We’ve got QueerCab and some free shows coming up in May. This Friday is also the deadline for the Queer Emerging Artist Award!

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Deadline: Friday, April 28




Deadline is coming up this Friday!!

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.






May 3, 9PM




The theme for May’s QueerCab is…

Go For It
Hosted by LeeLee Davis

Whether you’ve been thinking, dreaming, planning, watching, questioning, wondering, asking… If it’s all happening in your head it’s time to get it out! Out of your head and into the world, join us for QueerCab. Take the stage any way you want…. sing, dance, show a film, play an instrument, do some stand-up, tell a story, this is your space to do it.

Wednesday, May 3, 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






It’s All Tru & The Youth/Elders Project




We’ve got free tickets for two upcoming shows for Queer Youth Arts program participants (queer and trans identified folks 25 and under).

To reserve a ticket for either (or both!), e-mail LeeLee at leelee@buddiesinbadtimes.com at least a week ahead of the show. Each performance will be followed by a talkback with the cast and creative team.






Emerging Artists Program




Little Black Afro is seeking emerging artists under 30 with a performance-based project in its early stages to participate in Emerging Artists Project (EAP), a youth-led process-driven new work development program.

EAP aims to give you space to develop as an artist; to provide a safe place where you can take creative risks. EAP is a process focused program with a collaborative philosophy and a transparent operating system. This means that you will have a dedicated administrative and artistic support team available to you throughout the program.

Learn more.





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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