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Voltaire


Voltaire
Voltaire is often described as a modern day renaissance man. He is a singer/ performer, creator of comic books, animation and toys.

As a musician, he is a songwriter whose music can best be described as a collection of murder ballads, tongue-in-cheek exercises in the macabre, with just enough bawdy songs about Star Trek and Star Wars to keep a Con audience rolling in the aisles. Many know him for his song "Brains!" from the Cartoon Network show "The Grim Adventures of Billy And Mandy". His album To the Bottom of the Sea tells the tale of a gypsy tinker and his tumultuous journey from his homeland in the mountains of Vorutania, to a watery grave at the ocean depths.

Mr. B The Gentleman Rhymer


Mr.B The Gentleman Rhymer
On a one-man mission to introduce Hip-Hop and its ilk to manners and the Queen's English, Mr. B is delighted to present Chap-Hop.

Having spent the best part of a decade bringing some manners back to popular culture, this dopest of fellows will entertain and amuse you with his ingenious stylings.

Aiming to dazzle with dignity, Mr. B takes to the stage with his Banjolele and stiff upper lip to perform ditties of pipe-smoking, high society, Cricket and sexual misadventure, as well as some more well-known pieces from the world of Hip-Hop, re-worked in true Chap-Hop fashion.

Mr.B is a true 'festival favourite' and was in the Guardian's top ten things to see at last year's Glastonbury.

The Chap-Hop Revolution continues apace.

Hoorah!

Azkadelia Victorious Hattress


Azkadelia Victorious Hattress
We All live in Madness and Chaos. No one knows this like the Mad Hattress.
The Mad Hattress will be gracing the skies of Gilded Festival with her brand new Aerial Silk solo act and hopes to share her journey of madness with all of you.
Come see what Chaos we can create from 18 feet in the air.

Busts & Trunks Burlesque


Busts & Trunks Burlesque
Busts & Trunks, the Burlesque division of Ocelot on a Leash Theater Company, is thrilled to present “Stars & Garters: a Doctor Who Burlesque Experience”. Busts & Trunks Burlesque aims to produce theater that is entertaining while empowering performers with self-confidence, creativity, and a sense of humor.

The performers of Busts & Trunks Burlesque will be showcased as the sexy, sultry, sonic members of the Doctor’s enclave throughout the years. “Stars & Garters” is designed to be friendly to both New-to-Who and Hardcore Whovians , their welcome extends out though burlesque enthusiasts, cosplayers, LARP-ers, nerds, geeks, freaks, sci-fi aficionados, Timelords and aspiring companions. Join them as they channel the TARDIS, touch the Time Vortex, exit the Pandorica, and confront the Daleks. You might even meet a Doctor or two. Please be warned – SPOILERS! – “Stars & Garters” will include plot points up to and including BBC Season 6. Make sure you’re caught up, unless you like peeking into River’s little blue book.

CogHead


CogHead
You know them. You love them. They make you dance until your goggles are foggy and your petticoats are moist. You've seen them perform at Dorian's Parlor, The Steampunk World’s Fare, The SteamWerk Ball, Twisted World, and Wicked Faire…

Now Dave Ghoul, DJ Kiltboy, and DJ Cub – the motley crew of musical miscreants known as CogHead – will be conquering The Gilded Festival, Philly's first-ever Steampunk convention!

They have been a driving force in helping define the soundtrack to Steampunk, and are well known for their vast arsenal of music and a love of making audiences dance. You can expect to hear a mix of Steampunk, Neo-Swing, and Cabaret as well as Goth, Industrial, Synth and Electro.

Contra Dance with the Big Chaos Band


Contra Dance with the Big Chaos Band
Do you like expressing yourself through movement? And how about connecting with others as you do so? Come join us for a beginner friendly, community oriented contra dance. Live music and live dancing (with lesson!)

