We’ve got QueerCab and some great workshops coming up in April. Know an artist doing great work in the community? Let us know; we’re looking for nominees for our Queer Emerging Artist Award!

In this issue:






April 5, 9PM




The theme for April’s QueerCab is…

Trickery & Rebirth
Hosted by LeeLee Davis

This month we invite you to bring your best version of Trickery & Rebirth to the stage….Bring Trickery and play a prank, plan a hoax, trick yourself or someone else. Rebirth into the person, character, story, song, film, face, dance from the depths of your creative genius. You have ideas, and this month we want to see you reppin’ them ON STAGE.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Doors at 8:30PM, show at 9PM.
Buddies Cabaret

Check out the Facebook event.

Open mic, or email leelee@buddiesinbadtimes.com to sign up. Let us know any tech requirements – as long as you don’t need to hang from the rafters we can accommodate your performance! There will also be a limited number of ‘sign up on the spot’ spots available.

QueerCab is our monthly youth open mic. Anyone can attend and support, but the stage is reserved for queer and trans identified folks to perform. At Buddies we know that there is a great divide of privilege and access operating in our community and our world. Our commitment is to honour the diversity of the community as a whole, creating space that is safer for Indigenous, 2-spirited folks, Trans Women of Color, People of Color, and GLBTQI, and any whose voices are often left behind and marginalized. The event is pay-what-you-can, and all proceeds raised will be donated to a rotating organization.

TTC Tokens available – e-mail leelee@buddiesinbadtimes.com






Every Wednesday!




The sessions are designed to:

  • support you in the development of your unique queer creative voice
  • give you access to tools and resources that will support the process of discovering your artistic voice
  • give you access to community and space to bounce ideas off of, try new things in, and link with like-minded folks
  • performance opportunities… and much more

Does this sound like something you could use weekly to keep your creative fire burning and growing?

The sessions work as a whole, AND it also works to drop in on any session that interests you. Bring a piece of writing or an idea, that you are working on, or wish to develop further. We provide tokens and food at each workshop.

The next three sessions are geared towards preparing a piece to perform at May’s QueerCab:

Sessions are generally 6-9PM on Wednesdays at Buddies (except on QueerCab weeks). Check the calendar for more info and detailed session descriptions.






Deadline: Friday, April 28




The Buddies Queer Emerging Artist Award recognizes and encourages the achievements of queer artists who are founding careers in the theatre while engaging with the community. The recipient will receive a $1,000 cash prize. This award will be announced at a public ceremony on June 20, 2017 at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

Nominations for the 2017 Buddies Queer Emerging Artist Award are now being accepted. Nomination deadline Friday, April 28, 2017. More information, including evaluation criteria and nomination packages, are available here.






The Toronto Fringe




TENT is the Toronto Fringe’s free immersive summer program for emerging theatre producers. During the 12 days of the Festival, the Fringe provides 40 participants (ages 18-29) the opportunity to further develop the skills necessary to pursue a career in professional theatre.

TENT includes:

  • Interactive Workshops: Teaching you effective strategies on self-producing, budgeting, grant writing, PR & marketing strategies, inclusivity & equity practices, building your brand as an artist, and more!
  • Mentorship Opportunities: Linking you to theatre professionals who offer guidance and advice, connecting you with the artistic community.
  • Rush Passes: You’ll be provided a Rush Pass to the 2017 Toronto Fringe to view any production throughout the Festival.
  • Projects: New this year, TENT participants will be showcased as part of our Fringe Club programming with creative group projects.
  • Bursaries:  Through the generous support of Ontario 150, the Fringe is offering financial assistance to a limited number of TENT participants.

Applications open April 3rd, and are available on the Toronto Fringe’s website.







Get free tickets to buddies’ shows, see post-show talks with our artists, get on stage at an open-mic night, or learn how to create your own show. There’s something for everyone.

Buddies’ Queer Youth Arts Program is a queer space for you to express yourself and find a community. What do we mean by queer? We use queer as an inclusive word to encompass people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirited, queer, or questioning.


Buddies in Bad Times’ Youth Program engages our youth community in queer cultural exchange. We support the development of early-in-craft artistic voices. We work with queer, trans, and gender variant youth who have an interest in theatre, performance, and the creative process. Our programs offer space for artistic risk where youth can develop their creative voices. We offer opportunities to access Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s productions and professional theatre artists to nurture the next generation of artists, audiences, and community. We facilitate collaborative artistic exchange amongst and across our divergent individual identities. Together, we navigate the tensions that inevitably arise when our differences collide.






















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