Monarch's Blog June 2019

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Mr & Ms Trillium 2019 Pageant, Saturday June 1, Buddies In Bad Times

This was a State Event and the 26th Annual Trillium Pageant for the Imperial Court of Toronto. We would like to thank Kimora Juju Monroe and Mr. Trillium 2018 Kenneth Goldmann for their contributions to Reigns 31 & 32. Congratulations to our newly crowned Miss Trillium 2019 Cereza Reina & Mr. Trillium 2019 Davey Diamonds who did a wonderful job with the theme To Wong Foo. A job well done by our host ICP to Reign 32 and Ms Trillium 2016 Bekka Blake. Thank you to the esteemed judges who took time out of their busy schedule to join us: Empress 30 Nikki Chin, Emperor 30 (Mr. Trillium 2008) Jason Dickson Vanderbilt and Ms. Trillium 2011 Vitality Black.  Other past Trillium winners in attendance were Empress 31 & 29 (Ms Trillium 2004) Morgan James, ICP 30 (Miss Trillium 2014) Rachael Temptation, Mr. Trillium 2017 Rhyan Stone and Mr. Trillium 2018 Kenneth Goldmann.  Thank you to Buddies In Bad Times for making us feel welcome. Thank you Steph for managing the DJ list.

In addition to the pageant, there were performances by HMISM Emperor 32, The Randy Emperor, Emperor 30 Jason Dickson Vanderbilt, Empress 30 Nikki Chin, ICP 30 Rachael Temptation, Vitality Black, Rhyan Stone and a stepdown performance by Mr. Trillium 2018 Kenneth Goldmann. Thank you Kathy Sparkles and Alan J Dickinson for recording those performances.

Thank you Mr. Trillium 2017 Rhyan Stone for being the contestant handler for the pageant.

Door admission and raffle ticket sales were handled by Andres. Thank you to Kathy Sparkles, Empress Morgan James and Cyprian for the the prize donations. Performance tips were collected by Treasurer David and Vice Chair Dwayne. Thank you all for your help.  Other attendees who were on hand to see the crowning of the pageant included Empress 6 & 26 Michelle DuBarry, Emperor 25 Ron DaMae Bouvier, King Father 2019 Ross, Queen Mum 2019 Kitten Kaboodle, Jason Jones, Kevin Levere, Jim Cooke, Jonathan and Richard.

We also had the draw for the Coronation 33 Ticket Raffle. Thank you to all of you that purchased raffle tickets. A little over $2400 was raised. The winners were: 3rd prize Brunch Only ticket Patrick Mozzone, 2nd prize Coronation Ball Only ticket Rudy Legg-Benavides and 1st prize Weekend Ball Package Stacy Coneybeare. Congratulations to all of the winners. We look forward to hosting you at our Coronation 33 Crowns That Care Gala - An Evening Of Dancing Queens and Kings on the Boardwalk on October 3-6 at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown Toronto. $800 was raised for TICOT’s Reign 32 charities: The Toronto PWA Food Programs, Rainbow Railroad and Supporting Our Youth. Thank you to everyone for your support.  Photos by: King Father Ross and Kathy Sparkles

 In service, HMISM Emperor 32, The “Randy” Emperor, HMIM Empress 32 & 27, Teran Blake, HMIH Imperial Crown Prince to Reign 32 Billy Blake and HMIH Imperial Crown Princess to Reign 32 Bekka Blake

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Regal Beagle BINGO, Sunday June 3, The Black Eagle Toronto

Thank you to everyone that came out to Regal Beagle BINGO at the Black Eagle Toronto on June 2. It was a fun afternoon with lots of cash and prizes given away including gift cards/certificates Pizza Pizza, St. Louis Bar and Grill, Cineplex passes, Pizza Nova, and much more! Thank you Emperor 25 Ron DaMae Bouvier and Pup Rockey May for your help setting up.