Divine Hand Ensemble


Divine Hand Ensemble

Frenchy and the Punk


Frenchy and the Punk
"High-spirited old-world tunes and classy, antique-flavored shows with danceable performances and a genuine love of their fans, this two-person group is a veritable circus of frenzied fun." Xerposa Blog

"Beautiful… definitely evolved from the punk days" NPR

"Top 25 Duos, Samantha Stephenson 'the gypsy queen, the woman with staggering charisma, whose healing energies can be felt pouring off the stage'" Yahoo Music


"Their style of music was something of a mixture, it had a gypsy folk-punk feel to it but with heavy French cabaret and Mexican influences. It was very theatrical and they really knew how to put on a good show." Birmingham UK Live Music Weekly

"They raucously layer colorful imagery and subtle innuendo over blaring guitar plucking and tribal drumming to effectively create an alternative, Francophilic work of run away circuses, midnight cabarets and fairy gypsy dances." Steampunk Chronicle

Imagine Django Reinhardt, the Dresden Dolls, Johnny Ramone, Siouxsie Sioux and Edith Piaf jamming together at an event hosted by Deepak Chopra and Toulouse Lautrec. This is what it might sound like. A sultry French-born singer, percussionist and a fiery punk rock guitarist from the golden days of the hardcore scene formed Frenchy and the Punk in 2005. The unlikely pairing has since released 6 full-length CDs, produced a live concert DVD and have performed all across the U.S. and in Europe. In May 2012, Yahoo Music called them one of the top 25 duos in the US. Their show is a carnival of two that will take you from Paris to CBGBs and back again. A rollicking flapper folkpunk cabaret with cleverly crafted songs, Taiko meets Rio de Janeiro pounding drum instrumentals, Steampunk flavor and true DIY spirit.


Their appearance at The Gilded Festival caps off their full US 'Elephant Uproar' Tour.

Little Miss Rollerhoops


Little Miss Rollerhoops
Little Miss Rollerhoops is a Circus Arts Performer and instructor based in New York City. She has performed and worked in various capacities with such artists as The Dresden Dolls, Debbie Harry, Margaret Cho, Cyndi Lauper, John Cameron Mitchell, The White Elephant Burlesque Society, Bart Freundlich, Neil Gaiman, Nellie McKay, This Way to the Egress, World/Inferno Friendship Society, Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys, and Amanda Palmer.
She has worked with such companies as Disney, Dreamworks, Process Media, TheatreMania, and Macy’s, and has appeared in a number of TV shows, music videos and films. From her carnival inspired fire acts to dizzying hula hoop skills, Miss Rollerhoops is a whole lot of show in a petite little package!

Platform One


Platform One
Platform One has been bouncing around the convention scene since the early 2000's, serving up high energy performances.
Take a little synth, add a pinch of pop, mix with enough darkness until consistency is like sweet, dancing oontz. Serve with a side of sexy.
It doesn't matter if you're goth, steampunk, or a child of the 80s, Platform One holds a cross-genre appeal that knows no boundaries.

Psyche Corporation


Psyche Corporation
Psyche Corp. is a dark fairytale cyberpunk/steampunk band named after a dream manufacture group from a future where widespread neural implants have allowed people to jack their nerve endings directly into the internet and download dreams. Songs deal in dystopian themes as well as the surreal psychological landscapes of sleeping minds. The musical style spans genres; a recent song has mixed tribal singing with classical piano while embedding poliovirus DNA into its percussion. Our sound is best described as a mix of trip-hop electro-industrial rock and alternative world music.

Psyche Corp. first began playing live in 2007, and over the years has included dancers, guitarists, and a cellist at various points, but the one constant is that bizarre vocalist lady of ours that we can’t seem to get rid of, who also produces all of the backing music. Currently, the full line-up is P. Chimère, M. Lunapiena on cello, and R. Pruyn on guitar. Psyche Corp. is a favorite amongst north eastern steampunk conventions/events, renaissance festivals, gothic balls, and anime-friendly conventions. Notably, we’ve performed at FanEXPO in Toronto as the headlining musical guest for their steampunk programming in August 2010, and were invited back for another convention put on by Steampunk Canada in 2011. We’ve also become regulars at Arisia in Boston, MA and TempleCon in Warwick, RI. More recently, Psyche Corp. was the headlining musical act for Ikkicon in Austin, TX for December 2012. We also performed at SteamStock in Richmond, CA July 2013. Our performances as of 2012 have received film coverage by the Discovery Channel and Travel Channel, among others.

