Joan-E is the creation of entertainer and philanthropist Robert Kaiser. Joan-E began performing on Vancouver stages in 1990 after relocating from Calgary to BC's coast. Over the years, Joan-E has earned various titles such as Imperial Crown Princess, Entertainer of the Year, and XXVIII Empress of Vancouver. Joan-E has devoted much of her energy towards advocacy and philanthropy for those who live with HIV and AIDS and in the promotion of the LGBT community. To these ends, she has served as the MC for various community events including Art for Life, Davie Days, Gay Ski Week, The Leo Awards, Starry Night, Fit for a Queen and Queens' Care.
Joan-E hosted 'Bingo for Life' which has raised over a quarter of a million dollars for Friends for Life, a charity committed to assisting those who live with life-threatening illnesses. She at one time hosted Feather Boa Sundays which was become the longest running drag show in Vancouver.
Joan-E's film and television appearances include Connie and Carla, Fetching Cody, Davinci's Inquest and The Collector, which earned her a Leo Award nomination. For her incredible work in the LGBT and Greater Vancouver community, Joan-E has been awarded Citizen of the Year, Drag Queen of the Year (WE magazine), Hero Award (XTRA West), Friend Indeed Award, U.S. State Congressional Award and the Golden Jubilee Award of Merit from Queen Elizabeth II.
Photo Courtesy of: Shona Dion, Sweet Earth Photographic.