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) and "With Glowing Hearts". 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. She is also produces pop-up speakeasy burlesque show the Violette Underground, and a yearly production of Clue: A Burlesque Murder Mystery (co-produced with LeTabby Lexington and Beau Creep). Violette has performed at festivals across the world, including the Ottawa, Edmonton and Calgary Burlesque Festivals, 2016 New Orleans Burlesque Festival and the 2017 London Burlesque Festival.
When not busy with burlesque pursuits, Violette's alter-ego is busy working on a master’s degree in design, and competitive salsa dancing (ranked in the top 3 competitive Amateur On-2 salsa dancers for 2016 & 2017).
Major Burlesque Shows
2018 BHOF "Movers, Shakers & Innovators" Showcase (Las Vegas, NV)
2018 Texas Burlesque Festival (Austin, TX)
2017 Calgary International Burlesque Festival
2017 Edmonton International 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 (New Orleans, LA)
2014, 2015 & 2016 Edmonton Burlesque Festival
2016 Send in the Girls Burlesque "Shakespeare's Sirens: A Burlesque Revue" at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival
2016 Candyass Cabaret (Montreal, QC)
2014 & 2015 Calgary Burlesque Festival (Calgary, AB)
2014 & 2015 Ottawa Burlesque Festival (Ottawa, ONT)
2015 Secret Burlesque Society Speakeasy (Edmonton, AB)
2015 Edmonton Burlesque Events with Ray Gunn & Bazuka Joe (Edmonton, AB)
2015 & 2016 Jasper Pride Festival (Jasper, AB)
2014 Hubba Hubba Revue (San Francisco, CA)
2014 Vancouver International Burlesque Festival (Vancouver, BC)
Awards & Distinctions
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).