Burlesque, meet blues and rock: Ginger St. James is not afraid to wear sexy on her sleeve

Monday 06th, April 2015 / 02:59
By Jodi Egan

GingerStJamesCALGARY — Former burlesque dancer Ginger St. James, hailing from the blue-collar beauty of Hamilton, ON, graces a number of Alberta stages this month.

“You can expect something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. It’s like a wedding — without the divorce,” she laughs.

The transition from burlesque to blues and rock ‘n’ roll is a no-brainer for St. James. Growing up with her father’s record collection songwriting and performing has always been in her blood.

“At this point, my focus is on music, while my lyrics still have a body sense to it. I don’t think I’ll ever lose the love for [burlesque] performing,” she says.

It’s no surprise that St. James’s lyrics and stage show are on the sexier side. Though she says she receives a lot of love from both male and female fans, she does get the odd person who calls her style exploitive or over-the-top.

“I would like to think I’m a positive role model for women. I feel more of a connection with women and I feel sorry for people who [are closed minded]. I’ve definitely had my share of cruel comments,” St. James says.

She deals with the confrontation by being her true, authentic self and encourages others to do the same. “I just don’t have the time for that stuff,” she adds.

Although she’s roamed through Alberta, this is her first full-fledged Western Canada tour. She’s anxious to get in front of audiences that play as hard as they work.

“I know there are a lot of [blue-collar] workers, especially in Alberta. “I’m glad I can offer some entertainment or some relief. We all like having a few drinks and dancing to the tunes.”

While letting the good times roll doesn’t mean she’s taking her clothes off any time soon. Still, the sexy stage act lies in the heart of St. James.

“Having the experience of doing burlesque paved the way to become comfortable onstage. But, I’m getting more involved in producing shows. There are theatrical elements still in the show thanks to burlesque.”

St. James will be performing in four Alberta cities, including Mikey’s Juke Joint in Calgary on April 16, The Black Dog in Edmonton on April 18, The Auditorium in Nanton on April 19, The Slice in Lethbridge on April 23 and back-to-back shows at the Oak Tree Tavern on April 30 and May 1.

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