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Canada's Drag Race
Also known asDrag Race Canada
GenreReality competition
Created byRuPaul
Based onRuPaul's Drag Race
JudgesBrooke Lynn Hytes
Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman
Stacey McKenzie
Theme music composerRuPaul
Opening theme"RuPaul's Drag Race Theme"
Ending theme"U Wear It Well"
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes5
Running time60 min.
Production company(s)Blue Ant Studios
Original networkCrave
Original releaseJuly 2, 2020 (2020-07-02)

Canada's Drag Race is a Canadian reality competition television series based on the American series RuPaul's Drag Race, produced by Blue Ant Studios.[1][2] In a similar format to the American version, the show features a crop of Canadian drag queens as they compete for a grand prize of $100,000, a year of hotel stays courtesy of Hilton, and the title of "Canada's First Drag Superstar". The series airs on Crave in Canada, and worldwide on WOW Presents Plus.[3]

It was the fourth international version of the Drag Race franchise to be announced, following Drag Race Thailand, The Switch Drag Race (Chile) and RuPaul's Drag Race UK;[3] two months after the announcement of the Canadian version, Drag Race Australia was also announced. Canada's Drag Race will be the first English-language incarnation of Drag Race to not be hosted by RuPaul, although RuPaul does appear in a video message to the contestants, and narrates the title sequence.[4]

The show premiered on July 2, 2020.[5] The cast was announced on May 14, 2020.[5]


Casting occurred in mid-2019 with production scheduled to start in fall 2019.[6] The inaugural season will consist of ten one-hour episodes.[1]

In June 2020 it was announced that the series will be carried by BBC Three in the United Kingdom.[7]

Early coverage of the production announcement indicated that the series would also air on OutTV,[2] although as of three weeks after the show's premiere on Crave it has not aired on that channel.

In the United States the series premiered on WOW Presents Plus, the streaming service of RuPaul's Drag Race production company World of Wonder, concurrently with its Canadian debut. It was subsequently added to the schedule of Logo TV, premiering on that service on July 27, 2020.[8]


On September 26, 2019, it was announced that the judges panel will include RuPaul's Drag Race season 11 runner-up Brooke Lynn Hytes, actor Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman and fashion model Stacey McKenzie.[9] Bell Media personality Traci Melchor will appear as a recurring cast member, with the title "Canada's Squirrel Friend."[9] Hytes will be the first prior competitor in the RuPaul's Drag Race franchise to appear on the judge's panel on any edition of the show.[10]

Guest hosts

Various people have been announced as appearing on the show in guest capacities, although sources have been unclear in some cases about whether the person appears as a guest host or in some other capacity.

Special guests

Episode 1–
Episode 3
Episode 5


(Ages, names, and cities stated are at time of filming.)

Contestants of Canada's Drag Race and their backgrounds
Contestant Age Hometown Outcome
BOA 24 Windsor, Ontario TBA
Ilona Verley 24 Vancouver, British Columbia TBA
Jimbo 36 Victoria, British Columbia TBA
Lemon 23 New York City, New York TBA
Priyanka 28 Toronto, Ontario TBA
Rita Baga 32 Montreal, Quebec TBA
Scarlett BoBo 29 Toronto, Ontario TBA
Kiara 22 Montreal, Quebec 8th Place
Tynomi Banks 38 Toronto, Ontario 9th Place
Anastarzia Anaquway 37 East York, Ontario 10th Place
Kyne 21 Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario 11th Place
Juice Boxx 30 Essex, Ontario 12th Place

Contestant progress

Progress of contests including rank/position in each episode
Contestant 1 2 3 4 5
Tynomi Banks SAFE BTM2 BTM2 ELIM
Anastarzia Anaquway SAFE SAFE ELIM
Juice Boxx ELIM
     The contestant won Canada's Drag Race
     The contestant was a runner-up.
     The contestant won the challenge.
     The contestant received positive critiques and was ultimately declared safe.
     The contestant was declared safe.
     The contestant received negative critiques but was ultimately declared safe.
     The contestant was in the bottom.
     The contestant was eliminated.
     The contestant returned as a guest.
* The contestant received critiques as part of the team challenge.


