Annual Art Auction and Fundraiser for Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

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Friday, November 3, 2023 | 7PM Doors | 8PM Live Auction
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto

Tickets $50, early bird tickets $40 (until October 8).
Box Office 416.975.8555, or

The Truth is Out There. The Art is In Here.

Mark your calendar for the 2023 edition of ARTATTACK!, the annual art auction and fundraiser for Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, taking place on Friday, November 3, 2023 at Buddies. ARTATTACK! is one of Toronto’s best-loved and most outrageous art auctions, with an XXX-Files theme (a nod to the Buddies XXX auction that preceded ARTATTACK!) serving as the backdrop to this year’s event. Hosted by Bruce Dow, with auctioneer Charlene Nero, the night offers art aficionados and novices alike an exclusive chance to scoop up work by over 50 visual artists and enjoy an unforgettable night full of surprises.

All proceeds from the auction go back to Buddies, the world’s largest and longest-running queer theatre company, and help to support their mainstage theatre season, new work development programs, and intergenerational community initiatives. As the theatre marks its 45th anniversary this year, it continues to be a vital space for queer artists to push boundaries, and for queer communities to come together.

(Untitled) Poolside by Bruce LaBruce

Live Auction

The ARTATTACK! live auction features work from some of Canada’s biggest and boldest up-and-coming artists with guest curators Golboo Amani, Noor Alé, Jordan Browne, and Troy Seidman. Featured artists include Bruce LaBruce, Zach Grear, Kris Knight, Alexander McLeod, Philip Ocampo, Charles Pachter, Jade Rude, Christopher Sherman, Joanne Tod, and many more.

Limited Edition Print by Mitch Duncan

The Artist Limited Edition Prints have been a favourite at ARTATTACK! since they were introduced in 2013. Buddies commissions a celebrated Canadian artist for an original work, available only at ARTATTACK! with all proceeds supporting artistic and community programs at Buddies. This year’s selection is from Toronto-based illustrator Mitch Duncan, the artist behind the theatre’s 45th anniversary season illustrations. With Duncan’s piece, ARTATTACK! guests have a chance to bring home a piece of Buddies’ history. A limited run of 45 prints will be available through ARTATTACK!, with each of Duncan’s prints available for sale now at a set price of $50.

Comb Again by Alexander McLeod

Tuck Shop

The ever-popular Tuck Shop is back, selling unique art pieces and limited edition prints at set prices, with a range of purchase options for all ARTATTACK! guests. This year’s collection is co-curated by Darryl Mabey. Featured artists include Eric Kostiuk-Williams, Alysia Miyette, Ron Loranger, Paul Dotey, and many more.

Grab your ticket and come ready to raise your paddle on November 3. Packed full of tasty treats from our event sponsors Sassafraz, Steam Whistle Brewing, and Craig’s Cookies, amazing performances, silent auction prizes, and the very best in contemporary art, ARTATTACK! will be a huge fundraiser for the world’s largest and longest-running queer theatre, and an event you don’t want to miss.

Sixteenth Meditation by Cole Swanson

An auction in support of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

curatorial committee Golboo Amani, Noor Alé, Jordan Browne, and Troy Seidman.
tuck shop guest curator Darryl Mabey
hosted by Bruce Dow
auctioneer Charlene Nero

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
12 Alexander Street
Toronto ON M4Y 1B4

Established in 1979, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre is a professional Canadian theatre company dedicated to the development and presentation of queer theatre. Over the course of its history, it has evolved into the largest facility-based queer theatre company in the world and has made an unparalleled contribution to the recognition and acceptance of queer lives in Canada.

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