On Sunday, April 28, Ginger Minj brought her larger-than-life stage show to Rockstar Music Hall and performed for an excited crowd of fans at an event hosted by Lavender Promotions. Ginger Minj was joined by a talented group of drag queens from Detroit to Toronto, including hometown favourite, Geena Hayze from Windsor. Special guests performing also included Toronto’s BOA, and Bettie Rebel, Detroit’s Aliya Holmes, and Town of Essex native, now hailing from Toronto Juice Boxx.
Ginger thrilled the audience with her energetic lip syncing and dancing, her beautiful live singing voice, her charming wit, and a rendition of Ursula’s “Poor Unfortunate Souls” from Disney’s The Little Mermaid that convinced everybody in the audience that Ginger Minj should absolutely, positively, without any doubt play the villainous sea witch in Disney’s live-action remake.
Ginger Minj is an award-winning drag entertainer from Orlando, Florida, whose talents include singing, dancing, acting, and comedy. In 2015 Ginger Minj was the runner-up on the seventh season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and returned to compete in the second season of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars.
Long before she held court as a finalist on season 7 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Ginger reigned as The Comedy Queen of The South. The self-professed “nicest bitch you’ll ever meet” cites classic funny ladies Carol Burnett and Lucille Ball as her idols. “Anyone who can pile three wigs on their head, squeeze their body into a beaded and rhinestone gown and serve humor alongside the glamour is my hero,” says Ginger. That’s why she coined the term “Glamour Toad” to describe her unique persona. She has toured the world, performed showtunes for Broadway royalty on national television and recorded her debut studio album, all before competing on season 2 of “RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race. More recently you may have seen Ginger in her iconic role in the Netflix film “Dumplin'” alongside Jennifer Aniston.
To start off the night Lawrence Lavender from Lavender Promotions made a brief introduction before Windsor’s own, Mel Lucier, came out and served up a feast of her own personal brand of comedy humoring a hungry audience that included her youngest daughter.
The first set started when Geena Hayze took the stage. A tip bucket was brought out and the crowd knew exactly who was up next… BOA, also known as Bitch On Arrival. Bettie Rebel was next, and the audience really enjoyed her performance. Then our friendly neighbor from Detroit, Aliya Holmes, came out followed by Juice Boxx. Juice Boxx is originally from the Town of Essex, and she always stirs up a big buzz when she comes to town, and this buzz set the tone for the celebrity guest drag queen, Ginger Minj.
The second set mixed up the order a bit but ended on a high note with Ginger Minj closing the show out with a version of “I Am What I Am” from the Broadway musical ‘La Cage Aux Folles’ dedicated to Lawrence Lavender, and very much deserving of a classic Broadway-sized standing ovation.
For more about Ginger Minj visit http://gingerminj.com
Lavender Promotions is a talent and event management service based out of Windsor, Ontario that hosts drag and comedy touring shows, nightclub events, and parties.
Lavender Promotions is hosting Naomi Smalls at the Capitol Theatre on June 14.
Rockstar Music Hall is a premiere concert venue and part of the Riviera On Central Entertainment Complex which includes the Platinum Room and Riviera Room banquet halls.
Upcoming shows Rockstar Music Hall include The 519 Band on May 19, Derek Seguin on June 20, and Cainerfest 2019 from September 13-15.
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Article and Photos by Kevin Blondin
Kevin Blondin is an aspiring photographer studying public relations at the St. Clair College Mediaplex. He is dedicated to promoting artists, entertainment and events in the Windsor-Detroit area. Kevin has recently launched Sound & City Photography which can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.