Athena McQueen recently posted this important message about the upcoming Drag Bag Shows on Facebook, and with her permission we would like to share.
The eBar does strive in being a safe place for everyone, all of the time. Please come out to all of our events with open hearts, minds and arms. As always if there are suggestions on how we can do better, please reach out: firstname.lastname@example.org
I was going to make this post the night before I launched my event and announced the feature entertainers for Drag Bag, but I’ve realized I need to give people more notice who are interested in signing up, and I know there’s a bunch of y’all who are dying to know! But in general, I would love if my friends and community gave this a gander.
I am aware of how winded this is, but it MATTERS lol.
I want to state my intentions to my community what I’m trying to accomplish with the show and Queer As Fuck Fridays at The eBar in general.
For the drag show, it will be structured like this:
Each month there will be 8 performance slots. That are first come, first serve. Sign up will be by emailing me email@example.com, and you can sign up NOW! You must email me, no DMs, texts etc. You must also email me your track (unless it’s on Spotify). Your time limit on stage is 4 and a half minutes. The rest, is up to you! This is open to all types of drag performers and genders, because of course.
It will be on the last Friday of every month, the first one being September 27. Doors at 9, showtime 10. Entry is $10 or Pay What You Can. No entry will be asked of the entertainers who sign up.
Do not be afraid to sign up if this is something you’ve always wanted to do!!! And do not hesitate to sign up or you think people won’t “get”’what you’re trying to do, or that you are not good enough!! I am not striving to create a standard or a point of view. And guess what, you ARE good enough!!
My only intention is to create a space where folks in my community have an opportunity to participate in a queer art form with no pressure, in front of a loving and supportive audience, combined with a sprinkle of some professional entertainers, making for a wicked party.
And since it’s going to be a party, it will be standing room only. Respect the artist, but do not be afraid to DANCE!! And don’t be afraid to tip them!
OR ME, FOR THAT MATTER!
Drag has made its mark in Guelph for the last 5-6 years. There are some fabulous high caliber shows in our city, but now we need to create a wider community of entertainers who live in Guelph who actively perform in the area.
My hope is, eventually, if an entertainer performs repeatedly, grows as an artist and shows a dedication to the craft, or even goes out of their way to perform elsewhere, I would be thrilled to feature them and eventually be able to regularly feature entertainers who originated at my show.
In general, with the show and Queer as Fuck Fridays, all I want to do is create a fun safe space in a nightlife setting where my community can come hang out and know there’s spot for them every week. That seems like a simple concept, but it’s something our community lacks. I feel ready to create that space and am happy to facilitate it with The eBar.
We are going to be taking steps that this will ensure The eBar will continue and improve its commitment to being a safe space.
I am really proud of what I have accomplished in Guelph and for myself in the last few years. And it’s because in that time I my values finally made themselves clear to me. No longer that my aesthetics were improving, or that I wanted more bookings, or to have more Instagram followers. But this: Was I good? Did I serve my community? Did people feel good about themselves at my events? Did I make them laugh? Are they coming back? Did I have fun? Am I taking up more space or am I creating more space?
Well now with the space I’m taking up its time create more for everyone else.
- Athena McQueen