It was fantastic to see so many members from the Imperial Court of Toronto at the event including Emperor 25 Ron DaMae Bouvier, Empress 23 Thelma Bouvier, Empress 3 Dawn Valley Parkway, Mr Trillium 2019 Davey Diamonds, King Father 2019 Ross and James. We also had members of SPEARHEAD in attendance including VP John Thompson, Treasurer Ron, Membership Director and Webmaster Charles Macphee and Joseph Poirier, Scott Leroux and Ross. Welcome to our guests Rockey May, Donny, Darwin, Alan and Albert! Thank to the Black Eagle Toronto (Carlos, Michael, Joe and Jordan) for all of your help with the event. Thank you also to the Black Eagle for sponsoring the shooters and cash prizes. Thank you to Joe Poirier, Mr. Trillium 2019 Davey and King Father 2019 Ross for the prize donations. They were very much appreciated. $715 was raised for the Imperial Court of Toronto's Reign 32 charities Rainbow Railroad, Supporting Our Youth and the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation Food Access Programs. Thank you all once again and I hope to see you all out next month for more cash, more prizes and more fun!  Photo by King Father 2019 Ross  

In service, HMISM Emperor 32, The “Randy” Emperor, HMIM Empress 32 & 27, Teran Blake, HMIH Imperial Crown Prince to Reign 32 Billy Blake and HMIH Imperial Crown Princess to Reign 32 Bekka Blake

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 Mr.Dot(s) & Miss Dot Musical Madness , Friday June 7, Old East 765 in London, Ontario

Thank you to the Royal Imperial Sovereign Court of London and South Western Ontario Inc and Mr.(s) & Miss Dot for a wonderful dinner and show with songs from musicals.  We had a spaghetti dinner before the show and treated to fantastic performances inspired by songs from musicals.

It was a pleasure to represent the Imperial Court Of Toronto along with HMIM Empress 32 & 27 Teran Blake and King Father 2019 Ross. We look forward to our next visit to your realm soon.  

In service, HMISM Emperor 32, The “Randy” Emperor and HMIM Empress 32 & 27, Teran Blake

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 TICOT Investiture 3 - The Switch Night Investiture and Elevations, Saturday June 8, COCK Bar

Thank you to everyone that came out to TICOT’s Investiture 3, The Switch Night Investiture and Elevations at COCK Bar on Saturday June 8. This event was put on by the Executive Board of Directors. Thank you to HIM Empress 31 & 29 Morgan James for setting up the arrangements with COCK Bar for this event. Thank you to COCK Bar for allowing us this space to hold our Investiture. Much appreciation to HIH George Palmer for providing the food. Many thanks to our Minister of Protocol and HIM Empress 31 & 29 Morgan James and HIM Emperor 31, 29 & 22, Heir Apparent to Emperor 32 Hunter James for the beautiful title certificates, the script, crest, poster design and use of the State sword.

A fantastic job by Onya Man (HIM Emperor 30 Jason Dickson-Vanderbilt), and IPR Dwayne A Moore in hosting the evening’s event. Thank you to the Executive Board of Directors for producing the event. Thank you to HIH King Father 2019 Ross for looking after the admission door, HIH IPR Veoletta Valois (David Valois) for looking after the money that was raised.

The Investiture show featured many fantastic performances: HMISM Emperor 32 - The Randy Sister and HMIM Empress 32 & 27 Teran Blake, HMIH ICP Bella Blake (Billy Blake) and HMIH ICP Jim Bob Blake (Bekka Blake), Onya Man (HIM Emperor 30 Jason Dickson-Vanderbilt), HIM Empress 6 & 26 Michelle DuBarry, IPR Veoletta Valois(David Valois), QM 2019 Jeff (Kitten Kaboodle), Junie Moon (Jim), Mr. Trillium 2019 Davey Diamonds, Ms. Trillium 2019 Cereza Reina Twist, Canadian ½ Emperor Rhyan Stone, Imperial Prince Royale to Reign 24 Matty D Trixx and a duet with ICP Bella Blake (Billy Blake) and Cody Blake (Melanie). Thank you to HIH Kathy Sparkles and HIH Alan J Dickinson for recording the performances.

