Expanding beyond the walls of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre space at 12 Alexander Street, this year’s Queer Pride brings you a stellar line-up of artists and organizers from across Canada. All who crave adventures beyond the expected are welcome, including artists who refuse to conform, and communities who will not allow themselves to be silenced.

Queer Pride is radical love and defiant self-expression. It is a time to celebrate everything that we are and all that we can be, while reimagining the spaces we create for all of our queer communities to come together. It is in this spirit that Queer Pride 2020 emerges as a festival of queer performance, art, music, and parties that showcases the community’s unstoppable spirit.

June 24, 9 PM // CBC Gem // Free Event

CBC Arts presents Queer Pride Inside: a Buddies in Bad Times Cabaret

CBC Arts and Buddies are teaming up to bring you a one-night Queer Pride extravaganza: a virtual taste of what audiences have come to expect from Buddies’ annual Queer Pride Festival to viewers across the country. It’s an evening of boundary-pushing, wild expression, with some of Canada’s top queer performers in drag, burlesque, storytelling, and music.

Hosted by Elvira Kurt

With performances from

Gay Jesus, Teiya Kasahara, Pearle Harbour, Ivan Coyote, Tawiah M’Carthy, Yovska, Stewart Legere, Les Femmes Fatales, Cris Derksen, Luna Dubois, and Alexis O’Hara

Good Grief: Queer and Trans reflections on the edge of survival, from the Emerging Creators Unit

June 30 from 8:00PM – 8:45PM // Simulcast on social media // Free Event

8:00PM – 8:45PM

Written and performed by Gabe Maharjan and Merlin Simard, with funding from the National Theatre School’s Art Apart program. What do love and money have in common? They’re sometimes used recklessly, often desired, and whether we like it or not, they are key to our survival. Wyn (they/he), Emma (they/she), and Zein (they) are hustling within their digital trans community as they make, save, and spend these currencies.

The Emerging Creators Unit offers an intensive opportunity to develop the artistic voice through the creation and performance of a solo show at Buddies. These Queer and Trans artists have received in-depth theatre training since January in partnership with b current performing arts, and led by its Artistic Director Catherine Hernandez. Due to COVID-19, this year’s cohort has bravely adjusted their creative process by shifting their pieces into online experiences or acting as directorial support to ensure you can enjoy the fruits of their labour in the safety of your home.

Happy Queer Pride!

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