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Pride Month Canada 2021: The Virtual Events Happening All Month | #Fashion



Pride Month Canada 2021: The Virtual Events Happening All Month

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Here are some of the biggest online parades, shows and ceremonies to tune into during Pride Month this year.

COVID-19 has squashed plans for in-person Pride festivals across most of Canada once again, but queer folks are resilient and we won’t let a global pandemic get in the way of a good celebration. From pet clubs to drag shows, dance parties and Two-Spirit sharing circles, queer people across the country are finding new ways to maintain community during Pride Month Canada 2021 despite physical distancing.

Here are some of the most exciting virtual events for Pride Month Canada 2021. And best of all, they’re all free! Keep checking back for more — this list will be updated as new events are announced.

Deep Focus: Poetic Becoming with Syrus Marcus Ware

The scoop: This free writing-based workshop is part of TIFF’s Queer Becoming programme and inspired by Marlon T. Riggs’s documentary Tongues UntiedTIFF invites participants to join artist, activist, and scholar Syrus Marcus Ware and explore poetry as a vehicle for self-expression, community building, and activism. Participation is open to all, but priority will be given to registrants who self-identify as LGBTQ+ and BIPOC.
When: June 24, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Find it: Event details and how to join via Zoom will go live on Wednesday, June 9.


The scoop: DJ, producer and poet Sofia Fly has kept in-the-know queers dancing in their homes during quarantine with her superb 2020 album Fly Beats II Virgo Rising and ongoing Twitch dance parties. For Pride, she’s curating a special edition of her party series Bitchcraft featuring The Noise Witch, Nicki Nastasia, Gay Jesus and more.
When: June 18, 1 p.m.
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2Spirit Pride

The scoop: This year’s 2Spirit Pride is a special edition of Tygr Willy and Weird Alice Yankadic’s magnificent Indigiqueer and 2-spirit variety show Thirst Nation. The pair of performer-slash-producers are co-hosting the event, which has a stacked lineup including Feather Tahlia and Veronica Johnny.
When: June 18, 2:30 p.m.
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Pet Club

The scoop: The Queer Yukon Society has a full schedule of ongoing digital programming to keep queers up north connected during the pandemic, including the cutest event on any Pride calendar in the country — an LGBTQIA2S+ pet club. The best part? You don’t even need to be a pet parent to join in and make new furry friends.
When: Ongoing, the first Monday of every month
Find it: Zoom via

Blockorama 23: Black is love

The scoop: Pride Toronto’s longest-running stage is back once again this year for Blockorama 23 — another triumphant celebration of Black talent and Black love. This year’s Blockorama includes DJ Carma, artist Karim Olen Ash and local drag heroes Jada Hudson and Nicolette Brown.
When: June 27, 6 p.m.
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Yohomo Dance Party

The scoop: The fun-loving folks at Yohomo are masters of nightlife curation, so the collective’s own mini Pride party is sure to be a rager. The party will include DJ sets from Yohomo’s own Armand Digdoyo and Phil as well as Young Teesh, plus performances from Tygr Willy and Mango. DJ and New Ho Queen co-founder Lulu Wei is the event’s videographer, while Driftnote will be providing the visuals.
When: June 26, 9 p.m.
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Kick Your Boots Off: A Country Drag Show

The scoop: Regina’s Pride festival kicks off early in the month with a yee-haw country-style drag show hosted by Saskatchewan’s 30th Imperial House of Leather and Lace. Cowboy hats, PVC chaps and Orville Peck-style masks presumably encouraged.
When: June 4, 9:30 p.m.
Find it: YouTube 

Eat With Pride Brunch Edition

The scoop: The Tegan and Sara Foundation has funded a five-week virtual cook-along series for Fredericton Pride. The organization is delivering free ingredients to New Brunswick queers who want to participate, starting with pancakes on June 6.
When: June 6 and 20, July 4 and 18, August 1
Find it: Zoom via Fierté Fredericton Pride

