Canada’s Drag Race (9×60′) makes a triumphant return to BBC Three, promising another sensational series.

For fervent Drag Race enthusiasts, BBC Three remains the ultimate destination to satiate their appetite for authentic Canadian drag experiences.

In this captivating show, Canadian drag artists vie for the coveted title of “Canada’s Next Drag Superstar,” navigating challenges that push their boundaries. Episodes unfold with tasks encompassing singing, dancing, acting, impersonation, costume-making, and improvisation.

A distinguished panel of entertainment industry experts, including Brooke Lynn Hytes, Brad Goreski, and Traci Melchor, oversees the contestants. Additionally, a prominent celebrity guest judge, such as singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado and fashion model Winnie Harlow, joins the panel each week.

The competition intensifies as one contestant faces elimination at the conclusion of every episode, culminating in the crowning of the ultimate Queen who claims the crown, sceptre, and coveted title. Along this spirited journey to the crown, the Queens openly share their personal challenges, celebrate their triumphs, and underscore the significance of embracing individuality.

Catch Canada’s Drag Race at 6 am every Friday starting from November 17 on BBC iPlayer. Episode 1 will premiere on BBC Three at 22:35 on Thursday, November 23, with subsequent episodes airing on Fridays at 9 pm.

Meet The Queens

Aimee Yonce Shennel

Aimee Yonce Shennel wearing an elaborate gold jewelled outfit with a headpiece

Age: 31

City: Ottawa, ON

Pronouns in Drag: She/Her

Pronouns out of Drag: He/Him

What you need to know about Aimee:

  • Aimee Yonce Shennel grew up in Dominican Republic and moved to Canada in 2016.
  • Ottawa has fallen in love with Aimee! Whether impersonating her favourite artists or presenting an original montage of song and dance, Aimee always steals the show!
  • She is currently the reigning Miss Capital Pride and has won other Ottawa awards including Drag of the Year, Performance of the Year and Fan Favourite Drag Artist.
  • Aimee seeks to share her drag openly because she knows making even one person smile can make a world of difference.
  • Aimee became a Canadian citizen last year!

In their own words…

“I haven’t met a person who watched me and didn’t instantly fall in love with me. It’s something natural. I was born with this gift.”

Aurora Matrix

Aurora Matrix with feathered collar and headpiece showing pointed teeth with arms outstretched and long nails

Aurora Matrix

Age: 23

City: Toronto, ON

Pronouns in Drag: She/They

Pronouns out of Drag: They/Them

What you need to know about Aurora Matrix:

  • Aurora Matrix is a well-known performer in the Toronto drag scene; she is booked and busy five nights a week!
  • Aurora has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from York University.
  • Aurora is a musical theatre buff who can sing, act, dance, and choreograph and not to mention… paint a mean mug.

In their own words…

“I’m a performer through and through. I personally don’t think there’s anyone in Toronto who performs like I do! Werk Diva!”

Denim

Denim wearing yellow jewelled bodysuit and headpiece with yellow spikes to look like the sun. Clouds on wrists, waist and shoulder with a rainbow behind the neck

Denim

Age24

CityMontreal, QC

Pronouns in Drag: She/Her

Pronouns out of Drag: He/Him

What you need to know about Denim:

  • Denim is a transmasc drag queen known for her effortless blend of 2000s bimbo fashion and futuristic club kid aesthetic.
  • Originally from Prince Edward Island, Denim now lives in Montreal where she is the current reigning Mx. Queerdo.
  • Denim has performed with King Princess, Charli XCX, Kim Petras, Tinashe, and Caroline Polachek.
  • Last year, Denim discovered she is Neurodivergent through an autism diagnosis which has become a point of activism in her drag. 

In their own words…

“Denim is everyone’s favourite pocket-sized queen! She is a trans icon, she is a reality TV bimbo star, she is in her own galaxy, she can melt and bend into anything… some would say it’s in her jeans!”

Kiki Coe

Kiki Coe with an elaborate jewelled and beaded outfit with a big headpiece with multiple bits coming out of it. All in gold, red and blue beads on torso

Age: 35

City: Ottawa, ON

Pronouns in Drag: She/Her

Pronouns out of Drag: He/Him

What you need to know about Kiki Coe:

  • Kiki Coe is Ottawa royalty and is one of the most celebrated and experienced queens in Ontario.
  • She is an accomplished designer, and her costumes are famously elaborate and truly unforgettable; some have previously been seen on the Canada’s Drag Race runway!
  • Kiki also works as a Chef de Partie and has entered several cooking competitions.
  • Kiki is the youngest of nine siblings.

In their own words…

“My drag is RICH. It’s seasoned. It’s strong. There could be a whole tsunami and my head piece would stay ON.”

Kitten Kaboodle

Kitten Kaboodle wearing a pink, black and gold bodysuit with gold detailing on torso. Pink and gold large feather wings with a pink wig and big gold necklace

Age: 57

City: Toronto, ON

Pronouns in Drag: She/Her

Pronouns out of Drag: He/Him

What you need to know about Kitten Kaboodle:

  • Kitten Kaboodle was introduced to drag during high school when she snuck into a gay club when she was 15, but it wasn’t until 2012 when she learned to sew that Kitten Kaboodle was officially born.
  • Kitten is a campy 70s show girl who loves a variety show!
  • She is a very popular drag designer who has already made several looks for previous queens who have appeared on the main stage at Canada’s Drag Race.
  • She and her partner of six years, Jim often collaborate on Kitten’s costumes, music and performance elements.

In their own words…

“I am always about being campy, but polished and elevated. Everything is a little bit bigger, a little gayer and a LOT of sparkle.”

