Canada's Drag Race

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Canada's Drag Race

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Canada's Drag Race
Canada's Drag Race Logo.jpg
Also known as Drag Race Canada
Genre Reality competition
Created by RuPaul
Based on RuPaul's Drag Race
Directed by Shelagh O'Brien
Judges Brooke Lynn Hytes (1-)
Brad Goreski (2-)
Amanda Brugel (2-)
Traci Melchor (2-)
Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman (1)
Stacey McKenzie (1)
Theme music composer RuPaul
Opening theme "RuPaul's Drag Race Theme"
Ending theme "U Wear It Well"
Country of origin Canada
Original language English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Production
Executive producers Fenton Bailey
Randy Barbato
Mike Bickerton
Tom Campbell
Michael Kot
Laura Michalchyshyn
Betty Orr
Pam McNair
RuPaul Charles
Randy Lennox
Tracey Pearce
Running time 60 min.
Production company Blue Ant Studios
Release
Original network Crave
WOW Presents Plus (International)
Original release July 2, 2020
External links
Canada's Drag Race

Canada's Drag Race is a Canadian reality competition television series based on the American series RuPaul's Drag Race and is the Canadian edition of the Drag Race franchise, produced by Blue Ant Studios.[1][2] In a similar format to the American version, the show features a crop of Canadian drag queens as they compete for a grand prize of $100,000, a year of hotel stays courtesy of Hilton, and the title of "Canada's First Drag Superstar". The series airs on Crave in Canada, and worldwide on WOW Presents Plus.[3]

It was the fourth international version of the Drag Race franchise to be announced, following Drag Race Thailand, The Switch Drag Race (Chile) and RuPaul's Drag Race UK;[3] two months after the announcement of the Canadian version, RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under was also announced. Canada's Drag Race was the first English-language incarnation of Drag Race to not be hosted by RuPaul, although RuPaul does appear in video messages to the contestants, and narrates the title sequence.[4]

The show premiered on July 2, 2020.[5] The cast was announced on May 14, 2020.[5] The winner of the first season of Canada’s Drag Race was Priyanka, with Rita Baga and Scarlett BoBo as runners-up.[6]

On January 7, 2021, it was announced that Crave renewed the series for a second season, set to premiere on October 14.[7]

Production

Season 1

Casting occurred in mid-2019 with production starting in fall 2019.[8] The inaugural season consisted of ten one-hour episodes.[1] In June 2020 it was announced that the series would be carried by BBC Three in the United Kingdom.[9] Early coverage of the production announcement indicated that the series would also air on OutTV;[2] although that channel did not simulcast the series in first run, it was later announced on December 3 that there would be a marathon of the series on December 5, along with all episodes being available for streaming as of December 3, on OutTV's subscription service, OutTV Go.[10]

In the United States the series premiered on WOW Presents Plus, the streaming service of RuPaul's Drag Race production company World of Wonder, concurrently with its Canadian debut. It was subsequently added to the schedule of Logo TV, premiering on that service on July 27, 2020.[11]

In August 2021, it was announced that the Season 1 queens would be featured in a Canada's Drag Race Anniversary Extravaganza reunion special, airing on Crave September 6, 2021 in advance of the second season launch. The special included the premiere of a new music video from Priyanka's Taste Test EP, as well as an introduction to the second season judging panel.[12]

Season 2

In January 2021, it was announced that the show was renewed for a second season. At the same time, it was announced that comedian and producer Trevor Boris will join production as showrunner in the second season.[13]

In March 2021, it was announced that Bowyer-Chapman will not return as a judge in the second season, due to a scheduling conflict with another project he is working on.[14] In June 2021, it was announced that McKenzie will not return as a judge in the second season, due to travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.[15] The second season judging panel will include fashion stylist Brad Goreski, actress Amanda Brugel, and broadcaster and Season 1 "Squirrel Friend" Traci Melchor.[16]

Judges

On September 26, 2019, it was announced that the judges panel will include RuPaul's Drag Race season 11 runner-up Brooke Lynn Hytes, actor Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman and fashion model Stacey McKenzie.[17] Bell Media personality Traci Melchor appears as a recurring cast member, with the title "Canada's Squirrel Friend";[17] her role entails participatory support in challenges, including co-judging the Canada Gay-M mini-challenge, hosting a sheTalk red carpet segment prior to Snatch Game, and serving as one of the judges of the Miss Loose Jaw pageant. Melchor also appeared as the special guest host for the season finale.