We had representation from The Imperial Court of the Waterfall Empire of Hamilton, Niagara, and Tri-Cities. Thank you to Imperial Prince Royale to Reign 24 Matty D Trixx. Your support is greatly appreciated! We also presented titles to new TICOT members and a few elevations as well. Congratulations to all Thank you to HIM Emperor 27 Big Kris and HIH Alan J Dickinson for selling raffle tickets. Thank you to everyone that donated an item for the raffle draws. Investiture 3 raised funds for our charities of choice: Rainbow Railroad, The Toronto People With AIDS Foundation Food Access Programs and Supporting Our Youth. On behalf of the Upper House of Reign 32, thank you all for making this event a great success! We very much appreciate each and every one of you for coming out and supporting TICOT’s Investiture 3, The Switch Night Investiture.    

The Toronto Sisters of J.O.Y. (The Jubilant Order of York) is an official Mission of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence™ - a leading edge order of queer nuns of all genders, sexualities, and spiritualties who take vows to promulgate universal joy and expiate stigmatic guilt. A wonderful organization who is always out and about promoting human rights, respect for diversity while doing community service.

I was honoured to be a "contract nun" for the night for The Imperial Court Of Toronto's Investiture 3 Switch Night with the help of Sister Wanda Wu Mein and Brother Bear. They also decided to flip roles to be Brother Hugh-Nick Horne and Sister Divine Enrod. Thank you so much for taking part in this event which raised funds for the Reign 32 Charities: The People With AIDS Foundation Food Access Programs, Rainbow Railroad and Supporting Our Youth.

If you would like to find out more about the wonderful work that The Toronto Sisters of J.O.Y. do please visit:

https://www.facebook.com/thetorontosisters/ or their website: http://torontosisters.ca/

Photos by King Father 2019 Ross  

In service, HMISM Emperor 32, The “Randy” Emperor, HMIM Empress 32 & 27 Teran Blake, HMIH Imperial Crown Prince to Reign 32 Billy Blake and HMIH Imperial Crown Princess to Reign 32 Bekka Blake

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 TICOT Brunch, Sunday June 9, The Garage On Church

Thank you to everyone that came out the day after Investiture 3 Switch Night to support the TICOT Brunch at the Garage on June 9. Much appreciation to Pierre and the staff at The Garage on Church for the great food and fantastic service. This show was hosted by HMIH ICP to Reign 32 Billy Blake and HMIH ICP to Reign 32 Bekka Blake.  

The show featured performances by: HMISM Emperor 32 The Randy Emperor, Empress 26 & 6 Michelle DuBarry, King Father 2019 Ross Scorch, Mr. Trillium 2019 Davey Diamonds, Ms. Trillium 2019 Cereza Reina Twist and James G. It was a pleasure to have many members with us including HMIM Empress 32 & 27 Teran Blake, Emperor 25 Ron DaMae Bouvier, Alan J Dickinson, Melanie, Kevin, Alex, Heaven Lee Hytes, and Adam. Thank you to Dwayne and David who collected the money raised at the event.  

Together with Investiture 3 and TICOT Brunch a total of $1156 was raised and all of the proceeds will go to the Reign 32 charities: The People With AIDS Foundation Food Programs, Rainbow Railroad and Supporting Our Youth. Thank you!  

In service, HMISM Emperor 32, The “Randy” Emperor, HMIM Empress 32 & 27 Teran Blake (Rick), HMIH Imperial Crown Prince to Reign 32 Billy Blake and HMIH Imperial Crown Princess to Reign 32 Bekka Blake

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TICOT’s Annual Chas Parkway Salute To Pride, Friday June 14, The Drink

Thank you to everyone that came out to the Annual Chas Parkway Salute to Pride on Friday, June 14. We were welcomed by the friendly staff of The Drink! Thank you the DJ Cory Activate for being our DJ for the evening. The show was hosted by HIM Empress 30 Nikki Chin and HIM Emperor 30 Jason Dickson-Vanderbilt.  

Show performers included HMISM Emperor 32 The Randy Emperor, HIM Empress 30 Nikki Chin, HIM Emperor 30 Jason Dickson-Vanderbilt, HMIH ICP to Reign 32 Bekka Blake (or maybe not), King Father 2019 Ross Scorch, Ms. Trullium 2019 Cereza Reina, Mr. Trillium 2019 Davey Diamonds and Kevin from The Drink. Thank you Kathy Sparkles for being there to capture those performances.  It was a pleasure to see HIM Emperor 26 Ricky Lake Ontario, Alan J Dickinson, Jason Jones and Kevin Gl.  

