|Mr Gay Canada 2013 Dana Papadatos; Mayor of Whistler Nancy Wilhelm-Morden; Rylie Moore.|
Earlier this month, GayWhistler's WinterPRIDE hosted the fifth annual Mr. Gay Canada 2013 competition. Held February 5-8, a total of eight candidates competed during the three-day challenge. The panel of judges crowned Danny Papadatos of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan as Mr. Gay Canada 2013. He will go on to compete in the Mr. Gay World competition in August during the WorldOutgames III in Antwerp, Belgium.
Danny Papadatos is a provincial training manager for Boston Pizza, and has been active with the Saskatoon Diversity Network in planning its annual Pride celebration for the past few years. The judges determined that Papadatos' passion for "making a safer, more inclusive space for all people, along with his clear and articulate thoughts and his strong leadership skills" made him a natural choice. First runner-up was Rylie Moore of Victoria, BC.
In a prepared statement, Papadatos said: "The experience of Mr. Gay Canada has been incredible, and I am very excited to be given this platform. There is so much work to be done in rural centres and to provide a safe forum for LGBT youth. I am very excited to be representing Canada in Antwerp this summer."
The panel of celebrity judges included Nancy Wilhelm-Morden, Mayor of Whistler; Chad Michael's, RuPaul's All-Star; Charlie David, Actor-Producer; Jerime Black, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly Global LGBT Ambassador; Catherine Power-Chartrand, Whistler the Magazine; Jacqui McMullen, Times Square Suites; Thomas Eglis, Mr. Gay Canada 2012; Hattie Myers, Aava Whistler Hotel. The competition included guest appearances by Chad Michaels, Destineak, Symone Says, Iona Whipp and Mandy Kamp.