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ARTATTACK 2021

Buddies’ Season and Event Sponsor

With support from

SAVE THE DATE – the 2021 edition of ARTATTACK! is happening Thursday, September 23!

(Almost) every year, Buddies welcomes droves of discerning art queers and adventurous shoppers for an outrageous art auction unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Our live auction features work from some of the country’s foremost contemporary artists, while the Tuck Shop offers an astounding collection of artist multiples and limited edition prints. Packed full of tasty treats, sexy surprises and performances, and the very best in contemporary art, our space-themed ARTATTACK! will be a huge fundraiser for Buddies and an event you don’t want to miss.

This year’s ARTATTACK! looks a little different. We’ll be hosting an in-person gallery from September 18 – 22* at Buddies so you can see the works in-person. We’ll also be hosting the bidding and Tuck Shop online, making this event accessible from home as well, and allowing our collectors a bit more time to bid, buy, and mull it over.

We are also thrilled to welcome you back to Buddies! This event will be our first foray back into the theatre. We’ve been waiting more than a year for this! Our fabulous host Elvira Kurt will come through with the countdown, jokes, and stitch together a night of entertainment in music, drag, burlesque and more things we can’t predict.

We encourage you to bubble up and book tickets in groups of two or four (or more, but get in touch for groups of five or more). At this time, we’re prioritizing group bookings but will have a plan for solo folks closer to the date. Please write to us at tickets@buddiesinbadtimes.com if you have any other questions. Limited seats and capacity are available for this event, so get organized and get booking!

This year’s curators include Paul Dotey, James Fowler, Noah Gano, Alison Postma, Chris Rouleau, and Sid Sharp. Each year, Buddies commissions an original print to celebrate the event. This year we are also so pleased have work created by Meaghan Hyckie for ARTATTACK! 2021.

Gallery Hours: September 18 + 19 from 1 – 5PM, and September 20 – 22 from 4 – 8PM. Or by appointment.

Our ARTATTACK! catalogue is now online on Shopify

Our staff have been monitoring provincial and city regulations, and have used this information to create key COVID-19 Safety Package for visitors, artists, and staff while at Buddies. Additionally, as mandated and in-line with provincial health guidelines, as of September 22 all guests will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to attend Buddies events.

Tickets are $80 per table of two, and $160 for table of four.

Illustration by Jackie Lee

Meet the Performers for ArtAttack!

Toronto’s R. Flex makes electro-R&B with a voice that’s at once smooth and powerful. Their arresting live performances has helped them build a name for themselves in Toronto’s music scenes and in Canada. They have appeared at Toronto Pride, POP Montreal, Sled Island (Calgary), MEGAPHONO (Ottawa), Slut Island (Montreal), and Grickle Grass (London), opening for the likes of Silla and Rise, Above Top Secret, and Le1f. Their debut EP “In & Out” received over 28K streams and their song “Thursday” was a Top 20 finalist at Imsta Festa Toronto. They have been featured on Paper Magazine, YOHOMO, CBC Here & Now, and named one of Now Magazine’s Artists to Watch in 2020 & 2021.

Dainty Smith is a Toronto based Actor, Burlesque Performer, Playwright, Producer and curator. She believes that through the art of storytelling and a willingness to be exposed that those genuine human connections can be made. Her performances often tell deeply vulnerable stories regarding race, religion, sexuality and challenging social boundaries. She wrote and self-produced a multidisciplinary play titled Daughters of Lilith, which was part of B Current Theatre’s Playwright Incubation 2021 season. The second play by Dainty Smith is titled Blood and Memory, which was currently being workshopped and supported by Obsidian Theatre in 2021. Her diverse array of stage performances includes, Mayworks Festival, Rock. Paper. Sistahz for B Current Theatre, Caminos Festival for Aluna Theatre, The Rhubarb Festival at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, and the Luminato Arts Festival. She is the founder of Les Femme Fatales: Women of Colour burlesque troupe, the first burlesque troupe for women and femmes of colour in Canada. 

Toronto’s LatinX Lover. El Toro will steal hearts with a blend of high energy dance, theatricality, and face for days. Monarch of Burlesque/ Lili St.Cyr winner of the 2018 Montreal Burlesque Festival.  A member of Boylesque T.O. (Most Comedic: BHOF 2018) and the Kreative Kulture Council. Toro has featured and headlined in shows/ festivals across 3 continents. Stream technician for countless online shows and Lighting Designer for 2018 and 2019 Toronto International Burlesque Festivals as well as Theatrical Lighting Designer for the feature film Becoming Burlesque.