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The first season of Canada's Drag Race was officially announced via World of Wonder's Instagram on June 27, 2019[1]. The show aired on CraveCanada, OutTV, and select territories on WOW Presents Plus.

On September 26, 2019 the judges of the show were revealed via social media; they include RuPaul's Drag Race alum Brooke Lynn Hytes, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, and Stacey McKenzie with Traci Melchor acting as a "squirrel friend."[2]

This season features contestants competing for the title of "Canada’s First Drag Superstar", a cash prize of $100,000 CAD (≈ $76,110 USD), a crown and sceptre from Amped Accessories and a year's worth of holiday stays with Hilton.

The winner of the first season of Canada's Drag Race was Priyanka, with Rita Baga and Scarlett BoBo placing as the runners-up. Tynomi Banks would later be crowned Miss Congeniality.[3][note 1]

On August 24, 2021, an anniversary special was announced, where all 12 queens will return to look back at memorable moments from the season. The special will also include exclusive interviews with the Season 2 judges. Hosted by Season 1 winner Priyanka, the special is available in English and French and premiered Monday, Sept. 6 at 9 p.m. ET.[4]

About The Show

Following 12 Canadian drag artists as they compete for the title of “Canada’s Next Drag Superstar.” Each episode tests their talents and challenges them to master singing, dancing, acting, impersonation, costume making, and improvisation. Judging the series are a panel of entertainment industry experts, including Brooke Lynn Hytes, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, and Stacey McKenzie, along with a weekly celebrity guest. One competitor is eliminated at the end of each episode, until one Queen is left standing with the crown, scepter, and title. Throughout this journey, the Queens share their personal struggles, successes, and show the importance of celebrating everyone’s charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent.

Contestants

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(Biographical information stated from during time of contest)

Rank Contestant Photo Age Location Ep. 1 Ep. 2 Ep. 3 Ep. 4 Ep. 5 Ep. 6 Ep. 7 Ep. 8 Ep. 9 Ep.10 Reunion
Design Acting Girl
Groups
Design Snatch
Game
Advert Improv Make
Over
Ball Finale
1st
(Winner)
Priyanka PriyankaPromo 28 Toronto,
ON
SAFE HIGH WIN
Team
Captain
SAFE BTM2 SAFE BTM2 WIN SAFE WINNER HOST
2nd/3rd
(Runners-Up)
Rita Baga RitaPromo 32 Montréal,
QC
WIN SAFE SAFE WIN HIGH WIN SAFE BTM2 BTM2
Mini
Chall.
Winner
RUNNER
UP
Scarlett
BoBo
ScarletBoboPromo 29 Toronto,
ON
SAFE SAFE HIGH HIGH
TEAM
SAFE HIGH HIGH HIGH
Mini
Chall.
Winner
WIN RUNNER
UP
GUEST
4th Jimbo JimboPromo 36 Victoria,
BC
HIGH HIGH SAFE LOW
Mini
Chall.
Winner
WIN HIGH LOW SAFE ELIM GUEST GUEST
5th Lemon LemonPromo 24 New York
City, USA
BTM2 WIN SAFE
Team
Captain
SAFE HIGH
Mini
Chall.
Winner
LOW
Mini
Chall.
Winner
WIN ELIM GUEST GUEST
6th Ilona
Verley
IlonaPromo 24 Vancouver,
BC
SAFE SAFE LOW BTM2 SAFE BTM2 ELIM GUEST GUEST
7th BOA BoaPromo 24 Windsor,
ON
HIGH LOW
Team
Captain
HIGH LOW LOW ELIM GUEST GUEST
8th Kiara KiaraPromo 21 Montréal,
QC
SAFE HIGH LOW HIGH
TEAM
ELIM GUEST GUEST
9th
(Miss
Congeniality)
Tynomi
Banks
TynomiPromo 38 Toronto,
ON
SAFE BTM2 BTM2 ELIM GUEST GUEST
10th Anastarzia
Anaquway
AnastarziaPromo 37 East York,
ON
SAFE SAFE
Team
Captain
ELIM GUEST GUEST
11th Kyne KynePromo 21 Kitchener,
ON
LOW
Mini
Chall.
Winner
ELIM GUEST GUEST
Waterloo,
ON
12th Juice
Boxx
JuicePromo 31 Essex,
ON
ELIM GUEST GUEST
The contestant won Canada's Drag Race.
The contestant was a runner-up.
The contestant won the maxi challenge.
The contestant was part of the winning team, but did not win the maxi challenge.
The contestant received positive critiques, but did not win the maxi challenge.
The contestant received negative critiques, but was not up for elimination.
The contestant placed in the bottom two and won the lip sync for your life.
The contestant placed in the bottom two, lost the lip sync for your life, and was eliminated.
The contestant returned and appeared on the Grande Finale, but was out of the running.

