St John Boy

  • Comedy
  • Amateur Performance
  • Performance Art
  • Experimental
  • Country
  • Rock

St. John-Boy (Rebecca Casalino) is a gender-bending drag performer based in Ohròn:wakon (Hamilton, ON). Casalino is a cis queer Italian-Canadian artist, writer and curator, who maintains her practice through deeply personal collaborations and sheer willpower. Working in artists’ multiples, video, sculpture, performance, drawing - and mostly recently drag - Casalino channels her lived experience through her quirky, often deadpan, humour. Casalino completed her BA in Studio Art, with a minor in English, at the University of Guelph in 2017 and graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design University with an MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice in 2021. She began practicing drag - more consistently - in 2020 during an online summer residency with OCAD U. St. John-Boy is a character that channels the boys and men from Casalino's time attending Catholic schools in the suburbs of Oshawa. He is in the early stages of his development drawing inspiration from classic queer icons like Elton John, David Bowie and Divine as well as more modern 'straight' references like Nickleback, Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys) and The Chicks. St. John-Boy is a satire of Catholic patriarchy, white queerness and the "Canadian" identity.

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