For the past six years, Rethink Breast Cancer has been hosting one of the coolest parties in town. The Boobyball is an annual fundraising gala that has already raised more than $350,000 to support Rethink’s mission in Calgary. Boobyball was launched in Toronto in 2002 by a group of dedicated young women in support of their friend Sarah O’Regan who, just 23-years-old, was diagnosed with aggressive, advanced breast cancer. With it’s fun, flirty and fashionable themes, exciting activations and a see-and-be-seen guest list, Boobyball is now one of the country’s most coveted and high-profile fundraising events for young philanthropists and has raised over three million dollars to date.

This year’s Boobyball takes places on Friday, October 24th. The theme is the circus, meaning that the costumes will no doubt be awesome and maybe even a little sensational. And plus, since it’s just a few days before Halloween, you’ll get to two uses out of your costume! How great is that?

If you’re like me, I like to watch movies before themed-events, just to help me get in the right head space for when I have to put my costume together. So, to help you get ready for this fantastic fundraiser, I’ve put together the quintessential list of circus movies that will no doubt give you a plethora of ideas just in time for the Boobyball!

Here’s the list:

Big Top Pee Wee:

If you’re going to watch circus movies, why not start with the best? Big Top Pee Wee was the sequel to Pee Wee Herman’s figure big screen adventure and it’s as wild and wacky as you need a movie about a circus featuring a man named Pee Wee Herman to be. While it was destroyed by critics, the 1988 comedy became a cult classic and to this day, remains an amazingly fun movie to watch!

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Water for Elephants:

If you like for your circus movies to have a little more romance and a lot more Robert Pattison, well then chances are you’ve already seen Water for Elephants. The epic love story revolves around a traveling circus show ruled under the thumb of a villainous Christoph Waltz. The film is definitely a romanticized version of the circus, never before has living in and around horse poop seemed so beautiful.

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Big Fish:

In my eyes, Tim Burton can do no wrong. In terms of imagination, I don’t think there’s anyone like him and Big Fish is no exception. The story of father’s life full of tall tales is visually wonderful to watch, not to mention it hosts an amazing cast showing off their freakish abilities to make circus weirdos seems like our best friends.
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This one’s for the kiddies, or the grown ups, who remember just how wonderful this movie continues to be. In a world of expensive blockbuster CGI family families, one of the classics still gets your right in the feelings. Released back in the 40s, Dumbo is actually only Disney’s fourth animated film, but even back then, people knew they were watching something amazing. The 64-minute long film has been re-released into theatres four different times!

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The Greatest Show on Earth:


How can you prep for a circus-themed event without watching a movie called The Greatest Show on Earth. The film stars Betty Hutton and Cornel Wilde as trapeze artists competing for the center ring. Charlton Heston and James Stewart also star. When it was released in 1952, the film was a huge success and went on to win the Oscar for Best Picture and Best Story.

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I’ve got two tickets to this year’s Boobyball, all you have to do is tell me what you think your costume to the event will be? Think ringmasters and human cannon balls, bearded ladies, fortunetellers, contortionists and clowns. Actually, wouldn’t it be awesome to go as all of those things at once?!  Leave your idea in the comments section. I’ll pick the winner on Wednesday, October 22nd.

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If you already know that you want to go and don’t want to risk the contest, then you should definitely by tickets. It’s a Friday night, there will be a ton of awesome Calgarians there, plus it’s all going to a great cause!  Here are some more details:

What: Boobyball 2014: Big Top Booby. Annual event hosted by Rethink Breast Cancer
When: Friday, October 24, at 7:30pm
Where: Hyatt Mercedes Auto Gallery – 909 15th St. S.W., Calgary
How to attend: Tickets are $75. Click here to get them before they’re gone! 


Mike Morrison


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