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Let’s Werk! The Season 2 Cast of CANADA’S DRAG RACE is Revealed

Released: Tuesday September 14, 2021 - The Lede
Let’s Werk! The Season 2 Cast of CANADA’S DRAG RACE is Revealed
Adriana Age: 29 (Québec City, Que.)
Adriana Age: 29 (Québec City, Que.)
Beth Age: 24 (Vancouver, B.C.)
Beth Age: 24 (Vancouver, B.C.)
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12 Canadian drag artists are vying for the $100,000 grand prize

They’re back! Today, Crave announced the fierce and fiery cast of 12 Canadian queens competing to become Canada’s next Drag Superstar. It was also revealed that CANADA’S DRAG RACE, which took home five Canadian Screen Awards for its inaugural season including Best Competition Series, returns for its 10-episode sophomore season on Thursday, Oct. 14 at 9 p.m. ET, with new episodes rolling out Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET.

Each episode of CANADA’S DRAG RACE tests competitors’ talents, and challenges them to master singing, dancing, acting, impersonation, design, and improvisation. One competitor is eliminated at the end of each episode, until one queen is left standing with the crown, scepter, and title of Canada’s next Drag Superstar.

Throughout this journey, the queens share their personal struggles, successes, and showcase the importance of celebrating everyone’s charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent. 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.

As u>previously announced, judging CANADA’S DRAG RACE this season is a panel of four homegrown icons – Brooke Lynn Hytes, Brad Goreski, Amanda Brugel, and Traci Melchor – who are joined every week by a celebrity guest judge.

Canada, meet the Season 2 queens ready to take the crown:

Click on the images to see more of each contestant.

TRAILER - Canada; s Drag Race Season 2

In association with Crave, CANADA’S DRAG RACE is produced by Blue Ant Studios. Executive Producers for World of Wonder are Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, and Tom Campbell. RuPaul serves as Executive Producer. Executive Producers for Blue Ant Studios are Michael Kot, Laura Michalchyshyn, Betty Orr, and Pam McNair. Showrunner is Trevor Boris. For Bell Media, Production Executive is Danielle Pearson; Sarah Fowlie is Head of Production, Original Programming; Carlyn Klebuc is General Manager, Original Programming; Justin Stockman is Vice President, Content Development & Programming; and Karine Moses is Senior Vice President, Content Development & News.

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About Crave

Delivering more Oscar®-nominated and Emmy® Award-winning programming than any other service, Crave is Canada’s prestige entertainment offering, with HBO, HBO Max Originals, SHOWTIME®, STARZ, Hollywood-hit movies, and more. Crave is the exclusive Canadian streaming home of FRIENDS, and also boasts a robust slate of original programs including CANADA’S DRAG RACE, LETTERKENNY, POUR TOUJOURS, PLUS UN JOUR, WAY OVER ME (SORTEZ-MOI DE MOI), and NEW EDEN, docuseries DARK SIDE OF THE RING, the upcoming WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE, and original documentaries ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND and THE NEW CORPORATION: THE UNFORTUNATELY NECESSARY SEQUEL. Crave is also a major supporter of Canada’s production industry, helping to fund numerous film projects including THE SONG OF NAMES, WHITE LIE, and MONKEY BEACH. Crave also includes acclaimed selections from some of Canada’s prestigious film festivals including Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, HOT DOCS, ImagineNATIVE, and Inside Out LGBT Film Festival.

Crave is a bilingual TV and streaming service with thousands of hours of exclusive French-language content included with the Super Écran add-on. Crave is available directly to all Canadians with access to the Internet at Crave.ca, via iOS and Android, and other platforms such as Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation, Roku, select Samsung Smart TVs, select LG Smart TVs, and Xbox One. It’s also available in English through participating television providers across six 24-hour High Definition linear and on demand channels. Crave is from Bell Media, Canada’s leading content company, providing Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed television programming on network, specialty, pay and digital platforms. Visit our website at Crave.ca.

Blue Ant Studios

Blue Ant Studios is a leading international studio and production business, based in Toronto and Los Angeles with offices in New York. Blue Ant Studios includes production companies in Canada, US, Singapore and Tokyo, producing content in multiple genres including Scripted, Documentary, Kids, Adult Animation, Factual Entertainment and Natural History. Current series and documentaries include CANADA’S DRAG RACE (Crave for Bell Media), EPSTEIN’S SHADOW: GHISLAINE MAXWELL (Peacock, Sky), DAYLIGHT (FOX), the daytime Emmy award-winning series, THE HEALING POWERS OF DUDE (Netflix), OTTER DYNASTY (Animal Planet, Love Nature), and HOTEL PARANORMAL (Travel Channel and T+E). Blue Ant Studios works with all major international streaming, cable and broadcasting companies as well as regional players in the markets it operates in. Blue Ant Studios is a subsidiary of Blue Ant Media.

