Drag ON! with Faye Tality
Drag ON! takes over Dundas Square on July 2nd starting at 2pm, as Pride Toronto serves up a ferocious sequel to last year’s over-the-top and overwhelmingly successful event. Be a part of drag history as DRAG ON! snatches the official Guinness Book of World Records title for Largest Drag Stage Performance. Featuring the fiercest looks and freshest routines of more than 50 of Toronto’s reigning queens, kings, and other gender-benders, with a backdrop of dramatic beats by Britney Spears impersonator extraordinaire Derrick Barry (RuPaul’s Drag Race, X Factor) Co-hosted by legendary lovelies, Lady Bunny and Bianca Del Rio.
theBUZZ asked one of Toronto’s newest scene queens, Boa, to grab a few words with some of the performers who will be strutting their stuff on stage at this year’s event.
Featured Performer – Faye Tality
Boa – Tell me about yourself! How did you get your drag name? What type of style would you say that your drag is? Etc
Faye – Well my name is Ty but in drag I go by the name Faye Tality. I wish I had a unique story about how I got my drag name and how it was significant, but it was mostly I liked the female name “Faye” which I related to because I knew a girl from my childhood with the same name and my last name came from a friend who thought it would match. Originally I never knew the connection to the game “Mortal Combat” but now I go with it. I definitely wouldn’t call myself a comedy queen, I would identify myself as a dancing queen or a queen with very high energy. Most of my friends have told me that I tend to be quiet but as soon as I hit the stage I transform.
Boa – What does “pride” mean to you?
Faye – Pride to me means showing the world my authentic self and embracing it. Even though my coming out was much easier than others I still appreciate it as a very important day. The fact that my mother, family and friends were so accepting made me stronger. No matter what obstacles have came in my way to bring me down, I’ve overcome them and I’m proud of myself!
Boa – How do you plan on celebrating Pride, this year?
Faye – I plan to enjoy myself during Pride. Last year was a difficult year for me since I found out I was HIV+. It kind of made me self conscious and scared to have fun. I’ve overcome that and changed since then. I plan to open myself up more during Pride this year. Expose myself as a gay man and as a drag queen. I’m not ashamed to be myself anymore.
Boa – We’ve been seeing a lot of hype around Toronto pride’s “Drag ON”! What would you say that you’re most exited for at “Drag ON”?
Faye – I’m excited but nervous. I’ll be performing with another local drag queen called Violet Dreams. I’m excited about performing in front of a big crowd and their reaction. I’m always excited how people react towards me as a drag queen. Mostly because I’m mistaken for an actual woman.
Boa – What types of themes or artists would you say has inspired your “Drag On!” performance the most?
Faye – Well our “DragON!” performance has a Disney theme with a mixture of modern music. So very mush modern and Disney love themes.
About the Author
Boa (Bitch on Arrival) is one of Toronto's youngest performing drag queens! Starting off in the industrial city of Windsor and moving to Toronto in 2014 to fulfill her drag career; Boa has really made a name for herself.