Big Gay Road Trip: Edmonton

Who would’ve thought that we would find the highest concentration of talented drag queens in Edmonton, Alberta? Up until we left for this trip, we hadn’t even heard of Edmonton, which is the capital of the oil-rich province (we think of Alberta as the Texas of Canada), and we saw more quality drag in one evening there than we have seen anywhere else on our trip.


We were only in Edmonton for one night, but we kept busy and were determined to find fun even on a Sunday. We started out for Prism, Edmonton’s dyke bar, but the doors were locked and the few people inside did not hear our plaintive knocking, so we set out for The Roost, which we heard was a popular destination. While there was a decent crowd, when the show started, we were faced with this:



So we fled to Buddy’s with the help of some friendly gays with a car. Unfortunately we missed the variety show that evening, but got to chat with some of Edmonton’s finest queens. Pictured at top (from left to right) are Ruby, Vanity Fair, Binki, Krystall Ball, and GoDiva. Vanity and Binki were the hostesses of Stardust Lounge, the event that I missed but which happens every Sunday at Buddy’s.

The lovely queens showed us such nice hospitality, as did the mostly-naked barboys and some other cute local guys and girls, whose photos appear after the jump.

These bartenders only did this for the photo, maybe to cover up how well the one on the right filled out his briefs.

This photo reminds us of a gay Benetton ad.

These girls were being naughty all night.

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  • Seth

    1. Didn’t ‘Benetton ads’ and ‘Benetton ad’ jokes go out of rotation, like, a decade ago?
    2. Isn’t that a good thing, because ‘Benetton ad’ jokes are kind of, um, racist?

  • The Ghost of Harris Glen Milstead

    If those 5 bitches are the best drag queens Edmonton has to offer than I’ll go with Twisted Sister — at least she looks like she has a sense of humor.

    Christ, they look like they popped bad acid and spent a weekend watching Pink Flamingos — and Mink Stole is really going to be pissed that they lifted her look. Except the one on the left looks like Skippy, one of the Fun Girls from Mt. Pilot: Hello, Doll. I can hear her using that line on the audience now (or what’s left of the audience. You can tell by the way she won’t look into the camera she suffers from poor self-esteem probably because those other hog bitches only let her on stage during Saturday matinees or Thursday amateur night.). And don’t get me started on that haughty slut in the white Sally Fields jump suit! She didn’t spend every minute of her teenage years dressed in her Mother’s best, posing in front of a mirror dreaming of the day, did she? If she lifted her chin any higher she’d be looking at the Big Dipper, or whatever her trick du jour calls it.

    I suggest that if the editors of this blog want really good drag that you buy a little make-up and a little birdseed and do it themselves. It’s a lot more fun that way and by the look of Dan Renzi’s photo on his website, you’re half way there already!

    Note to Seth: Aren’t you like, um, really passive aggressive. And, like, isn’t that a good thing because now we have someone to keep track of decades-old jokes about, um, racist ad campaigns.

  • jenna

    bitter bitter bitter….

  • The Ghost of Harris Glen Milstead

    Hey jenna girlfriend.

    I got plenty of bitter bitch! If you’ve got the bourbon and the vermouth we could get together and get plastered on Manhattans.

  • Brian

    Is there any shemale bars in Edmonton or hangout?

  • GoDiva

    I’m glad you had a great time in Edmonton, too bad you missed the show!!! For years Edmonton has put out many of Canada’s best queens, we work hard at entertaining and constantly raising our standards.

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