Two-Spirit Circle

The scoop: The Pride group QLink in Windsor-Wessex has an ongoing program of digital drop-ins, counselling services and activities like crafting nights. Among the programing is a virtual circle for Two-Spirit folks and their families, friends and allies. The events include traditional teachings, music and games.
When: Biweekly on Mondays, 7 p.m.
Find it: Zoom via QLink Windsor-Essex

New Ho Queen

The scoop: Pre-pandemic, New Ho Queen’s parties were a sensation in Toronto’s queer scene. Throughout COVID-19, the queer Asian collective has rallied against racism via digtial activism and partnered with organizations like the Reel Asian Film Festival on digital events. Back in action for Pride, New Ho Queen’s official Pride Toronto stream is not to be missed.
When: June 19, 9 p.m.
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Posh Ball

The scoop: Vancouver’s Van Vogue Jam is hosting its summer ball in late July in partnership with the Vancouver Pride Society. This ball will be hosted by Posh Gvasalia of the Kiki House Of Gvasalia and have DJ Blackcat and DJ Softishan on the decks. The group’s past balls have featured international ballroom icons like Leiomy Maldonado and west coast drag stars like Kendall Gender and Rose Butch. And keep an eye on Van Vogue Jam’s socials for info on its upcoming VVJ Ballroom Talk Series with folks like Twysted.
When: July 31, 6 p.m.
Fees: By donation
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Buddies in Bad Times Tea Dance

The scoop: Buddies in Bad Times is helping close out Pride’s busiest weekend with the long-held gay tradition of the Sunday tea dance. Hosted by the exuberant, charismatic theatre artist Ryan G. Hinds, the Buddies Tea Dance may be your only chance this Pride to hang with queer Toronto’s most beloved bartender, Buddies’ own Patricia Wilson. Plus, performances by boylesque performer Wrong Note Rusty and self-proclaimed human disaster Bombae.
When: June 27, 5 p.m.
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‘Out’ in the Country

The scoop: Pride extends well beyond big circuit parties in major cities; small towns all over Canada host festivals and programming that are vital to keeping rural queers safe and connected to their communities. Case in point: Kincardine Pride’s ‘Out’ in the Country Webinar series this June, including an educational event on the importance of Pride in rural Ontario.
When: June 24, 7 p.m.
Find it: Kincardine Pride Facebook

Pride Live

The scoop: Pride is a rare chance to see an excess of top-tier queer musicians all on one stage. This year the stage is digital and the format for Pride Live is music video-style performances. Featuring singer-songwriter, dancer and occasional model Roney X (a must-follow on Insta) and Tafari Anthony, whose single “Centrefold” off his new EP The Way You See Me should already be on your Pride playlist.
When: June 19, 4:30 p.m.
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Dyke March

The scoop: Too many Pride events centre the queer community’s most profitable consumers: white, cisgender gay dudes. The Dyke March has always created space for those who fall outside that narrow scope and in recent years it has focused on inclusivity even among dykes — all self-identified dykes, including trans dykes and non-binary dykes are welcome. With speeches, spoken word performances and even the live creation of a painting, 2020’s Dyke March was one of the most politically-charged and moving parts of the digital festival and this year’s march is sure to be as well.
When: June 26, 1 p.m.
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Drag Queen Storytime with Fay & Fluffy

The scoop: There’s plenty of Pride events for families, even in the digital world — and free, open events like the Kitchener Public Library’s drag queen storytime mean that queer families and allies can tune in even if they’re not physically close to a major Pride festival. KPL’s storytime is hosted by Fay & Fluffy, who are widely admired in the drag storytime space. Families on west coast time, meanwhile, can check out Pride Calgary’s Reading With Royalty event.
When:Find it: Zoom via

Drag Ball

The scoop: Curated by Yohomo’s Phil Villeneuve (who you may know as Dancing Phil), the 2020 Drag Ball features an eclectic mix of Toronto’s best drag performers, from the queen of the west end, Allysin Chaynes, to drag king sensation Manny Dingo, the queer messiah himself Gay Jesus and high fashion club kid Bombae. Hosted by Canada’s Drag Race’s BOA.
When: June 26, 7 p.m.
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Speakeasy TV’s Hollywood Squares

