Call for Submissions: Analogue Projects Celebrating Pride in Place

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We would also like to thank the Kingfisher Foundation for supporting Buddies artists at this time.


Buddies in Bad Times is Toronto’s leading destination for artistically rigorous alternative theatre and a world leader in developing queer voices and stories for the stage. Buddies offers a year-round program that includes a full season of queer theatre, new works festivals, artist residencies, and intergenerational training and education initiatives. This year, due to the COVID19 pandemic, our theatre is currently closed to the public, and all of our usual programming, including our annual two-week Queer Pride Festival in June, has been suspended.

But our need to celebrate, mark and express Pride as queer artists and communities is still as real and necessary as ever.  Between June 15 to 28 (the dates of our annual Pride festival), Buddies invites queer artists to create new ways to celebrate Pride…in place. 

During this time of physical distancing, we ask:  how can we still find ways to take up public space, be visible, out, loud and proud, political?  How can we bring the spirit of queer pride to our neighbourhoods, public, private and shared spaces right across our city? 

Buddies is seeking project proposals from queer artists and performers all over the GTA, to bring Pride to the place you live:  to use queer art and performance to transform / illuminate / enliven / activate the street you live on, your building, balcony, porch, windows, rooftop, garden, sidewalk.    

Deadline: May 11, 2020 at 5PM

Call for Submissions:

  • Installations (mobile, stationary)
  • One-to-one, physically distant performances
  • Mail-out / Distribution installations
  • Performances on porches, through windows, on rooftops
  • Physically distant block “parades” 
  • Local  / site-specific space activations 
  • Telephone-based performances
  • Things we haven’t thought of at all! 

Please note: while we are open to proposals which involve or include the use of digital technologies, and while we plan to do digital documentation of all the projects, with this call we are looking for analogue, IRL projects, NOT projects delivered primarily through online platforms. 

Artists may apply for funding of between $500 – $3000 to realize the project, to cover artist fees and materials. 

We request that all proposals comply with up-to-date health and safety guidelines of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we invite artists to engage with these constraints as a creative challenge.  Buddies will not consider any proposal which violates current public health protocols, or which would pose health risks to artists, audiences,bystanders, or the public at large. 

Please include in your application:

  • a proposal (1 page max), providing as much detail as possible 
  • artist bio/CV (max 3 pages)
  • any considerations concerning public health
  • amount requested and a budget

Applications are now closed. Thank you to those who submitted!

Note: You will need a google account to fill out the form. If you are unable to fill out the form for this (or any other) reason, please e-mail your application directly to