Episodes

Series # Episode # Episode Title Air Date
1 1 Eh-Leganza Eh-Xtravaganza July 2, 2020
2 2 Her-Itage Moments July 9, 2020
3 3 Not Sorry Aboot It July 16, 2020
4 4 Single Use Queens July 23, 2020
5 5 The Snatch Game July 30, 2020
6 6 Star Sixty-Nine August 6, 2020
7 7 Miss Loose Jaw August 13, 2020
8 8 Welcome to the Family August 20, 2020
9 9 The Snow Ball August 27, 2020
10 10 U Wear It Well September 3, 2020
Anniversary Reunion Canada’s Drag Race Anniversary Extravaganza September 6, 2021

Episode 1: "Eh-Leganza Eh-Xtravaganza"

Airdate: July 2, 2020

Synopsis: "Twelve of Canada’s fiercest Queens sashay into the werkroom and size each other up as they compete for the Canada's Drag Race crown."

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Episode 1 Judges

  • Guest Host: Elisha Cuthbert
  • Mini Challenge: Photoshoot with a high speed fan and snow blowing in their faces.
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Kyne
  • Mini Challenge Prize: $1,000 of latex couture from Polymorphe & assign the "O, Canada" boxes to the other queens.
  • Maxi Challenge: Canuck Couture Fantasy: Create a high-fashion look using materials from "O, Canada" boxes.
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Rita Baga
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: $5,000 shopping spree from Roots
  • Bottom Two: Juice Boxx and Lemon
  • Lip Sync Song: "I Really Like You" by Carly Rae Jepson
  • 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"

Entrance Order

1 Priyanka
2 Ilona Verley
3 Kiara
4 Juice Boxx
5 Anastarzia Anaquway
6 Lemon
7 Scarlett BoBo
8 Kyne
9 BOA
10 Rita Baga
11 Jimbo
12 Tynomi Banks

Canuck Couture Fantasy

Queen O Canada Box
Anastarzia Anaquway Canada Gay
BOA Man of Green Gay-bles
Ilona Verley Muskokurrrrr
Jimbo Rain-Blow It Up
Juice Boxx Much Ru-sic Video Prance
Kiara Like A Prairie
Kyne Yukon Gold Digger
Lemon Jock Scraps
Priyanka Gone Fishy
Scarlett BoBo Glampede
Rita Baga Québec-Froid
Tynomi Banks Lumber Janes

Fierce Blizzard Photoshoot

Episode 2: "Her-Itage Moments"

Airdate: July 9, 2020

Synopsis: "The Queens divide into teams to act their way into Canada's drag her-story books."

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Episode 2 Judges

  • Guest Host: Jade Hassouné
  • Mini Challenge: The Nutsmacker: a crash course in ballet
  • Mini Challenge Winner: BOA and Anastarzia Anaquway
  • Mini Challenge Prize: $1,000 gift certificate from Wigs and Grace
  • Maxi Challenge: Acting Challenge inspired by Heritage Minutes short films.
  • Runway Theme: Not My First Time
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Lemon
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: $5,000 worth of Anastasia Beverly Hills makeup
  • Bottom Two: Kyne and Tynomi Banks
  • Lip Sync Song: "If You Could Read My Mind" by 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"

Her-itage Moments

Team Anastarzia Team BOA
"I Smell Burnt Tucks" "The Muffragettes"
Anastarzia
Anaquway
BOA
Ilona Verley
Kiara Kyne
Lemon Priyanka
Rita Baga Scarlett BoBo
Tynomi Banks Jimbo

Episode 3: "Not Sorry Aboot It"

Airdate: July 16, 2020

Synopsis: "Setting the trademark Canadian niceties aside, the queens do a battle in a song and dance diss track showdown."

