Meet The Queens, as Canada’s Drag Race Season 2 begins October 14, 2021
They’re back! The fierce and fiery cast of 12 Canadian queens competing to become Canada’s next Drag Superstar have been announced, as CANADA’S DRAG RACE returns for its 10-episode sophomore season on Thursday, Oct. 14 at 9 p.m. ET, with new episodes rolling out Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET.
Each episode of CANADA’S DRAG RACE tests competitors’ talents, and challenges them to master singing, dancing, acting, impersonation, design, and improvisation. One competitor is eliminated at the end of each episode, until one queen is left standing with the crown, scepter, and title of Canada’s next Drag Superstar.
Throughout this journey, the queens share their personal struggles, successes, and showcase the importance of celebrating everyone’s charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent. In addition to RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE fan-favourites like Snatch Game, Rumails, and Untucked, Season 2 is also set to bring audiences a few surprises and ‘RU-veals,’ while also celebrating the uniqueness of Canada’s drag scene and queer community.
Featuring Canadian talent from the world of television, music, film, comedy, YouTube, and dance, the full lineup of extra special guest judges that will help critique runway looks, and more, includes:
- Bif Naked – Singer-songwriter
- Caitlin Cronenberg – Award-winning photographer and director
- Emma Hunter – Award winning actor and comedian
- Connor Jessup – Actor
- Fefe Dobson – Singer, songwriter, recording artist, and actress
- Gigi Gorgeous – YouTube star, transgender activist, author, television personality, actress, model, and LGBTQ icon
- Hollywood Jade – Dancer/choreographer turned artistic director
- Mitsou – Artist, host, and businesswoman
Special guests also making an appearance on this season of CANADA’S DRAG RACE include: Canada’s First Drag Superstar Priyanka, TikTok star Boman Martinez-Reid, actor Thom Allison (KILLYJOYS), and more.
Canada, meet the Season 2 queens ready to take the crown:
- Adriana immigrated to Québec City from Colombia to join her mother at the age of 16, not knowing how to speak English or French
- Since then she’s become a star in many Québec City fetish events, and is a three-time winner of Québec’s Drag Artist of the Year
- She is known for her very sexy, polished, and versatile drag
“Doing drag makes me feel that I can do anything! All my life I struggled to find something I was good at. Many times I thought I had no talent and no confidence to become the star that I have always wanted to be. Drag let me see how amazing I really am. Now, I constantly surprise audiences and leave them asking for more every time.” Beth Age: 24 (Vancouver, B.C.) Twitter: @AllThatBeth Instagram: @allthatbeth_ TikTok: @allthatbeth
Things to know about Beth:
- Beth is a proud Métis queen from the West Coast, who discovered more about their Indigenous side while attending middle school
- Beth is a queen who mixes old school sex appeal with a modern twist
- Beth has been a semi-finalist in both Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar and Mr/Miss Cobalt competitions
“Drag is for any human, or even non-human, who wants to say F#%& YOU to gender stereotypes. It’s about celebrating who we are or even who we’re not and being whoever we wanna be. Drag is whatever you want it to be and don’t let anyone ever try and tell you otherwise!”
- This Toronto queen has strong opinions, and not afraid to speak out and speak up
- Eve 6000 currently holds the title of Miss Angel City Continental Plus 2021
- She is also an amazing illustrator whose work can be seen on merchandise for many of her follow queens
“As a trans non-binary artist, drag is all about expressing the femininity that I wasn’t allowed to express growing up. Drag is a tool that we can all use to express our true selves and be seen as we want to be seen.” Gia Metric Age: 29 (Vancouver, B.C.) Twitter: @gia_metric Instagram: @gia.metric TikTok: @giametric Things to know about Gia Metric:
- Gia Metric started her drag career in Toronto but eventually settled in Vancouver where she is one of the city’s most well-known performers
- She has won crowns as Vancouver’s Entertainer of the Year in 2016, and Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar in 2018; she also walked in New York Fashion Week in 2019
- Her drag is based on authenticity; she has tried to please others in the past but has come to realize that the best drag is what feels good to her.
“Canada’s Drag Race is a sling shot that catapults artists to a platform seen by a global audience. I’ve been performing in my bedroom ever since I can remember, and now I get to perform in front of the world. I still can’t believe I’m a drag race girl! Mom, I’m a superstar!”
- Icesis Couture is one of the top queens in Ottawa and won Miss Capital Pride 2020
- She is a true designer at heart making nearly everything she wears, and also styles her own costumes, wigs, jewelry and anything else to complete her looks
- Icesis Couture has El Salvadorian roots and is half Hispanic; her family are her biggest supporters!
