Arts·Queer Pride Inside

Pandemic is a drag: Let Yovska haunt your quarantine with this monstrously bold performance

Canada's favourite "drag creature" is back with this piece from virtual cabaret Queer Pride Inside.

Canada's favourite 'drag creature' is back with this piece from virtual cabaret Queer Pride Inside

CBC Arts Presents Queer Pride Inside: A Buddies in Bad Times Cabaret was a virtual cabaret featuring over a dozen LGBTQ Canadian artists that CBC Arts produced in partnership with Buddies in Bad Times this past June in celebration of Pride Month. Over the course of the summer, we'll be highlighting some of the individual performances that were included in the cabaret. 

There is no performer on this planet quite like Yovska, and we've been very lucky to have him be part of both our series Canada's a Drag and our recent special CBC Arts Presents Queer Pride Inside: A Buddies in Bad Times Cabaret. A Toronto-based designer and drag performance artist, Yovska categorizes himself as a "drag creature" dressing up as a variety of different monsters with a dash of fashion. He relates the themes of the paranormal and fantasy to his experiences growing up as queer and immigrant in Canada. By reclaiming the form of monsters and aliens, Yovska is able to turn negative stereotypes into empowering alter egos.

Yovska (CBC Arts)

For Queer Pride Inside, Yovska decided to offer up a timely, haunting piece entitled "Pandemic is a Drag."

"My video deals with anxieties and fears of going outside and what is outside during this quarantine time," Yovska says. "The monsters looking in from the windows and creeping around the house stand as metaphors for the fears of uncertainty that loom around the corner. It's about being in the dark, and I relate this to the idea of keeping a light on because you're scared of what could be hiding in the shadows of your room."

Watch the performance above, and follow Yovska here (also look for him on the most recent season of the Netflix reality competition show The Boulet Brothers' Dragula).

See CBC Arts Presents Queer Pride Inside: A Buddies in Bad Times Cabaret in its entirety on CBC Gem.

Yovska (CBC Arts)


Peter Knegt (he/him) has worked for CBC Arts since 2016, writing the LGBTQ-culture column Queeries (winner of the 2019 Digital Publishing Award for best digital column in Canada) and spearheading the launch and production of series Canada's a Drag, variety special Queer Pride Inside, and interactive projects Superqueeroes and The 2020s: The Decade Canadian Artists Stopped Saying Sorry. Collectively, these projects have won Knegt four Canadian Screen Awards. 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.

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