I have figured out why I came to Montréal. For the nakedness. The amazing epic night of nakedness!
Technically, I came to do my show Lust & Marriage at the 25th St. Ambroise Fringe Festival, and that’s going rather well, but mostly I came for what happened Monday night.
I’ve been in Montréal for a week now. Tamara and I drove in a week ago today, and got to see Allie Weighs Inn, a wonderful solo show that incorporates stories about polyamory, motherhood and gorgeous violin interludes.
I took Tamara to the airport the next morning, and I was on my own. I quickly made friends with Allie (of the above solo show), and I’ve been staying at her place. She lives really close to fringe central and I’m riding my bike everywhere. I haven’t moved the van once.
A few block away there was a street fair going on the first 5 days I was here – a HUGE event, covering at least 1/2 a mile. This event celebrates the murals of Montréal. I had no idea this was a thing – but there are AMAZING murals in this city.
But i digress- night of nakedness!
I made a new friend, A magical young man named Philip who is stage managing a show in the Fringe called Triptych. Philip is from Montreal, and offered to take me and Dash, one of the actors from that show, on a tour of his favorite places.
We began by going to the top of Mount Royale, which is more a big hill then mountain, but has a spectacular view of the city.
(Thats Phil in the middle).
It also has raccoons, lots of raccoons.
(Have you ever seen so many fearless raccoons in one place? Kind of creepy actually).
I told Phil and Dash about my epic road trip a couple across America, and they were totally down for some naked dancing in Montreal!
(The cops pulled up right after this picture was taken. Timing is everything!).
The sun was coming up at this point but Phil wanted to take us to one last place. The Olympic Stadium.
And then, best of all, Phil and Dash joined me for a naked dance (so much fun! Comrades!!)
(I didnt want to share without permission, but stay tuned- its pretty freakin hilarious!)
They dropped me off at my bike and i rode back to Allie’s in the rain, singing My Vagina is 8-Miles Wide and laughing with sheer joy. I remembered a big reason why i came – because i love an adventure!
I have also seen some wonderful shows, and met some incredible people. I have yet to be reviewed (which is kind of nice actually) but i hear that my show has “good buzz.” Lots of people have said lovely things. Im enjoying sinking in and starting to play with it. Tonight im headed out to perform at The 13th Hour- (the late-night fringe talk show that starts at 1am) (i’m taking a wee nap first because its either that or cocaine). My plan is to try and get the audience to dance naked with me, or at least, meet me halfway. I will let you know how that goes…
Big love my dears, thanks for following along!