Your Donation at Work
“Buddies is the beating heart and artistic soul of the queer community in Toronto, I am so grateful for this safe and special space.”
Empowering Artists. Elevating Queer Voices. Inspiring a Better World.
Every year, over 35,000 people come to Buddies to be inspired, challenged, and amazed. They come to feel loved, to feel at home, to connect with their community, and to spend time with their friends. None of this would be possible without our incredible community of supporters. On this page, you’ll meet a few of the people achieving great things at Buddies that would not be possible without our incredible community of supporters, and learn about the things we’ve achieved together.
“Being in residence has been freeing and rewarding. Cabaret is honest, it’s revealing, and it’s intimate… and the residency program has allowed me to get there and go deeper than ever before. Having a residency has meant I could build my audience and build my craft at the same time, and that’s an opportunity every artist should have.”
-Ryan G. Hinds, Cabaret Artist in Residence
“I was so fortunate to be supported by Buddies
This experience has brought me closer to understanding my own creative process and will continue to serve my writing as far as I can see into the future.”
-Lois Fine, Playwright in Residence, ‘Freda and Jem’s Best of the Week’
“Buddies is where my idols and mentors have pushed the boundaries for years. I felt incredibly honoured to receive the inaugural Buddies Queer Emerging Artist Award. It made me feel a part of that rich legacy – like I was honouring the past while helping create new possibilities for the future.”
-Jordan Tannahill, Recipient of the 2014 Buddies Queer Emerging Artist Award
“Buddies really helped shape me as a queer theatre creator. Being able to work with and around not only the artistic staff, but to also see the care, passion, and support of the production team was truly incredible. Nowhere else have I seen individuals with such passion for their craft and such a desire to support young creators.”
-Brian Postalian, Young Creators Unit
“Working at Buddies as artists in residence made us feel valued and respected. We were given an opportunity not only to tell our own stories, but to tell them how we wanted to tell them… The Gay Heritage Project could only have happened at Buddies. We are beyond grateful.”
-Damien Atkins, Paul Dunn & Andrew Kushnir, creator/performers, The Gay Heritage Project
“I found my experience at Buddies to be one of the most creative and inclusive experiences I have ever had as a freelance artist. I was overwhelmed by the welcome and support the cast and I received from the entire organization. It gave us the courage to take real risks as artists.”
-Eda Holmes, director, Tom at the Farm
For more information about the good work our donors make possible, click here to download our annual report.