“The time has come for [Canadian} drag performers to sashay into the spotlight”
America, Thailand, Chile, and – VERY SOON! – the UK all have Drag Race variations, of course. Now, add to that list Canada’s a Drag, a series of short documentaries that teamed up filmmakers from communities across Canada to profile local drag performers — both kings and queens. Check out the two fabulous seasons below, featuring 22 unique performers from 11 different Canadian cities. (Click on their names to watch the mini-docs!)
Says Peter Knegt, Canada’s a Drag producer:
It’s by no means an exhaustive list of the deserved drag superstars of the true North strong and fabulous. We could have easily found subjects for 100 episodes (though hopefully: give us time). But we do know it represents a worthy sampling of an art form that deserves as much of our national pride as any other. And if there’s any part of you that questions whether drag should be classified as art, then this series is more necessary than we thought.
As queens and kings in this country and around the world have been making clear since long before RuPaul’s Drag Race came around, drag is art at its most multidisciplinary level, often combining acting, dance, comedy, fashion design and hair and makeup design in one flawless package of charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent.
Episode 1: Allysin Chaynes, Toronto
Episode 2: Lourdes the Merry Virgin, Edmonton
Episode 3: Berlin Stiller, Vancouver
Episode 4: Gay Jesus, Toronto
Episode 5: Prairie Sky, Winnipeg
Episode 6: Guizo LaNuit, Montreal
Episode 7: Elle Noir, Halifax
Episode 8: Tranie Tronic, Montreal
Episode 9: Sofonda Cox, Toronto