Speaking to Stepping Stone director Rene Ross the other day, I was pretty surprised to learn that the organization (which offers support and outreach to sex workers and former sex workers) has never had a fundraiser before. "We try to only ask for donations when we really need it," Ross explains. With cutbacks and a recent increase of services, money has become tight, and so Ross and friends of the organization have put together the Fabulous Lobster Trap Cabaret, a fundraiser happening this Friday at the Paragon featuring No Flyers Please, Chris Martin and the Troubleshooters, spoken word from El Jones, DJs, pole-dancers and hula girls. The event’s title (and lovely poster) are a throwback to the Lobster Trap, a much-beloved bar formerly located in the Trade Mart Building on Barrington. “(The event) is about the time that bar represents,” Ross says. “Sex work is part of Halifax’s history—-good, bad and ugly, it’s there. This event is a tip of the hat to the sex workers of the past.”
The night kicks off at 10pm for $8.