Much appreciation goes out those that provided raffle prizes including HIM Empress 31 & 29. Morgan James, HIM Emperor 30 Jason Dickson-Vanderbit, King Father 2019 Ross and Kathy Sparkles. Thank you HMIH ICP to Reign 32 Bekka Blake for selling raffle tickets. Thank you HIM Emperor 31, 29 & 22 Hunter James for the poster design.  

We raised $523 CDN. All proceeds to Reign 32 Charities of Choice - The Rainbow Railroad, SOY and PWA Food Programs.  

In service, HMISM Emperor 32, The “Randy” Emperor, HMIM Empress 32 & 27, Teran Blake,  HMIH Imperial Crown Prince to Reign 32 Billy Blake and HMIH Imperial Crown Princess to Reign 32 Bekka Blake

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 TICOT King Father and Queen Mum’s Royal Father’s Day BBQ, Saturday June 15, 117 Gerard Street East Party Room

Congratulations to King Father 2019 Ross and Queen Mum 2019 Kitten Kaboodle (Jeff) on a successful Royal Father's Day Bbq! Much appreciation to Jim Cooke and Endora (James) for your additional support with the event. Thank you to Mr. Trillium 2019 Davey Diamonds, Kevin Gl and Jim for looking after the vendor tables. Thank you Alan for selling raffle tickets. Many thanks to those that provided something for the bbq, whether it be food or prizes (though it was not necessary): Jim Cooke, Endora, Terry Wilson, Kathy Sparkles, David and Dwayne. Progressive Auction items included a beautiful Cyprian pin provided by Morgan James and a ticket to SPEARHEAD's Canada Day Boat Cruise. Thank you Dwayne for the poster design.  The Bbq was a big success. People that attended were: Empress 31 & 29 Morgan James, Emperor 30 Jason Dickson-Vanderbilt, Empress 30 Nikki Chin, Emperor 26 Ricky Lake Ontario (Richard), Empress 26 & 6 Michelle DuBarry, Emperor 25 Ron DaMae Bouvier, Empress 23 Thelma Bouvier, ICP to Reign 32 Billy Blake, ICP to Reign 32 Bekka Blake, ICP 28 Bunni Lapin, Steven, Kevin, Robert, John, Scott, Steve, Melanie and Alain.

Thank you everyone for your support. Congratulations to King Father 2019 Ross and Queen Mum 2019 Kitten Kaboodle for raising $1130 at the Royal Father's Day Bbq! All of the funds raised will go to the Reign 32 charities: The Toronto People With AIDS Foundation Food Access Programs, Rainbow Railroad and Supporting Our Youth.

In service, HMISM Emperor 32, The “Randy” Emperor, HMIM Empress 32 & 27, Teran Blake,  HMIH Imperial Crown Prince to Reign 32 Billy Blake and HMIH Imperial Crown Princess to Reign 32 Bekka Blake

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Waterfall Empire’s Pride Patio Show, Saturday June 15, The Anchor Bar (Hamilton)

Happy Pride Hamilton and the Waterfall Empire! A fantastic Pride Patio Show on June 15th hosted by IGD 24 Corey Gatto, IGD 24 Chanelle (Christopher James Janus) and ICP 24 Arianna Fluvenflagen (Aaron Black). It was an all ages event held at The Anchor Bar and everyone was welcome. It was wonderful to see members of the Waterfall Empire, The Royal Imperial Sovereign Court of London and South Western Ontario Inc. and New York. Congratulations on a wonderful event!  

In service, HMISM Emperor 32, The “Randy” Emperor, HMIM Empress 32 & 27, Teran Blake, HMIH Imperial Crown Prince to Reign 32 Billy Blake and HMIH Imperial Crown Princess to Reign 32 Bekka Blake.

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TICOT Brunch, Sunday June 16, The Garage On Church

Thank you to everyone that came out to support the TICOT Brunch at the Garage on June 16. Many thanks to the staff at The Garage on Church for the wonderful food and fast service. This show was hosted by HMIH ICP to Reign 32 Billy Blake and HMIH ICP to Reign 32 Bekka Blake.  