The scoop: Toronto’s online drag bar Speakeasy TV is raising money for Rainbow Railroad with the second edition of its absurd send-up of the television classic Hollywood Squares this Pride. The event features Canada’s Drag Race alum Juiceboxx, Halifax drag legend Elle Noir and House of Kings producer ZacKey Lime. (Full disclosure: I’m one of the contestants!)
When: June 5, 8 p.m.
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Painting Church Street in Lavender: Zine Launch!

The scoop: Lavender has a reputation for throwing some of the best queer parties in Toronto. The  series, which is for queer women and people of all genders, hosts an official Pride stream on Saturday, June 19 (1 p.m.). Then on June 21, it’s celebrating three years of sweaty, joyful parties with the launch of a zine that documents community memories of Lavender.
When: June 21, 8:30 p.m.
Find it: Zoom via Glad Day TV

Sober Pride

The scoop: Pride events typically revolve around drinking, but there’s been a rise of sober queer folks in recent years and creating spaces for them, even in the digital world, is crucial. That’s exactly the aim behind Pride Toronto’s official Sober Pride event, which will celebrate milestones in sobriety.
When: June 19, 1 p.m.
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“I Can’t Breathe”

The scoop: If 2020’s Pride season taught us anything, it’s that Pride is intrinsically linked to Black Lives Matter and other social justice movements that seek social equity, just like Pride. In Ontario this year, film director Steve Haining has partnered with Pride Hamilton for a special, politically-charged stream on Juneteenth titled “I Can’t Breathe” (The title is, of course, a common refrain associated with the Black Lives Matter movement originating from the shooting of Eric Garner.)
When: June 19
Find it: More info to come via Pride Hamilton

Indigenous People’s Day Showcase

The scoop: Pride Toronto is marking Indigenous People’s Day with a circle discussion led by Elder Blu Waters with 2S and Indigiqueer leaders from 2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations Leadership Building Initiative — Kiley May, and Shane Lyon. The livestream event will also feature traditional Anishinaabe singing from Kiyana Johnston and Anishinaabe dancing from Nenookaasi.
When: June 21, 6 p.m.
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Digital Pride Parade

The scoop: Fresh off releasing a banger music video for her new single “Cake,” Canada’s Drag Race season one winner Priyanka is serving as the host for Pride Toronto’s digital parade. The parade will also feature singer-songwriter iskwē and Canadian indie pop it-girl Allie X. Later in the evening catch the incomparable Tynomi Banks presiding over the closing ceremony.
When: June 27, 2 p.m.
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Editor’s note: This article contains several different stylings for the term Two Spirit. Like the concept itself, the styling of Two Spirit is a matter of personal preference and self-definition. As such, FASHION has used the stylings provided by the artists and producers whose events are featured within the article.

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Emilio Pucci Partners with Supreme + More Fashion News to Know | #Fashion




Emilio Pucci Partners with Supreme + More Fashion News to Know

Photography by David Sims

Including the launch of a gender fluid intimates line and M.I.A.’s debut eyewear collaboration.

Emilio Pucci x Supreme did a menswear drop

Photography by David Sims

Streetwear aficionados with a love of colour and print should be doing a happy dance right now with the release of the collab between Supreme and Emilio Pucci. The assortment includes a water-resistant nylon jacket and pants, a silk smoking jacket, shirts, hoodies and accessories including sunglasses; some looks are already sold out, naturally. Each boast an archival Pucci print: Tulipani, first seen in 1965, and Fantasia from 1970. And much like the Italian house’s vintage items, all are sure to become instant collector’s pieces.

