December QueerCab, and lots of opportunities coming up!

Hey there!

We’ve got a couple more Wednesday sessions this year – including December’s QueerCab – before we take a short hibernation break.

Stay tuned for more info on our 2018 programming, including more QueerCabs, free shows, and some exciting announcements around guest artist workshops!


Check out the site for more info!


Wednesday, December 6

Hosted by Leelee Davis and the talented youth of Buddies Youth Program.

Nothing like the universal power of the cosmos to shed some light on the dark days of winter. Queer Cosmos is bringing it home with all things extraterrestrial, stardust, big bang, dark matter, and beyond. Sing it, dance it, film it, act it, speak it, do your stand up – whatever it is you do bring it to the stage. Sign up in advance by emailing Limited signup slots available the night of.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Doors at 8:30PM, show at 9PM
Buddies Cabaret

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.

RSVP on the Facebook event and let your friends know!


National Theatre School Applications

NTS is now receiving applications for their full-time professional training programs. Have you been dreaming about a career in the arts? Don’t wait any longer! Apply to NTS today and follow an uncompromisingly intense curriculum taught by leading artists who work on stages and on screens across Canada and all over the world. They offer programs in acting, directing, design, writing, and production.
More info here.

Drag Musical Applications

Deadline: January 10, 2018
“I Don’t Fu*k With You: The Goth Drag Musical” is a FREE storytelling, performance and drag mentorship program prioritizing the emo, the too much, the not enoughs, the ones who love to wear black clothes in the summer, the people some won’t fu*k with and the portals of neverending darkness that have sucked away many a living soul, LGBTQ Spectrum youth (under 29 years old) of colour. 

More info here.

Collectively Creating for Change

A researcher at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, is looking for young people (aged 12-18) from LGBTTQQ2SIAP+ families to create a new play about their experiences in school and in their community. This theatre creation program is a workshop series that will take place during march break 2018. Alongside guest artists, participants and researchers will work to create a series of short performances and skits. 
More info here.


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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