Speed Date with drag thing Toddy

The winner of “Call Me Mother” Season 1 talks stand-up, opera and Vancouver’s diverse drag scene

Vancouver-based comedian, opera singer and drag artist Toddy says they’re lucky to be a part of a community that normalizes diverse forms of drag. “Everywhere you go you basically can’t miss a drag king or a drag thing. So we’re training our audiences that this is not only exciting, but this is normal,” Toddy says . “Vancouver is a really amazing city in that it’s the [birthplace] of ‘drag thing.’ The iconic Rose Butch created the term and so our history of recent drag is so rooted within diversity in the drag scene. I can’t say the same for everywhere else though and that sucks.” The winner of the inaugural season of Call Me Mother also chats with Xtra about comedy, opera and their upcoming record.

Lito Howse (they/them) is a queer and trans/non-binary identified videographer, editor and producer based in Toronto. They previously worked for the CBC where they wrote TV stories, edited and control room produced for News Network. They also produced videos for CBC Radio and wrote web articles for shows like The Current and As It Happens, among other roles. They speak English.

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