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Here Is Where You Can Support Queer Artists and Performers
Published On: March 24, 2020
Written By: Bianca Sutton
We’re living in unprecedented times, the current pandemic shaking up our everyday lives and leaving us all a little out of sorts and uncertain of what is next. Those who work in entertainment and arts might be feeling the repercussions of being locked away more than others – so in these hard times, we encourage everyone to support their favorite queer artists, performers, entertainers and anyone else who is bringing their creativity to the virtual world we all now occupy.
Each week we will collate all the information we find and are sent by viewers and followers. We’ll be including shows from local performers across the world (a great chance to see some new talent), nationally beloved performers and anything else that brings the community together.
If you know or are a performer with a digital show please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be included.
An Elephant in the Room – A Virtual Art Show
Who: Oli – Artist (@createiiv + OutlookTV) with featured artists Alter, AutoHeartVan, Denis Drapeau, Hayden McHugh, Miss Gay Vancouver Fancy Pants, Johnny Trinh, Matthew Presidente, Mina Mercury, Rory McLeod And Wendy Warhol.
What: Virtual Art show featuring Oli and Rory McLeod’s project “ An Elephant in the Room” with performances by Canadian queer artists inspired by the project.
When: Saturday April 4th 2020 7PM (Pacific) 10 PM (east)
How: Head over to the Facebook page for more info
PEG Presents: Digital Drag Fest
Who: Alaska, Alexis Michelle, BenDeLaCreme, Divina De Campo, Ginger Minj, Jackie Beat, Jiggly Caliente, Jinkx Monsoon, Jujubee, Manila Luzon, Miz Cracker, Monét X Change, Mrs. Kasha Davis, Nina West, Peppermint, Sharon Needles, Sherry Vine, Tammie Brown, Trinity The Tuck and more
What: With many of your favourite queens on their books, PEG is hosting Digital Drag Fest, an opportunity for you to still support and watch some of the best drag talent. Tickets are $10 and shows are 30 minutes. All from the comfort of your sofa.
When: March 27 – April 6
How: Head to Stageit for more information
Melissa Etheridge Live
Who: Singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge
What: If you’re a fan of this country star you can watch her live performances to promote her latest album The Medicine Show every day on Facebook Live.
When: Daily at 6 p.m. EST through April 7
How: Head to her Facebook
Jem and Shanda Leer- Text Me Live
Who: Jem and Shanda Leer are two beloved Vancouver queens who know how to put on a good show. You might also recognize Jem from Orville Peck’s latest music video.
What: It’s all in the name. Text Jem and Sandra Lee live.
When: Every Wednesday at 7pm PT
How: Follow @itshandaleer and @thanksjem and be sure to click on their live story at 7 pm PT Weds.
Who: Just a bunch of people looking to party
What: Club Quarantine is a nightly queer dance party that takes place on Zoom. Nightly DJ’s who are happy to take requests using the Zoom’s chat service. You can also see who else is at Club Quarantine and start conversations, flirt or simply dance around your living room.
When: Every night at 9pm – 12am ET.
How: Head over to their Instagram to get the code to enter the Zoom call
Rify Royalty: Straight Acting
Who: NYC based drag queen Rify Royalty
What: Rify is taking her monthly queer party, ‘Straight Acting’ to Instagram live. The show is usually hosted in Brooklyn, so heading over to insta to watch her show is hella lot cheaper than a flight.
When: The next show is on April 2nd at pm ET
How: Follow @rify_royalty on Instagram for more information
DJ Krista Mac
Who: Vancouver based DJ Krista Mac
What: Krista will be doing a live DJ set, streaming every weekday on Instagram. The perfect way to spend any lunch break in isolation.
When: Monday – Friday 12.30 -1.00pm PT
How: Get yourself to Krista’s Instagram at lunchtime
Who: Toronto singer Bruno
What: Soothe yourself to the wonderful voice of Bruno who will ease you through a hard day of isolation
When: Every Monday at 2pm ET and every Thursday at 6pm
How: You can watch the live videos over on Bruno’s Instagram
Kids N’ Queens: In My Room Edition
Who: Vancouver Drag performer Mina Mercury
What: It’s not just the adults stuck inside – if you’ve got kids and you need to keep them quiet while you get on with work or chores, just sit them in front of Mina Mercury. Mina has taken her usual storytime gig to the internet during these difficult times and will fill your living room with all the fun and silliness you need.
When: New videos go up every Saturday at 10am PT and 1pm ET
How: All the videos will be uploaded to Mina’s youtube channel – so you can also catch up on any you have missed so far!
Who: Ottawa drag performer Adrianna Exposee
What: If you’re from Ottawa then you don’t have to miss the beloved Adrianna Exposee and for those who live elsewhere… it’s time to meet a new queen. She’ll be talking about some of her fave shenanigans, breaking it down and answering some of your burnings questions
When: Every Friday at 8pm ET
How: Get yourself over to her Instagram to catch the live show!
Queer Kid Stuff
Who: Lindsay “Lindz” Amer – a creator LGBTQ+ and social justice media for kids and families.
What: A live sing-along and storytime for kids on Instagram Live
When: Wednesdays at 10 a.m. EST
How: Check it out on Instagram
The Only Quarantine Drag Show
Who: Hosted by Bob the Drag Queen.
What: A weekly drag show with regular guests including Tina Burner, Marti Gould Cummins, Jasmine Rice Labeija, and more. There is a $10 suggested donation through PayPal to support the queens
When: Thursdays at 7 p.m. EST
How: You can watch it on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube or Twitch
Big Freedia’s Friday Night Shakedown
Who: Big Freedia
What: A live concert series hosted by Big Freedia, raising funds for her touring crew and the New Orleans Disaster Relief Fund
When: Fridays at 9 p.m. EST
How: Head over to Big Freedia’s Instagram
Who: Joy Stique, Deere, Dona Tarte, and more.
What: Stream Queens is a Twitch team that unites drag artists all over the world as they game and drag together. Hop on to their Twitch channel at any time to watch different queens’ live streams.
When: All day, every day
How: Check out their Twitch channel
Who: Hosted by the LGBTQ+ magazine them
What: A virtual music and arts festival for and by the LGBTQ+ community. The ongoing series of live Instagram broadcasts will include drag performances, stand-up sets, concerts, fiction readings, guided meditations, cooking shows, and much, much more.
How: Check out their Instagram Live
Come Rain or Shine
What: The New York Gay Men’s Chorus, like so many choral organizations, has closed down for the season and won’t be performing their final concert. They were kind enough to share this music video with us, which they would have sang in their final concert. You guessed it. Come Rain or Come Shine.
How: Check the video out here
What: A drag livestream featuring a mix of comedy, tutorials and performance art.
When: Daily shows Monday to Friday
How: Check out the Trish TV Twitch channel