A new CBC Gem original scripted series is premiering on June 19,2020, and you don’t want to miss it!

QUEENS is a comedy/whodunnit mystery offering a look into the drag scene through the eyes of an eclectic cast of Toronto drag queens, building up to the manic night of the “Miss Church Street Pageant.” After the sacred Miss Church Street crown goes missing, each queen has their preparation for the pageant interrupted in a strange and unfortunate way. The Queens cause a ruckus at all of Lou’s part-time jobs, and all of these mishaps lead the queens to realize the truth – that they have all been sabotaged! But who among them is the saboteur? Or, rather, saboteuse?

Each 10-minute episode (6 in total) follows the misadventures of a particular drag performer whose preparation for the “Miss Church Street” pageant is interrupted in a strange and unfortunate way.

1 – Elaina, the reigning Miss Church Street, loses the crown.

2 – Babs is stood up by an internet hookup.

3 – Naomi gets locked in a makeup store

4 – Sharron and Minnie find themselves running late with a lost child in tow.

5 – Paper has a traumatic run-in at a strip club.

6 – Mooney runs into bizarre occurrences everywhere she goes.


Baby Bel (Bel Babs) – A pageant contender who’s been unlucky in love

Champagna (Elaina) – jaded, older queen

Ivory Towers (Shoshanna) – Elaina’s rival and an old school queen, poses a constant threat to Elaina’s ego

Quick Lewinsky (Mooney) – a comic relief queen

Allysin Chaynes (Naomi) – a spiritual vibe-loving queen who gets locked in a makeup store during a gas leak

Lucy Flawless (Sharron) -a type-A bossy queen

Lucinda Miu (Minnie) – the ditzy queen with a heart of gold

Jada Shada Hudson (Paper) – a queen who gets an accidental lap dance from her brother

Mark-Che Devonish (Trevor) – Paper’s brother, who’s a stripper struggling to find his path after giving up a lifelong dream.

Presley Grace (Jordan) – a lost child, just wants to be herself

Kyah Green Lou – An endlessly tired and overworked non-binary person has to juggle four jobs, three partners, two cats, and all of the queens’ feelings.


To celebrate the launch of QUEENS, Pride Toronto has added the QUEENS premiere to its virtual Pride Month

‘Feature Friday’ screenings lineup. The cast of QUEENS will take part in a lively Q&A panel to discuss the making of the show, drag and all things Pride. Pre-chat (8:30pm ET) and post-screening Q & A panel (10pm ET). Click here for more information.

Some members of the cast joined our publisher on our talk show ON the COUCH for a spirited chat https://www.facebook.com/JoinusOntheCouch/videos/281859576522074/. As well, theBUZZ are interviewing a couple of cast members for an exclusive feature here on our website. Stay tuned!

New 2020 Trailer

Original 2019 Trailer

To stream QUEENS beginning on June 19 at 9pm ET and for more information about the series, click here

Production Credits

Pat Mills, Director

Justin Gray, Creator

Caitlin Brown, Executive Producer

Eddie Majnemer, Nat Cooper, Michael Bawcutt, Producers

Production company Harlow Creative



About the Author

Bryen Dunn is a freelance journalist with a focus on travel, lifestyle, entertainment and hospitality. He has an extensive portfolio of celebrity interviews with musicians, actors and other public personalities. He enjoys discovering delicious eats, tasting spirited treats, and being mesmerized by musical beats.