Burlesque artist and Feminist Provocateur Violette Coquette is a golden-era beauty who has performed on burlesque stages across the world, from New Orleans to London to Stockholm. Co-founder of House of Hush Burlesque and creator of the Violette Underground, she thrives on the magical energy created when a live performer and audience connect under glittering lights. The perfect mix of gin-soaked revelry, glamour and delight!
Violette began her burlesque pursuits with Edmonton’s Rockette-style Capital City Burlesque troupe before starting her career as a solo artist in 2014. For the past two years Violette has performed with theatre company Send in the Girls Burlesque, including their productions of "Shakespeare's Sirens" (nominated for two Sterling awards in 2017) and "With Glowing Hearts" (nominated for a Sterling award in 2018). Violette is the co-founder of House of Hush Burlesque and she produces a monthly House of Hush show at Crash Hotel's vintage speakeasy bar. Violette has performed across the world, including the Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary, New Orleans, London and Texas Burlesque Festivals, and in the 2018 Burlesque Hall of Fame "Movers, Shakers and Innovators" Showcase in Las Vegas.
When not busy with burlesque pursuits, Violette's alter-ego is busy working on a master’s degree in visual design, and competitive salsa dancing (ranked in the top 3 competitive Amateur On-2 salsa dancers for 2016 & 2017).
Major Burlesque Shows
2018 "Movers, Shakers & Innovators" Showcase at the 2018 Burlesque Hall of Fame (Las Vegas, NV)
2018 Texas Burlesque Festival (Austin, TX)
2016, 2017 & 2018 Jasper Pride Festival (Jasper, AB)
2015 & 2017 Calgary Burlesque Festival
2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 Edmonton Burlesque Festival
2017 Send in the Girls Burlesque "With Glowing Hearts" at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival
2017 Feature Performer at MELT (Stockholm, Sweden)
2017 London Burlesque Festival (London, England)
2016 New Orleans Burlesque Festival (NOLA)
2016 Send in the Girls Burlesque "Shakespeare's Sirens" at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival
2016 Candyass Cabaret (Montreal, QC)
2014 & 2015 Ottawa Burlesque Festival (Ottawa, ONT)
Awards & Distinctions
Sterling Award Finalist (2018) Send the Girls Burlesque production of "Shakespeare's Sirens: A Burlesque Revue" nominated for Best New Work.
Voted 1st Runner-Up Best Burlesque Artist 2017 and Violette Underground as 2nd Runner-Up Best Pop-Up Event 2017 in Edmonton’s 2017 Best of Edmonton (Vue Weekly).
Voted Best Burlesque Artist 2016 in Edmonton’s 2016 Best of Edmonton (Vue Weekly).
Sterling Award Finalist (2017) Nominee for Best Overall Production for Send the Girls Burlesque production of "Shakespeare's Sirens: A Burlesque Revue".
5-Star Fringe review (2016) World-premiere revue with Send in the Girls Burlesque of "Shakespeare's Sirens: A Burlesque Revue" at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival, which received 5 star reviews from both the Edmonton Journal and Vue Weekly.
4-Star Fringe review (2013) Featured soloist in Capital City Burlesque's "Elvisland", 2013 Edmonton International Fringe Festival.
Ranked top 3 in North America for Salsa Pro-Am (2016) and Am-Am On-2 (2015-2017) World Salsa Summit Competition: 3rd place in ProAm Showcase (2016); 3rd place in AmAm Showcase (2015/16); 2nd place in AmAm Showcase (2017).