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Recovery Day Winnipeg 2022 Speakers

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Chet Hanks

Chet Hanks is an actor, rapper, and fitness entrepreneur based in Los Angeles, California. He got his Bachelor’s degree in communications at Northwestern University, before going on to a successful career in acting and music. Chet is best known for his roles as a series regular on Empire, Shameless, and Your Honor, and has collaborated with major artists such as Soulja Boy. In 2021, he went viral for his song “White Boy Summer.” 
 
Chet is also a successful online coach, having launched the HanxFit Self-Mastery Program on January 1st, 2022. He has since mentored hundreds of people all across the world, training them to become the best versions of themselves through fitness, nutrition, and mindset coaching. He knows first-hand that none of this success would be possible without sobriety and that recovery is non-negotiable in living up to one’s greatest potential.

Juice Boxx

Drag Queen and hair-flipping extraordinaire Juice Boxx is small, sparkly, and adorable, but with a  seductive twist.

Her smart hosting style perfectly balances her fun and flirty performances, which serve a blend of top 40s pop princess and enticing burlesque vixen. Juice began her career in the fast-paced drag scene of Toronto, where she excelled for years before being cast on the first season of Canada’s Drag Race.

Along with the stage, Juice Boxx spends much of her time streaming on Twitch. She has collaborated with companies like Dead by Daylight, McDonald’s and It Gets Better for a variety of different online events.

Although her status as “Canada’s Porkchop” (or first eliminated) on the show cut her time short, her cute and quirky personality won viewers over as she tripped, snagged, and fell her way to becoming a fan-favourite

BOA

Starting drag at the young age of nineteen, Boa packed her things and escaped to Toronto with bright eyes and a bushy tail.

Over the course of her eight year career, the now twenty four year old powerhouse is continuing to make waves with her campy references, edgy style and flawless mug. Boa is an out of the box queen that doesn’t like to put a label on herself, she prefers to find her own way of doing things and proudly marches to the best of her own drum. In March of 2018, the recently sober Boa made waves in her local and online community by competing in the annual miss el convento ricopageant completely in character as the grinch and also became a stepping stone to helping her prepare to audition for the iconic first season of Canadas drag race which she was cast in.

Over the course of her chaotic six episode run on Canadas drag race, Boa became an instant fan and judge favourite with her comedy, runway presence, messy behaviour, carefree attitude and her relatability.

Since her time on drag race, Boa has worked extremely hard to fine tune and polish not only her craft, but has been able to completely change her life around with a 110LBS weight loss. Now, more glowing and energetic than ever, there is no stopping Boa!

Splits, High Kicks, Death Drops!

She does all of it!

Kendall Gender

Canadian drag sensation. With grassroots in Vancouver, she has performed coast to coast since 2014 and shows no signs of slowing down.

Kendall is best known for being on season 2 of Canada’s Drag Race, where she placed in the top 3. She is also known for being the queer ambassador for Fairmont Hotels, a member of infamous drag group ‘BRATPACK’ and a past winner of elite drag competition “Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar” in 2017. She was also elected as the “Empress of Vancouver” and raised over $25,000 for for various charities as a part of the Dogwood Monarchist Society. In 2020 she was also the first drag performer to do a halftime performance at the Rugby 7’s game, performing for a crowd of 50,000 people.

As a biracial artist, Kendall started the show  ‘VISIBLE’ which is designed as a platform to raise money and awareness for visible minorities.  In 2020, the events moved digital and raised over $9,000 for Black Lives Matter during a single event.

Kendall has been cast in the lead role of an upcoming film called “Stay”, playing the character Kaleb /Ivy Diamonds. The film is set to release in fall 2022.

Always dressed to the nines and known for her explosive and high-energy performances that radiate positivity and ooze sex appeal, Kendall is a powerhouse that continues to leave audiences wanting more as her star continues to rise.

Kaos

Kaos is a genderbending, two-spirit drag queen who proudly comes from a Metis background. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Kaos starred in Season 3 of Canada’s Drag Race where the country fell in love with their edgy, honest, tell-it-like-it-is attitude. Clean and sober for 18 months, Kaos shares their story of recovery through art and encourages others to move forward with a positive lifestyle. They are constantly travelling and bringing audiences their incredible artistry that combines singing, dancing, gymnastics, camp and culture.

Tony Denison

Award-winning actor Tony Denison joined the cast of The Closer, starring Kyra Sedgwick, as Lt. Det. Andy Flynn in 2005, which quickly became TNT’s # 1 Drama. Transitioning his role onto the spin-off series Major Crimes, Lt. Flynn is a consistent fan-favorite known for his antics opposite GW Bailey’s Lt. Provenza and for his character’s rumored romance with Mary McDonnell’s Capt. Sharon Raydor, which fans refer to as #Shandy.

Tony had a grand time filling in for the injured Ken Wall on the CBS television hit drama Wiseguy, where he played the memorable character John Henry Raglin for his good friend and the show’s executive producer David Burke. Denison has received a Prism Award by the Entertainment Industry Council for Outstanding Performance in a Drama Series, The Closer and additionally on The Closer, five SAG nominations for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. As a popular television guest star, he’s appeared on ABC’s Castle and in the final season of FX’s hit show Sons of Anarchy. Tony had a recurring arc on FOX’s Prison Break, along with a current recurring arc on former CBS now OWN’s All Rise.

Denison haas starred or co-starred in a least 10 feature films. His personal favorite happens to be his first film Little Vegas, where he starred along with the immensely talented Catherine O’Hara. Some other films were Allas Shrugged: Who is John Galt and some modern day thrillers such as, Dirty, Clarity, Dementia and Island Prey. Another favorite film he was in was Trattoria, which explored the restaurant scene of San Francisco and Tony’s own relationship with his Sicilian immigrant mother and father. Tony can be seen in the newly released feature entitled Deep Woods

Denison made his momentous television debut starring in Michael Mann’s critically acclaimed drama Crime Story as Ray Luca. He received a fistful of kudos, including TIME Magazine’s recognition as “Televisions Best Villain of the Decade,” and lots of recognition for his portrayal of the infamous John Gotti with Lorraine Bracco.

Denison’s personal mission is to maintain his blue-collar values in a gold collar profession and is a sought after celebrity presenter and host at entertainment industry awards shows. Tony is an avid poker player, participating in many charity poker tournaments. Tony has been in recovery for a little over 29 years and is always ready, willing and able to help other who are searching for peace of mind in recovery.

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