“Buddies is the beating heart and artistic soul of the queer community in Toronto, I am so grateful for this safe and special space.”

-Justin Haley, a donor to Buddies in Bad Times


Empowering Artists, Elevating Queer Voices, Inspiring a Better World

Buddies in Bad Times is the largest and longest-running queer theatre in the world, and the only reason we got here is our incredible community of donors. We’ve sustained throughout the pandemic by supporting queer artists, helping them to create queer stories through online and in-person initiatives like our residency program, queer emerging artists awards, and community conversations.

For as little as $5 a month, you can be part of our community of donors and play an instrumental role in bringing vital queer arts and community programming to our city. In a few easy steps, you can set up an ongoing gift that will sustain and grow your favourite program, and ensure a bright future for Buddies.

Click the pink, heart-throbbing donate button below to donate through Canada Helps.



Be part of the creation of original queer performance by supporting our new work development programs. Your donation will fund arts residencies, workshops, and new play commissions, and help us increase the technical and artistic supports we are able to provide our resident artists.


Put your support behind our educational programs and help young and emerging queer artists discover their creative voice and share it with the world. Your donation will support a year-round program of free training and performance opportunities for the next generation of queer artists.


By supporting our or MainStage and Festival programming, you will be providing opportunities for hundreds of queer artists to share their work on our stage and ensuring they have the supports and resources they need to achieve the highest levels of excellence.


Our donors play a key role in ensuring that everything that happens at Buddies can be enjoyed by our entire community by providing free tickets for folks in need, supporting our year-round program of ASL Interpreted performances, and helping us create a permanent staff position dedicated to growing our accessibility programs.

Give on Your Own Schedule

Monthly giving isn’t for everyone. If you’re interested in making a larger gift, we have a number of pledging and one-time gift options. Contact our Aidan Morishita-Miki to discuss a plan that’s right for you.

Other Ways to Give

There are also many other ways to give, including gifts of securities, matching gifts, and bequests. Click here for more information. Here’s where we need your support. If you would like more information, get in touch with Communications + Outreach Manager Aidan Morishita-Miki – we’d be happy to put together a custom information package based on your interests.

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