About World of Wonder

For nearly three decades, award-winning media company World of Wonder has introduced audiences to new worlds, talent and ideas that have shaped culture. A pioneer in both scripted and documentary formats across television, film and digital platforms, WOW’s prolific portfolio includes the global phenomenon, Emmy-award winning "RuPaul’s Drag Race" franchise (VH1/Logo/WOW Presents Plus), "Million Dollar Listing" LA & NY (Bravo), and "Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce" (Fuse.) WOW’s rich documentary filmmaking pedigree includes premiering seven projects at Sundance Film festival and numerous productions for networks including HBO, E!, BBC, and theatrical release through WOW Docs. Notable film projects include "Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures," "Party Monster," and "The Eyes of Tammy Faye." World of Wonder has also created a substantial digital footprint with its owned-and-operated streaming service WOW Presents Plus and YouTube channel WOWPresents. The extended World of Wonder-verse includes music label World of Wonder Records, WOW Podcast Network, and the world’s largest drag culture convention RuPaul’s DragCon. Co-founders Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey have been named to Variety’s Reality TV Impact Report, honored with the IDA Pioneer Award, named to Realscreen’s Global 100 list, and selected for the OUT100 list for their trailblazing work. World of Wonder creates out of a historic building/gallery space in the heart of Hollywood.(GC)

Adriana Age: 29 (Québec City, Que.)

Instagram: @adrianathebombshell Tik Tok: @adrianathebombshell

Things to know about Adriana:

Adriana immigrated to Québec City from Colombia to join her mother at the age of 16, not knowing how to speak English or French

Since then she’s become a star in many Québec City fetish events, and is a three-time winner of Québec’s Drag Artist of the Year

She is known for her very sexy, polished, and versatile drag

"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."


Beth Age: 24 (Vancouver, B.C.)

Twitter: @AllThatBeth Instagram: @allthatbeth TikTok: @allthatbeth

Things to know about Beth:

Beth is a proud Métis queen from the West Coast, who discovered more about their Indigenous side while attending middle school

Beth is a queen who mixes old school sex appeal with a modern twist

Beth has been a semi-finalist in both Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar and Mr/Miss Cobalt competitions

"Drag is for any human, or even non-human, who wants to say F#%& YOU to gender stereotypes. It’s about celebrating who we are or even who we’re not and being whoever we wanna be. Drag is whatever you want it to be and don’t let anyone ever try and tell you otherwise!"


Eve 6000 Age: 29 (Toronto, Ont.)

Eve 6000 Age: 29 (Toronto, Ont.)
Twitter: @alsoabouteve Instagram: @allabouteve6000 TikTok: @allabouteve6000

Things to know about Eve 6000:

This Toronto queen has strong opinions, and not afraid to speak out and speak up

Eve 6000 currently holds the title of Miss Angel City Continental Plus 2021

She is also an amazing illustrator whose work can be seen on merchandise for many of her follow queens

"As a trans non-binary artist, drag is all about expressing the femininity that I wasn’t allowed to express growing up. Drag is a tool that we can all use to express our true selves and be seen as we want to be seen."


Gia Metric Age: 29 (Vancouver, B.C.)

Gia Metric Age: 29 (Vancouver, B.C.)

Twitter: @giametric Instagram: @gia.metric TikTok: @giametric

Things to know about Gia Metric:

Gia Metric started her drag career in Toronto but eventually settled in Vancouver where she is one of the city’s most well-known performers

She has won crowns as Vancouver’s Entertainer of the Year in 2016, and Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar in 2018; she also walked in New York Fashion Week in 2019

Her drag is based on authenticity; she has tried to please others in the past but has come to realize that the best drag is what feels good to her.

"Canada’s Drag Race is a sling shot that catapults artists to a platform seen by a global audience. I’ve been performing in my bedroom ever since I can remember, and now I get to perform in front of the world. I still can’t believe I’m a drag race girl! Mom, I’m a superstar!"


Icesis Couture Age: 34 (Ottawa, Ont.)

Icesis Couture Age: 34 (Ottawa, Ont.)

Twitter: @itsqueenicesis Instagram: @itsqueenicesis TikTok: @itsqueenicesis Facebook: @itsqueenicesis

Things to know about Icesis Couture:

Icesis Couture is one of the top queens in Ottawa and won Miss Capital Pride 2020

She is a true designer at heart making nearly everything she wears, and also styles her own costumes, wigs, jewelry and anything else to complete her looks

Icesis Couture has El Salvadorian roots and is half Hispanic; her family are her biggest supporters!

"My pure love for the art form of drag and the creative outlet it provides me fuels me to keep evolving, not only as an artist but as a person. Drag has shown me that it is okay to be different, it’s okay to have a voice, it’s okay to just be me. To me drag means everything because without it I wouldn’t have found my own strength."


Kendall Gender Age: 30 (Vancouver, B.C.)

