Founded in 1979, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre – or simply ‘Buddies’ – is now a renowned institution for the queer and 2LGBTQIA+ creative and theatre communities.
Originally founded to bring poetry to the stage, it quickly expanded under Sky Gilbert‘s leadership into an avant-garde, ‘on the edge’ performance style that continues to delight, debauch and dazzle audiences from around the world.
They have thrilling and provocative performances and festivals running for the 2023/24 season, exploring themes like indigineity, queerness and belonging, and trans experiences, while offering new takes on Shakespearean classics and spoken-word poetry. As this is their 45th year, expect a tonne of pop-up readings, concerts and parties to celebrate during their anniversary series.
Each year, Buddies in Bad Times also hosts an Emerging Company in Residence, and for the 2022-2023 season they are working with The Disability Collective. This is Toronto’s only disability-led performing arts company, which is dedicated to breaking down barriers and stereotypes for the 15% of people on the planet (that’s a billion) who live with a disability.
Buddies also hosts youth and Elder programming, creating safe spaces for young and old to understand and take back their queer identities.
Later this Fall, they’ll also be hosting their annual ArtAttack! fundraiser, where you can experience unique art and very memorable performances at their signature art party.
Located at 12 Alexander St, Buddies in Bad Times is less than a 10 minute walk down Yonge Street from Anndore House. Click here to purchase event and performance tickets, and to learn more about what’s on!