It’s Pride 2015 and as we near the biggest LGBTQ festival in the city this weekend. theBuzz is bringing you the scoop on the greatest and gayest Pride events and participants.

Saturday June  27th marks the date for Canada’s largest drag show in history with Drag ON!, Pride Toronto‘s 35th Anniversary drag show spectacle hitting the  Yonge-Dundas Square stage with a tribute to 35 years of music with 35 performances to commemorate this historic achievement.

On the roster for this drag-tastic event is Toronto’s super queen supreme, the one and only Farrah N Hyte! Glam, glitz, beauty and style, Farrah N Hyte began her incredible career over 15 years ago and is a fixture in gay communities both locally and far and wide, scoring the coveted titles of ‘Miss Continental Plus’ and ‘International Showgirl At Large’, to name a few memorable crowning achievements. Her continental beauty and stage presence is defining and impeccable.

What does Pride mean to you?

It’s the time of the year to celebrate our individuality and creativity. It’s the time of freedom and respect, with no restrictions or boundaries placed upon us.

What are you looking forward to most this Pride?

Seeing and reconnecting with people I usually don’t get to see as often. Pride brings many people out and about and it’s a rewarding reunion and a great time to share our space and joy.

What have been the most memorable achievements and highlights for you and your career as a performer?

Being crowned Miss Continental Plus was an incredible moment I’m very proud of, and being crowned Miss National Show Girl At Large as well. Performing at Timmins Pride was absolutely unbelievable. We walked out on stage and the roar from the crowd and the response is one I’ll never forget. I imagine that’s what kind of welcome Cher would receive when she walks out on stage. I could literally feel a rumble on the stage from that crowds energy and reception! It was just mind blowing.

Who are your drag idols?

Locally I’d say Scarlett Fever, Robin Loren and Miss Conception. Nationally it would be Mimi Marks and Monica Monroe who I truly admire and respect.

What song and year are you representing for the Drag ON! event?

I’m representing Mariah Carey‘s 1995 hit ‘Fantasy‘.

Quite a few performers have said you are their drag idol when I’ve asked them who they idolize. What do you think is your appeal?

I’m incredibly flattered by that, I really am. I think I have a sense of professionalism and focus, and that’s something I myself have observed from others as well, something I’ve learned and something I think we should all aspire to at all times. I try to do my best and give in the moment. It’s a true pleasure to perform and it’s great to be both recognized and be able to continue to do what I do.

It’s make up and magic this weekend with Farrah N Hyte and many more for Drag ON! this Saturday July the 27th 2:00 PM – 11:00 PM at Yonge-Dundas Square. Check back in with theBuzz for more Pride coverage. Happy Pride Buzzters!

 

 

 

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The beautiful and legendary Donnarama has graced the stages of T.O with outrageous costumes and comedy skits, and there is never a dull moment! A scene queen and Canadian drag staple, her dedication, pioneering originality and uniqueness have scored her numerous awards, bar titles and visits to therapy.

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