With the closure of most bars, clubs and cabarets due to COVID-19 restrictions, the self-employed queer artists who grace the stages are facing a difficult financial situation. It’s a drag but these artists are taking matters into their own hands, putting on their faces and giving up a show to remember – Virtual Drag Show – West Coast Edition.
Tonight, is the night to pour yourself a vodka-soda and enjoy a one of a kind fundraiser hosted by Vancouver Drag Artists Mina Mercury. Join in on YouTube at 6pm (pacific) and witness 20 plus drag performers from across BC as well as special international guests. You won’t need to bring small bills to tip your Queens, you can participate in the fundraiser by donating on the Virtual Drag Show – West Coast Edition’s Go Fund Me page.
The brainchild of Montreal’s Rita Baga, the “Virtual Drag show” brings a collective of drag performances in the style of music videos recorded from the artists’ home or a performance recorded prior to the pandemic closures. The performers will share the proceeds from the Go Fund Me equally amongst themselves to help bring in some much needed income.
Joining hostess Mina Mercury (Vancouver) in this fabulous adventure are Carrie Dawn (Fraser Valley), Eddi Licious (Victoria), Miss Gay Vancouver Fancy Pants (Vancouver), Freida Whales (Kelowna), Gloria Hole (Vancouver), Henrietta Dubet (Victoria), Homo Hardware (Vancouver), Isabella (Vancouver), Ilona Verley (Vancouver) Jerrilynn Spears (Vancouver), Jo Duree (Vancouver), Karmella Barr (Vancouver), Empress 49 Kendall Gender (Vancouver), Mila Dramatic (Vancouver), Miss Understood (Vancouver), Persi Flage (Victoria), Quanah Style (Vancouver), Rita Baga (Montreal), Shay Dior (Vancouver), Empress 45 Sienna Blaze (Vancouver) and Vivian Vanderpuss (Victoria), with Special Guest appearances by Anita Wiglit (House of Drag TV, New Zealand), Cynthia Lee Fontaine (RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9), & Chad Micheals (RPDR All Star)
Make sure you tune into Mina Mercury’s Youtube 5-10 min before 6PM, the live stream will begin at 5:55PM with performances following shortly thereafter. The 2 hour show will include a break for the 7pm (Pacific) cheer, and a special performance for the Front Line workers on the COVID-19 battle