This Way to the Egress


This Way to The Egress
Habitual pilgrims of the road—and with a home base of Bethlehem, PA—This Way to the Egress puts on a show that sounds and looks just as at home on an Opera House stage as it does on a New Orleans street corner. Sowed in the fertile soil of dirty little secrets, crushed childhood dreams, addiction, despair, jubilation, and of course debauchery, Egress weaves elements of ol’ timey roots, klezmer, balkan, blues, ragtime, swing, and punk-rock into whiskey-soaked melodies, deviant rhythms, and infectious refrains. All the while they fuse their eclectic sounds with visual antics such as confetti snow storms, tuba farts, and puppets of various sorts, in the process creating a modern slant on the good old days of Vaudeville.

Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys


Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys
"Sickert and his co-conspirators seem to follow a sometimes brutal but often surprisingly graceful musical philosophy of what the Russians call Ostranie—the art of making familiar things strange. It is an aesthetic gamble which on this collection pays off in spades [...]" [3/29/2013]
Francis DiMenno - Noise

“Ringleaders Sickert and co-singer/accordionist Edrie come across like a pirate and an exotic marionette, respectively, and the music, hinged to Sickert's remarkably grizzled voice, draws from the bloodthirsty side of folk and cabaret.” [2/05/201]
Brett Milano - Boston Phoenix

"In the tradition of Cobain, Reed, and Cervenka, Walter Sickert declines to banish his phantasmagraphy to the sonicsphere. Better-known as general of the apocalyptic-folk outfit Army of Broken Toys, Sickert amalgamates impressions of pop culture, politics, magick, and his musician buddies into surrealist "InkDrips."
Boston Phoenix

On "Droog and Devotchka": “The romantic drunkenness of Walter Sickert's voice pushes against the meter, and moreover, I love this tasty arrangement from the Army, which includes the sweetest little fiddle/mandolin hooks I ever did hear.” [11/20/2012]
Jonathan Donaldson - Boston.com - Inbound Sounds

“Walter is a presence on the stage, commanding this troupe of performers through renditions of the classic Batman theme song, and an apocalyptic tune, and one written just for this show. It’s hard to fully process this band, with the dancers, singers, instruments, and general zaniness of the set. But trust me when I say this band cannot be absorbed via CD. You need to see them live.” [2/01/2012
Max Bowen - London Observer

The Wandering Cellist


The Wandering Cellist
The Wandering Cellist fuses his classical training with his love of heavy metal, fantasy, film & folk music. Building layers of cello on top of each other, he creates a world simultaneously dark, beautiful, wonderful, fantastic & breathtaking.

His vagabond, poly-banderous ensemble are rumored to make port in Philadelphia, PA. Time Traveling Bards - they collect music from all corners of Time and Space as they know it. From the fantastical to the melancholic, From the sea-farin' to the land-lubbin', From ruins to greatness, and beyond. Their music spans future and past as they tell the tales you've forgotten tomorrow and will learn yesterday

The World Of Wyck


The World Of Wyck
Welcome to the World of Wyck! it's pleasurably painful.

Wyck mixes classic sideshow routines with his own unique humor and stunts, for an amazing experience in comedy. From fire breathing to bullwhips, Wyck will keep you happily entertained, while amazing you at the same time.

Be amazed by the human pincushion! Overwhelmed by the block head! Intrigued by straight jacket escapes! And so much more.

Guests

Adam Smith a.k.a. Phineas Phlensing, Esq.