M.I.A.’s eyewear collaboration with Parley for the Oceans is here

Photography by Inez & Vinoodh

Heralded as “the first luxury collection to use 100 percent of net proceeds to protect islands and oceans,” the design union between musician and activist Maya Arulpragasam — a.k.a. M.I.A. — and ocean protection network Parley is now available. Part of Parley’s Clean Waves brand, which sees the artistic community contribute sustainably-minded designs, this new capsule is composed of innovative modular sunglasses fashioned from materials made of marine plastic debris and fishing nets.

“Nature is everything,” Arulpragasam said in a press release about the novel collection. “It’s your physical body, your mental state; it’s our oceans, land, air — everything is connected. If you have a good understanding of all these things, then we are in balance. And I think issues like overpopulation, overfishing, sea piracy, poverty, plastic pollution are all symptoms of a system that is broken.”

Love Netflix’s Halston? There’s a collection for that

Photography courtesy of Netflix

Your summer wardrobe options just got dreamier with the arrival of a 10-piece limited edition capsule of looks inspired by the Netflix show, Halston, and the designer’s understated, elegant work. The pieces can be spied throughout the streamed series, from a golden pleated kaftan glimpsed at the groundbreaking fashion show done by American and French designers to an array of outfits worn by Halston muses Elsa Peretti and Liza Minnelli. Pre-orders are now open with product arrival due in August; primo kaftan season, if you ask us.

Cannabis brand Latitude by 48North teamed up with intimates designer Mary Young on a gender fluid line

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Photography courtesy of Latitude by 48North

With a Pride-timed launch, MY Latitude — a new assemblage of intimates designed by Toronto-based creative Mary Young in collaboration with the cannabis brand Latitude by 48North — aims to invoke body positivity with a gender fluid twist. Featuring a robe, boxers, a bodysuit, bra and panties that have a custom leaf print, the line was crafted to “to honour individuality, bust stigma and inspire self-growth”. The notion ties in well with the Self-Love Club initiative founded by Young, which offers interviews, visual art and other forms of content and interaction geared towards getting you feeling inspired.

Heels today, flats tomorrow — you can have it all with the new pieces from Jimmy Choo x Billy Porter

Photography courtesy of Jimmy Choo

Stacked and slim-heeled boots, stiletto pumps and tasseled loafers are on the menu for the new Jimmy Choo x Billy Porter union (which is available for pre-order now). The award-winning actor, singer and activist lent his unique and glamorous eye for a makeover of some of the shoe brand’s most recognizable styles, updating them with bold hues and zebra print details. Extended sizing for the pieces is available, and points to Porter’s desire to amplify accessibility whenever possible. “The collection is dedicated to my mother,” Porter says in a quote on Jimmy Choo’s website. “[Her] biggest dream as a disabled woman was to be able to walk in a pair of high heeled shoes. She never got to achieve that dream, but I get to stand in proxy for her for all the world to see.”

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Keys Soulcare Body Products Are Here + More Beauty News | #Fashion




Keys Soulcare Body Products Are Here + More Beauty News

Photography courtesy of MOB Beauty

Including a new body care collection from Alicia Keys, the latest from MOB beauty and more.

Evio’s new lip serum supports domestic violence safe houses

Female-founded Canadian beauty brand Evio’s latest Hemp & Peppermint Lip Serum does more than nourish lips. Alongside the launch, brand founder Brandi Leifso has initiated a letter campaign calling for Canadian domestic violence police unit funds to be reallocated towards underfunded support organizations. “Like many others, it wasn’t the police that helped me when I was experiencing an abusive relationship. It was the safe houses and domestic violence support organizations who took my fear seriously, provided me with a safety plan and helped me heal,” said Leifso in a statement. “The government needs to reallocate funds to organizations who are doing meaningful work on the ground and saving lives.” Those who order the Lip Serum — available in both a clear and tinted shade — can opt-in to receive a prepaid postcard that they can later mail to their province’s premier in support of the call-to-action.

