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Big Joey – Another Look

In the mid-seventies, Big Joey – who was born Janet Wilkeson – was a character slightly larger than life. Though she was a founding member of Club 70 as well as a huge supporter of Flashback, she is primarily remembered for her no-nonsense behaviour and the power of her physical presence. It may surprise you to know she was also a dog loving softie.

For some reason Joey and I were ‘roommates’ for a short time sharing a house with John Reid – a founding partner of Flashback. I think it was his house, located in a totally cute, blue-collar working-class neighbourhood in Edmonton.

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May Long Weekend 2011

May Long Drag Marathon (2011)

May Long Weekend has been the home of a drag marathon for many years and at many venues: Boots, Junction and Evolution. Started originally by Rob Browatzke as a way of celebrating his birthday. Typically, these shows have been linked to a charity which in recent years has been mental health causes. This is a video montage of short clips of the performances and is from the Baker Park collection. Spread the word! Share this story now

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ISCWR Grease (2014)

We have another Imperial Sovereign Court of the Wild Rose Production Show from the Baker-Park archives. This February 2014 production wasn’t the only time the ISCWR brought Grease to the stage; a 2002 production starring Miss Bianca and Rob Browatzke ran at The Roost, Boots, and Secrets. This 2014 version ran at Evolution Wonderlounge and in partnership with Womonspace at Bellevue Hall in a dinner theatre style and starring Tequila Mockingbird as Sandy and Stiffy Steele as Danny Spread the word! Share this story now

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ISCWR Lion King Production

The Imperial Sovereign Court of the Wild Rose is known for their big production shows. At Coronation 37 in 2012, they even included one in the entertainment line-up for the evening: The Lion King. Cast included Jim McBride as Mufasa, Marni Gras as Sarabi, Stefan “Stiffy” Steele and Prince Charmin as Simba, Leah Way as Rafiki, Ivanna Diamonds as Zazu, Rob Browatzke as Scar, Clara T and Vanity Fair as Nala, Big Daddy Pump as Poomba, Yeust Bobb as Timon, as well as ensemble actors Spread the word! Share this story now

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You can stay at the YMCA: Edmonton’s Village People

From 1994 on, Edmonton’s own Village People Revue featured prominently in many shows, at bars all over Edmonton, and indeed, western Canada. The group started off as an ISCWR fundraiser but soon took on a life of its own. Below, find a link to a December 2000 article originally published in Times.10 Magazine that tells the origin story of this group of characters. Just like with the real troupe, non-Indigenous persons wearing a headdress was never appropriate. Pictures are included for the sake of historical accuracy, not to further perpetuate insensitivity. The last official show of Edmonton’s Impersonation Revue…

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ISCWR’s Beauty and the Beast Slide Show

Showing what goes into an Imperial Sovereign Court of the Wild Rose production show. This is a slide show montage video of rehearsals, costumes, backstage and from the actual production of 2016’s production of “Beauty and the Beast” who’s audience members got to enjoy a dinner as well as the show. Admission also allowed one to stay for a dance put on by Womonspace. The event took place at Bellevue Community League in Edmonton on January 23, 2016 Spread the word! Share this story now

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Little Shop Of Horrors

Little Shop Of Horrors Show

From May 19 to May 21, 2011 the Imperial Sovereign Court of the Wild Rose presented their production of Little Shop of Horrors at the Junction Bar & Eatery. This is a montage of the performances featuring cuts from the many songs performed. Cast Seymour – JeffyLube XXXPressAudrey – Marni GrasAudrey II – RobMr. Mushnik – Yeust BobbOrin Scrivello, DDS – Randy QuiverRonette, Crystal and Chiffon – Dayzi Chayne, Debi, Clara TSupporting Cast: Anelle, Bead, Otto Matic-Quiver, Victoria Park, Jugsy Malone Director – Leah WaySet Design: Lj Steele, Stiffy SteeleSpotlight – Dee Luv Our thanks to the Baker Park…

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Vernon’s Podcast talks to Rob Browatzke

Vernon’s Podcast Episode 16 Edmonton’s Queer History is now streaming on all major platforms! For easy access go to vernonspodcast.com Rainbow Story Hub Foundation and Edmonton Queer History Project‘s ROB BROWATZKE stops by to share a few things! Author of Through the Mirrorball and owner of Evolution Wonderlounge. His knowledge of Queer history in Edmonton Alberta is immense. Too much for just one session, but listen to us try. We talk about the #gaybars, #gayrights, #pride, #devision, #unity, #comingout, #sobriety and so much more. Spread the word! Share this story now

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Pride On The Square Montage – 2009

This is a Baker-Park montage from Pride 2009’s show at Churchill Square. What performers do you recognize? The theme for Pride 2009 was Age of Aqueerious with the Pride Festival running from June 12 – 21, 2009. The performances in this video montage are from the main stage on Churchill Square on Saturday, June 13, 2009. Spread the word! Share this story now

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Kylie 2008

Boots Bar hosted a lot of shows over their years – including this mega-tribute to Kylie Minogue. This montage shows the size of the cast and scope of the show, back in those days before Dragging our Heels taped everything start to finish! The event was held on November 25 & 26, 2008 and was presented by White Diamonds Productions and was a SHOWBOY Original event. Spread the word! Share this story now

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Coming Out Short Stories

We welcome your story of Coming Out in a short story format of 300 – 700 words. You can submit your story using the Expression of Interest form on our Contribute Your Story page. You can also attach one or two photos using the form which will be added to your story. These do not qualify for any honorariums at this time. My Girlfriend Told Me You get shoved in enough lockers, had names and spit wads thrown at you. I already knew. She said “You will be old, grey and alone!” I’d have to get married, have kids.…

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CONTRACT QUEER HISTORY RESEARCHER/WRITER POSITION

Rainbow Story Hub Foundation is looking fill the position of a Researcher/Writer to assist in the production of content which shares the historical stories of the 2SLGBTQIA+ Community Leaders and Events in the Greater Edmonton Region. This contract position offers $25.00/hour for a maximum of 80 hours ending not later than December 1, 2024 and will produce a minimum of 16 unique stories, podcasts, videos or graphical collections along with community members who want to share stories that meet the mandate of the project. Successful applicants should have a sincere interest in ensuring the history of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community…

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