Canada’s Drag Race Recap, Episode 1: EhLaganza EhXtravaganza

Canada’s Drag Race Recap, Episode 1: EhLaganza EhXtravaganza
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As they say at the dep when you’re grabbing a two-four, bonjour hi! The Drag Race industrial complex is skipping nary a beat when it comes to showering us with new content. Drag Race is like a mythical Greek hydra, or a mason jar of quarantine scallions: snip off one head, three more sprout up in its place. The week after Jaida Essence Hall’s season 12 victory, the just-wrapped season of All-Stars began, and here we are with a concurrent, exotically canadienne season of Canada’s Drag Race, premiering Stateside tonight. En fait, the first-ever season of Canada’s Drag Race premiered three weeks ago in Canada on Crave TV and in America on some shady Google Drives, but now the little Canuck reality spin-off that could has made it to the bigtime: Logo. This is the biggest thing to happen for a Canadian TV show airing on American cable since Moira Rose first said “bébé.” This inaugural cast of Canadian queens have massive, honkin’ boots to fill, and the show gets right to it, with the queens making their entrances through a gaping, bright red… maple leaf.

First in the workroom is Priyanka from Toronto, serving Riddler the house down. She’s only been doing drag “for two years, but you wouldn’t know that because I’m an icon,” and where is the lie? Pri gives great talking head; no doubt she’ll get the narrator edit this season. Pri used to be a kids TV host for YTV’s programming block “The Zone,” which is a goddamn institution. (Fun fact: when I was 5 I told my parents I was changing my name to “Jenny” because that was the name of the Zone host at the time. “The Zone”’s impact.)

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