"Drag isn't a job, it truly is a culture," Priyanka told Narcity.
The queen herself, Canadian Drag icon Priyanka, sat down for Narcity's qNa series to spill the tea on Canada's Drag Race, her new album, and what it's like being an icon.
Although she came into Canada's Drag Race believing she was a contender, she did have moments of doubt after being in the bottom twice.
But looking back on the situation, Priyanka says "it's okay to fall sometimes as that's what solidifies the crown."
When speaking of her transition from a host of YTV's The Zone to Drag Race icon, Priyanka finds it "inspiring that kids growing up are going to have this guy they used to watch on Spongebob Squarepants now be the winner of Canada's Drag Race."
For the release of her new song "Cake," Priyanka shot a music video in Toronto's Casa Loma which gave her the opportunity to "enjoy her dreams" while having her Canada's Drag Race sisters alongside her.
Priyanka recommends aspiring drag queens "learn about the culture" and to "just do it, and get excited, and ask questions, and just know that drag could change your life."
You need to follow them!
TikTok has allowed Indigenous content creators to not only raise awareness about issues affecting their communities in Canada but also to share their histories, personal stories and ancestry with the online world.
From showcasing their culture to their art, fashion, music or lived experiences, these Indigenous creators in Canada are taking over TikTok for good reason. Are you following them yet? Because, if not, you should be.
Kayuula Nova (@kayuulanova)
Let me know what it sounds like in the comment. #throatsinging #inuittiktok #indigenoustiktok @shinanova
Her 500,000 followers have been able to learn about the realities of living on Inuk land, Inuk music and arts, as well as Inuk-style arctic char and other traditional foods.
First Pow Wow in forever! Felt so good to dance in Kanehsatake (Mohawk territory) ❤️🔥✨🙏🏾 #indigenoustiktok #powwowtrail #fancyshawl
Aïcha is an AfroIndigenous Wendat dancer and creator based in Quebec who expresses her distinct style through dance, showcasing traditional Indigenous dress for powwows, as well as her passion for beadwork.
Aïcha also uses her TikTok platform to teach her 225,000 followers about Indigenous slang, derived from English words.
Lesley Hampton (@lesleyhampton)
I was honoured to model for @scottwabano and their debut collection! #nativetiktoks #fashion #indigenousfashion #foryou #curvemodel @bnmmodels
Lesley Hampton is an Anishinaabe and Third-Culture model based in Toronto who aims to make an impact on Indigenous communities through fashion.
Hampton's brand won the 2021 Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards' Fashion Impact award — and on TikTok, she said her fellow creators are collectively "shifting the industry, breaking down barriers, decolonizing fashion and rebuilding it to include ALL bodies."
Michelle Chubb (@indigenous_baddie)
Old style jingle special 😋 #indigenous #culture #jingledress
Michelle Chubb is a Winnipeg-based Nehinaw (Swampy Cree tribe and Buffalo Clan) TikTok influencer and jingle dress dancer. Chubb was showcased in Sephora's first-ever National Indigenous History Month campaign in June.
Reply to @commonsenseplease2 thanks for giving me stuff to talk about with your bs #colonizerculture #colonizerscalledout #indigenoustiktok
Ashyaelizabeth is a Vancouver-based jewelry creator and TikTok influencer who's part of the Mistawasis Nêhiyawak Cree First Nation based in Saskatchewan.
She's the owner of Innerwolfjewelry and Innerwolftoothgems, showcasing her talents through Instagram as a jeweller while raising awareness for the lack of services available to remote First Nation communities via TikTok.
Kairyn Potts (@ohkairyn)
Kairyn Potts is a Two-Spirit comedian and Twitch streamer based in Toronto from the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation in Alberta.
Potts not only represents a community of Indigi-gamers on Twitch, but does so while creating Indigenous comedy on TikTok, raising awareness about Indigenous languages and shedding light on 2STok, a community of Two-Spirit creators on the app.