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Episode 3 Judges

  • Special Guest: Hollywood Jade
  • Guest Host: Deborah Cox
  • Mini Challenge: Canada Gay-M: Be co-anchors for Canada's premier gay morning show and read off a teleprompter in English, French, and "Gay-lish"
  • Mini Challenge Winners: Lemon and Priyanka
  • Mini Challenge Prize: $2,000 worth of jewels from Amped Accessories
  • Maxi Challenge: Write, record and perform in a song and dance track showdown
  • Runway Theme: Québec-ky With The Good Hair
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Priyanka
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: A luxury stay at the Hilton Lac-Leamy
  • Bottom Two: Anastarzia Anaquway and Tynomi Banks
  • Lip Sync Song: "Absolutely Not (Chanel Club Mix)" by Deborah Cox
  • Eliminated: Anastarzia Anaquway
  • Farewell Message: N/A

Not Sorry Aboot It

The Dwolls The Mooseknuckles
Lemon Priyanka
Tynomi Banks Rita Baga
Jimbo Scarlett BoBo
Kiara Anastarzia Anaquway
BOA Ilona Verley

Episode 4: "Single Use Queens"

Airdate: July 23, 2020

Synopsis: "The Queen's turn trash into treasure in an eco-inspired design challenge. Evan Biddell joins Brooke Lynn Hytes, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, and Stacey McKenzie on the judging panel."

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Episode 4 Judges

  • Guest Host: Biddell
  • Mini Challenge: Underwear Memory Matching
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Jimbo
  • Mini Challenge Prize: A VIP stay and culinary experience at the Hilton Toronto
  • Maxi Challenge: Design and create a fashion line using recyclable material in teams of three.
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Rita Baga
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: $5,000 shopping spree at Fabricland
  • Bottom Two: Ilona Verley and Tynomi Banks
  • Lip Sync Song: "Girlfriend" by Avril Lavigne
  • Eliminated: Tynomi Banks
  • Farewell Message: "Sisters 4 Life. Love life. Be you! Tynomi Banks"

Single Use Fashion Line Teams

Team Maison Papier House of Rust La Maison Boraga
Material Paper Metal Plastic
Queens Ilona Verley BOA Kiara
Jimbo Lemon Rita Baga
Tynomi Banks Priyanka Scarlett BoBo

Episode 5: "The Snatch Game"

Airdate: July 30, 2020

Synopsis: "The snatch game arrives to test the remaining queens. Guest host Mary Walsh joins judges Brooke Lynn Hytes, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, and Stacey McKenzie on the judging panel."

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Episode 5 Judges

  • Special Guests: Colin and Justin
  • Guest Host: Mary Walsh
  • Mini Challenge: Reading is Fundamental
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Lemon
  • Mini Challenge Prize: $1,000 Gift Certificate from LAGconcepts
  • Maxi Challenge: Snatch Game
  • Runway Theme: Night of a 1000 Céline Dions
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Jimbo
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: A 7 day Caribbean Cruise for two courtesy of Pitbull Events
  • Bottom Two: Kiara and Priyanka
  • Lip Sync Song: "I Drove All Night" by Céline Dion
  • Eliminated: Kiara
  • Farewell Message: "KIARA Love you guys, have fun cleaning"

Snatch Game

Queen Celebrity Impersonation Photo Céline Look
BOA Gypsy Rose Blanchard BoaGypsy Met Gala, 2019
Ilona Verley Rebecca More IlonaRebecca Céline Dion Collection Launch, 2017
Jimbo Joan Rivers JimboJoan Paris Fashion Week, 2019
Kiara Mariah Carey KiaraMariah "Courage" Album Release, 2019
Lemon JoJo Siwa LemonJojo Academy Awards, 1998
Priyanka Miss Cleo PriyankaCleo Wedding Dress, 1994
Bilboard Music Awards, 2016
Scarlett BoBo Liza Minelli SBoBoLiza Paris Fashion Week, 2019
Rita Baga Edith Piaf RitaEdith Eurovision, 1988
Tournée Incognito Tour, 1988

Episode 6: "Star Sixty-Nine"

Airdate: August 6, 2020

Synopsis: "The queens' creative marketing skills are put to the test as they write and produce commercials for fictional drag queen law firms. Comedian Tom Green is this week's guest host."

