Rita Baga sets out to conquer the planet

After he became known nationwide thanks Canada’s Drag RaceRita Baga now makes the whole planet her playground Drag Race Belgiumthe Quebecer will welcome the biggest names in the industry to the Pride stage in Montreal tomorrow night.

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“It’s going well, I’m really happy,” breathes Jean-François Guevremont, Rita Baga’s male alter ego.

In force. Because his star is now shining brightly, not only in the sky of the metropolis. It was also when he got off the plane that took him back from Belgium that he spoke to The newspapermonday evening

Apparently kept secret by the production, Jean-François Guevremont can still confirm that he just finished filming the first season of Drag Race Belgium – new European version of RuPaul’s Drag Race – which he will now control. Release is planned for next year.

“Every day I said to myself, ‘Well, let’s see me go through this!’ It was a lot of fun working on it and I can’t wait for people to discover it this season,” he says.

stage and television

But until then, we can find her Rita Baga on the airwaves from Crave for the new series starting Sunday The train in meQuebec adaptation of the American format dragging ! Aided by two accomplices, she offers a metamorphosis in every episode to people who want to mark a major turning point in their lives.

Would you rather see Rita Baga in her natural element on stage? That’s good because she’s going to be in charge of the show tomorrow night Drag superstarsa traditional Montreal Pride evening back in action after its last two editions were canceled by the pandemic.

Jean-François Guevremont himself anchored this tradition in the heart of the metropolis. As program director at Pride Montreal (he left his post to devote himself full-time to Rita Baga’s growing career), he came up with the idea of ​​bringing together the biggest stars of the drag world on the same stage for the period of a rhinestone-and-sequin evening set, replete with music and dangerous choreography.

The project quickly exceeded the ambitions of its initiator, welcoming up to 23,000 spectators to the Parc des Faubourgs each summer. And Jean-François Guevremont even expects to break this attendance record on the new site, the Esplanade of the Olympic Stadium.

effervescence

And why ? Because the 2022 edition is now casting a wider net and welcoming onto its stage drag stars who also deserve this title but were not driven by the Drag Race locomotive.

“It is clear, that drag race opened many doors for drag artists. But today there are more and more platforms and shows that highlight these artists and we needed to reflect all the excitement and diversity of our community with this event,” explains Jean-François Guevremont.

Hence HercuSleaze (call me mother), Sasha Baga and Petula Claque (The train in me), Ada Vox (Queen of the Universe) and local legend Manny will step onto the same boards as Kylie Sonique Love, Lawrence Chaney, Pythia, Tayce and other Ra’Jah O’Haras of the world.

►The show Drag superstars will take place tomorrow evening from 8 p.m. on the TD stage on the Esplanade of the Olympic Stadium.

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