Bernice Kootoo Clarke (@bernicekootooclarke)
#frenchbraid #myfavorite #cousin#indigenoustiktok
Kootoo Clarke's brand sells body butters, salves, balms, soaps and oils derived from Bowhead whale oil, Bearded Seal oil, Kamiik grease and Narwhal Milk. She also showcases Inuk culture on TikTok from Nunavut.
His party released a six-point plan and called out the Plante administration.
Montreal mayoral candidate Balarama Holness has a new proposal to create homes for members of Indigenous communities who have been affected by recent displacements in the Milton-Parc neighbourhood.
Calling out a "lack of leadership" from Mayor Valérie Plante, Holness and his Mouvement Montréal party say in a press release shared with MTL Blog that they have "opened dialogues with local Indigenous organizations and community housing initiatives to determine how best we can build a safer and stronger city."
On July 18, local advocacy group Meals for Milton-Parc reported that a fence had been erected around an empty lot used by unhoused Indigenous folks in the area.
A petition by the group called on the Plante administration to create a "local safe space for Indigenous community members to reside."
In a six-point action plan, Holness and Movement Montréal have pledged to:
- "work with owners of unused properties to establish social housing units specifically for the Indigenous community members living in Milton Parc;"
- "facilitate conversations between hotel property owners and the Indigenous community members living at Milton Parc to establish an Indigenous Welcome Space by June 2022;"
- "immediately build and maintain a local outdoor space for the Milton Parc Indigenous community that has benches, water fountains, handwashing stations, public restrooms, and garden space;"
- "permanently reduce the speed limit on Parc Avenue between Pine Avenue and Sherbrooke Street;"
- "provide both The Open Door and Meals For Milton-Parc with stable and consistent monthly funding until at least June 2022; and,"
- "provide Indigenous organizations and initiatives with additional community grants to support their mediation and outreach work in Milton Parc and amongst houseless Indigenous populations in Montreal."
And how you can celebrate Team Canada this year.
Watching Team Canada compete in the Summer Olympics is a special occasion for many Canadians. It's a chance to celebrate, show your pride and cheer on athletes as they represent the country on the world stage.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games — delayed for a year due to the pandemic — are just around the corner, but for both athletes and fans, the experience will be completely unprecedented. For the first time, the Olympic Games will go on without spectators in the stands.
The rule, put in place due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, could be a hurdle for Team Canada. For the first time ever, athletes will compete for gold with no audible cheers, and take to the podium without the proud roars of their fans.
"Nothing has gone exactly as I would have envisioned it going," Olympic rower Caileigh Filmer tells Narcity. Still, she's keeping optimistic, resilient and determined as she prepares to take on the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
"This time around, the Olympics feel like a celebration for everyone because we finally get to do something we all have persevered and worked so hard for, and we will be able to inspire everyone globally by giving people hope and something to get excited for," she says.
While Caileigh admits that the atmosphere of the Games will not be the same, and she'll miss having fans in Tokyo, she knows there'll be support for her back home in Canada.
In the same optimistic and resilient spirit that has marked much of the last year, Team Canada's proud fans are determined to come together to celebrate Caileigh and all her fellow athletes at Tokyo 2020.
To help cheer on Team Canada at the Olympics, Cadillac Fairview (CF), the official Home of Team Canada, is bringing the nation together and honouring Canadian athletes.
CF HOTC Sizzle 2021 www.youtube.com
Before, during and after the Olympic Games, Canadians will be able to support their athletes from afar through Olympic-themed Celebration Walls. These physical and digital walls will be present at all 18 CF properties across the country.
The Celebration Walls are places where fans can share messages of support for Team Canada, learn more about their local Team Canada athletes and view creations by local artists who are inspired by the determination and resiliency of the competitors.
