From a media release:
Buddies in Bad Times presents
QUEER PRIDE 2012
A FESTIVAL FOR THE COMMUNITY
JUNE 8 – JULY 1, 2012
TORONTO - Buddies in Bad Times Theatre is pleased to announce the line-up for Queer Pride 2012 – a community-focused festival of comedy, theatre, art, music, and parties. For four weeks, Buddies hosts a stellar line-up of Toronto’s most exciting queer entertainers, while Buddies After Hours offers up some of the most outrageous clubbing in the village.
Festival highlights for 2012 include:
• The best queer comedy in town, with perennial favourites Bitch Salad and Homo Night in Canada showcasing the talents of Richard Ryder, Marco Bernardi, Dawn Whitwell, The Queer Comedy Collective, Gavin Crawford, The Cheeto Girls and more
• A reunion party from the people behind iconic queer nightclub JOY
• Work It!, Toronto’s first-ever queer hip hop showcase, hosted by MC Jazz
• Ecce Homo offers up a high-art dance party with A Monstrous Ball, complete with a Lady Gaga-inspired fashion show and recreations of iconic works of performance art featuring Nina Arsenault and Tyson James.
• Canada’s premiere all-male burlesque troupe Boylesque TO
• A steampunk circus extravaganza from acclaimed aerial dance company Femmes de Feu
• PrideCab, a multi-disciplinary cabaret created by members of Buddies’ Queer Youth Arts Program that explores what it means to be young and queer today
• Canadian art rock legend Carole Pope performs from her latest album Landfall
• Cabaret sensation Shawn Hitchins presents his farewell performance: Fire(crotch) Sale!
All participating artists are available for interviews in English. The media are welcome to attend all events at Queer Pride 2012, with the exception of Strip Spelling Bee, and Work It!.
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre,
12 Alexander St, Toronto, Canada.
Box Office 416-975-8555
Festival Sponsor TD Bank Group; Queer Media Partner XTRA; Buddies After-Hours Sponsor Cruiseline