Keys Soulcare’s first-ever body collection is here

Alicia Keys has expanded her dermatologist-developed Keys Soulcare line with three sensorial body products, each intended to help transform your beauty routine into a ritual. The initial Keys Soulcare body lineup includes Sacred Body Oil, a luxurious and lightweight blend of baobab, jojoba and African marula oils; manuka honey-rich Renewing Body + Hand Wash scented with oat milk and sage; and Rich Nourishing Body Cream, a cushiony lotion infused with skin-calming ceramides and moisture-binding rose of jericho. Each vessel is also marked with an empowering affirmation inspired by Keys’ personal body care rituals.

Pantene partners with The Dresscode Project to support gender-affirming salons

This June, haircare brand Pantene is once again teaming up with Toronto stylist Kristin Rankin’s nonprofit organization The Dresscode Project to improve salon experiences for the LGBTQ2S+ community. To support this initiative, the brand is awarding five Canadian salons $5,000 in order to transform their salon into a safer space for trans and non-binary people. From now until June 18, Canadians can nominate their favourite salon for an opportunity to receive funding to create more gender-inclusive and gender-affirming haircare spaces.

MOB Beauty just launched cream clay blush

Sustainable beauty brand MOB Beauty just dropped your next favourite blush collection. The brand, founded by four industry vets — including Vic Casale, the brain behind M.A.C’s cult-famous Ruby Woo lipstick — is on a mission to create high-quality refillable cosmetics made from clean, consciously-selected ingredients. Available in eight highly pigmented shades, the Cream Clay Blush‘s velvety formula combines silica and clay extracts with skin-softening avocado oil, soothing chamomile-derived bisabolol, and vitamins C and E to deliver a skin-blurring matte finish that blends like a dream. Wear it on your lips and cheeks for a radiant, summer-worthy pop of colour.

British beauty brand REFY is available at Sephora Canada

Canadians can finally snag beauty influencer Jess Hunt’s sell-out brow brand REFY at Sephora. The three-piece collection, which launched six months ago in the U.K., includes a double-ended sculpting pen, a brow pencil and a pomade that’s available in three buildable shades ranging from light to dark. Create defined, hair-like strokes, fuller, exaggerated brows, or simply set hairs in place. The possibilities are endless.

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Curly Cuts 101: Get the Scoop From Two Celeb Stylists | #Fashion




Curly Cuts 101: Get the Scoop From Two Celeb Stylists

Photography via Getty Images. Design by Kayleen Dicuangco.

Welcome to Texture Talk, a column that celebrates and deep dives into the dynamic world of curly hair, from crowns of curls that are free flowing to strands that are tucked away in a protective style.

As lockdowns across Canada begin to lift and our favourite places start to gradually reopen, many of us are likely eagerly awaiting the opportunity to return to our beloved salons. For most of us, that probably means unloading our tresses (and stresses) into our stylist’s chair as we sit back for a much-needed trim. But cutting curly hair is a unique experience that should be handled with care, so we turned to experts for advice on how to prepare for, perfect and care for your next curly cut.

FASHION spoke to Shai Amiel (a.k.a. the curl doctor), whose celebrity clientele includes Tamera Mowry and Kehlani, and Vernon François, celebrity hairstylist (his client roster includes Serena Williams, Lupita Nyong’o and Willow Smith), global consultant for Redken, and global inclusivity and education advisor for Kérastase, for their top curly haircut tips.

How to tell if it’s time to trim your curly hair

Before we dive in, it’s important to learn how to determine if you’re in need of a cut in the first place. “If your ends are appearing thin and wispy, [compared to] your mid-lengths, or if the shape of your original hairstyle is growing out,” you could very well be in need of a snip, says François. If you have kinkier hair, one of the telltale signs you’re in need of a cut is when the ends of your hair begin to tangle. If you have textured hair, you may be hesitant to give up some length, especially if you’ve been blessed with extremely tight curls. Amiel reminds us, however, that you should be trimming your hair every three to four months in order to keep hair healthy. Trimming hair regularly can actually help with length retention and help your hair grow more in the long run. “Snipping those ends on a regular basis will stop them from splitting down the shaft,” says Amiel. This is why sometimes you may be doing everything right but your hair appears to have stopped growing. Often the answer is a simple trim.

