40th Anniversary Series

40 years of queer… and we’re just getting started.

To mark our 40th anniversary, we’re hosting a series of special events, performances, discussions, and – of course – a big party.

We invite you to come celebrate the past as some of our greatest hits come back for one-night-only readings. Or, you can join us in imagining the possibilities for the future at a series of community conversations where we’ll ask hard questions about where we have been, where we are going, and what’s next for the world’s largest and longest-running queer theatre.

It all culminates in a big party at the start of our Pride month celebrations in June, where our communities will come together to kick off the next 40 years at Buddies.

photo by Tanja-Tiziana

Trans Meditations and Other Collaborative Queeries

Friday, October 19
Doors at 7PM, show at 7:30PM.
Sissy Saturday party at 10:30PM

A poetry/variety show of queer, quirky, and queenly proportions, with solo and collaborative readings by Patricia Wilson and David Bateman. Guest appearances by Helene Ducharme, Brock Hessel, and David Ramsden. Live accompaniment and original compositions by Stewart Borden, with projections by Raymond Helkio. Hosted by Keith Cole.

Followed by a throwback “Sissy Saturday” party with DJ LUSHUS LIX.

QueerCab

November 21, March 6 + May 22

Queer Cab is a curated evening of performance, theatre, music, dance, multimedia, lewks and everything in between that showcases young and emerging 2SLGBTQ+ artists in the community.

Curated by Daniel Carter.

All events take place in the Buddies cabaret and are Pay-What-You-Can at the door. If you need to reserve a spot ahead for accessibility reasons, please e-mail access@buddiesinbadtimes.com.

More information on specific events will be posted in the tabs to the left close to the performance date.

Gertrude on Gertrude on Gertrude

Sunday, September 30
An afternoon salon with tea and discussion featuring Gertrude Stein. And Gertrude Stein. And Gertrude Stein. And Gertrude Stein. And Gertrude Stein.

Trans Meditations and Other Collaborative Queeries

Friday, October 19
A poetry/variety show of queer, quirky, and queenly proportions, from Patricia Wilson and David Bateman.

Drag Queens in Outer Space

Monday, November 19
An all-drag reading of Sky Gilbert‘s seminal play.

Dyke City

Friday, January 18
A marathon reading of Sonny Mills‘ iconic plays, featuring the original cast alongside a new generation.

Community Meal & Conversation

Monday, May 13
A gaybourhood gathering hosted by Evalyn Parry.

Buddies 40th Birthday Bash

Friday, May 31
We’re gonna party like it’s 1979.

Queercab

Wednesday, November 21, March 6 + May 22
An open mic for the future of queer performance.