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Women’s Self-Defense Workshop

This 1 1/2 hour workshop will be run by a professional instructor who is passionate about ensuring women are equipped with self-defense techniques.

This is an LGBTQ2+ friendly space. That said though, I have arranged for this workshop to take place while the gym is closed. We will have the place to ourselves ensuring a safe environment.

The fee is $20/person unless we reach 10 or more women, in which case the fee will be dropped to $15/person.

For more detailed information regarding this event, please join our group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/kelownarainbowwomen/

‘Drag Race’ Star to Visit Kelowna for One-Night-Only!

For Immediate Release
March 28, 2019

(Kelowna, BC) Tatianna, a star of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 2, will be visiting Kelowna for a special one-night-only performance on May 11, 2019.

The American drag queen is being brought to the city by Kelowna-based event production company Rebellious Unicorns as part of their on-going FruitCake series, a monthly inclusive night club party. Dustyn Baulkham, the Executive Producer of Rebellious Unicorns, explains why he is excited to bring Tatianna to Kelowna:

“It’s important to bring in prominent LGBT2Q+ icons into our communities for a variety of reasons. People like Tatianna are role models for so many in the LGBT2Q+ community. It shows that as an OUT LGBT2Q+ person you can have great success. Our local Drag performers are some truly talented humans and events like this can help them grow professionally by meeting and learning from those who have had such success. Our last three FruitCake events have sold out in advance, and I know this event will be no different. It will be another fantastic night and I can’t wait to see Tatianna hit the stage!”

Tatianna burst to fame on season 2 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Fans may remember that Tatianna was regularly complimented as one of the “prettiest” on season 2, but this gift was also part of her challenge as she was critiqued for relying too heavily on her looks. However, she won resounding praise for her spectacular Britney Spears performance in the Snatch Game.

Tatianna, who has a reputation for being controversial and speaking her mind, returned to screens for RuPaul’s All Stars 2, and on May 11 she’s performing in Kelowna. Rebellious Unicorns is also bringing Tatianna to Kamloops on May 10. During both shows, Tatianna will be performing with a number of Okanagan based drag queens, including Sparkle and Freida Whales.

Tickets for both the Kelowna and Kamloops show go on sale on April 2nd at 11 a.m. and can be purchased on the Rebellious Unicorns website. Tickets are $35 for General Admission and $55 for a VIP Meet and Greet (photo opportunity with Tatianna). Tickets are subject to GST and a ticketing fee.

The Kelowna performance will be taking place at 275 Leon Ave (formerly the site of Level Nite Club, but soon to be relaunched). While the Kamloops performance is at the Duchess Club at 377 Tranquille Road. Please note; FruitCake: Tatianna is a 19+ event.

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About Rebellious Unicorns

Rebellious Unicorns is a Kelowna-based event production company, dedicated to leading positive change in the Okanagan and curating inclusive events and experiences that bring people together. Led by Executive Producer, Dustyn Baulkham, Rebellious Unicorns produces FruitCake, MX, Peak Pride, Dirty Mutter & Cub Crawl.

Rebellious Unicorns would like to respectfully acknowledge that they operate on the unceded, traditional territory of the Okanagan (Syilx) people.

For more information, please contact:
Dustyn Baulkham, Executive Producer
Pronouns: he/his/him
Rebellious Unicorns Production Company Inc.
Email: dustyn@rebelliousunicorns.com
Phone: 250.826.7197
Website: RebelliousUnicorns.com
You can find more photos of Tatianna here.

Meet Freida Whales – Kelowna’s Fishiest Drag Queen!

When a drag queen enters the room, you always notice. After all, from the fabulous personalities through to the jaw-dropping outfits, how can you not?

When that drag queen is Freida Whales, you pay extra close attention. Who else introduces themselves as “Freida Whales – mother of manatees, breaker of nets, the unsoaked, Khaleesi of the actual sea, rightful heir to Poseidon’s throne?”

Freida is so creative, witty and talented as an orca, you’d be forgiven for wondering if this fishy Kelowna drag queen is actually a freshwater orca born in the deep, deep depths of our beautiful Lake Okanagan. However, we can confirm that she is 100% drag queen!

As you might have guessed, Freida, also known as Tyson when not in drag, is obsessed with sea creatures and animals of all types. She basically has a mini zoo in her house. When leaving for a show, she has to double check that none of the animals have nested in her outfit – she custom makes all of her fabulous clothing!

Born and raised in Kelowna, Frieda is a truly local drag queen, and that’s not as common as you might think. Traditionally, many members of our LGBT2Q+ community have left to move to the big city. However, that is starting to change.

As a Kelowna gurl, during the summer months, you’ll often find Frieda at the beach (where else would you find an Okanagan orca?), while she spends the winters at home creating her incredible outfits.

Like many before her, Freida started experimenting with drag due to her fascination with some of the talented queens on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Freida found herself inspired by Bianca and Trixie from the show, due, in part, to the way that they utilized clownfish in their acts. Naturally, as an animal and sea creature lover, this really spoke to Kelowna’s fishiest drag queen.

Freida likes to bring a sense of fun and comedy to all of her performances. This sometimes gets her into trouble. For example, Santa was so unimpressed with her fishy behaviour in 2018 that she ended up on the naughty list and even got a spanking from the big guy himself…

Freida takes on the Christmas crowd

Freida took a trip to the mall to see santa and had a magical time

Posted by Freida Whales on Monday, December 17, 2018

When she’s not beached, splashing around and getting the crowd all wet at a drag show or crafting amazing outfits, you might find her hiking, baking (both cookies and a little seaweed, if you catch our drift…) or gardening. Freida is also a big fan of Mama Rosa’s Restaurant in Kelowna.

Freida reveals: “It reminds me of going for dinner with my Nana. The mussels and pasta dishes are the best! The staff treat you like family and one time my nana and I got to go in the back to meet Rosa herself, and to learn how to make an onion sandwich.”
This fishy drag queen is fintastic, and if you get the chance to see her perform – take it! In the meantime, you can find her on the ‘gram at @friedawhales or on Facebook. Frieda also does commissions for outfits and shoes – learn more here.