Conference Objective

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, in partnership with the frank theatre invite you to join in critical and timely conversations about Queer Performance in Canada.

Q2Q-2: Refusing the Queer Monolith is an opportunity to reflect on the pluralistic make up of Queer theatre communities across Turtle Island. Through a series of panels, workshops, and performances, the conference aims to foster discussions and collaborations across the many Queer performance communities on Turtle Island in so-called Canada. We are asking: what does it mean to actively question what binds us as a queer theatre community and instead, how do we support multiple and often overlapping queer communities? How do we create environments that support division without being divisive? What happens to queerness without the ability to physically form community?

In light of the striking human rights movements which have surfaced through the pandemic, we are deeply committed to prioritizing voices of queer and trans Black, Indigeous, and people of colour. We are committed to a decolonial understanding in organizing our conference.


Q2Q-2: Refusing the Queer Monolith is the second iteration of a national queer theatre conference in Canada. Q2Q: A Symposium on Queer Theatre and Performance in Canada, was hosting in Vancouver in 2016 by the frank theatre company and Simon Fraser university. In November 2020, Buddies in Bad Times was to host Q2Q-2 in conjunction with the frank theatre and the University of Toronto.

Due to COVID-19, this event was postponed. After several delays, the decision to move forward with a digital conference in December 2021 was agreed upon by Buddies in Bad Times Interim Programming Director, Daniel Carter and Conference Organizer, Makram Ayache. Previous Conference Producer, Laine Newman Zisman was unavailable to remain on the project.

Production Team

Makram Ayache

Conference Curator

Lucy McPhee

Assistant Producer

Daniel Carter

BIBT Interim Programming Director

Daniel Carter (he/him) is a theatre artist and arts manager. He has worked with various cultural organizations including SummerWorks Performance Festival, Theatre Direct, and Visual Arts Mississauga in various administrative capacities. Daniel served as General Manager of Paprika Festival from 2018-2021, where he led the company into a period of unparalleled financial and operational growth. As an artist, Daniel has worked with Buddies in Bad Times, Pandemic Theatre, The AMY Project, DopoLavaro Teatrale, and Shadowtime Productions. He was a member of Factory Theatre’s The Foundry, and House + Body’s Playwrights Initiative. He is a proud member of Humber College’s Arts Administration and Cultural Management Program Advisory Committee. Daniel is currently completing an Executive Program with University of Pennsylvania in Social Innovation Design.

Little Elder, Helper, and Guide

Veronica Johnny Photoshoot 2017

Veronica founded The Johnnys, a multi-award nominated rock’n’roll band, with partner Dave Johnny. The Johnnys released their 4th album, Leathers and Feathers in June 2020. She’s the rhythm guitarist, lead singer and band manager.

Their all-Cree single, Nisakihtan Kiya Kisoskatowin, climbed to the Top 10 on the Indigenous Music Countdown. Currently, Leathers and Feathers single is #9!

As a singer-songwriter, at Veronica Johnny Music, she mixes acoustic guitar with hard rock and hand drum rhythms. She’s an Indigenous Woman Entrepreneur, engineer, producer, manager, musician, artist, digital storyteller, hand drummer and singer.

Veronica also offers virtual workshops and healing events through her INDIGENous arts EDucation business called IndigenEd, with the intention of creating; understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people; safe spaces where individuals can do their healing; and facilitating land-based, art-focussed events.

Presenting Companies

Established in 1996, the frank is the oldest professional queer theatre company based on the occupied, stolen lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlil̓wətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations, colonially called Vancouver, BC, Canada. They play a crucial role in this city’s theatre ecology, as one of few theatre organizations in the country led by a genderqueer, immigrant woman of colour, and they collaborate with a large community of 2SLGBTQ+ artists and arts workers.

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.