The Great Imposters brand was founded by Canada’s oldest performing Drag Queen, Michelle DuBarry and (the late) Rusty Ryan in the 1960’s, and lives on in the New Generation, which is anchored by Bryan Greenwood, and endorsed by DuBerry herself. The new generation troupe of Queens made a stop in Windsor for a thrilling performance at Rockstar Music Hall on Friday, April 5, 2019.
Greenwood, aka Divinesque, has been performing for more than 37 years, and describes her style of drag performance as “Old style Vaudeville”. She describes herself as a shy loner who prefers her own company, and her stage persona, Divinesque, as inspired by the iconic Divine from John Waters’ films. Onstage she impersonates popular female artists such as Anne Murray, Carol Channing, and Stevie Nicks, with comfort and ease.
In the green room while getting ready for the second act she brought back memories of her first performance in detail. Greenwood says her show preparation routine starts with a shower and shave before applying makeup. She compares the preparation process to that of a circus clown, looking in the mirror, painting her face with colours, and then the character begins to reveal itself in the glass. She loves making people laugh and claims to have a talent for spotting fragile masculinity, being able to smell it in the audience. This is how someone can get pulled on stage and made to be part of the show.
“Don’t expect to make a living from it,” Greenwood warns to new drag performers. “Because you won’t.” Drag performing is something you have to have a passion for. You have to do it because you love it to be successful at it.
The show also featured Toronto performers Jeff Christensen as Kitten Kaboodle, Richard Morton as Teran Blake, and Matt Veeland as Rachel Temptation.
For more information about the group visit The Great Imposters – New Generation Facebook Page.
The Great Imposters – New Generation show at Rockstar Music Hall was hosted by ProjectBE.
ProjectBE is a network of individuals based out of London, Ontario who create a unique look or concept that influences the growth of Southwestern Ontario’s LGBTQ and “Open Minded” communities.
ProjectBE is hosting an anniversary show in London on April 19th, What A Drag [The Glitter Ball] at Old East 765, showcasing more than 10 queens, and is hosting Naomi Smalls from RuPaul’s Drag Race on June 14th in Windsor and on June 15th in London with Lavender Promotions.
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 at Rockstar Music Hall include Adam Butcher ‘That’s Not You’ EP Release Party – April 20, Killer Dwarfs – April 26, Vanessa Collier – April 27, and Ginger Minj – April 28.
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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.