In addition to their commitment to spread optimism and cheer for the Olympic Team, this year CF is sponsoring eight female Team Canada athletes representing seven sports, including Rowing hopeful Caileigh Filmer. Each athlete has their own experience about staying determined and resilient which is captured through an exclusive video series to inspire future generations of athletes across the country.
We spoke to Caileigh Filmer about her own personal journey and how staying positive, inspired and motivated has played a part in her success.
Tell us about yourself and your journey as a rower and athlete. What are three fun facts about yourself our readers would be interested to know?
"I grew up and currently reside in Victoria, B.C. After doing competitive swimming until I was 13, I first tried rowing in a summer learn-to-row camp eleven years ago. I stuck with it when I found that it was the sport that most interested me, as it immediately rewarded hard work rather than natural talent. I love the endless search for perfection in the technique of the rowing stroke and the new physical boundaries you are able to try and surpass.
"Three fun facts about myself are that I have a fraternal twin sister, I always eat ice cream the night before a race, and I have an adorable orange kitten named Lucy."
What inspired you to become an Olympic athlete for Team Canada?
"Realizing that you get to do something extremely special because you are one of the best in the world for your sport is incredibly motivational. Knowing how many Canadians tune in to watch you race is thrilling because not only are you racing for yourself, but you are also racing with the strength of knowing you have the support of the entire country back home."
How many Olympic games have you attended? How old were you when you first competed?
"Tokyo 2020 will be my second Olympic Games. I first competed in the Olympics when I was 19 years old at the Rio 2016 Olympic games."
What does it mean to you to be a female athlete?
"I feel so lucky to be a strong female athlete. I want to inspire other females to get involved in sport and to believe in their own potential. I'm motivated by so many other females and believe we need to encourage women in sport.
"That's what's so special about Cadillac Fairview's Home of Team Canada campaign which embodies optimism and unites Canadians to support Team Canada. I'm honoured to have been selected alongside seven other incredible and talented female athletes for the campaign to help raise the profile for our sports and encourage future generations to be positive and go after their dreams."
How do you stay optimistic, resilient and determined as an Olympic athlete, and as a female athlete?
"Going into the Tokyo [Olympics], I am reminding myself of moments and memories in my journey that I am most grateful for. After over a year of so much uncertainty, I have tried to live in the moment and find optimism in the process. Not every day has been easy but stepping back and recognizing what my intent is every day helps me keep on track."
Tell our readers a little bit about your own story of inspiration, optimism and overcoming adversity.
"Throughout this lead up into the Games, nothing has gone exactly as I would have envisioned it going, but the lessons and experiences I have gained from it are invaluable.
"In addition to everything being changed to follow COVID-19 regulations, I've had my personal battle with depression since 2019 which continues to be prevalent. I've faced physical challenges as well as I had a serious crash on my bike last fall that resulted in my collarbone being shattered and displaced in four pieces and had to be surgically plated together.
"Even through all of these obstacles, my partner and I stuck together and tried to always remember why we do what we do. Since coming together as a crew in 2018, our coach gave us the chance to make our boat go fast and make it into our own project.
"We love rowing together, and we want to see what we have worked so hard for to the end and for each other. Making Canada proud and to inspire everyone back home as we come towards the end of this pandemic would be so special."
What is one piece of advice you would give to young athletes and Canadians who struggle with staying optimistic and determined in their own endeavours?
"To keep things at their simplest and to solve your challenges one step at a time. I am often very quick to try to solve two steps at once, but my partner and coach remind me to stay present with the task in front of me and to trust the process. Another tool my counsellor has given me is to remind myself of things I am grateful for in the settings around me. This helps me to see the positive parts of my environment rather than having the negative parts be glaring in focus.
"Another tool my counsellor has given me is to remind myself of things I am grateful for in the settings around me. This helps me to see the positive parts of my environment rather than having the negative parts be glaring in focus."
What are you looking forward to the most at this year's Olympics?
"I am most looking forward to finally getting to race! The pandemic put the world of sports on hold, and this will be the first time everyone will be able to come together and race.
