Buddies Queer Emerging Artists Awards

community partner

This year, we are offering five Queer Emerging Artist Awards to assist emerging artists to focus on their artistic practice and deepen their connection to 2SLGBTQ+ communities. 

Five $1000 awards will be disbursed to queer emerging artists in any live performance discipline. The funding is not tied to a project or specific outcome, and can be spent as you wish. In addition, each award also provides a $500 stipend to be spent on professional development (mentorship, courses, workshops etc.). 

The Buddies Queer Emerging Artist Award recognizes and encourages the achievements of queer artists who are founding careers in the theatre while engaging with the community. Originally made possible by a gift from the estate of John Alan Lee, this year the awards are supported through a generous donation from House of Beida Inc.


  • This award is limited to artists in any live performance discipline who reside in the Greater Toronto Area. 
  • Here, emerging artist refers to artists with 2-5 years of professional experience, regardless of age.

Deadline: Sunday, November 6, 11:59PM

Submissions will be reviewed by a committee of artists/community members. 

If you have further questions, please contact Daniel Carter at daniel@buddiesinbadtimes.com.



2019 – Erum Khan

2018 – Monica Garrido

2017 – Izad Etemadi

2016 – Mx. Sly

2015 – Ill Nana DiverseCity Dance Company

2014 – Jordan Tannahill