a certain hit 90s TV series featuring Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny. Miss Dee also has a writer credit with Mad House Production's We Know Nothing: Monologues of Ice and Fire, and has appeared on local comedy shows such as Vancouver Geeks vs Nerds and Geek Interesting. She is a cosplayer, a teacher, and a fan of feminist-centric comic books.

During the night, Miss Dee Twenty is an upcoming comedic burlesque performer who has appeared many sexy and nerdy events across Vancouver.  Her favourites include the Geekender's Weird Al Burlesque and the Brain Teasers' Sugar, Spice, and Everything Dice. Miss Dee also enjoys reading dirty dirty fan fiction to audiences and fighting the patriarchy.

 

Alison Ross

When not writing and producing animated television, Alison can be found hiding in a blanket fort, shouting about shoddy science-fiction writing as half of the duo behind The XX Files Podcast. Alison recently co-penned the play "We Know Nothing: Monologues of Ice and Fire" for Mad House Productions. Their other produced works have appeared on Cartoon Network and YTV, and have been widely panned by 12-year-olds on 4Chan.

Sasja Smolders

Sasja Smolders (sometimes known as Sasja Towe) is a multi-disciplinary performance artist. Their performances incorporate pop culture, live singing, burlesque, gender-exploration, comedy, and anything else they can fit in. Sasja has studied both classical and jazz vocal performance, and has been involved in theatre for over fifteen years.

Joe Fulgham

Joe Fulgham makes podcasts like Caustic Soda and The Dreaming. He's happy to help with web pages as long as you let him make big impressive-looking bios for everyone.

Joe lives in Burnaby on the unceded traditional lands of the Squamish, Musqueam, Qayqayt and Tsleil-Waututh nations with his partner Sasja and their Boston Terrier, Loki.