Bad Time Buddies: Heath V. Salazar

NOW Digital Residency: Buddies in Bad Times


As part of this month’s Buddies in Bad Times Digital Residency, we’re featuring some of the prominent artists associated with Toronto’s leading LGBTQ cultural destination.


Describe something in the LGBTQ community that inspires you. 

One of the things that inspires me about the LGBTQ+ community is the excitement that is shared when Latinx folx find one another.

What’s your favourite recent theatre production in Toronto?

Other Side of the Game by Amanda Parris.

How do you celebrate a great show?

I cry from happiness, gush about it to as many people as I can and send mushy messages to those involved to thank them for their work.

What are you most looking forward to in the new Buddies in Bad Times season?

The 2-Spirit Cabaret.

What is the best drink (alcoholic or not) in Toronto and where do you get it?

Spicemaster tea at Bampot Tea House.

What was your first professional role in theatre?

Dad in Concrete Kid by Ray Jarvis Ruby.

Name one of your creative peers that everyone should see/hear right now.

Mitcholos Touchie, or A Mind With Wings, is a Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ/ Nuučaan̓uɫ artist from a small village on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. We met doing a residency in spoken word at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and he’s by far one if the most influential artists and people in my life. His work redefines the purpose of poetry and I have only the utmost respect for him.

What’s next for you in your career?

I just started up as a member of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s Emerging Creators Unit, where I’ll be writing and developing a new theatre piece which will be presented at this year’s 39th Rhubarb Festival. I’m also the drag king and activist Gay Jesus and am currently in the midst of developing new projects and performances for the coming year.


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