Guests come from far and wide often come to enjoy Miss Moço’s Sunday Drag Brunch. For Betty Baker, the recent drive from Peterborough to Toronto was more than just any day-trip. The teen queen was coming to celebrate her sweet 16, and she dressed to impress on her big day.
So impressed was Miss Moço that she invited Betty Baker on stage for a spontaneous drag number. It was a truly special moment, as the aspiring queen slayed they audience with her talent and charm.
And now she’s coming back! Betty Baker will be performing with Miss Moço in the Melody Bar on February 23, 2020.
We spoke to Betty Baker ahead of the big show to find out about her drag takeoff, and to get some hints as to what to expect when she hits the stage with Miss Moço.
How did you hear about Drag Brunch?
I first heard about the Gladstone Drag brunch because my wonderful Mom has some friends within the Toronto Drag scene and she told me about an all ages Drag brunch. I’m underage so I can’t go into bars and clubs to see queens perform. So we decided to go and celebrate my 16th birthday with some friends at the Gladstone.
When did you start doing drag performances?
I started doing drag performances in February of 2019 when Haus Of Accounting invited me to perform for dirty drag bingo at Trent University in support of Femme International. I was pretty new to drag but had been doing makeup for a few months at the time and was looking to start performing. After performing at Trent I was asked to be a part of Haus of Accounting.
What song did you pick for your first number?
Choosing a song for my first number was quite difficult as I didn’t know who Betty Baker was yet, I tossed up some ideas but nothing really stood out to me. I had finally settled on two choices “Work Bitch” by Britney Spears, or “9 to 5” by Dolly Parton. I was originally supposed to do both numbers for the show, but one of my numbers got cut, so I did run throughs of both songs and finally settled on “Work Bitch”.
What made you want to first try drag?
So I know this sounds like every teen drag queen’s answer to this question but, I first wanted to try drag because I watched Rupaul’s Drag Race and realized how much I wanted to explore my feminine side and try drag. I was also inspired by drag queens in my community like my drag mom Dixie Que and my drag sister Janis From Accounting.
Who’s your favourite celebrity Drag Queen?
There are so many celebrity queens that I adore and look up to so much, and I don’t think I have a favourite per say, but one queen that I really look up to is Kim Chi, she represents everything that I want my drag to personify; beauty, elegance, love and acceptance.
What are you looking forward to most about performing with Miss Moço in February?
When it comes to performing at the Gladstone with Miss Moço in February I’m so excited about so many things. It’s going to be amazing to learn from such a talented and seasoned queen like Miss Moço. I’m also looking forward to getting exposure outside of Peterborough and performing in the same space as some famous and talented Queens. I am also excited to perform for some close friends and many members of my family including my 87 year old Grandmother. My family has been super supportive of my drag and often come to see my performances!
Drag has become SO popular in Canada in the last few years — what do you hope is next for Drag culture?
Drag culture has revolutionized itself greatly in the last decade or so, becoming more mainstream and easier for audiences to access. I hope that more opportunities will become available for young queens to perform and be included within the community. I’m 16 years old and to get the chance to improve my drag through more performance opportunities is a big dream of mine and it means a lot to me. I think it is really important to foster youth drag culture and create new spaces and chances for young queens to perform in the future.
Can you give us a hint as to what you’re preparing for Drag Brunch with Miss Moço?
Of course! I love giving the audience a little look into my set-list beforehand. My first song is one of my favourite numbers to perform and is out of this world. I would say expect the unexpected when it comes to my second song, but shhh…don’t tell anyone. My second set is compiled of some good old 80’s tunes that are fun crowd-pleasers that make everyone want to cheer. My third set includes songs from my favourite artist of all time, the songs will make you want to shake, and you will NOT be able to calm down.
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