It was a great event with HIM Emperor 30 Jason Dickson-Vanderbilt, HMIM Empress 6 & 26 Michelle DuBarry, King Father 2019 Ross Scorch, Miss Trillium 2019 Cereza Reina, James G, Alan J Dickinson, Melanie, Kevin, Alex, John, Heaven Lee Hytes, and Adam. Thank you to Mr. Waterfall Ambassador 2019 Brody and Stacy Coneybeare from the Waterfall Empire and ICP to Reign 9 Ajay and Abby from the Royal Imperial Sovereign Court of London and South Western Ontario Inc. for supporting this event.    

The TICOT Brunch raised a total of $330 and all of the proceeds will go to the Reign 32 charities: The People With AIDS Foundation Food Programs, Rainbow Railroad and Supporting Our Youth. Thank you!  

In service, HMISM Emperor 32, The “Randy” Emperor, HMIM Empress 32 & 27, Teran Blake, HMIH Imperial Crown Prince to Reign 32 Billy Blake and HMIH Imperial Crown Princess to Reign 32 Bekka Blake

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AIDS Candlelight Vigil, Tuesday June 18, Barbara Hall Park

2019 marked the 35th year of the AIDS Candlelight Vigil, which was held at Barbara Hall Park. The theme for this year’s Vigil was “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow”.  

This beautiful ceremony was hosted by Amutha Samgam and Kerolos Saleib. The ceremony included an opening Land Acknowledgement, Spoken Words, wonderful performances by: Jezebel Bardot, Nathalie Nadon, Jade Elektra, City Choir, Justin Anantawan, the Candle Lighting and Reading of the names added to the AIDS Memorial in 2019.  

It was a time to honour and remember those who have passed before us of HIV/AIDS. A time to celebrate those survivors still living HIV. We stand together to eliminate the stigma of HIV/AIDS. There is still more work to be done to convey the important message, to get tested and U=U (Undetectable equals Untransmittable), so that someday we can celebrate the end of new infections.  

It was an honour to represent the Imperial Court Of Toronto as the Emperor along with ICPs to Reign 32 Billy Blake, Bekka Blake, Emperor 30 Jason Dickson-Vanderbilt, Empress 26 & 6 Michelle DuBarry, King Father 2019 Ross Scorch, Melanie, Andres, Xavier and Dwayne.  

A job well done by the organizers of this event and the volunteers. Some of the volunteers that I met were Empress 11 Rose, Alex and The Toronto Sisters Of Joy: Sister Wanda Wu Mein, Brother Bear Hugger James, Laid Minister Craig and Alan. Thank you all for your service.  Thank you ICPs to Reign 32 Billy Blake, Bekka Blake and Melanie for the photos.  

In service, HMISM Emperor 32, The “Randy” Emperor, HMIM Empress 32 & 27 Teran Blake,  HMIH Imperial Crown Prince to Reign 32 Billy Blake and HMIH Imperial Crown Princess to Reign 32 Bekka Blake

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Toronto’s 2019 Trans March, Friday June 21

It was an honour for The Imperial Court Of Toronto to march in support of the Trans Community on Friday June 21. We were fortunate to participate in Toronto’s 2019 Trans March. This inclusive event welcomed all trans, non-binary, friends of, and allies to rally and march together in solidarity. It is one of the largest Pride events in the world. Trans women of colour and people with different abilities took the lead in the march and Gigi Gorgeous was the Trans Ambassador for 2019.

The rally for the Trans March was near the intersection of Church and Hayden streets at 7pm and shortly after 8pm the parade made it's way to Allan Gardens where we were treated to a talented lineup of trans performers in a post march showcase.  

Thank you to those from the Imperial Court of Toronto who joined us for the march including: ICP to Reign 32 Billy Blake, Emperor 30 Jason Dickson-Vanderbilt, Mr. Trillium 2019 Davey Diamonds (David), Kathy Sparkles, Melanie and Alex. A special thank you to Mr. Waterfall Ambassador 2019 Brody Valencia and Stacy from the Waterfall Empire for joining us also.  

