Drag shows at the Sid brings the glitz and glam for a good cause

March 1, 2024

Experience larger-than-life entertainment as drag queens and kings bring the bling and grace the stage in Courtenay on Saturday, March 16.

The Sid Williams Theatre Society and Dawn to Dawn Action on Homelessness Society are excited to co-present a double feature of drag magnificence. The Rainbow Royalty Drag Matinee kicks off the festivities at 2:00 P.M., offering an afternoon of fabulous entertainment suitable for all ages. Later that evening, at 8:00 P.M., the Rainbow Royalty Drag Night promises an exclusive 19-plus affair filled with sizzling performances and electrifying energy.

Featuring a stellar lineup of drag royalty, both shows guarantee an unforgettable celebration of diversity, talent and community spirit.

“We were here last year, and the crowd was just incredible – one of the best shows I’ve ever performed at, actually. So naturally, we couldn’t wait to come back,” says Mina Mercury. “Again, we’re going all in, bringing our best drag to the stage at the Sid.”

These two shows are part of the Centre Stage Series, which are co-presentations, often with other local community groups, that highlights key messaging, such as underrepresented voices and social justice.
In addition to offering a night of unparalleled entertainment, a portion of the net proceeds from both shows will support Dawn to Dawn’s Gukwa̱s sa Wagalus - Rainbow House Project, an initiative to provide housing for Indigenous and non-Indigenous 2SLGBTQQIA+ youth at risk of homelessness in the Comox Valley.

The shows are a collaborative effort of individual drag artists who jump at the chance to come together to showcase their talent, particularly when it supports vulnerable members of the community.

Mina Mercury, a Canadian drag icon with over 25 years of experience, will grace the stage with her unparalleled charisma and showmanship. Justin Abit is a debonair drag king who captivates hearts and minds with his undeniable talent and magnetic swagger. Eva Lasting embodies fairy magic with high-energy routines and infectious enthusiasm. Jo Durée, a beloved figure in the Vancouver drag community, will showcase her talent and creativity. The shows will also feature the local drag talent of Fanny Devito and Rye.

“The great thing about shows like this is that we are so different – age-wise, performance-wise,” says Mercury. “So you’re going to get some of the hotter pop songs, some classics….all types of pop culture and artistry, as well.”

Mercury notes that even though their presentation styles differ, they’re united in their message.

“The one message we always try to put across is that of love. It’s all about love, acceptance, unity, coming together to celebrate each other – that’s the best message of them all…. If during the show one of us performers can have altered someone’s perception of themselves, of what they want to be or where they want to go, then we’ve done our job. If we make somebody feel a little bit more empowered, a little bit more sure and confident, then we’ve succeeded – even if it’s just one person. But I assure you it will be more than one.”

Don’t miss your chance to be part of this spectacular event. Pull out your best glam and join Rainbow Royalty for an amazing afternoon and evening of fun.