Tongue n' Cheek poster

Come check out Tongue n’ Cheek, an evening of live entertainment like no other, featuring “Four Giants of Spoken Word and Four Queens of Sweet Soul Burlesque”. The event will be held at the Rio Theatre and hosted by Crystal Previous and Mighty Mike McGee.

Since their inception a decade ago, Sweet Soul Burlesque has become internationally renowned as Western Canada’s longest-running, professional neo-burlesque troupe. Sweet Soul strives to break the mold by creating fun, ground-breaking burlesque performances that are of unequaled production value; a vibrant mash-up of classic striptease and elements of hip-hop, underground dance culture and punk rock.

CR Avery wears many hats: outlaw hip-hop harmonica player, beatbox poet, punk piano player, string quartet raconteur, rock n roll matador, playwright. From musical beginnings in his late teens, C.R. Avery has recorded over 15 albums as well as writing and directing six hip-hop operas, mounted and performed from New York’s Bowery to L.A.’s South Central. He has toured throughout Canada (including almost every major folk festival), the US, and Europe. His incredible live performances have been described as “Bob Dylan in the body of Iggy Pop; colliding with Little Walter, the Beastie Boys and Allen Ginsberg.” Every show is all-or-nothing, and his fearless approach to all genres of music both on stage and in the studio proves the longevity of this talented creator.

Mike McGee was born with spina bifida in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, but grew up in San Jose, California. He writes and performs all over the world, and is a winner of both the 2003 National Poetry Slam Individual Grand Championship and the 2006 Individual World Poetry Slam Championship – the first person to attain both titles. He has served time as a pirate radio station dj, altar boy, travel agent, floor sweeper, hip hop emcee, band leader, and screenwriter. McGee was one of the first American poets to perform at the University of Paris (La Sorbonne) and also at the Glastonbury Festival, UK.

Once called a “verbal Genghis Kahn, the red-haired lovechild of a crack-crazed Richard Pryor and Alex from A Clockwork Orange,” Jamie DeWolf is a slam poet, stand-up comedian, teaching artist and filmmaker from Oakland, CA. After being banned from local open mics in his hometown for his raw subject matter, vaudevillian theatrics and dark humor, he created Tourettes Without Regrets in 1999 out of revenge, to showcase the cutting edge of underground performance art. Since then, the show has become the longest-running freestyle battle and the largest slam on the West Coast. It was awarded “Best of the Bay” by the San Francisco Guardian and continues every first Thursday of the month in Oakland. DeWolf has characterized this show as “Sex, drugs and spoken word.” The San Francisco Chronicle characterized DeWolf as, “a nationally recognized slam poet.” 

Duncan Shields is a computer games animator, current co-slam master for the Vancouver Poetry Slam family, staff writer for, one-third of the Unknown Origins Podcast and occasional burlesque performer that goes by the name of Duncan Teabags.

Adding to the lineup is Tristan Risk, Cherry on Top, Lola Frost, plus musical guests The Broken Mirrors, The Sisters of Company B, and Miss Quincey and the Showdown.

Get your tickets now for what promises to be an insanely fun evening in East Van.

2nd Annual Tongue n’ Cheek Show
Date: Friday, March 22; doors at 7 pm; show at 8 pm
Venue: Rio Theatre, 1660 East Broadway at Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Tickets: $16 in advance online; $20 at the door
Note: This is a 19+ event.

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