Looking for something to lift you out of those holiday blues? Why not check out your favourite local rockers decked out in drag for the holidays? The latest installment of Reflections Cabaret’s wildly popular Hissyfit series brings eight bands, including Die Brucke, Money Over Bitches, War Pony, The Visitation, Doug Mason and the Certified Legends, and Cmart and the Troubleshooters to the downtown hotspot, and features song and dance interludes from the evening’s MC, the former Miss Gay Halifax, Debbie Diamond. To better suit the drag theme, bands will play mostly “more flamboyant” cover tunes, says organizer Craig Hamlin.
When Hamlin started working at the nightclub he was “really blown away” by the confidence and deftness the drag queens used to handle audiences and the precision with which they verbally cut people down. He wanted to bring the shows to a larger audience, so he organized the first Hissyfit show in 2003, to bring the drag and live music communities together.
“I really wanted to intertwine the two communities,” Hamlin explains. He knew he was on to something when 400 people showed up. Since then, Hissyfit nights have had practically every local genre represented. Entire shows have been dedicated to metal and punk rock. Hamlin says at least two more surprise guests will be added to the bill and his fingers are crossed that Pile Driver, an R. Kelly cover band made up of members from Wintersleep and other locals will make it to the show. “They’re probably going to play,” says Hamlin.
Wintersleep guitarist Tim D’Eon is currently trapped in a closet somewhere in Ontario and isn’t sure he can make it back to Halifax in time, but here’s hoping---because nothing says, “Happy birthday, Jesus!” like R. Kelly.