New season, new programs, new site!

Welcome back!

We’ve got a new youth website to showcase all the stuff we’ve got coming up this year, including free tickets to Buddies shows, a series of skill-building workshops, a Youth / Elder initiative, and the brand new Buddies Youth Ensemble: your opportunity to work with a consistent group of other queer youth in a pre-professional setting.

Take a look at the offerings on the site, and fill out our quick registration form to let us know you’re interested in participating.

The program kicks off this week with QueerCab on Wednesday – hope to see you there!


Check out the new site!


Wednesday, October 4

With the launch of the buddies season of Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools, we are asking ourselves what are our sharp tools? This month’s theme invites you to bring your fiercest tools to the stage as we kick off our season. Sharp tools that play, that connect, that protect, that remember, that create, that ignite, and that keep us moving forward.

Come show it, sing it, dance it, bring it! The stage is yours at QueerCab.

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017
Doors at 8:30PM, show at 9PM
Buddies Cabaret

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 usually 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. The event is pay-what-you-can, and all proceeds raised will be donated to a rotating organization.


Wednesday, October 25

Our 17-18 season kicks off in October with a collaboration between Inuk artist Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory and Buddies’ artistic director Evalyn Parry.  Now sharing a stage, these two powerful storytellers map new territory together in a work that gives voice and body to the histories, culture, and climate we’ve inherited, and asks how we reckon with these sharp tools.

E-mail LeeLee at to reserve your free ticket to the October 25th performance. Please note that tickets are limited and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to folks enrolled in the youth program.


Whether it’s QueerCab, a workshop, or free tickets to a Buddies show, we’ve got something for you every Wednesday. Check the calendar for more information, and find out more about some of the offerings below.


From October – January, we’re offering a series of free workshops focusing on artistic exploration, theatre skills development. It’s your opportunity to develop skills to express yourself through performance, art-making, and discover skills needed to work in professional artistic environment. Check out the calendar for more details, and register here. Participants in the workshops are asked to register in the program (although you do not have to RSVP to each individual session), so please arrive 15 minutes early to complete a registration form if you haven’t already done that online.


Building on the work that was created in the inaugural Youth/Elders Project in our 2016-17 season, the Youth/Elder Initiative focuses on continued intergenerational dialogue in a formal setting using the Long Table format developed by Lois Weaver as well as other creative models. The Youth/Elder Initiative will round out the year with an informal showing of the Long Table in May. If you know of any elders interested in attending, please direct them here.


There are a limited number of tickets to see shows in our season for free! Tickets are prioritized for registered youth program participants, however there are a select number of tickets available for non-youth program attendees as well. Email for a ticket if you’d like to attend one of the dates! You can see the full schedule of shows on our youth night page, and we’ll have reminders in the monthly newsletter.


Paprika Festival Submissions

Deadline: October 3
The Paprika Festival is currently accepting applications for a number of its programs – productions, playwriting, TD creators’ unit, Indigenous program, directors’ lab, and festival administrators!

Lucky Rabbit & Co. Residency

Deadline: October 31
Looking to take some time and space to create? Lucky Rabbit & Co (based in Annapolis Royal, NS) is offering one month, rent-free residency at their studio for an emerging artist – anytime in 2018!

Images Festival

Deadline: November 7
Images submissions are now open for both ON Screen programmes which include: feature length and short moving image works that screen in cinema. Submissions to their student program are free!

Nightswimming: 5×25

Deadline: November 15
 is a national competition launching the careers of playwrights, composers, choreographers and creators who were born in the year that Nightswimming was founded: 1995. Tell us what you want to create and if selected, we will provide a $5,000 commission, develop a process with you to create the piece, bring you to Toronto to work on it, and seek out producers or festivals to get it in front of an audience.

Tarragon Young Playwrights’ Unit

Deadline: November 17
The Young Playwrights Unit (YPU) is a FREE training experience for young people who are curious and passionate about play-making. Tarragon offers a group of dedicated young creators a rigorous context in which to develop some of their first works.


At Buddies we acknowledge the 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 Queer people who identify as Indigenous, 2-Spirit, differently-abled, Trans Women of Colour, Trans Women, People of Colour, GLBTQI, and any whose voices are often left behind and marginalized.  Buddies is a wheel chair accessible space with gender neutral washrooms. Currently we are unable to offer ASL interpretation on a consistent basis, however Buddies may be able to make accommodations on request. Because we are a publicly accessed space we cannot guarantee a scent free-freebuilding, however youth focused programming aims to be a scent-free environment. The Youth Program at Buddies understands a commitment to accessibility and inclusivity as an on-going process and a learning process. If you have input about this process or would like to provide any information or resources, we welcome that as well!


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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