Why you should never skip the consultation

Now that you’ve decided you need a trim, the next step is to book a consultation. Both Amiel and François agree that you should have some sort of conversation with your stylist prior to your appointment so that both of you are clear on expectations. This will be an opportunity for your stylist to share with you some of the benefits of cutting more or less hair than you intended, and thus giving you the opportunity to make an informed decision.

Before you arrive at your appointment, you should have your hair styled in its most natural state, or in the way that you will be wearing it post-cut. “It’s best to wash it the day of or the day before, allowing it to dry in its natural state without manipulating it,” says Amiel. “For best results we don’t recommend styling it with any type of a bun, ponytail, or braid, and if you can, avoid wearing hats, clips, scarves, or heavy oils.”

What to know about appointment day

Once you’ve arrived at your curly cut appointment and are sitting in the stylist’s chair, what can you expect from your stylist? For Amiel, who is responsible for giving Kelhani that coveted pixie cut, he likes to cut hair curl by curl in order to achieve the best results. The beautiful thing about curly hair is that, like a snowflake, no two curls are the same. So in order to give off a somewhat uniform appearance, it’s important to give each curl special attention.

When you begin the process, it may look like the stylist is cutting a lot of hair, but François assures us that there is no general rule when it comes to cutting hair. “The amount of hair that is cut will depend on the rate of hair growth, how long it’s been since you last had a trim, your lifestyle, and if you’re looking to maintain, shorten or extend your overall hair length,” he says.

As for attempting DIY curly cuts? Both celeb stylists are on the same page when they say that it’s not recommended. Amiel says that cutting your curly hair on your own can “lead to an uneven disaster.” Haircuts are “a service that need to be delivered by a professional hairstylist,” says François. Otherwise “it could end up being costly if you have to restyle or if you accidentally create more split ends.”

Curly cuts after-care 101

As for caring for your curly cuts, all roads lead back to your stylist. Amiel recommends documenting the cutting and styling process if you can, and actually using the products that your stylist recommends. He also emphasizes the importance of staying away from heat — meaning no straighteners or blow dryers. In fact, stretching your hair in any capacity should be avoided at all costs. “Let each curl or coil fall and form the ringlet they want without manipulation,” says Amiel. “For best results, don’t even put your hair in a bun or a ponytail until it is completely dry. If you pull your wet or damp hair back while stretching it and forcing it to dry elongated, it’s going to weaken your curl pattern. This is as damaging as using a blow dryer and round brush.”

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Priyanka Quo Beauty: Drag Superstar Priyanka On Quo’s Pride Collection | #Fashion




Priyanka Quo Beauty: Drag Superstar Priyanka On Quo's Pride Collection

Photography via Quo Beauty

“I used to paint for the stage and just do the stagiest of stage makeup. My eye was the size of my forehead. These days, we drag performers have had to really fine-tune our blending.”

If you watched the first season of Canada’s Drag Race, then you know there’s never a dull moment with season 1 winner Priyanka. The Toronto-based drag queen is a ball of energy and laughs, which makes her the perfect person to team up with Quo Beauty this year to celebrate the beauty brand’s new Pride 2021 collection.

Below, we chat with Priyanka about her plans for Pride this year, what life has been like since winning Drag Race, and that time her makeup had her “looking like a turkey” (her words, not ours).

On life after winning Drag Race

“The amount of things that I’ve been able to achieve in the last year has been incredible. I’m releasing an album in the summer and I just released an iconic music video for my first single off that album, called Cake. I feel so proud and happy that all my hard work is finally paying off.”

On how her year as the winner of Drag Race was affected by lockdown

“I definitely think that if the world was open, I’d be traveling a lot more and there’d be more eyeballs on me, because drag for me is so much about live performances. But right now it’s switched to more pre-recorded music videos, which is also so beautiful because we get to express ourselves in a different way.

