The Youth/Elders Project makes its debut later this month, and Pride is just around the corner! We are now accepting applications of the Emerging Creators Unit.

In this issue:





The Youth/Elders Project – May 31




The Youth / Elders Project has been a big part of our youth programming this year, and later this month, our intergenerational ensemble debuts their work on the Buddies mainstage!

We’ve got free tickets for the preview performance for Queer Youth Arts program participants (queer and trans folks 25 and under) on Wednesday May 31, at 8PM.

To reserve a ticket for the performance, e-mail LeeLee at at least a week ahead of the show. The performance will be followed by a talkback with the cast and creative team.






June 7, 9PM




We’re capping off our QueerCab for the season with a very special Pride Edition! Click here for more info on Buddies’ Queer Pride Festival lineup.

Hosted by LeeLee Davis

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Doors at 8:30PM, show at 9PM.
Buddies Cabaret

Check out the Facebook event.

Open mic, or email 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





Emerging Creators Unit

Call for Submissions




The Emerging Creators Unit is now accepting proposals for original 25-minute performance projects from queer or trans artists age 30 and under.

Selected participants meet weekly as a group with Emerging Creators Unit Director Sunny Drake and Company Dramaturge Mel Hague to take projects from idea to a performance-ready draft. The projects will be staged at The 39th Rhubarb Festival.The Emerging Creators Unit is an artist-driven, mentor-supported creative model; we look for strongly motivated emerging queer and/or trans artists who can work independently and are ready to take their practice to the next level.

Click here for more information and the application form.

DEADLINE: August 11, 2017





Youth Day at Inside Out





This year, Inside Out | LGBT Film Festival is expanding their Youth Matinee into a day-long event on Friday, May 26.

The schedule for the day includes:

10:00 – 11:45 AM: Keynote + Masterclass
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM: Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 PM: Youth Matinee (Youth Shorts – Teenage Dream)

The Masterclass, specifically, will be centred around media literacy within queer contexts (clips from LGBTQ films, TV shows, etc.). The youth matinee will focus around queer issues relevant to youth – gender identity, bullying, etc.

If you’d like to attend, please e-mail LeeLee at, and let them know if you’ll be attending the whole day, or only certain portions, so that we can give Inside Out a sense of numbers.

**Also, Inside Out offers free tickets to youth under 25 for any weekday screening starting before 6PM!






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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