CANADA'S A DRAG

'A lady who loves gowns but talks like a trucker': Meet Winnipeg drag queen Prairie Sky

Watch the latest episode of the new CBC Arts docu-series Canada's a Drag, where our country's drag performers sashay into the spotlight.

Watch the latest episode of Canada's a Drag, where our country's drag performers sashay into the spotlight

Prairie Sky gets ready for a performance. (CBC Arts)

Prairie Sky is the latest subject of Canada's a Drag, a weekly docu-series from CBC Arts that showcases drag artists from across the true North strong and fabulous. You can read more about the series and its genesis (and watch all the released episodes) here.​

Who is Prairie Sky? Ask Levi Foy, the Winnipeg drag performer who created her, and he'll give you a pretty straight up answer: "Prairie Sky is this semi-polished, meaning semi-pretty, lady who loves gowns but talks like a trucker. That's pretty much it. She's kinda gross. She's fun. You want to party with her...She's basically a well-rounded gal with a foul mouth."

As you'll see in the latest episode of CBC Arts's docu-series Canada's a Drag, there's more to Prairie Sky than that — but it's an appropriately sassy introduction.

Watch the episode:

Series Producers: Mercedes Grundy and Peter Knegt
Episode Directors: Tyson Anderson and Jordan Molaro
Packaging Editor: Chanel Klein
Titles Designer: Hope Little​
Special Thanks: The Good Will Social Club


​Expanding on his initial proclamation, Foy explains that for him, Prairie Sky is a "connection to the queer worlds."

"The unsettled persona of Prairie Sky allows me to interrogate the space I occupy, the world I live in and my own personal power," Foy says. "When I paint or get into my zone nothing exists in the periphery I am focused and intent on creating a beautiful temporal disaster and then unleashing that however necessary."

Through the growth and development of Prairie Sky, Foy has has learned to be vulnerable, to be confident and about the importance of humility.

"Prairie Sky is my direct connection to worlds I do not know, memories that are not exclusively mine and moments I do not own," he says. "Without her, I don't think I would love and accept Levi in an honest way."

Prairie Sky gets ready for a performance. (CBC Arts)
 

Prairie Sky started for Foy about eight year ago, when he "started by fucking around with gender and the way I present myself."

"There's drag in everything," he says. "Anytime someone puts on a costume of any kind to make some sort of statement or something performative in that way, that's drag to me."

One of the aspects of drag that has always appealed to Foy was its ability to let him be "a rockstar for even 10 minutes." 

"Being able to be that showgirl you've always wanted to be — you know, when you're lipsyncing to Madonna when you're nine years old," says Foy. "I just have so much fun with it. When I'm in heels I'm seven feet tall, so I don't get to ever enter into a room or enter into a store and not be seen. I'm pretty visible."

"I had this dream one time of my funeral, and all of my drag sisters and my drag community were there and they were all in drag. And I feel like that's just the way I'm gonna go."

Prairie Sky performs at the Good Will Social Club in Winnipeg. (CBC Arts)

Canada's a Drag runs every Friday on CBC Arts. Y'all come back now for next week's episode, which features Montreal performer Guizo LaNuit.

About the Author

Peter Knegt

Peter Knegt has worked for CBC Arts since way back in 2016, with highlights including co-hosting weekly live talk show State of the Arts, writing the regular LGBTQ-culture column Queeries and playing integral roles in the launch of series The Filmmakers and Canada's a Drag. Beyond CBC, Knegt is also the filmmaker of numerous short films and the author of the book About Canada: Queer Rights. You can follow him on Instagram and Twitter with the same obvious handle: @peterknegt.