Drag Voyeur, Pride Toronto
Kitty Glitter Gets Fishy: A Night At The AQUEERium
“Even though gender issues have been making steady progress it’s imperative we all work towards a more global awareness.” –Kitty Glitter
Kitty Glitter is from Sydney, Australia. but has DJ’d at so many Pride, Prism and Fly events that she now considers Toronto her second home. With her upcoming gig A Night At The AQUEERium at the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada I asked Kitty to give me a sense for what we can expect, after all this is no ordinary venue.
KITTY: It’s such a unique concept for a party and that’s what is so exciting for me. I’ve played with over 15,000 party animals on the dance-floor before, but I’ve never played for 15,000 aquatic animals! More than just a dance party, A Night At The AQUEERium will be more like a surreal musical adventure set among a living underwater backdrop.
I never plan my set-list for any event, rather preferring to let the energy on the dance-floor guide me. Without that exchange that happens with a DJ and party crowd, it’s impossible to imagine where they are at, let alone where I want to take them. Although, in the lead up to an event , I do visualize the venue and consider the theme while pulling tracks aside that I feel will work well for that space. With a few well-timed and appropriate songs throughout my set I can create a memorable experience.
Among the Pride festivities and the big parties it can be easy to forget that life is still a struggle for many in our community, especially the trans and gender non-conforming communities.
Kitty: Even though trans/gender issues have been making steady progress over the years, it’s imperative we all work towards a more global awareness. Indeed the Canadian government have been world leaders in regards to equality, but unfortunately , too many people are still struggling and suffering around the world.
As individuals we just need to continue to shine the colours of our diversity as bright as we can. If we all focused on a more open and loving acceptance to those not within our own subcultures within our communities, I believe we will achieve a greater global awareness and acceptance.
BONUS QUESTION: Hypothetically, if fans wanted to hang out with you over Pride, where might they find you while you’re here?
KITTY: I do love my RuPaul girls so without a doubt I’ll be everywhere they are! You’ll be sure to see me meowing around at DRAG ON! and I’m excited to announce, along with A Night At The AQUEERium, I’ll be playing at FLY 2.0 for a special Pride feature on Saturday July 2nd – yes! that means straight after DRAG ON! we drag on and on and on at FLY 2.0!
A Night At The AQUEERium
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
288 Bremner Boulevard
Sunday, June 26, 2016 8:00pm until Monday, June 27, 2016 12:00am
About the Author
Raymond Helkio is an author, director filmmaker, and graduate of Ontario College of Art & Design. He currently lives in both Toronto and New York. His most recent play, LEDUC, is now available in paperback. www.raymondhelkio.com