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The Paul Bellini Film Festival – Dec 6, 13, and 20, 2019 (Toronto)

posted Thursday, December 5, 2019

by: in Celebrity, Clubs, Comedy, Drag, Events, Featured Events, Music, New York City, Pride, Queer, Toronto

You may know Paul Bellini as the writer from Kids In The Hall and his infamous reoccurring towel skit, however you may not know that he’s also a comedy teacher, and an accomplished musician and writer, including his regular “Bumble-ini” column right here in theBUZZ.  He also recently re-released an updated edition of the Buddy […]

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LIPSYNCED’s monthly drag cabaret is coming to Buddies, beginning Dec 6, 2019 (Toronto)

posted Monday, December 2, 2019

by: in Celebrity, Clubs, Comedy, Drag, Events, Featured Events, Music, New York City, Pride, Queer, Toronto

If you haven’t been to a Tom Hearn’s hosted show, you should know that it’s an extravaganza. Always tightly directed so there’s not a wasted moment in between laughs, hence how they generally get non-stop laughs for most shows. Tom’s latest endeavour, Lipsynced was a hit at Bad Dog Theatre this past October and now […]

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Naked Heart: LGBTQ Festival of Words – November 22 to 24 (Toronto)

posted Tuesday, November 19, 2019

by: in Celebrity, Clubs, Comedy, Drag, Events, Featured Events, Music, New York City, Pride, Queer, Toronto

Launched in 2015, Naked Heart is the largest LGBTQ literary festival in the world, and the most racially diverse literary festival in Ontario. This festival is held in the Church and Wellesley neighbourhood of Toronto, and includes workshops, panels, performances and discussions for writers and lovers of words. The festival hub is at Glad Day Bookshop (499 Church […]

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Queer Stage Mothers: Thom Fitzgerald & Brad Hennig

posted Thursday, August 29, 2019

by: in Celebrity, Clubs, Comedy, Drag, Events, Featured Events, Music, New York City, Pride, Queer, Toronto

For the upcoming issue of AutumnPlay, I spoke with Thom Fitzgerald who was in LA working on his upcoming film, Stage Mother, which stars Jacki Weaver, Lucy Liu, and Adrian Grenier among others. The plot follows a conservative church choir director who inherits a drag club in San Francisco started by her deceased son, from whom she was estranged after he came out as gay. “Even […]

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SLANG: Tom Hearn’s solo sketch show – August 8, 2019 (Toronto)

posted Tuesday, August 6, 2019

by: in Celebrity, Clubs, Comedy, Drag, Events, Featured Events, Music, New York City, Pride, Queer, Toronto

If you took all the best of the We’re Funny That Way Festival, you’d wind up with something very close to Tom Hearn’s latest offering, SLANG, a queer solo sketch comedy tour. Original over-the-top stand-up monologues, hyperbolic sketches, and satirical parodies all written by Tom Hearn, whose character impersonations are as funny as they are […]

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TriAdventure: A Canadian Legacy of Love 

posted Friday, November 2, 2018

by: in Celebrity, Clubs, Comedy, Drag, Events, Featured Events, Music, New York City, Pride, Queer, Toronto

In the summer of 2019,  TriAdventure will celebrate its final year. The swim, run, paddle, and cycle raises money to support Nikibasika, a Ugandan school for children who were caught between the civil war and the raging HIV epidemic. At the time Nikibaska opened its doors, an entire generation of Ugandans had been wiped out, leaving kids […]

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Gertrude & Alice Returns to Buddies – Sept 15 to Oct 7, 2017 (Toronto)

posted Wednesday, September 19, 2018

by: in Celebrity, Clubs, Comedy, Drag, Events, Featured Events, Music, New York City, Pride, Queer, Toronto

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre kicks of its 40th anniversary season this September with the return of an audience favourite, Gertrude and Alice, originally co-produced by Buddies and the Independent Aunties in 2016. Critically-acclaimed, nominated for three Dora Mavor Moore Awards (outstanding new play, performance – ensemble, and costume design), and recently published by Playwrights […]

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Councillor Wong-Tam: Improving Toronto Streets For All Users

posted Thursday, July 26, 2018

by: in Events, Toronto

Vision Zero: Toronto Road Safety Plan is a road safety action plan focused on reducing traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries on Toronto’s streets. The intent is to prioritize the safety of our most vulnerable road users, and seek to redesign our roads to program out unsafe behaviour, and end traffic deaths by 2021. Approved by […]

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OASIS LOVE comes to QueerPride!

posted Wednesday, May 23, 2018

by: in Celebrity, Clubs, Comedy, Drag, Events, Featured Events, Music, New York City, Pride, Queer, Toronto

Just in time for Pride, Oasis Love returns to Toronto as part of Buddies In Bad Times Theatre’s QueerPride line-up! After a relationship gone bad, writer and performer Johnny Salib (Calpurnia, RAID: Operation SOAP) has teamed up with director/dramaturge extraordinaire Franny McCabe-Bennett (SMASHES! at We’re Funny That Way Comedy Festival in Toronto and the International […]

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Review: “Alone Together” – on now until April 14, 2018 (Toronto)

posted Thursday, April 12, 2018

by: in Celebrity, Clubs, Comedy, Drag, Events, Featured Events, Music, New York City, Pride, Queer, Toronto

Alone Together is a double bill consisting of There she was and Taking Breath which use dance in an examination of human connection. Constructed as a reality that is both chaotic and calming, Alone Together merges two performances that are similar in structure yet different in every other way. Taking A Breath is a comment on communication barriers […]

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