‘THESE QUEENS ARE FIERCE’: CANADA’S DRAG RACE BRINGS A MAPLE FLAVOUR TO RUPAUL’S FRANCHISE

Prepare to wave the flag, Canada, from queen to shining queen. The day after Canada Day, our nation is sashaying into the drag TV big leagues with the much anticipated debut of “Canada’s Drag Race,” a spinoff of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

The 12 drag queens competing on the first season of “Canada’s Drag Race”. (CHARLOTTE RUTHERFORD / BELL MEDIA)

Prepare to wave the flag, Canada, from queen to shining queen.

The day after Canada Day, our nation is sashaying into the drag TV big leagues with the much anticipated debut of “Canada’s Drag Race,” a spinoff of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

For the new show’s resident judges, a gag-worthy (praiseworthy in “Drag Race” speak) trio in their own right, it’s about time the franchise got some maple leaf flavouring.

“Canada is usually slept on,” said Stacey McKenzie, a Canadian supermodel and “America’s Next Top Model” mentor. “Whenever I’m in other countries, people always say, ‘You’re Canadian?’ as if it’s a shocking thing. We have some amazing talent here and drag is one of those amazing talents.”

Her fellow judge, Canadian actor Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman (“American Horror Story,” “UnREAL”), concurred in a joint phone interview.

“These queens are fierce,” said Bowyer-Chapman of the 12 “Canada’s Drag Race” contestants. “There is not a weak link in the bunch.”

That’s high praise considering Bowyer-Chapman has been a guest judge on the show that started it all, “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” as well as “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars.”

The American show, which began in 2009, has gone from cult hit on an LGBTQ-focused pay TV channel to Emmy Award-winning juggernaut, steered by RuPaul Charles, the world’s most famous drag queen.

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