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Episode 6 Judges

  • Special Guest: Crystal
  • Guest Host: Tom Green
  • Mini Challenge: Psychic Hotline Operators
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Lemon
  • Mini Challenge Prize: $1,000 of Bailey Nelson eye-ware
  • Maxi Challenge: In teams, write and produce commercials for late-night drag law advice
  • Runway Theme: Canadian Tux-She-Do: Denim on Denim on Denim
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Rita Baga
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: Custom wardrobe valued at $10,000 from North Bound Leather
  • Bottom Two: BOA and Ilona Verley
  • Lip Sync Song: "Scars To Your Beautiful" by Alessia Cara
  • Eliminated: BOA
  • Farewell Message: "NICE ~BOA"

Star Sixty-Nine Groups

Law Firm Specialization Queens "Who Should Go Home Tonight?"
Sarah & Sarahson Sister Separation
Specialists
Ilona Verley Lemon
Scarlett BoBo
The B.E.L.L.E.S. Bitches for Enthusiastic
Lady Lawyers
Entertainment Services
BOA
Jimbo
Rita Baga Ilona Verley
Kitty & Kat The Pussy
Protectors
Lemon
Priyanka

Episode 7: "Miss Loose Jaw"

Airdate: August 13, 2020

Synopsis: "This week the queens' looks and improv skills are fully tested. If they are to stay, the queens need to slay with both improv and beauty queen looks. Singer-songwriter Allie X is this week’s guest host joining Brooke Lynn Hytes, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman and Stacey McKenzie on the judging panel."

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Episode 7 Judges

  • Special Guests: Stefan Brogren, Michelle DuBarry
  • Guest Host: Allie X
  • Maxi Challenge: Compete in Drag Race's very first pageant:
    the Miss Loose Jaw Pageant
  • Runway Theme: Pageant Perfection
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Lemon
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: An all inclusive luxury vacation for two to Island, courtesy of Pink Island
  • Bottom Two: Ilona Verley and Priyanka
  • Lip Sync Song: "Hello" by Allie X
  • Eliminated: Ilona Verley
  • Farewell Message: "Our world is changing for the better and I'm blessed to be a part of that change. ♡Ilona♡"

Miss Loose Jaw Pageant

Queen Character
Ilona Verley Miss Erable
Jimbo Miss Behavin'
Lemon Miss Fitts
Priyanka Miss Demeanor
Rita Baga Miss Match'd
Scarlett BoBo Miss Informed

Episode 8: "Welcome to the Family"

Airdate: August 20, 2020

Synopsis: "The Queens are paired up with newcomers from LGBTQI charity Rainbow Railroad for the makeover challenge.This week’s guest host is actress Amanda Brugel."

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Episode 8 Judges

  • Guest Host: Amanda Brugel
  • Mini Challenge: Everybody Loves Puppets
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Scarlett BoBo
  • Mini Challenge Prize: A trip for two to Cuba and assign the makeover pairs
  • Maxi Challenge: Makeover Rainbow Railroad newcomers
  • Runway Theme: A Family Affair
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Priyanka
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: A $10,000 donation to Rainbow Railroad in Priyanka's name
  • Bottom Two: Lemon and Rita Baga
  • Lip Sync Song: "You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morissette
  • Eliminated: Lemon
  • Farewell Message: "To my Top 4: I LOVE YOU, I'M PROUD OF YOU, & YOU'RE ALL DUMB + UGLY ♡ xoxo, Lemon"

Makeover Pairs

Queens Rainbow Railroad refugee
Name Drag Name
Jimbo Eka
(from Indonesia)
Bimbo
Lemon Rebal
(from Syria)
Lime
Priyanka Elton
(from Jamaica)
Elektra
Rita Baga Rainer
(from Indonesia)
Tari Baga
Scarlett BoBo Dennis
(from Uganda)
Violet BoBo

Episode 9: "The Snow Ball"

Airdate: August 27, 2020

Synopsis: "It’s time to throw a ball & the Queens get frosty as the search for Canada's First Drag Superstar reaches the semi-final. This week’s extra special guest host is Michelle Visage."

