If you're a fan, you probably already know Canada's Drag Race season two is set to premiere in October. And you probably already know that the cast includes four queens from la belle province. But how much do you really know about these four fierce Quebecers?
We did some digging to find out what viewers can expect to see this season and the competitors who'll be repping Quebec already have us excited. Now we're ready to spill the tea.
About: Adriana describes herself on Instagram as "The Latinx Bombshell." She immigrated to Quebec from Colombia when she was 16, not knowing how to speak English or French. Now, according to a press release, she's known for her "sexy, polished, and versatile drag." She's also a three-time winner of Québec's Drag Artist of the Year.
"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," says Adriana.
About: Océane Aqua-Black is known as a "performance queen" who hosts drag shows across Quebec and Ontario, including in Montreal. She's also a big K-Pop fan who, according to the press release, can lip-sync in five languages: English, French, Spanish, German, and Korean.
"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," Aqua-Black said.
About: Pythia came to Canada when she was 14, after growing up in Greece. She describes herself on Instagram as a "Grecian Drag Goddex." Pythia works as a costume designer and makeup artist for film and theatre so you can expect her to bring some theatrical aesthetics to the table. Fun fact: Miley Cyrus reposted a video of Pythia impersonating her.
"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," she said.
About: Suki was brought up in a family of eight! Now, she represents the Asian American Pacific Islander community with her art. According to the press release, she's a "fashionista and a sought-after designer" with "high-speed hands and witty fashion sense."
"C'est moi…Suki Doll, excruciatingly delicious and opulent! Mouahhh," she said.
Pythia, 26, is a Montreal-based queen who's known for her costume and makeup skills.
Suki Doll, 27, is also from Montreal, and she's known as a sought-after designer.
Brooke Lynn Hytes will be back to judge, alongside Brad Goreski, Amanda Brugel, Traci Melchor and a revolving guest.
"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," reads a press release from Crave.
You can catch the new season on Crave, starting Thursday, October 14 at 9 p.m. with new episodes rolling out each week for a total of 10 episodes.
Grow in love cet été. Summer nights are the most romantic nights of the year. We need to savour these evenings and make the most out of them before Fall arrives.
Now the questions remains, what can you and your significant other do on these hot and sweaty summer nights? Well we all know the answer to that. BUT if you want to change that up and add more to your time together, here are some evening date ideas that will engage the both of you in getting to know each other better and make for a grand time.
1. Movies in the Park
Virgin Radio is hosting its annual Movies in the Park so bring chairs, blankets and your appetites! They serve free hot dogs, popcorn, coke, and tons of other goodies! This FREE BBQ starts at 7pm and the movie starts at sunset. Click here to view the weekly movie & park location as they change every week.
2.Yoy Sushi (open everyday till midnight)
What better late-night snack to have with your boo than le sushi. Get stuffed on California rolls and head on home for a cuddle sesh with some Netflix. Yoy is one of the only sushi restaurants open until midnight providing you with sufficient time to settle your late night cravings.
3. iSaute (Friday/Saturdays open till midnight)
Yes, you've heard of it. The trampoline/ jumping like a baboon place. Well, this is it. ISaute = I jump. This is your chance to relish in being an absolute child with your mate. JUMP AROUND. Fly. Kick the air. Back flips. Bring some friends, it'll make for a fantastic evening. Wear sport clothing, I made the mistake in going in jeans... I mostly flopped around. No fvcks were given.
4. Backyard Camping
You read correctly, pitch a tent with your Darlin' in one of your backyards and spend the night. Make a fire, roast marshmallows, tell stories, play a nice game of "would you rather", and cuddle up together in a sleeping bag. Clothed... or not. Ou.
Deville is a sophisticated/classy diner-bar that provides great portions at a reasonable 'diner' price. The ambiance as well as their menu is profoundly original as some of their authentic eats include their Philly CheeseSteak Springs Rolls, Ahi Tuna Tacos, Fried Pickles, Mini Lobster Rolls, Lamb Pasta, Apple Pie Ice Cream Sandwich and their Toasted Marshmallow Milk Shakes. Don't those sound delish?
If Shisha is your thing then great! Take your Habibi to one of the most upscale shisha lounges in Montreal. It's open every night until 3am and it is simply stellar. The place is so damn pretty, they even have chandeliers. Enjoy a grape-mint or apple shisha, watch funny YouTube videos or vines and talk about life with your one and only.
7. Night Rollerblading/Biking in Old Port
Treat your Shmoopie to a late dinner down by the waterfront at one of the many terraces. THEN go rent rollerblades or bikes from Montreal on Wheels (rentals up to 24hrs). Now just imagine, it's 1 am in the Old Port, you both are gallivanting amid the beautiful buildings and streets, engaging in some physical activity while actively creating new memories together, eating ice cream, taking pictures, sending snaps, laughing, as if you two are the only ones awake in this deserted dream-like old town (go on a weekday = less people).
