Mado, The Queen of the Montreal Gay Village

Posted on July 30th, 2009 by .

Who is Mado?

Mado is irreverent.
Mado is charming.
Mado is bitchy.
Mado is Montreal.

Last week, after a hilarious Drag Queen Makeover , I sat down with Montreal’s infamous Drag Queen, Mado, to chat about what it takes to run Montreal’s fab-est Cabaret and what travelers should do when they visit our city.

What resulted is perhaps my most entertaining and informative video yet.

My favorite moment: when Mado says, “Do I want to be a Drag queen for the rest of my life? Or do I want to work at McDonald’s? You have a choice.”

Oh, and don’t miss our lesbian cat growls… Grrrrrr!

On Saturday, August 1, Mado will play host to Divers/Cité’s most celebrated event, MASCARA. It’s the world’s biggest drag show, featuring over 100 artists in a whopping five-hour, non-stop theatrical extravaganza. Grandiose. Hilarious. Catty.


When you go to the Cabaret… Get there a bit earlier (10-ish) to ensure a stage-adjacent table. The Cabaret is always PACKED by the time Mado hits the stage. Have a leisurely pre-show cocktail.

Cabaret Mado
1115 St. Catherine Street East,
Close to Berri-Uqam and Beaudry Metro Stations

PS: Check out some of the Montreal gay nightclubs that Mado mentions!

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