Hello everyone, this is Novice Sister Visa Dekline and I'd like to share with you some stories from when Sister Tora Wholes and I recently traveled to Regina, Saskatchewan to take part in the Imperial Court of Regina's Coronation. We had a fabulous time!
We arrived in Regina at 9:00pm, and were met at the airport by the lovely Pup Striker. He brought us home and got us settled, and then we freshened up and changed for the in-town show. This show was our first introduction to the drag community in Regina - and several of them were pleased to finally meet us, as they’d heard quite a lot about us beforehand. Although we weren’t manifested - it was a great opportunity for us to meet some of the people we had been chatting with about the sisters prior to our trip - and to catch up with friends we hadn’t seen in awhile.
Friday night was the out-of-town show - where kings and queens who have travelled to Regina for the weekend have the opportunity to perform and raise money for the reign’s chosen charities. Tora and I manifested this evening - and were escorted by Striker to the event. This was a fabulous evening - we got to meet several members of the local community - as well as those who have travelled from out of town. As I mentioned earlier, several knew of the sisters before either from their travels to other cities, or from the amazing work more prominent sisters like Sister Roma have done, or from having an interest in the sisters themselves. This evening was all about net-working, meeting everyone that was in town for coronation - paying homage to the Emperors and Empresses from other cities, and of course raising money for charity. After the show, Tora and I went to the only gay club in Regina to do a bit of bar ministry. We gave out some of our condom packs, met members of the community who weren’t at coronation, and spreaded the word about our mission. We even ran into some other Vancouverites who had also travelled to Regina for the weekend and are friends of the sisters.
Saturday was the main event of Coronation. It was a long day - we were required to be at the hotel for 11am to turn in protocol. As invited out-of-town guests - we would be introduced that evening at the main event and the emcees would talk a bit about the sisters and our mission while we were on stage. After turning in protocol and enjoying the fine Saskatchewan hospitality - we headed home to manifest for the big event! I decided to pay respect to Saskatchewan by using the province’s official colours in my makeup that evening - green and gold. I’d also decided to pay homage to their beloved football team, the Saskatchewan Roughriders - who were playing that weekend - by adding silver and black accents to my makeup. It turned out great, and Tora looked amazing as always! We made it to Coronation, had reserved seating with the Kink Regina group and invited special guests of the Emperor. Tora and I had our walk early in the evening, and spent the rest of the evening enjoying a fabulous show. One of the highlights of the evening for me was seeing one of the former Empresses come out and perform “Goldeneye” by Tina Turner. She looked just like Tina - everything from the wig, to the legs, to the dress. She also sang like Tina - her voice was so spot on - I could’ve sworn she was lip-syncing but she was actually singing live. It was incredible! After six hours of performances, protocol, and networking - the new Emperor and Empress of Regina and all of Saskatchewan were crowned. Congratulations to Empress 24 China White Sanoir, and Emperor 24 Mitch deBitch Sanoir. I’m sure you will make your community and province very proud! After the coronation festivities, we wound the evening down at the hospitality suite where there was free food and libations, and lots of time to socialize in a more informal environment with the other attendees. It was a great environment for Tora and I to make some more great connections, and talk more about the work we do as sisters.
Sunday was a much-needed rest day, sort-of. Tora and I (not-manifested) took part in the Regina AIDS Walk for Life, along with Striker and Ray, and the Queen City Pride crew. It was a beautiful day for the walk, and although their walk is MUCH smaller than Vancouver’s - it was nice to be there in support of all the amazing work they do - both in Saskatchewan and Vancouver. That evening was Tuff Drag - where the members of the court who would normally take on male roles (like Emperor, Crown Prince, and Duke) performed as drag queens for the evening. It was highly entertaining - Tora even got up and performed a number! It was a perfect end to a perfect weekend!
Overall, our mission trip was a huge success! We met a number of individuals who are interested in potentially starting a house in Regina, and made good connections with individuals from other cities across Canada where the Sisters could grow and thrive. They’ve now got a well-established fully-professed house from which to gain insight and advice, and we’ve got some fantastic new friends and supporters who will spread the word of the sisters throughout Canada’s heartland. I personally can’t wait to see what happens next!
Sending you love and light!