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Episode 9 Judges

  • Guest Host: Michelle Visage
  • Mini Challenge: Sing Canada's National Anthem as a local chanteuse
  • Mini Challenge Winner: Rita Baga
  • Mini Challenge Prize: $1,000 gift certificate courtesy of Dirt Squirrel
  • Maxi Challenge: Showcase 3 frozen looks in The Snow Ball
  • Runway Themes: Executive Holiday Party Realness, Icy Walk of Shame, & Ice Queen Eleganza
  • Maxi Challenge Winner: Scarlett BoBo
  • Maxi Challenge Prize: 7 day trip for two to Vienna, courtesy of Air Canada Vacations
  • Bottom Two: Jimbo and Rita Baga
  • Lip Sync Song: "Closer" by Tegan and Sara
  • Eliminated: Jimbo
  • Farewell Message: "LIFE IS THE TRUE DRAG COMPETITION BE REAL, SPREAD YOUR LEGS LOVE AND WIN XOXO JIMBO"

Top Three of Season 1

Queens Challenge Wins Up for Elimination
TeamPriyanka 2
(Eps. 3, 8)
2
(Eps. 5, 7)
TeamRita 3
(Eps. 1, 4, 6)
2
(Eps. 8, 9)
TeamScarlett 1
(Ep. 9)
0

Episode 10: "U Wear It Well"

Airdate: September 3, 2020

Synopsis: "The final three Queens write, record, and perform an all-new remix of a RuPaul classic, and the winner of Canada’s Drag Race is crowned. This week’s guest host is TV personality Traci Melchor who joins judges Brooke Lynn Hytes, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, and Stacey McKenzie to crown the winner."

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The Season 1 Contestants on the Finale Stage

Special Episode: "Canada's Drag Race Anniversary Extravaganza"

Airdate: September 6, 2021

Synopsis: "In Canada’s Drag Race Anniversary Extravaganza, Priyanka, the queen herself, hosts an exciting hour to celebrate a year since its premier with her sissies. All twelve contestants look back at the first season exposing their thoughts on gag-worthy moments, weekly challenges, runway looks, snarly werkroom fights and memorable eliminations. Who brought the greatest looks? Who put on the best lip-syncing performance? Who’s the biggest diva? All will be revealed - no tea, no shade."

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  • Discussions: Each of the queens' performances throughout the season, Juice Boxx being the first ever eliminated queen from Canada's Drag Race, Kyne being shady, Anastarzia's story shared on the show, the reaction from viewers and her trajectory, Tynomi not going further into the competition and being a well-known queen prior the show, Ilona representing two-spirit indigenous and non-binary people, Kiara's verse in "Sorry Aboot It" and lip sync against Priyanka, "what's Dusted or Busted?", Lemon and her run on the season and how fellow castmates felt about her, Ilona, Kyne and Lemon's first impressions of BOA, Jimbo's journey and her heated argument with Rita, Rita's performance throughtout the season and future projects, Scarlett BoBo being safe, Priyanka coming out to her father, a quick interview to meet the new judges from the second season, Brooke Lynn Hytes, Amanda Brugel, Brad Goreski and Traci Melchor, Scarlett's relationship with BOA and Ilona before and after the show, BOA calling out Priyanka for not being present anymore, "I RuPologize for...", highlight moments from the Top 3 and final thoughts on the first season.

Performances

Queen Performance Song
Title Artist
Tynomi Banks Let Them Know Mabel
BOA Levitating Dua Lipa
Priyanka & Lemon Come Through Priyanka & Lemon

Gallery

Guest Hosts Promos

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Check out the lookbook gallery to see the contestants' looks from each episode.
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Trivia

Notes

  1. While not acknowledged by either official World of Wonder or Canada's Drag Race social media accounts, Tynomi confirmed the award was official in an interview conducted by the Drag Race Wiki at RuPaul's DragCon LA 2024.

References

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