8. Club Solid Gold (Strip Club)
How do you expect to grow together as a couple if you don't face new and extreme activities? Throw convention out the window and go to a strip club. It makes for such an amusing experience with your Doodle Bunny. Have an open mind and tease each other throughout the shows, maybe secretly buy your gal/guy a dance and see his or her reaction. Solid Gold is one of the nicest, cleanest, and classiest strip joints in Montreal.
9. Cabaret Mado (Drag Queen Show)
I figured, while I'm at it, I'll throw in Montreal's most popular Drag show. The themes, comedy, humor, costumes and props to go with the music are KA-RAZY fun. The banter between each performer is mainly in French, although they often speak English especially when teasing any of the tourists. All the songs are English and they even have a special event dedicated to Cher in August, can't wait! The cost to get in is only around $10.00.
10. Rasoï (Open everyday till midnight)
This is perhaps one of the finest Indian restaurants in the Montreal Downtown area. First, the restaurant is beautifully decorated, like your in Jafar's palace (Aladdin's nemesis). Second, theirfood is absolutely out of this world, the quality, the display, some of their dishes are so spectacular and unique that you just might, if given the choice, choose the food over your beloved partner. Check out their site!
11. Dream House Hunting
Grab some snacks and take a nice drive with your Sweetkins while marvelling at the extravagant architecture of houses from Westmount to Hampstead. Do you want a front garden? Big windows? Does garage space matter? Discuss it! But don't stop in front of the houses for too long, them rich folk might get antsy and call the police. Instead, park somewhere and walk around the neighbourhood.
12. Orange Julep
The Julep makes for a perfect double date night. With their 12" hot dogs, their Italian poutine, and their creamy orange drinks, all that mixed with some great company makes for a perfect summer evening.
13. Foonzo (Video Game Night)
Feel like video gaming in the heart of downtown? Well look no further. A basement-like lounge with big comfy red sofas is at your service, not to mention your choice of PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, Super NES, N64, arcade machines, and card games. Forget about buying a gaming system, instead buy a drink at Foonzo and you're granted access to any gaming system of your choice. Let the competition begin between you and your babycakes.
14. Dinner Cruise on the St. Lawrence River
Ever seen people dining on solarium-like boats at the Old Port? These are called dinner cruises. Depending on the package you choose, these boats offer a wide range of afternoon brunches, gourmet dinners and nights where you can enjoy the evening and watch the international fireworks from the boat with your bug muffin.
Click here to access their website and plan your special night.
15. Mount Royal Cemetery
An odd place for a date, but where's your adventurous side? This is a great place for the both of you to remember sharing an entirely unique experience together. Gaze at the stars or spook out your guy/gal, tell scary stories and have them leaping into your arms at the sight of a racoon.
16. Randolph Pub Ludique (Board Game Bar)
This bar is perfect for a double date night. With over 1,000 board games to choose from/rent, drinking with your Bae and buds never seemed more amusing. You know the drill, make teams, girls vs. guys, then couple vs. couple. Try to make it a point not have the other team cry... on contrary to what you might believe, I've seen how intense some games like Monopoly can get between couples.
17. Toys'R'us (Wed.- Frid. open till 9pm)
Spend some quality time together looking at all the toys while you reminisce about your childhood, tease each other and check out all the new gadgets they offer kids these days. Then take some videos, play ball, ride a miniature bike around the store & hop on a pogo stick. Quick tip: try not to get thrown out for being delinquents. By the end, you'll have bought a bunch of cool toys just for kicks, maybe some candy and a new board game to play afterwards.
18. Girls vs. Guys Scooter Scavenger Hunt (Dyad rentals)
Grab a few friends, head to Dyad rentals (Sherbrooke /St. Laurent) and rent a few electronic scooters to fit your gang (it's 2 per scooter).
After splitting up into teams (girls vs. guys), each team must create a list of embarrassing tasks for the other to complete (extreme dares) for example,
Take a photo or video with a stranger/weirdest-looking person you can find
Serenade people in the middle of sidewalk
Walk up to 15 random people asking if they've seen the muffin man
At a store, ask the employees if they've seen your lost llama “Gertrude”
Get creative! Be specific. You can make the list as long as you'd like, perhaps 15 dares each team.
Then both teams head off in different directions with 2 hours to complete their list.
The team with the most competed tasks wins and the losing team must treat the other out for refreshments afterwards.
Tip: Hit up Dollarama beforehand and buy props to add a little funk to your outfits. Dressing silly will allow people to know you're doing a scavenger hunt and they won't run away thinking you're some weirdo wackjobs.
19. The Sexy Night In
For those daring intimate couples, head to your nearest sex-shop or check out Boutique Erotika on St. Catherine. Choose from their variety of creative & fun stuff', such as their exciting/teasing adult board games (there is a sexy Jenga), sexual vouchers, costumes, etc. Get out of that sexual slump, no more “wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am”, it's time for real excitement, passion, heat, and a little kink.