Adam Smith  a.k.a. Phineas Phlensing, Esq.
Adam Smith, former graphic artist, goldsmith, watchmaker, IT corporate-slave and renfest booth owner, currently splits his wage-earning time between vending his handcrafted leatherwares at various conventions and festivals, and building costume and prop pieces for the film and television industries, having built pieces for all the SAW sequels, Silent Hill 2, three Resident Evil films, Total Recall, the television series Defiance, The Mortal Instruments, and most recently was the lead armourer for the feature film “Pompeii” building costume pieces for Keifer Sutherland and Kit Harington.

In his spare time he is an avid Maker of Steampunk weapons and contraptions, with gadgets appearing in episodes of “Copper”, “Lost Girl” and “Warehouse 13”. He is also one of the founding members of the hacker/makerspace “Site 3 CoLaboratory” (http://site3.ca), and has plied his propane plumbing skills contributing to fire art installations that have appeared at Scotia Bank Nuit Blanc 2010 and 2011, Winterfest 2011 in the Canadian capital region, and Burning Man 2010.

Adam believes the heart of Steampunk lies in its sense of community, and in that vein has produced the largest Steampunk convention in Canada, the “Canadian National Steampunk Exposition” in 2011. He also hosts monthly pub socials, and now produces the annual Steampunk fair “Steam on Queen” on Queen St. in Toronto, Ontario, arguably the most heavily attended Steampunk in the world.

As his Steampunk alter-ego “Phineas Phlensing, Esq.”, he is a gentleman of questionable and shady history, a dinosaur big-game hunter, and a tinkerer and inventor of various weaponry and gadgets, harnessing electrical aether, gunpowder and raw metal in equal measures. Do not be fooled by his easy and likeable demeanor: he WILL trick you into purchasing his tavern beverages for him.

Countessa Lenora


Lee Ann Farruga
Known internationally as Countessa Lenora, Canadian Queen of Steampunk, Lee Ann Farruga is a founding member of Steampunk Ottawa and is the founder of Steampunk Canada, a national organization bringing together individual steampunks and local groups from across Canada. It promotes and supports steampunk artists, writers, makers and costumers, and also works to educate the general public about this genre/community.

The Countessa promotes steampunk through a variety of venues including book signings, social media, local events and at conventions large and small. Driven by her love of steampunk she has brought the genre and local groups to the attention of publishers and major media companies and is campaigning to bring steampunk to the attention of all Canadians through more conventional exhibits. Her local efforts have included tea parties, balls, photo-shoots on Parliament Hill, expeditions to carnivals and museums, and mass costumed movie nights. She has appeared in a number of publications, artist's works, and documentaries.

Steam-Funk Studios


Steam-Funk Studios
Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls of all ages!!! The Holidays are a stressful time … the traffic, the family obligations, the frantic cooking.
It’s okay … there’s help. There’s laughter and ill-tempered comedy. You can put that fruit-cake that doubles-as-a-doorstop down and take a break from the 50+ custom cards-with-matching-gift-wrapping to venture out of your homes for something other than Mortal Combat with other kids, parents and lovecraftian horror.

We at Steam-Funk Studios will be performing at Dorian’s Parlor Presents: The Gilded Festival! Bringing you political and other parodies for all ages, from Tesla Tribunal to Cosplay Candidate… and even some of our Convention Horror Stories, in keeping with the post-halloween season. There’s hilarity, pomp and circumstance for the whole family, adults and children alike! Slick-Brass & The Crew of the A.S.S Titilus will be happy to parade about in their usual felony-fueled-finery, with their rivals Rohan and the Dogs of War waiting to snatch at your attention like … well… pirates. Details can be found on our Facebook Event - Remedial Philandery & Filibuster.

Speaking of piracy, as we REALLY REALLY want you to attend and buy tickets to this show … we have managed to conjure up a discount for those of you coming to see US SPECIFICALLY! A Special Present for our fans - be sure to enter the promo code “SFPP” during the checkout when buying your tickets to save $5.00!

