VALT 2015 - Tristan Risk, Emcee for Celestia

All images by David Denofreo

VALT 2015 is being held Nov. 20-22. 

Please note - NO tickets will be sold at the door
this season so be sure and get your tix early at

Corsetier, chocolatier, baker, ta-ta shaker, hip swayer, tight lacer, troublemaker, red lipstick, magic tricks, swizzle sticks, voodoo kicks, and a urban myth. Her name is Tristan Risk. You likely know her as burlesque dancer/circus darling/ foodie/fetish model/pin up/actress and general social nuisance Little Miss Risk.

She has spent a great deal of her life as a performer, touring Canada, the USA and Europe with the burlesque troupe the Voodoo Dollz, causing social unrest, contributing to notorious underground burlesque studio Dollhouse Studios, and writing about it.

She currently performs with Vancouver-based burlesque troupe, Sweet Soul Burlesque, as well as circus collective Caravan Of Creeps, is a spokesmodel for the Sizzr app as well as an actress (American Mary, The Editor, ABCs Of Death 2). Something of a Vancouver history-o-phile and a downtown courtesan. also a regular contributor to Huffington Post and Daily Grindhouse as well as guest writer for Rue Morgue, Exclaim!, The Lingerie Addict and Malevolent Magazine. Enjoy.

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Where were you born? Where did you grow up? What were you like as a kid/teen?
I grew up in Tsawwassen, but I spent a great deal of time either at school (Langley Fine Arts) or downtown Vancouver. I was a weird kid and teen, and ostracized for being unusual in my selection of dress and expression.

What currently are you involved with: work, hobbies, charity, other?

I'm an actress and burlesque dancer. I also perform with my circus troupe, Caravan Of Creeps and my burlesque troupe Sweet Soul Burlesque. I'm active and enjoy mermaiding, acro yoga, and creating interesting shapes with my body.

What 3 things would you like people to know about you? 
  • I love good wine and food. 
  • I love the company of snakes. 
  • I love making meninists cry.
How did you become involved with VALT?

Through the amazing woman who has been my white rabbit to this Wonderland of craziness: Teresa Tayloy-Bussey of Dead Heaven Make up Artistry.

What do you personally feel VALT brings to the Vancouver scene that is unique?

Vancouver is becoming a fashion and lifestyle destination globally. People come to the West Coast specifically because it encourages weird creativity and is permissive and liberal in it's attitudes towards people's lifestyle choices. VALT is a celebration of all of these things.

Please share a favourite memory from a previous season of VALT.

The Hypershine show from previous years and MITMUNK. I love future-forward fashion as much as vintage ones.

How did you end up becoming an emcee for VALT 2015?

I'm in debt to a number of demons now, but it is totally worth it.

What is the theme of the night you are emceeing? What do you hope to bring to the evening in term of performance?

I'll be hosting Celestia - where my partner and I are the last of our species and study various life forms across the galaxy in a never ending space opera.

Links -

Twitter: @littlemissrisk
Instagram: @littlemissrisk