What is The Youth Elders Project

In an exciting new partnership between Buddies, The 519, and the Senior Pride Network, The Youth / Elders Project brings together young and old to create a living document of our personal queer histories. Integrating text, movement, music, and design, a group of queer youth and elders embark on an oral history of queer lives. This intergenerational ensemble will offer a snapshot of queer life as a way to preserve personal histories and engage a new generation with the possibilities of queer identity.

Buddies, The 519, and Senior Pride Network want to say a huge thank you and congratulations to everyone who participated in Phase One of The Youth/Elders Project. Our fall workshop series was a huge success, with over 50 participants coming out to learn, share, and explore our queer lives and histories together. From this group, we selected an intergenerational ensemble of 13 people who will be part of the next phase of development and final presentation.

In 2017, we move into the next phase of the project and start gearing up for our mainstage presentation May 31-June 4. And if you can’t wait until then to see what we’re up to, we will be doing a public presentation on our work in progress on February 23 as part of Buddies’ annual Rhubarb Festival.


a collaboration between Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, The 519, and Senior Pride Network
directed by Evalyn Parry with LeeLee Davis + Vanessa Dunn

performers + creators
Jordan Campbell, Daniel Carter, Brian Cope, Monica Garrido, Genady Gavleshov, Riley Kelk, Bella Larsen, LeZlie Lee Kam, Neila Lem, Lila Pine, Russell Powell, Shauna Sloan + Ty Sloane

The Youth / Elders Project is supported by the Community Collaborations Program at the Canada Council for the Arts

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photo of Monica Garrido + Neila Lem by Tanja-Tiziana.