True North strong and fierce: Vancouver drag queens among performers spotlighted in Canada's a Drag

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      If you think Canada’s a drag, that’s actually quite a fabulous aspect of the country. And a CBC Arts series helps to highlight this fact—with sparkles.

      The Season 2 premiere of Canada’s a Drag will be on February 13 online via the free CBC Gem streaming service.

      The docuseries, which will features 12 episodes for its second season, takes a look at Canadian drag queens and kings who keep the True North strong and fierce. 

      Things will kick off (its heels) with a spotlight on a Vancouver entertainer: Alma Bitches.

      The bearded Alma Bitches, who hosts events around the city and appears on stages across North America, overcame addiction, embraces body acceptance, and entered the world of drag in 2010 as Sister Alma Bitches with the Vancouver Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

      Quanah Style

      Another Vancouverite to be featured in the series will be transgender queen Quanah Style.

      Quanah Style was the star of the docuseries Quanah: Trans Op, has performed from Vancouver to Toronto to L.A., and has opened for Bif Naked, Buffy St. Marie, Peaches, Lady Bunny, and more.

      More British Columbians in the mix are Eddi Licious from Victoria and Jenna Telz from Kelowna.

      Eddi Licious

      Other performers include:

      • Duke Carson (Calgary)
      • Pharaoh Moans (Winnipeg)
      • Icesis and Savannah Couture (Ottawa) 
      • Manghoe Lassi (Toronto)
      • Yovska (Toronto)
      • Tynomi Banks (Toronto)
      • Crystal Slippers (Montreal)
      • Irma Gerd (St. John’s)

      If you want to watch any or all of the nine episodes from Season 1, which included Vancouver’s Berlin Stiller, they're available online at the CBC website.

      Jenna Telz
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