By Breanne Massey

Pioneer Staff

A tantalizing burlesque show featuring a seductive art form from the prohibition era will be coming to life in Radium Hot Springs this weekend.

The Horsethief Creek Pub and Eatery will be hosting a Burlesque Show for adults with music provided by DJ Blair Van Riesen starting at 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 23rd.

There was a big demand, said Mike Gray, owner at Horsethief Creek Pub and Eatery, while adding that his clients were so excited about the first burlesque show held in Radium Hot Springs over Halloween. We thought it would be nice to have something for locals, before the big tourism season starts, to enjoy.

He added the Burlesque Show held over Halloween was sold out in advance.

Were selling 100 tickets in advance, then probably about 30 or so at the door, said Mr. Gray. Its the same group (of dancers) that we had last time, but there are some different performers. There will be some new, but some of the lead characters will still be the same.

However, Mr. Gray believes the most shocking part of the entertainment is provided by the crowd that attends the event.

Honestly, were really surprised at the demographic, he said. It tends to be the ladies more than any other group that comes to enjoy the show. They absolutely love it. The show is funny, entertaining its a lively night and the crowd just eats it up. They have a great time with it and I dont think people have as much fun at anything weve done as they do at the Burlesque Show.

There will be a total of nine performers at this Burlesque Show, including seven dancers, a stage kitten and the DJ.

Were also going to have a shuttle service available for the first time, said Mr. Gray. We just got a 15-passenger van and were going to have a complimentary service to local motels, business or peoples homes. Well easily be able to accommodate the people in Radium, but well also go as far as Invermere and Edgewater.

Frustrated by the limited options for people to have safe rides home for the pub, he purchased the shuttle to operate full-time hours during the summer. There is no requirement to book a seat on the shuttle in advance.

We want to make sure people have an opportunity to have a safe ride home, said Mr. Gray. We feel bad that there arent many options for safe rides, so we decided to provide our own.

Ticket holders will have priority entry until 15 minutes before showtime. At that time, rush seating will be available to ensure a capacity crowd (roughly 130 people). However, there will be no reservations made available during this event.

People just love it, concluded Mr. Gray about the Burlesque Show. We wanted it bring it back and let them try it again.

Tickets to attend the Burlesque Show will be $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

For more information, visit