Kelowna's Freida Whales and friends takes drag show on the road

Drag queens tour Okanagan

If you're looking for a unique way to celebrate the holidays this year, Kelowna drag queen performer Freida Whales has an idea for you.

The Holidrag Extravaganza Drag & Burlesque shows are coming to Penticton, Kelowna and Vernon.

Shows take place Dec. 3 at Slackwater Brewing in Penticton, Dec. 9 at Runaways Lounge in Kelowna and Dec. 17 at Status Nightclub in Vernon.

"We've been doing mostly shows in Kelowna, and people were like, 'well, we want drag shows in Vernon and Kamloops and Salmon Arm too,' and now we go everywhere," says Whales.

Whales, whose real name is Tyson Cook, has been in the spotlight for appearing in drag at the Kelowna downtown library as part of its children's programming.

Whales says the shows they have done over the years have been well-attended and (bad) drama free.

"I recently had my first personal attack where someone was targeting me as a drag queen," said Whales, who added the shows are well received.

"I've had a few small little protests here and there, but nothing major ever. They usually are just told to move along." Whales says if people react by protesting, it just makes it more appealing to keep going. "If anything, it gives me more power."

The Okanagan run of shows this month are 19+ and only for adults.

"We have a bit of Burlesque and then we have a drag. I'm a drag queen. We've got a singing drag king. We have a dancing queen and we have the Okanagan's oldest performing drag queen."

Whales says the shows will be full of holiday cheer and festive fun and the cast consists of local performers who bring a diverse show full of comedy, dance and singing.

Whales also says the children's programming events at the Kelowna library will return in the New Year, "those will be coming back as well."

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