Hytes was the first prior competitor in the RuPaul's Drag Race franchise to appear on the judge's panel on any edition of the show.[18]

Judges on Canada's Drag Race
Judge Season
1 2
Brooke Lynn Hytes Main
Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman Main
Stacey McKenzie Main
Traci Melchor Recurring Main
Amanda Brugel Guest Main
Brad Goreski Main

Series overview

Series Premiere Date Finale Date Winner Runners-up No. of contestants Winner's Prizes
1 July 2, 2020 September 3, 2020 Priyanka Rita Baga
Scarlett BoBo
12
  • $100,000
  • A year's worth of hotel stays at Hilton
  • The title of Canada's First Drag Superstar
2 October 14, 2021 TBA 12
  • $100,000
  • A supply of beauty products from Shoppers Drug Mart
  • The title of Canada's Next Drag Superstar

Post-production

Drag Ball and Drag Superstars

Separately from the production of the series, all of the queens from the season participated in Pride events for both Pride Toronto and Fierté Montreal, presented as online streaming specials due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada. The Toronto event, Drag Ball presented by Crave, was streamed on June 27,[19] and the Montreal event, Drag Superstars, was streamed on August 14.[20] The Toronto special was directly produced by Crave; the Montreal event was produced by a separate company, but received some production assistance and sponsorship from Crave and the Canada's Drag Race production team.

Controversy

During the series run, producers and competing queens spoke out against online bullying, after Bowyer-Chapman and some of the competing queens were subjected to campaigns of harassment on social media.[21] Bowyer-Chapman's critics focused on purportedly unfair comments in his role as a judge, while several queens were attacked for simply having done better in challenges or lipsyncs than other more popular queens with bigger fanbases.[22]

Canada's Drag Race Live at the Drive-In

Following the conclusion of the season, the cast announced a cross-Canada tour, to be performed at drive-in venues due to the ongoing social distancing restrictions remaining in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.[23] Brooke Lynn Hytes hosted, and Priyanka, Scarlett Bobo and Rita Baga were scheduled to appear at every date on the tour, while other cast members would perform at selected dates based on availability;[24] ultimately, however, both Priyanka and Brooke Lynn Hytes had to miss a couple of later dates after being forced to self-isolate due to COVID-19 exposure.[25]

Priyanka, Scarlett Bobo, Rita Baga and Jimbo also participated in an online panel as part of the 2020 Just for Laughs festival.[26]

Reception

In its December 2020 year in review, the Canadian film and television industry magazine Playback named Canada's Drag Race the Unscripted Series of the Year.[27]

The show was the highest-rated original production in Crave's history.[13]

Awards

Award Date of Ceremony Category Nominees Result Ref.
Canadian Screen Awards May 17-20, 2021 Best Reality/Competition Program or Series Michael Kot, Laura Michalchyshyn, Betty Orr, Mike Bickerton, Pam McNair, RuPaul Charles, Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Randy Lennox, Tracey Pearce Won [28]
Best Host or Presenter in Factual or Reality/Competition Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Brooke Lynn Hytes, Stacey McKenzie Won
Best Casting Heather Muir Nominated
Best Direction in a Reality/Competition Series Shelagh O'Brien — "U Wear It Well" Won
Best Writing in a Reality/Competition Series Mike Bickerton, Elvira Kurt, Jen Markowitz — "Welcome to the Family" Won
Best Sound in a Non-Fiction Series John Diemer, Scott Brachmeyer, Daniel Hewett, Dane Kelly, Sarah Labadie, Carlo Scrignaro, Rob Taylor — "U Wear It Well" Nominated
Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Non-Fiction Series Peter Faragher — "Eh-Laganza Eh-Xtravaganza" Won
Best Supporting Performance in a Web Program or Series Priyanka  Drag Ball Nominated
Best Host in a Web Program or Series Traci Melchor  Drag Ball Nominated
Audience Choice Award Priyanka Nominated [29]

References

  1. ^ Jump up to:a b "RuPaul's 'Drag Race Canada' to serve meaty tucks and Canadian bacon". Entertainment Weekly. June 27, 2019. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
  2. ^ Jump up to:a b Kevin Ritchie (June 27, 2019). "A Canadian version of RuPaul's Drag Race is happening". Now. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
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