After the march we were met at Allans Gardens by ICP 19 Sherry Sylvain, King Father 2019 Ross Scorch and Trevor. The post march showcase was hosted by Fluffy Soufflé and included great DJs, inspiring speakers and wonderful performances by DJ Syrus Marcus Ware, Evan Noodin Smith, Babia Majora, Alyesha Miller, T. Thomason, Tygr Willy, Ravyn Ariah Wngz and Dj nik red. Thank you all for a wonderful evening!  Photos by King Father 2019 Ross and Kathy Sparkles  

In service, HMISM Emperor 32, The “Randy” Emperor, HMIM Empress 32 & 27 Teran Blake, HMIH Imperial Crown Prince to Reign 32 Billy Blake and HMIH Imperial Crown Princess to Reign 32 Bekka Blake

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Toronto Pride 2019, Sunday June 23

Toronto Pride has come and gone for 2019! We hope you all had a safe and fun experience!

The Imperial Court of Toronto had the pleasure of having a special TICOT Brunch at the Garage On Church. The professionalism of the Garage staff along with their great food and the fantastic entertainers made for a perfect place to be on Pride Sunday.  

The TICOT Brunch was hosted by HMIM Empress 32 & 27 Teran Blake and HMIH ICP to Reign 32 Billy Blake, who did a magnificent job keeping the show running smoothly. So many great entertainers donated their tips for charity: Emperor 30 Jason Dickson-Vanderbilt, Empress 30 Nikki Chin, Empress 26 & 6 Michelle DuBarry, King Father 2019 Ross, Ms. Trillium 2019 Cereza Reina, Kathy Cougar, Druscilla (Andres), Mr. Waterfall Empire 2019 Brody Valencia and Troy Boy Parks. Thank you Kathy Sparkles for recording the entertainment for our social media platforms.  

In addition to TICOT Brunch at the Garage the weekend was packed with events including BINGO at Flash with HMIM Empress 32 & 27 Teran Blake, a Village Tour and Drag Brunch at the Drink hosted by Endora St. Moorehead and Kitten Kaboodle. Thank you to everyone that stopped by to support any of these events including: Empress 31 & 29 Morgan James, Emperor 26 Ricky Lake Ontario, Emperor 25 Ron DaMae Bouvier, Empress 23 Thelma Bouvier, Queen Mum 2019 Kitten Kaboodle (Jeff), Endora St. Moorehead, Steven, George Palmer, Douglas, Kevin, Kevin, Melanie, IPR Reign 24 of The Waterfall Empire Matty D Trixx, Stacy of the Waterfall Empire, James G, Jim Cooke, Kristina, Andrew, Richard and Kevin Gl.  

To everyone that made a donation, stopped us for pictures or asked us about The Imperial Court Of Toronto we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for making this Pride so special! Photos by: King Father 2019 Ross, Jim/James and Isabella  

In service, HMISM Emperor 32, The “Randy” Emperor, HMIM Empress 32 & 27, Teran Blake, HMIH Imperial Crown Prince to Reign 32 Billy Blake and HMIH Imperial Crown Princess to Reign 32 Bekka Blake

 

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TICOT Drag BINGO, Sunday June 30, Flash On Church St

TICOT’s Drag BINGO at Flash on Sunday June 30 was hosted by HIM Empress 31 & 29 Morgan James. Thank you to Flash on Church for all of your support. Thank you to everyone that contributed to the raffle prizes. The raffle tickets were handled by HIH Kathy Cougar, Alan J Dickinson and Anita Nayme (Dushy). Congratulations to all of the winners.  

$500 was raised at the TICOT Drag BINGO for the TICOT Reign 32 Charities of Choice: Rainbow Railroad, The Toronto People With AIDS Foundation and Supporting Our Youth. Thank you for everyone’s support, it wouldn’t be possible without all of you. Photos by: King Father 2019 Ross  

In service, HMISM Emperor 32, The “Randy” Emperor, HMIM Empress 32 & 27, Teran Blake, HMIH Imperial Crown Prince to Reign 32 Billy Blake and HMIH Imperial Crown Princess to Reign 32 Bekka Blake.

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