Montreal Drag Show (featuring yours truly, among others)

20 01 2011

Any readers who are in the Montreal area will want to check out Puttin’ on the Dickz on Feb 4th or we 5th (or both!) This is the Dukes of Drag‘s 5 year anniversary and we sure do plan to celebrate in style ; )

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What a drag: The evolution of Jack E. Dickinson, Part 2

18 01 2011

I’ve been meaning to post some thoughts on drag performance for quite some time. As described here, performing as a drag king was a major step in my transition process. Well, at least my pre-transition process. So here is Part 2 of a series of posts describing the different stages of my “drag career” and how they were linked with my transition from “woman” to “gender blended woman” to “questioning” to “trans guy” to … whatever the hell I am now. I’ll be discussing how my drag and personal lives impacted each other and how doing drag went from leading me to question the very core of my identity to a way of expressing that core.

Read Part 1 here.

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During the following months (spring/summer 2006), Dirk Van Dyk, Nat King Pole and I started meeting up with some other people who were interested in creating a new drag king scene in Montreal.  Billy King and Mitch Mitcham were two of those people and we had Miss Eva Vavoom who helped with some organisational matters in addition to taking on female roles complementing our manly drag kings. We got together to hang out and have fun but we also discussed how we could get together to make plans for a Drag King takeover of Montreal! We set up a yahoo group so that we could more easily keep in touch, share information about gig opportunities and recruit new performers.

There were more performance opportunities at different venues in town, such as the August edition of the Meow Mix at which I performed a sexy cop and biker number with my then girlfriend, and a fundraiser for a local youth help organisation at Café Cléopâtre, a famous strip/drag club in Montreal’s Red Light District. A whole bunch of us wound up performing at another fundraiser for a burlesque troupe at an obscure dive called Cabaret Chez Clo-Clo on St-Hubert where we got to meet up with other “underground” performers, which was way cool.

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What a drag: The evolution of Jack E. Dickinson, Part 1

8 01 2011

I’ve been meaning to post some thoughts on drag performance for quite some time. As described here, performing as a drag king was a major step in my transition process. And it continues to be a significant means through which I explore my own gender and the very concept of gender. So here Part 1 of a series of posts describing the different stages of my “drag career” and how they were linked with my transition from “woman” to “gender blended woman” to “questionning” to “trans guy” to … whatever the hell I am now. I’ll be discussing how my drag and personal lives impacted each other and how doing drag went from leading me to question the very core of my identity to a way of expressing that core.

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It was in 2004, or thereabouts, that I started putting serious thought into performing as a drag king. I had done some amateur theatre and I loved the stage. In addition, I was beginning to explore an identity as a “gender blended” woman (I hadn’t encountered the term “genderqueer” yet) and I thought that being a drag king would be an awesome way to explore and express this.It was also around that time that I started to go out in drag from time to time, especially when hanging around with my bi friends (that I made in the course of my involvement with a local bi group called Bi Unité Montréal). I learned to pack, bind and create a beard thanks to websites and tips from a mailing list for kinky queer women in Montreal.

So, a good 2 years before hitting the stage, I would sit at home drinking beer or wine, practicing making a beard and putting together drag king numbers in my head. The first number I thought about was Hair, from the movie musical. I wanted to celebrate the masculine aspect of long hair. Hair was a big issue at this point in my personal identity. I had almost always had long hair up until then. While it often served to get me labeled as “femme” in the dyke community, no matter what I was wearing (!), I had always felt that my long, straight, rocker hair was one of the things susceptible to giving away my “masculine” essence. As a metal head, my hair connected me to my roots (ha!) as a headbanger. The song “Hair” represented this well for me.

I also wanted to do “I Need a Hero.”  This was to be a theatrical piece which I won’t give away since I haven’t wound up doing it ….YET ; ) Finally, I had an idea about creating a theatrical piece around “Aline,” a classic French song about a guy who had lost his lover. In spite of the drama, it would be humourous.

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Kissed by an Angel!

6 01 2011

Buck Angel that is! Yes, like many front row audience members at one of his shows, I was kissed by Buck Angel at Toronto Pride 2010 when he took one of his trips offstage in between pieces of clothes coming off. And yes, it was an open mouth kiss! And boy was the show hot!

Aside from that, before his show, he gave a talk on some of the awareness raising he does with regard to trans health. He also did a Q&A with the audience. It was really great to see how down to earth and unpretentious he is!





Drag King show in Montreal

26 01 2010

For any Montreal readers: check out my drag troupe’s website. We have an exciting show coming up. Here is some additional info:

The Dukes of Drag present their latest full-length drag king show:
Nespi -N’est-ce pas? Don’t miss your favourite drag kings in sexy, energetic and exciting new performances ! Featuring MC Val Desjardins. Bring your panties to throw onstage! 18+.

Two nights only!!! Same show, different ambiance !
February 19 & 20. Doors at 9:30 / Show at 10:30. $10.
Sala Rossa, 4848 St-Laurent

Friday night : Intimate cabaret with intermission. Get up close and personal
with the Dukes: expect a meet ‘n greet, a cocktail hour, an opportunity to
pose with the Dukes and a surprise guest! 70 advance tickets are available
as of Feb 1st for Friday night only at the Casa del Popolo (4873
St-Laurent).

Saturday night: Cabaret followed by dance party with DJ Noisy Nora!

We welcome and embrace all forms of diversity!

Unfortunately, the Sala Rossa is not wheelchair accessible. If you have
accessibility issues and would like to attend, please contact us at
info@dukesofdrag.com and we will find a way to assist you.

http://www.dukesofdrag.com





Blast from the past: First drag king performance

26 01 2008

(Originally written May 21, 2006 on my old blog).

Well, I finally did it. My first drag performance. I’ve been wanting to do this for quite some time but didn’t know when I would have the opportunity. When I saw the message about a contest, I figured it would be a great way to start. It was specified that beginners were welcome so I figured they wouldn’t be too hard on me. 

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