“So of course I wish that I won Canada’s Drag Race when the pandemic wasn’t happening, but it was also great because I got to spend it with the people who really support me since I wasn’t traveling. I got to do every viewing party with my mom and my best friends. It’s been bittersweet.”

On how her makeup has changed because of the shift to virtual events

“My makeup has completely changed. I used to paint for the stage and just do the stagiest of stage makeup. My eye was the size of my forehead [laughs]. These days, we drag performers have had to really fine-tune our blending. Everything is smaller for on-camera looks. It’s really teaching us how to paint for different occasions.”

On her partnership with Quo Beauty

“Well, Priyanka is on fire right now. There’s full global domination happening with me being the first-ever winner of Canada’s Drag Race. Also just being an icon, that helps, too. I was already obsessed with Quo products because they’re a staple in the drag community so it was a no brainer for me.

“Their brushes especially are so good. Brushes are something that can get quite pricey but the Quo ones are very well-priced and accessible. Your girl gets forgetful sometimes, so she can run to the local Shoppers Drug Mart and quickly pick up some brushes. It’s always nice to have great makeup that’s accessible.”

On the standout product in Quo Beauty’s Pride collection

“I love the Velvet Kiss Liquid Lipstick in Gumdrop because it’s the same as my go-to drag colour that I had lost a few years ago. I was lost without it, and now I’ve found that same shade with Quo.”

On her Pride 2021 plans

“I’ll be right here on the on Zoom calls doing performances, planning the release of my album and planning my next music video.”

Photography via Quo Beauty

On her first-ever Pride makeup look

“The first time I ever went to Pride, like five or six years ago, I remember being so overwhelmed. I couldn’t believe I’d never celebrated it before. I remember being on Church Street in Toronto, walking past somebody and they had some glitter and I was like, ‘Do you mind putting some glitter on me?’ and they put some on my cheekbones and I felt like I was the only girl in the world. I’d never even done my makeup at that point and I felt incredible.”

On the longest a makeup look has ever taken her

“When I first did drag, like ever, I started to paint at 1 p.m. and the performance wasn’t until 11 p.m. I don’t even know what I did for 10 hours because when I was done I looked like a turkey. My makeup was so bad.

On her favourite Pride memory

“Performing a Bollywood medley at Toronto Pride when opening for Brooke Lynn Hytes in front of thousands of people and having my Instagram flooded with messages like ‘We’ve never seen a drag queen do a number like this on a mainstream Pride stage before’. I was so proud of myself.”

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An Artist’s Guide to Wellness | #Fashion




An Artist’s Guide to Wellness

When it comes to self-care, face masks and rose petal-sprinkled baths can’t do all the heavy lifting. In order for our minds and souls to flourish, allowing space for creative practice is also essential. According to a Harvard Medical School article, creative activities have not only been proven to help alleviate stress and act as a mood booster, but they also have more long-term benefits including strengthened communication skills and arresting cognitive decline. 

“When we’re using our creativity, we’re tapping into intuitive parts of our brains, so we can [access] different aspects of ourselves,” says Toronto-based art therapist Or Har-Gil. Ever notice how after dabbling in watercolours or dancing to your latest anthem, you feel clearer, calmer and more energized? That’s because creativity allows us to self-reflect, complete stress responses and direct our thoughts away from our troubles. So, if you’re ready to expand your self-care routine to make way for your inner artist, here are a few ways to get your creative juices flowing:  

Keep it simple

As with all self-care practices, you want to start simple. First, pick an activity that you’ll realistically commit to. Whether you love to draw, paint, dance, or sing, make sure to dabble in hobbies that you’ll actually look forward to practicing. Then, as Har-Gil recommends, keep your materials out in the open and ready to go so that set-up time won’t deter you. Lastly, when first starting out, commit to bite-sized chunks of time so you can show up consistently. Don’t set yourself up for failure with over-the-top goals, either. Sure, it would be great to draw just like your favourite Instagram portrait artist, but we all know that ambitious pal who dumped her new running routine when her paces were less than speedy, right? Oftentimes, less is more. 

