Queerlesque Comes To Town

Come what Mae and Chérie Coquette Cabaret will be presenting Queerlesque Convoy: A Transportation-Themed Cabaret and Peepshow Extravaganza in Whitehorse on November 19

If you aren’t familiar with the term queerlesque, it shouldn’t be all that difficult to deduce its meaning from the two words it’s made of. Whitehorse is getting its own fix of the art form on Saturday, November 19, when Come what Mae and Chérie Coquette Cabaret present Queerlesque Convoy: A Transportation-Themed Cabaret and Peepshow Extravaganza at the Yukon Transportation Museum.

“We’re here, we’re queer, and we want to make performance art; and transportation is so gay,” said Jeszika Mae, also known as Joan Assmith and Jae Delight of Come what Mae. “We can tell so many stories through the characters we embody in drag and burlesque and circus. Art is community care. Performance art is healing.”

The event will feature AndyBoy, AJ, Beau Ryder, Chérie Coquette, Emma Aslett, Joan Assmith, Lau D’Arta, Mixence Gold, Ratss Nest, Spank Karr, Ula La, and Randy Hearton, and will be hosted by Jae Delight and Chérie Coquette. The production is sponsored by The Gravy Train, Road Dogs Music Supply, Ali Cat Catering, Ignite Counselling Services, and Burnt Toast Café.

Though Mae has an extensive resume and has been involved in many productions, putting together an event like this is still a big task.

“I’ve directed before, and I produce a weekly radio show on CJUC, but this is a huge undertaking,” they told What’s Up Yukon. “It’s my first big production and I believe it is the first community-funded drag cabaret in the territory, featuring 14 Yukon artists. I’m really excited about the cast—that so many artists will be able to showcase their talents.”

The cabaret takes place November 19 at the Yukon Transportation Museum, with doors opening at 8 p.m. and the show starting at 8:45. Tickets are $35 each.

“We have so many talented drag performers in the Yukon, each with their own distinct style,” said Mae. 

“We’ll have drag kings, burlesque queens and some circus scenes; the audience can expect to laugh, cry and cat call. There will be an aerial artist as well as peep-show booths. ”For more information, check out Come What Mae on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Comewhatmae867.

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