Don’t miss the 2018 Capital Pride Pageant as local drag performers compete for the titles of Mr. Capital Pride, Ms. Capital Pride and Mx. Capital Pride while emcee Kiki Coe and DJ Ash Gauthier will keep things moving. Special performance by superstar Aja. Cash bar.
China Doll is an inspiring role model, spreading light, laughter, joy, and glam wherever she goes. As a stalwart of Ottawa’s drag scene for years, China Doll embodies Capital Pride’s values of of creating opportunities to celebrate, advocate, educate, and connect people
Whether she’s hosting Karaoke at Shanghai Restaurant on a Saturday night in the dead of winter or out on the town on a sweltering summer day, China Doll is an icon. A proud supporter of many local causes, community groups and events, China Doll is a very visible symbol of the LGBTQ2+ community in the National Capital Region.
Waging all-out war against conventions, expectations, and anything else in her path, Los Angeles hardcore pop iconoclast Brooke Candy trumpets a call-to-arms weaponized by an industrial barrage, hip-hop bravado, and bloodthirsty punk recklessness on her 2018 independent EP, Who Cares. Like the byproduct of a one-night stand between Al Jourgensen and Kathleen Hanna, she carries on a tradition of social sabotage on her own terms.
“I want to make something real, gritty, and dark that doesn’t exist in the culture,” she explains. “If I didn’t have Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, L7, and Wendy O, I wouldn’t be the person I am. It’s important for someone right now to push the envelope. There needs to be an aggressive, body positive, angry, and unconventional female performer. Girls need to see that. I’d like to be that lady and make a change.”
James Jefferson is an Ottawa influencer and creative director at BLACKBOOK Lifestyle, the city’s leading marketing and event planning agency. Over two decades, James’ work has spanned the industries of fashion, design and events. As an esteemed fashion designer, James has dressed some of the country’s top celebrities and political figures. His work has appeared in countless magazines, news outlets and television programs.
Justin Gomes is a long-time gay and first time pageant judge. Born and raised in Cambridge, ON, he’s Co-chair of Shopify’s LGBTQ2+ Employee Resource Group. His proudest achievement? His beautiful 8 year old daughter, Blair!
Derry is an Ottawa based fashion stylist and is currently working as a brand manager at Nordstrom at the Rideau Centre. His latest work also include coordinating an interactive fashion experience featuring celebrity stylist Ty Hunter (Beyoncé’s stylist) called InhaleExcel. He has been involved with Capital Pride as a parade judge and volunteered during his undergraduate studies at the University of Ottawa. He has passion for fashion, love for humanity and all thing fabulous. Instagram:@styledbyderry