20. Zoofest (July 10 - August 3)
"Zoofest is a new festival spotlighting emerging talents through alternative programming that includes comedy, theatre, music, and other genres. Its purpose is to create a wild adventure and unique experiences. Zoofest is the off-the-wall equivalent to the Just For Laughs Festival. It selects only the craziest, not to say the most disturbing, acts to present to some of the most influential people in the industry."
Where will you both be spending your summer nights?
If you're new to Nuit Blanche, like we told you last time, you definitely need to take a look at the website before heading out on March 1st. There are so many amazing things happening that night; if you don't have a plan, you'll end up trudging around in the snow, standing at the back of crowds or waiting in line all night. Trust us, we've been there.
We wanted to help you out, so we picked a few things that we will definitely be checking out. Remember, the metro will be running all night and shuttles have been set up to make traveling to each event easier - check out the Montreal En Lumiere website for more information and for maps of the different areas.
Nuit Blanche isn't complete in our opinion without a visit to Montreal's famous Fresh Paint Gallery. This year marks the second edition of Art Attack which will feature some great Street Art and Graffiti by HoarKor and Miss Me who will be painting up a mega mural starting at 7pm and ending at 2am. We highly suggest posting up at this one for a bit, you won't be disappointed.
We already told you about the Place Des Arts outdoor area, but you need to check out the one in the old port on Nuit Blanche. Old Montreal's Place Jacques-Cartier will be transformed into a winter wonderland. Don't miss ice sculptors in action, live performances and many artisans and vendors. If it's anything like last year's, then we beg you... put it on your itinerary. It's probably one of the coolest nights to hang out in Old Montreal and that's saying something!
Ok, so this isn't an event necessarily. But Montrealers always want to know where they can find their beloved food trucks and on Nuit Blanche, you'll find them at the Olympic Park. Take a break from your crazy night of gaming, drag queens, The Beatles and bondage (don't worry, they'll still be there when you get back), get on the metro and head to Pie IX for some tasty eats.
In its 9th edition, this event features 15 DJs spinning vinyls for twenty-four hours. Started by the Music Is My Sanctuary collective, the event will take place this year at the Bleury Vinyl Bar from 7 PM to 6 AM on March 1st and from 8 AM to 7 PM on March 2nd. Can't make it to the event? There will be a livestream on their website that you can tune into!
As part of this year's Montreal at Play Festival, the Hall of Honour in City Hall is being transformed into board game and video game heaven. The whole area will be divided into game stations for visitors to explore and try their hand at pretty much any kind of game they can think of. Quizzes will also be going on all night - who doesn't love a quiz?
First of all, if the title of this event doesn't get you there, we don't know what will! As you walk in to the Pointe-a-Calliere Museum of Archaeology and History, you'll be greeted by musicians playing classic Beatles songs. Explore their exhibit - which is over at the end of March! - on the Fab Four and their visit to Montreal fifty years ago. Feel like singing? Karaoke will be available. Take your place among John, Paul, George and Ringo for that moment of stardom you've always dreamed of.
Do you like film festivals that focus on horror, comedy and fantasy? Do you like drag queens? What a silly question - of course you do. Cafe Cleopatre is hosting La Nuit SPASM this year - basically, they'll be showing the best short films from the 12th Edition of the Montreal SPASM Festival. The best part? Drag queens will be performing onstage between films. This event will run from 7 PM to 3 AM and you can bet anything that we're planning to be there for most of the night.
Cinema Excentris will be transformed into a giant, temporary arcade! This is so exciting. Montreal developers will be there, showcasing their games and debuting some new ones - with demonstrations - on theatre-sized screens. Admit it, your inner video game geek is thrilled. This will be happening from 6 PM to 2 AM.
Are you the one singing along during every musical? Do you download the karaoke version of soundtracks so that you can belt'em out yourself in the car? Are you the first one in line when, once a year if we're lucky, a Broadway show comes to Montreal? Broadway Cafe at the Segal Centre is where you should be on Nuit Blanche. A pianist will be on hand to accompany you as you sing your favorite show tunes or, if you're feeling a little shy, sit back and enjoy the renditions of other fans.
Sometimes, we just want to dance, right Montreal? MusiquePlus has you covered. Old school jams from the 80s, 90s and 00s will be playing all night long. Seriously, this is probably the biggest and best dance party you'll ever attend.
The incredible transformation from flat to fabulous.
Leland Bobbé, a successful photographer that shoots out of New York City put a photo project together that assembled drag queens in half drag. The set simply called "Half-Drag . . . A Different Kind of Beauty" which shows the man and his quite different alter ego feminine side at the same time. The pictures are sharp, crisp and very interesting. Take a look for yourself.
We couldn`t help but post one of our good friends in Montreal Felicia Rayne`s response to this photoshoot. What do you think? Not bad eh!