Don't Puck it Up!: 'Drag Race Canada' Announced

The show, which will go into production this fall, joins 'Drag Race' spin-offs in Thailand and the UK.

RuPaul's Drag Race has become a cultural phenomenon since launching in 2009. The Emmy-winning series has been a ratings juggernaut for VH1 and spawned a spinoff series in Thailand, with Drag Race UK expected to premiere across the pond later this year.

Now the franchise is heading north with the debut of Drag Race Canada, a collaboration between RPDR producers World of Wonder and Canada's OUTtv and Crave streaming service.

"I am proud to announce that the Drag Race family is expanding as Crave is about to begin production on Drag Race Canada," RuPaul said in a statement. "The panel and judges will be from the Great White North, representing Canada's very best.

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Since 2009, 'RuPaul's Drag Race' has become a cultural phenomenon. VH1

Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, the duo behind World of Wonder, say they're excited "[to] shine the spotlight on Canadian queens."

According to a release, the Canuck edition of the show "combines elements of the classic fan favorite, with a healthy serving of Canadian maple shade, and likely, some Canadian bacon."

While RuPaul won't host the 10-episode series, he insists it "has my whole-hearted blessing. Good luck—and don't puck it up!"

Casting has already begun, with production slated to begin in Ontario this fall.

"As Canada's only homegrown major streaming service, Crave strives to represent all Canadians and we are thrilled to shine a spotlight on the Canadian drag community and their contribution to LGBTQ2+ culture," said Bell Media VP Justin Stockman. "This is an important franchise that has brought drag from niche to mainstream, and we can't wait to extend the Drag Race runway all the way into Canada. "

In addition to Drag Race Canada, Crave and OUTtv will air future seasons of the American Drag Race and Drag Race UK concurrent with their original broadcast. All past seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race and RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars will also be made available for streaming.

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RuPaul's self-titled syndicated talk show debuted in June 2019. Getty Images

Beyond hosting Drag Race, RuPaul has continued to produce music and release books. In 2015, the first RuPaul's DragCon was held in Los Angeles, with a sister event launched in New York two years later.

The entertainer has also worked to raise his profile outside the series— and out of drag: He's co-hosted shows like Skin Wars and Good Work, and made memorable appearances on shows like Broad City, Grace & Frankie, The Simpsons and The Comeback.

RuPaul launched his syndicated daytime talk show earlier this month, and he's currently working on his upcoming Netflix comedy series, AJ and the Queen. He'll play a down-on-her-luck drag queen who travels across America with an 11-year-old stowaway.

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