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Deadline: June 28, 5PM

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, and is made possible by a gift from the estate of John Alan Lee. Award recipients receive a $1,000 cash prize.


  • Be nominated by an individual or group (nominators may not nominate more than one individual per year);
  • Be involved in the arts community and work as a professional artist in theatre and/or other live performance;
  • Be recognized as an emerging artist as evidenced by their body of work;*
  • Identify within the queer spectrum;**
  • Reside and work primarily in Canada;
  • Not have previously received this award.
  • Posthumous nominations will not be accepted.


  • The nominee fully meets the eligibility criteria.
  • The value and rigour of the nominee’s body of work.
  • The nominee demonstrates a commitment to further developing their career.
  • Evidence that the nominee’s work enters into a conversation with broader ideas and aesthetics within queer culture.
  • The impact of the nominee’s work on the queer arts community.


To complete the nomination submission, you will need a Letter of Nomination (max one page); The Nominee’s CV and a one-page artist statement; up to three links to support materials (up to five minutes of video, 5 pages of written materials, and 10 digital images). You also have the option of including up to five pages of additional letters of support.

Nominations must be submitted by 5pm on Friday, June 28. Late applications will not be accepted. The recipient of the 2019 Queer Emerging Artist Award will be announced at Buddies’ season launch party on September 13.

If you have questions about the award or application process, contact Artistic Associate Mel Hague –

Nomination Form

*Buddies will use the Canada Council for the Arts criteria to distinguish between emerging and mid-career artists (e.g. up to ten years of professional experience).

**For the purpose of this award, Buddies uses queer as a word to encompass the identities of people who identify as part of the 2SLGBTQ+ spectrum of gender and sexual diversity.


2018 – Monica Garrido

2017 – Izad Etemadi

2016 – Katie Sly

2015 – Ill Nana DiverseCity Dance Company

2014 – Jordan Tannahill

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