“My pure love for the art form of drag and the creative outlet it provides me fuels me to keep evolving, not only as an artist but as a person. Drag has shown me that it is okay to be different, it’s okay to have a voice, it’s okay to just be me. To me drag means everything because without it I wouldn’t have found my own strength.”
- Kendall Gender is a performer, host, model, and lgbtqia2s+ activist
- As a biracial artist, Kendall started the show ‘Visible’ which is designed as a platform to raise money and awareness for visible minorities. In 2020 alone, she raised more than $25,000 for various Canadian charities.
- Kendall performed for a crowd of 50,000 people at the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Vancouver. This was the first ever drag performance at a Rugby game anywhere in the world.
“Drag to me is a celebration. It is about finding a way to uplift through anything. I have faced many adversities in my life and I truly feel like they have all led me to this moment. And because I have gone through the dark parts of life, I can truly appreciate what is to come.”
- Kimora is the Canadian Kiki ballroom scene’s First Female Figure Bizarre
- She has been a highly sought-after Carnival costume designer for the past 15 years, winning numerous awards. She was also a part of the designing team for Miss Cayman Islands national costume for the Miss Universe pageant
- While drag is her passion, by day she is a neuropathic, pain management procedural nurse, and has been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic
“To me, drag is a form of artistic therapeutic storytelling where you can evoke emotions while telling the story of life. Being a part of Canada’s Drag Race is a form of validation. It means you have that little something extra that sets you apart from others. It is the greatest opportunity, and I’m so happy to represent the Black/Caribbean/South American communities.”
- Océane Aqua-Black is a performance queen who often hosts drag shows in many regions of Québec, including Québec City and Montréal, as well as in Ottawa
- A big fan of K-Pop, she has been crowned Best Lip-Syncer of the Year in Québec City, and prides herself on being able to lip-sync in English, French, Spanish, German, and Korean
- Being able to express herself as a drag artist has made her feel confident in being her weird, goofy self
“For me, Canada’s Drag Race is not just a competition show, it’s a wonderful platform where everybody can enjoy my talent and creativity! More importantly, I think drag queens give an important voice to the LGBTQ+ community because we represent their superheroes. I hope people will be able to relate to us and we can act as an inspiration to make the world a magical place.”
- Pythia grew up in Greece and moved to Canada at age 14
- She posted an impersonation of Miley Cyrus, which Miley loved so much that she sent her a DM and reposted the video
- Outside of drag, she is a costume designer as well as makeup artist for film and theatre, and her makeup tutorial has been featured in Cosmopolitan for their Cosmo Queens project
“Drag for me is the closest thing we have to magic and a method to completely unpack and destroy gender. It grants me the ability to transfigure and embody all of my passions, whether it be theatre, fashion or art, and merge them into one physical form as Pythia. I am not a “female impersonator,” I am the image of my imagination, a storyteller and a fantasy made into reality.”
- Originally from the Philippines, Stephanie Prince is a self-proclaimed singing assassin and rapstress; she feels sorry for any girl who has to lip-sync against her
- Stephanie’s energy and optimistic outlook is infectious and translates into lots of noise at her live performances
- Stephanie believes in the power of the universe and its manifestations
“It’s very exciting to be a part of CANADA’S DRAG RACE. The only part of the competition I’m worried about is how jealous the other girls will be of my beauty!”
- Tradition is in Suki’s DNA, as her upbringing in a family of eight embedded it deep in her roots
- Drag, fashionista and a sought-after designer, her high-speed hands and witty fashion sense is simply unparalleled
- Prideful and grounded, Suki wants to embody the heightened emblem of the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community for representation in arts and culture
“C’est moi…Suki Doll, excruciatingly delicious and opulent! Mouahhh”
- Synthia competed in her first Drag Competition in 2016, which she won unexpectedly, beating more experienced queens in the city
- She has a degree in Fashion Design, and has worked on the design teams for Kit and Ace and MEC
- She has been performing since she was a child, being part of local theatre groups and dance troupes so she knows her ways around a “5, 6, 7, 8!”
“Synthia Kiss is an homage to all the powerful, talented, and funny women in my life – it’s a complete honour to walk a mile in their high heels, I’ll give them back soon, I swear!”
As previously announced, judging CANADA’S DRAG RACE this season is a panel of four homegrown icons – Brooke Lynn Hytes, Brad Goreski, Amanda Brugel, and Traci Melchor – who are joined every week by a celebrity guest judge.
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