Buddies Queer Emerging Artists Awards

This year, we are offering five Queer Emerging Artist Awards to assist emerging artists 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. The Queer Emerging Artist Award has been distributed since 2014, and was originally made possible by a gift from the estate of John Alan Lee


Deadline: Friday, November 6, 11:59PM

Click here to apply.

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



We’re thrilled to present the recipients of our 2020 Queer Emerging Artists Awards, a group whose practices range broadly across artistic mediums. Usually awarded to one artist per year, this year’s expanded award came in response to the intensified precarity of being an artist during the pandemic. Click on the photos below to learn more about each of their work.

This year’s recipients not only represent the wonderful queer talent present in Toronto’s live performance ecology, but also how embedded community building and community care are within a queer arts practice. With that, I’d like to congratulate this year’s recipients for the work they have accomplished thus far and extend my gratitude for the work they have done, and continue to do, for our queer communities,” says Interim Programming Director Daniel Carter.

2019 – Erum Khan

2018 – Monica Garrido

2017 – Izad Etemadi

2016 – Mx. Sly

2015 – Ill Nana DiverseCity Dance Company

2014 – Jordan Tannahill

Design by Lucinda Wallace