Luna DuBois

Luna DuBois wearing a purple off the shoulder dress with a big gold necklace and nails. Her hair is in an updo with a gold headpiece around it like a halo and a gold ball at the front

Age: 24

City: Toronto, ON

Pronouns in Drag: She/Her

Pronouns out of Drag: He/Him

What you need to know about Luna DuBois:

  • Luna DuBois is a fashion icon in Toronto with a background in Fashion Techniques & Design as well as self-taught makeup skills, and hosted Drag Masterclasses.
  • Luna uses her voice to represent for the underrepresented. In Toronto, she works with BIPOC performers and makes sure they are treated fairly.
  • She proudly represents other queer Nigerians who share her story and find inspiration through her. 

In their own words…

“Luna DuBois is an essence. The DuBois factor. I don’t fit in, I stand out and stand out only. It’s the full moon experience.”

Melinda Verga

Melinda Verga wears a golden bodysuuit with arm cuffs and a gold headpiece with jewels dropping down.

Age: 44

City: Edmonton, AB

Pronouns in Drag: No preference

Pronouns out of Drag: He/Him

What you need to know about Melinda Verga:

  • Melinda started performing drag at 37 and nothing has stopped her since!
  • After graduating from fashion school, she was unsure of her next career move. When she discovered drag, it motivated her to succeed on an international platform.
  • Melinda is a performer! She is Mz. Gay Edmonton 2017, Edmonton Drag Idol Winner 2018 and she has performed at the top of Whistlers Mountain for Jasper Pride.
  • Melinda is passionate about mentoring young queens in the Edmonton drag scene and has also produced shows highlighting Filipino and Asian cultures and underrepresented performers.

In their own words…

“This season I am bringing 44 years of life experiences, lessons, wisdom…oh, and ASS!”

Nearah Nuff

Nearah Nuff has a blue mirrored bodysuit with material at the bottom likea skirt.  She has her hair down with a gold crown like headpiece

Age: 22

City: Calgary, AB

Pronouns in Drag: She/Her

Pronouns out of Drag: He/Him

What you need to know about Nearah Nuff:

  • Nearah Nuff is part of Calgary’s famous Nuff family where she holds the title of Performer with a capital P!
  • Nearah only started drag three years ago!
  • She was a competitive dancer for six years and she also holds diplomas in makeup artistry, airbrushing and is a Clinical Esthetician.
  • Nearah’s favourite things are fillers, attention and her partner!
  • Nearah is originally from Lloydminster, but Calgary is where her dreams became a reality. 

In their own words…

“I’m a dancing Diva – emphasis on DIVA! She’s anything but a filler queen and the only thing that’s bigger than her lips is her EGO.”

Sisi Superstar

Sis Superstar wears a blank and gold jester outfit with exaggerated shoulders, lace gloves with gold nails and the headpiece is gold and silver sequins

Age: 31

City: Montreal, QC

Pronouns in Drag: She/Her

Pronouns out of Drag: He/They

What you need to know about Sisi Superstar:

  • Sisi Superstar is Montreal’s underground, hyper-pop, grunge queen!
  • She is the co-creator of Montreal’s biggest alternative queer event called Unikorn Parties, and is credited by many as a major force for alternative drag in the city.
  • Aside from her drag career, Sisi is a DJ, songwriter, professional event planner and community organizer.

In their own words…

“She’s spooky, she’s sexy, she’s Montreal’s #1 party girl, organizer, socialite, queen of the underground nightlife, professionally messy. She’s everything”

The Girlfriend Experience

The Girlfriend Experience turns to look at the camera. She's wearing gold arm cuffs with a blue material as a sleeve. Her long hair is down her back and she's wearing gold chunky jewellery

Age: 31

City: Vancouver, BC

Pronouns in Drag: She/Her

Pronouns out of Drag: She/Her

What you need to know about The Girlfriend Experience:

  • The Girlfriend Experience was born in Germany and grew up between Vancouver with her mother and Germany with her father. To this day, she still speaks fluent German!
  • Two of the most important things to The Girlfriend Experience is being her authentic self and drag.
  • She documented her transition journey publicly to help anyone who is considering a similar path.
  • Girlfriend has walked in several fashion weeks around the world like New York Fashion Week and Tokyo Fashion Week. Earlier this year, she began producing an all-trans drag show in Vancouver.

In their own words…

“I fit in ‘cause I’m everybody’s friend, but I stand out ‘cause I’m prettier than all of them!”

Venus

Venus os wearing a gold bra top with a bejewelled neckpiece holding it up. She's got gold material from her wrist to her arms with a long red wig. Her hand is on her head with the other just below her chin

Age: 27

Hometown: Vancouver, BC

Pronouns in Drag: She/Her

Pronouns out of Drag: No preference

What you need to know about Venus:

  • Venus is a well-known drag legend in Vancouver. On top of doing big name gigs, she is a part of the popular non-binary Drag supergroup ENBY6.
  • She is a member of the Gender Drag family with her drag mother Kendall Gender from Season 2 of Canada’s Drag Race.
  • Venus is a supermodel in the making – she has walked in New York Fashion Week, been selected to perform with Teyana Taylor, Orville Peck, and Charli XCX.
  • As a Red River Metis two-spirit person, Venus’ heart lies with her Metis family and ancestors in Manitoba where she often visits to deepen her relationship with the land and her family’s history.
  • Fun fact: Venus first started watching Drag Race in 2017 when she met Beth from Season 2 of Canada’s Drag Race; they were both working at a hair salon in Vancouver and Beth introduced the show to Venus.

In their own words…

“Get ready for interplanetary impact for the supernova supermodel, Venus, has finally arrived. Not only is she the hottest in all our solar system, but she also has a BIG surprise. So let’s have some fun, her outfits are sick, come take a ride on her rocket ship!”