Focus on the process, not the outcome

“It’s more about presence than perfection,” says Har-Gil. Instead of getting hung up on the end result, focus on the mental health benefits that come from the process. Creative practices are a space for catharsis, expression and releasing emotions. When we allow ourselves to just let it all out, we’re actually completing a trauma response, explains Har-Gil. “When we trap energy in our bodies and shove it down, it’s still there,” she adds. So, let yourself scribble outside the lines, throw paint on the canvas or dance like no one’s watching. 

Make it social

If you’re a social butterfly, get artsy with your group of friends (virtually or in-person) or take your new hobby to social media. Hashtags such as #30dayartchallenge or #artjournalling are engaging, will keep you on task, and might even connect you with a virtual friend or two.

If paint nights are your thing, branch out a little and reach for Quatreau’s line of cannabis-infused sparkling waters while getting creative. This refreshing beverage brand is available in Canada from Canopy Growth, and features an array of flavours including Ginger and Lime, Blueberry and Açai, Cucumber and Mint, and Passionfruit and Guava. 

Take risks

Bob Ross certainly had it right when he said, “There are no mistakes, only happy accidents.” When we make bold moves on the page, throw an unlikely ingredient into the sauce or clash colours on the canvas, we’re actually proving to ourselves that it’s okay to take risks. “Our brain doesn’t know the difference between trying something new on the page versus in the real world,” says Har-Gil. So, the more you flex that muscle in your creative time, the braver you may be in negotiating your pay, taking that solo trip or asking out your crush. 

Get really comfortable in your practice

Whether you’re opting for mindful colouring books, bold pastels, cooking up a storm or choreographing a dance, what’s important is that you sink into your artistic activity and get familiar. “The amount of insight and benefit you get from it will deepen the more comfortable you are,” says Har-Gil. In other words, the more at ease you are with that messy charcoal, the better you’ll be able to tap into what’s really going on under surface-level emotions. 

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All the Important Things Dr. Jill Biden is Telling Us With Her Clothing

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The First Lady’s wardrobe choices are a stark contrast to those of Melania Trump.

Dr. Jill Biden is many things — an educator, author and First Lady of the United States. But we didn’t know she was also a supreme trolling expert. While stepping out during a G7 appearance in Cornwall, U.K. on June 10, Dr. Biden took the opportunity to send a message to the world and perhaps more specifically, former First Lady Melania Trump.

Her choice to wear a black and white polka-dot dress by American designer Brandon Maxwell was of note given Trump’s preference for sporting luxury European brands instead of those based in the US of A. But it was Dr. Biden’s jacket by French brand Zadig & Voltaire that caught everyone’s attention thanks to its more overt messaging about something universal and much needed at this point: Love.

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The studded wording embellishment was reportedly Dr. Biden’s idea, so let’s also give her props for reworking a beloved closet item, hello! And it’s clear why she opted to update the piece. The world has been plunged into chaos and despair in so many ways, and the sartorial signal acknowledges what the current U.S. administration considers necessary to face ongoing daily challenges.

Her style move was also a straight-up nod to Trump’s discomforting 2018 outing in a Zara jacket emblazoned with the words “I really don’t care do u?” It felt like a monumental troll at the time, but Trump has been, well, trumped in that regard.

While we might not see another masterful wardrobe wink like this again, what we can be sure of is that Dr. Biden will continue to be an ambassador for U.S.-based brands. From the custom Markarian ensemble she donned for the presidential inauguration in January to other appearances in looks by Gabriela Hearst and Jonathan Cohen, she’s aware of the power of her platform and what it can do for the #shoplocal movement.

Dr. Biden’s championing of the re-wear is also important; for an appearance with Kate Middleton during the same G7 trip, she wore a hot pink jacket over a white dress — a combo she was seen in this past April. We’re sure she and Kate got along swimmingly given the duchess’s penchant for pulling out formerly-worn items herself.

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