Steampunk Boba Fett (John F. Strangeway)


Steampunk Boba Fett
Steampunk Boba Fett (John F. Strangeway) is one of the most recognized figures in both the Steampunk and Star Wars fan communities. He had the idea for a Steampunk variation for quite some time but lacked the resources to build the suit to match his vision. That changed at AnachroCon 2009, where he met Matt Silva of Penny Dreadful Productions. A few months later, PDP began work on the suit, which debuted at Dragon*Con 2009 to overwhelming acclaim. John and Matt are featured prominently in the PBS documentary "Four Days at Dragon*Con."

John's ultimate stance and goal as a prominent Steampunk icon is to keep the fires of unity and creativity within the Steampunk communities roaring. Reminding Steampunks that you are only limited in how far, fun, and fantastic being Steampunk can be by your own hands and mind. Keeping humor alive and bringing a positive outlook and energy to every event he attends. Now a guest of several conventions, John F. Strangeway looks forward to meeting and greeting steampunks wherever he goes!

Thomas Willeford


Thomas Willeford
With degrees in physics, history, and art, it was perhaps inevitable that Thomas Willeford (aka Lord Archibald "Feathers" Featherstone) would become a steampunk enthusiast. His work blurs the precarious line between art and engineering. If, upon viewing a piece, one does not ask "Does that actually work?” he considers the piece a failure.

Thomas has been creating unique and beautiful corsets and all manner of striking Steampunk gadgetry for more than 20 years. Thomas is also the author of the critically acclaimed steampunk how-to book "Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos" (McGraw-Hill). He and his products have been widely featured on television (MTV, BBC, Castle, Oddities), online (Wired, Forbes, Popular Mechanics), and in print (The Art of Steampunk, The Steampunk Bible, Steampunk: An Illustrated History). Satisfied customers include musician Rick Springfield, director David Silverman (The Simpsons), and actresses Patricia Tallman (Babylon 5) and Virginia Hey (Farscape). Thomas also contributed to the design of Alchemy Gothic's "Empire” Collection, a line of steampunk jewelry and accessories.

Thomas' artwork has also been featured in numerous museum exhibitions worldwide, including Penn State's "STEAMpunk!", Dr. Grymm's "Steampunk Bizarre", the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation's "Steampunk: Form and Function", and the Ashmolean Museum of the History of Science at Oxford's "Steampunk", “20,000 Leagues” at Patriot Place, and “Mobilis in Mobili” at The Wooster Street Social Club (home of TLC’s NY Ink). His clockwork spider "Arachnae Mechanica" is currently housed in the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. He is currently a consultant and prop master of the upcoming steampunk television series Brue Boxleitner’s “Lantern City”.

Triell Freschi


Triell Freschi
A lover of alternative fashions and all things nerdy and geeky, Triell Freschi has made an effort to bring her particular brand of Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, and Talent to the scene and to share it with everyone. A frequenter of all different types of conventions from the late 90's on she can often be found participating in shows, giving panels on genderbending, or just socializing with fellow enthusiasts.

Triell will be coming to The Gilded Festival this year and is bringing the 2013 Queen of Steam competition with her! She hopes you will attend because you better believe that she is going to make the contestants work for that crown!

Wesley Peck's R2-SP


Wesley Peck
R2-SP
Steampunk Astromech Unit

This steampunk R2 unit was designed and built by Wesley L. Peck IV of Nocturne Armory, and will be appearing at The Gilded Festival.

Boasting an oak barrel style body with brass plate and silver band accents, this R2 looks ready to pour a pint for a thirsty traveler. His dome is clear, which makes it possible to see his cog and gear-ridden inner workings.
He is fully operational, featuring remote-controlled locomotion, a rotating dome, and controllable eye stalk motion. Steampunk R2 also has a programmed sound card with all of the familiar beeps and boops, and a digitized/broken down version of the Cantina song.
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