Pride had a different feel to it this year — mainly because Fierté Montréal was primarily virtual. Nevertheless, fans of Montreal's drag scene know how to fill the void left by a parade-less summer. It's as simple as cyberstalking your favourite queens and dissecting every move they've ever made until your computer is on the verge of exploding. Proceed with caution.

From Instagram to Canada's Drag Race, we're soaking in as much drag as we can, trying to get a dose of amazing local LGBTQ+ talent. 

If you've watched all your favourite queens' videos and there's nothing new on your newsfeed, then it's time to expand your roster of drag icons to stan. And we've got you covered! 

Luckily, there's no shortage of emerging 'baby' drag queens in Montreal. With their mesmerizing make-up and sickening lip-sync skills, these ladies are poised to take over the world.

Just when you think this city can't get any more fabulous, a new drag superstar is born leaving us with endless amounts of content to pour over and an even broader spectrum of Montreal artists to admire.

Take Kiara for example. She'd only been doing drag for two years before making it onto Canada's Drag Race. And as fierce as she is, she's not the only rising star in town who has us gagging. 

Lady Guidoune

Lady Guidoune told MTL Blog that if you opened Google Maps and searched for Lady Guidoune, you would find her at the intersection of campy, stupid and loveable. ("Yeah it's a three-way!")

"The Montreal drag scene is so vibrant," she said via e-mail. "It's nice seeing everyone working together to build a kingdom where everyone can feel like a Queen (that's some good poetry written using some trashy fake nails!)." 

Follow her on Instagram here

Bijuriya

Bijuriya describes her drag as an artistic and critical outlook on Bollywood and other elements of South Asian culture.

"Being half-brown and half-Québécoise, I often feel suspended between identities and cultures," she said. "My numbers often tackle this through . . . music, comedy, parody [and] aesthetics."

She told MTL Blog that she hopes the future of drag is less about gatekeeping and more about inclusion and diversity.

Follow her on Instagram here


Lulu Shade 

 

Lulu Shade describes herself as a Disney princess and said flower patterns are her weak point.

"The drag scene in Montreal is disverse. It has kings, queens and in betweens of all sorts," Lulu told MTL Blog. "I see drag in Montreal as not only in the bars late at night. I believe it will go on TV shows, movies, commercials, and you name it because drag can do anything."

Follow her on Instagram here


Selma Gahd 

Selma Gahd describes herself as the kind of queen who will "hex your ex," inspired by horror, filth and glamour. Expect the unexpected at her show COVEN, which features metal music, Mortal Kombat characters, Britney Spears, zombies, evil clowns and the black plague. 

"My favourite thing about the Montreal drag scene is how willing our audience is to follow along with our wild ideas," she said.

Follow her on Instagram here


Stella Stone

Stella Stone describes herself as pageantry glam with a campy twist. 

"There's a lot of established queens which makes it harder for newcomers to get noticed," she told MTL Blog. "However with a bit of time and tough skin — like anything else — your time shall come!"

Follow her on Instagram here


Masala Massi

 

Masala Massi describes her drag as "authentic, personally empowering and energizing," and said she takes inspiration from her dance troupe Veils of Bollywood.

"Drag intrigued me primarily because of the artistry, theatrics and platform it can provide artists to spark positive change — not only in their intimate social circles, but within themselves and the communities where they live," she told MTL Blog. 

"This means making a more conscious effort to include diversity as a mandate in programming, planning and hiring of employees, including artists."

Follow her on Instagram here


COVID-19 has caused countless live performances to be cancelled, so a little love and support for the local drag community goes a long way. 

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