"This time around, the Olympics feels like a celebration for everyone because we finally get to do something we all have persevered and worked so hard for, and we will be able to inspire everyone globally by giving people hope and something to get excited for. Everyone is so talented, and it will be very exciting to get to see what we can do.
"The atmosphere will be a bit different and while I will miss having fans in Tokyo, I know there is lots of support back home, including at CF properties where fans can come together to cheer on Team Canada leading up to, throughout and following the Games. Community support means the world to all the athletes and we're thankful for the tremendous words of encouragement!"
Is there anything else you would like to tell Narcity readers?
"I will leave all of the Narcity readers with the quote most dear to my heart: 'Make the impossible possible, and always smile."
There's even a "fun house."
On Wednesday, Angela Price, wife of Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price, and Vancouver-based contractors Vertical Grain Projects posted photos offering a little peek at the renovation of the Prices' home in Kelowna, B.C.
Details are few, but the posts do hint at some intriguing details, including a mysterious "fun house" for Carey.
"Quick trip to Kelowna to check on the home renovation was a success," Angela wrote on Instagram. "Things are moving right along, Carey's fun house/man cave is pretty much complete and final decisions were made for the main house."
"We are so excited to see how everything comes together these next couple months."
A carousel of photos from Vertical Grain appears to show a contemporary, rustic-industrial aesthetic with light wood panelling and beams, dark metallic accents, sleek kitchen cabinetry and lots of natural light.
The company did not confirm its photos depicted the Prices' renovation project, but Angela took to the comments section to express her approval, suggesting it is, indeed, her home.
"The kids seemed to like it, so we see that as a big win!" Vertical Grain wrote in the post.
His wife Angela described his return to "normal life" after the Stanley Cup Final.
Carey Price's wife Angela says her Montreal Canadiens goalie husband was so focused during the playoffs that he moved into their basement.
MTL Blog spoke to Angela on Friday, July 16 to chat about the aftermath of the Stanley Cup playoffs, as well as the couple's partnership with Amazon and the Breakfast Club of Canada to surprise a local hero with a free home makeover.
How is Carey Price doing after the Stanley Cup Playoffs?
"We're still coming down from that high and trying to find the new normal of life with Carey back," Angela Price said on Friday.
She said Carey was a bit "shell-shocked" upon his return. He had even moved into the basement during the playoffs.
"We tried to let him do his thing during playoffs and he moved to the basement, but now he's back to the early morning wake-ups with me."
"We didn't see him much during the playoffs, so the kids are adjusting to having him back, which is very nice."
What did the Prices think of Montreal Canadiens fans' reactions?
Angela Price also described "a whole new level of support" from fans during the playoffs.
"It's no secret that the fans can be a little rough with the hockey and the guys, and there was just nothing but support," she said.
"I don't think I saw one negative comment when we lost in the finals."
She recounted how one neighbour would stay up late to support them.
"He was out on his porch at midnight, 1:00 a.m. when we were driving home, and even after every loss, he was still there to wave and cheer us on. And that kind of support, it was something really cool to see, and it was really special."
What did the Prices do to surprise a Montreal hero?
The Prices teamed up with Amazon and the Breakfast Club of Canada (BCC), an organization that provides meals to food-insecure students, to carry out a surprise makeover of the home of LaSalle student monitor and BCC volunteer Heather Sim.
Photos shared with MTL Blog show the before and after. Local designer Camille Charland Perez led the project.
Courtesy of Amazon Canada
Sim even got to virtually meet the Prices.
"I am blown away that I was selected for this surprise! As someone who likes things to be simple, and really has a minimal eye for design, this is more than I could have wished for," Sim said in a statement.
"I am overwhelmed with not only the makeover, but also being able to virtually meet my favourite Montreal Canadien, Carey Price. I will remember and cherish this experience every time I look at my newly decorated spaces!"