Buddies Queer Emerging Artists Awards

This year, we are awarding ten Queer Emerging Artist Awards to assist emerging artists focus on their artistic practice and deepen their connection to 2SLGBTQ+ communities. Available to queer emerging artists in any live performance discipline, each award winner receives $1000, alongside a $500 stipend to be spent on professional development (mentorship, courses, workshops etc.). Click the images below to learn more about this year’s recipients.

“The resilience and ingenuity of this year’s recipients, paired with their dedication to creating opportunities and moments of connection amongst our queer communities, is inspirational and selfless. I’d like to congratulate this year’s recipients for their perseverance in their art-making and passionate commitment to Toronto’s queer communities especially during such a tumultuous year,” says Interim Programming Director Daniel Carter. “I wish these artists all the best in their respective trajectories as they develop their artistic practices and deepen their impact on our arts community.”

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 The Queer Emerging Artist Award has been distributed since 2014, and was originally made possible by a gift from the estate of John Alan Lee. This year’s selection committee was made up of Daniel Carter, Anna Malla, and Jord Campbell.



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