Kendall Gender Age: 30 (Vancouver, B.C.)

Twitter: @kendallgenderxo Instagram: @kendallgender TikTok: @itskendallgender

Things to know about Kendall Gender

Kendall Gender is a performer, host, model, and lgbtqia2s+ activist

As a biracial artist, Kendall started the show ‘Visible’ which is designed as a platform to raise money and awareness for visible minorities. In 2020 alone, she raised more than $25,000 for various Canadian charities.

Kendall performed for a crowd of 50,000 people at the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Vancouver. This was the first ever drag performance at a Rugby game anywhere in the world.

"Drag to me is a celebration. It is about finding a way to uplift through anything. I have faced many adversities in my life and I truly feel like they have all led me to this moment. And because I have gone through the dark parts of life, I can truly appreciate what is to come."


Kimora Amour Age: 34 (Scarborough, Ont.)

Kimora Amour Age: 34 (Scarborough, Ont.)

Twitter: @KimoraAmour Instagram: @amourkimora TikTok: @kimoraamour

Things to know about Kimora Amour:

Kimora is the Canadian Kiki ballroom scene’s First Female Figure Bizarre

She has been a highly sought-after Carnival costume designer for the past 15 years, winning numerous awards. She was also a part of the designing team for Miss Cayman Islands national costume for the Miss Universe pageant

While drag is her passion, by day she is a neuropathic, pain management procedural nurse, and has been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic

"To me, drag is a form of artistic therapeutic storytelling where you can evoke emotions while telling the story of life. Being a part of Canada’s Drag Race is a form of validation. It means you have that little something extra that sets you apart from others. It is the greatest opportunity, and I’m so happy to represent the Black/Caribbean/South American communities."


Océane Aqua-Black Age: 35 (Québec City, Que.)

Océane Aqua-Black Age: 35 (Québec City, Que.)

Instagram: @oceaneaquablack4 TikTok: @oceaneaquablack

Things to know about Océane Aqua-Black:

Océane Aqua-Black is a performance queen who often hosts drag shows in many regions of Québec, including Québec City and Montréal, as well as in Ottawa

A big fan of K-Pop, she has been crowned Best Lip-Syncer of the Year in Québec City, and prides herself on being able to lip-sync in English, French, Spanish, German, and Korean

Being able to express herself as a drag artist has made her feel confident in being her weird, goofy self

"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."


Pythia Age: 26 (Montréal, Que.)

Pythia Age: 26 (Montréal, Que.)

Twitter: @queenpythia Instagram: @pythia.queen TikTok: @pythia.queen

Things to know about Pythia:

Pythia grew up in Greece and moved to Canada at age 14

She posted an impersonation of Miley Cyrus, which Miley loved so much that she sent her a DM and reposted the video

Outside of drag, she is a costume designer as well as makeup artist for film and theatre, and her makeup tutorial has been featured in Cosmopolitan for their Cosmo Queens project

"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."


Stephanie Prince Age: 24 (Calgary, Alta.)

Stephanie Prince Age: 24 (Calgary, Alta.)

Instagram: @stephaniesbutt TikTok: @stephaniesbutt

Things to know about Stephanie Prince:

Originally from the Philippines, Stephanie Prince is a self-proclaimed singing assassin and rapstress; she feels sorry for any girl who has to lip-sync against her

Stephanie’s energy and optimistic outlook is infectious and translates into lots of noise at her live performances

Stephanie believes in the power of the universe and its manifestations

"It’s very exciting to be a part of CANADA’S DRAG RACE. The only part of the competition I’m worried about is how jealous the other girls will be of my beauty!"


Suki Doll Age: 27 (Montréal, Que.)

Suki Doll Age: 27 (Montréal, Que.)

Instagram: @sukidoll TikTok: @sukidoll

Things to know about Suki Doll:

Tradition is in Suki’s DNA, as her upbringing in a family of eight embedded it deep in her roots

Drag, fashionista and a sought-after designer, her high-speed hands and witty fashion sense is simply unparalleled

Prideful and grounded, Suki wants to embody the heightened emblem of the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community for representation in arts and culture

"C’est moi...Suko Doll, excruciatingly delicious and opulent! Mouahhh"


Synthia Kiss Age: 29 (Vancouver, B.C.)

Synthia Kiss Age: 29 (Vancouver, B.C.)

Twitter: @synthiakiss Instagram: @synthiakiss

Things to know about Synthia Kiss:

Synthia competed in her first Drag Competition in 2016, which she won unexpectedly, beating more experienced queens in the city

She has a degree in Fashion Design, and has worked on the design teams for Kit and Ace and MEC

She has been performing since she was a child, being part of local theatre groups and dance troupes so she knows her ways around a "5, 6, 7, 8!"

"Synthia Kiss is an homage to all the powerful, talented, and funny women in my life – it’s a complete honour to walk a mile in their high heels, I’ll give them back soon, I swear!"


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