Toronto’s most inspiring women of 2021: Farra N Hyte

Our annual showcase of the city’s most inspiring women who have led by example, achieved against all odds and made this city and this year special.

The Performer

Farra N Hyte (Chantelle Carr) is a Toronto drag veteran who has been a headliner for over 20 years and is an icon in every sense of the word. Her influence can be seen in her role as a judge and choreographer on OutTV’s new drag competition series that premiered this year, Call Me Mother. As drag mother of House of Hytes, which includes RuPaul’s Drag Race runner-up Brooke Lynn Hytes, she’s mentored many young drag performers and has created a safe and inclusive environment for queer and gender-diverse Torontonians. When she’s not performing as Farra N Hyte, Chantelle Carr has also used her experience as a trans woman to educate others on trans acceptance.

By Brooke Lynn Hytes | Canadian drag queen

I first met Farra N Hyte (Chantelle Carr) when I was 19 years old. She was the headliner at Crews & Tangos, and I was captivated from the first moment I saw her. A few years later, I was lucky enough to be adopted into her drag family [when an established drag performer takes a younger one under her wing and mentors her, essentially choosing their own family] and even to be given my drag name by her!

Simply put, there is no one like Farra. She is a star, but she is also a kind and generous human being. She has set a standard of excellence in Canadian drag that we all aspire to. She has worked so hard through her career, and it makes me so happy to see her get the success and recognition she so justly deserves.

Watching her as a judge and choreographer on Call Me Mother, running and guiding her own drag house, has shown just how revered and beloved she is and what an inspiration she continues to be to drag queens everywhere.

A forever icon in the Toronto drag scene, it’s a joy to call her my friend and an honor to call her Mother.

See our full list of Toronto’s most inspiring women of 2021 here. 

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