Summary of Canada's Drag Race lip syncs
Episode Contestants Song Eliminated
1 Juice Boxx vs. Lemon "I Really Like You"
(Carly Rae Jepsen)
Juice Boxx
2 Kyne vs. Tynomi Banks "If You Could Read My Mind"
(Ultra Naté, Amber, and Jocelyn Enriquez)
3 Anastarzia Anaquway vs. Tynomi Banks "Absolutely Not" (Chanel Club Mix)
(Deborah Cox)
Anastarzia Anaquway
4 Ilona Verley vs. Tynomi Banks "Girlfriend"
(Avril Lavigne)
Tynomi Banks
5 Kiara vs. Priyanka "I Drove All Night"
(Celine Dion)
     The contestant was eliminated after their first time in the bottom two.
     The contestant was eliminated after their third time in the bottom two.


No.TitleOriginal air date
1"Eh-laganza Eh-xtravaganza"2 July 2020 (2020-07-02)

  • Guest Host: Elisha Cuthbert
  • Mini-Challenge: Photoshoot atop a replica of the Rocky Mountains
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Kyne
  • Mini-Challenge Prize: $1,000 of latex couture from Polymorphe
  • Main Challenge: Create a couture outfit from a box of items themed around various aspects of Canada.
  • Challenge Winner: Rita Baga
  • Main Challenge Prize: A $5,000 shopping spree from Roots Canada
  • Bottom Two: Juice Boxx and Lemon
  • Lip Sync Song: "I Really Like You" by Carly Rae Jepsen
  • Eliminated: Juice Boxx
  • Farewell message: "Hey cunts. Season 1!!! I love you all so much. Don't let the comp get to you. We are ALL! sickening. lots of love sisters. xoxo Juice Boxx"
2"Her-itage Moments"9 July 2020 (2020-07-09)

  • Guest Host: Jade Hassouné
  • Mini-Challenge: Get into quick-drag and audition for a role as a ballerina in The Nutsmacker
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: BOA and Anastarzia Anaquay
  • Mini-Challenge Prize: A $1,000 gift certificate from Wigs And Grace
  • Main Challenge: Overact in parodies of Heritage Minutes, "The Muffragettes" and "I Smell Burnt Tucks"
  • Challenge Winner: Lemon
  • Main Challenge Prize: $5,000 worth of Anastasia Beverly Hills cosmetics
  • Runway Theme: Not My First Time
  • Bottom Two: Kyne and Tynomi Banks
  • Lip Sync Song: "If You Could Read My Mind" by Stars on 54 (Ultra Naté, Amber, and Jocelyn Enriquez)
  • Eliminated: Kyne
  • Farewell message: I love you Tynomi I love you all Think of me fondly, now that I've said goodbye. ♡ -Kyne
3"Not Sorry Aboot It"16 July 2020 (2020-07-16)

  • Guest Host: Deborah Cox
  • Mini-Challenge: Get into quick drag and perform an audition for the morning show "Canada Gay M" while reading from the teleprompter in English, French, and "Draglish"
  • Mini-Challenge Winners: Priyanka and Lemon
  • Mini-Challenge Prize: $2,000 worth of drag jewels from Amped Accessories
  • Main Challenge: Write, record, and perform choreography to the new diss track "Not Sorry Aboot It"
  • Challenge Winner: Priyanka
  • Main Challenge Prize: A luxury stay at the Hilton Lac-Leamy
  • Runway Theme: Que-Becky With the Good Hair
  • Bottom Two: Anastarzia Anaquway and Tynomi Banks
  • Lip Sync Song: "Absolutely Not (Chanel Club Mix)" by Deborah Cox
  • Eliminated: Anastarzia Anaquway
  • Farewell message: [None]
4"Single Use Queens"23 July 2020 (2020-07-23)

  • Guest Host: Biddell
  • Mini-Challenge: Play a memory game with the pit crew's underwear colors
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Jimbo
  • Mini-Challenge Prize: A VIP stay at the Hilton Toronto
  • Main Challenge: Make a cohesive outfit out of garbage
  • Challenge Winner: Rita Baga
  • Main Challenge Prize: A shopping spree at Fabric Land
  • Bottom Two: Ilona Verley and Tynomi Banks
  • Lip Sync Song: "Girlfriend" by Avril Lavigne
  • Eliminated: Tynomi Banks
  • Farewell message:
5"The Snatch Game"30 July 2020 (2020-07-30)

  • Guest Host: Mary Walsh
  • Mini-Challenge: Reading Challenge
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Lemon
  • Mini-Challenge Prize: $1,000 gift card to LAGconcepts
  • Main Challenge: Play The Snatch Game
  • Runway Theme: Celine Dion
  • Challenge Winner: Jimbo
  • Main Challenge Prize: A Cruise
  • Bottom Two: Kiara and Priyanka
  • Lip Sync Song: "I Drove All Night" by Celine Dion
  • Eliminated: Kiara
  • Farewell message:


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