Volume 94, Issue 87
Wednesday, March 7, 2001
|ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
B-Girlz put their "things" in place
Gazette File Photo
By Ryan Dixon
With all the success of bubble-gum boy bands and girl groups, it only makes sense for a trio of performers to try and incorporate the gender appeal of both sexes into one dazzling act.
Cue Barbie-Q, Conchita and Hard Kora, collectively known as the B-Girlz, a Toronto based drag-queen troop. Just for the record, there is one major difference between these musicians and the manufactured pop groups.
"First off, we don't lip sync," says Hard Kora, who goes by the name Michael Boyuk when he's not on stage. "The material that we will be doing for this upcoming show is based on our cabaret medley. It's all underscored with singing and dancing and little skits thrown in. I guess it's sort of like a comedy type thing."
Naturally, many people may not be entirely sure what to expect at such a unique show. Boyak says while the green, pink and orange costumes and wigs might be over the top, the most prominent characteristic of the act is quite simple.
"I think, first and foremost, it's entertainment. What we're doing isn't gay specific. It's campy and fun, but clean and good for the whole family. It's three guys dressing up in these women's clothes and putting on a little show," Boyak says.
The B-Girlz have been performing for two and a half years now. They are set to be the subject of a documentary on a Bravo! television show called Mass Appeal, airing April 28.
Boyak says the television spot is indicative of where he hopes the group is moving. "Right now, we're looking at getting into more television-type entertainment. We did a bunch of commercials on Showcase television."
While Boyak states the B-Girlz are doing nothing but spreading love, and have received a great deal of support over their career, some people still take exception to their brand of entertainment.
"We ran up against some trouble once at the Scarborough University of Toronto campus," Boyak explains. "We did a performance during frosh week and it went really well. Everybody seemed to like it, except for this one girl who sent us this e-mail saying how we're going to hell. It was pretty crazy. To us, it wasn't a really big thing, but to the school it was a huge issue of, 'is this homophobia?'"
Boyak seems genuinely hopeful the day will come when all potential negative vibes and opposition will be eliminated. "If people just relax and see people for people, instead of labelling them, then yeah, it will go away. But if we don't get past that, it will always be there. I think we'll come to a time when everybody will be cool with each other I hope."
The metamorphosis from Michael to Hard Kora is one that entails a little more than the donning a wig and a dress for Boyak. It's difficult to question the devotion of the B-girlz to their work when you consider what Boyak does to "Little Mikey."
"It's all about the placement," he laughs. "It's just a little bit of a push to the left and a squeeze to the right," adding that because of the flamboyant nature of the show, the transition does not have to be flawless.
"The B-Girlz, we're not trying to be women. There is a big difference between your transsexual to your drag queen to your drag performer. If you have a bit of a bulge, it's not that big of a deal," he explains.
They may be men in dresses, but rest assured, their upbeat musical taste and entertainment-first policy ensure the B-girlz are never a drag.
Catch the B-Girlz in the act, 7 p.m. tonight at The Wave. Tickets are $12 at the door.
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