Announcing Rendezvous with Madness Festival 2023

Because we have each other, film still. Image courtesy of Alief SAS.

31st Rendezvous with Madness Festival

October 27 – November 5, 2023
Presented by Workman Arts
In Person and Online | Tickets Available Now!

The Rendezvous with Madness Festival, presented by Workman Arts, is the first and largest arts and mental health festivals in the world. Using art as the entry point to illuminate the realities and mythologies surrounding mental illness and addiction, Rendezvous With Madness spotlights the human capacity for endurance in the face of great challenges. This year’s tagline “#Mind the Gaps” considers gaps in infrastructure and the systematic “cracks” people, particularly those with so-called lived experience, fall through. It is a call to think through what is missing and how things could be better. 2023 Rendezvous programming will be offered this year at CAMH Auditorium, Workman Arts OFFSITE Gallery at Artscape Youngplace and online.

Between October 27 and November 5, 2023, Rendezvous showcases a range of feature and short films from around the globe, alongside the wherever you are is where i want to be exhibition featuring five visual artists, plus two live performances in addition to online and onsite workshops.

All tickets are Pay What You Wish (PWYW) and there will be both in-person and virtual options for engaging with the festival, so all patrons can enjoy safely. Please note: Masking is required for all onsite events for everyone’s well being.

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Join the Conversation

Many onsite events will include deep discussions with artists, mental health professionals and persons with so-called lived experience who will engage in illuminating conversations about the intersections of the healing properties of art and so much more. Join the Conversation on social media using the hashtags #RWMFest and #MindTheGaps.

Festival Highlights

back home, film still. Image courtesy of Nisha Platzer.

Opening Night Film

back home
Nisha Platzer | 2022 | Canada / Cuba | 90 minutes | English with Open Captions *Director in attendance*
Friday, October 27, 6:30 PM
CAMH Auditorium (1025 Queen Street West at Ossington, 2nd floor, Toronto); barrier-free venue. ASL interpretation, on site active listener, live captioning and Open Captions provided.

back home follows the filmmaker’s pursuit to get to know her older brother, Josh, twenty years after he took his own life. Through intimate recollections re-imagined on Super-8mm and 16mm film and lyrical images hand-processed with plants, seaweed, soil and ashes, back home floats between memory and present time in a fragmented meditation on identity, grief and loss: illuminating the transformative power of healing in community.


wherever you are is where i want to be – guest curated by Sarah-Tai Black
October 5–31, 2023
Workman Arts Offsite (Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, #302, Toronto); Gallery hours Tuesday to Saturday 1-6 PM; Barrier-free venue; on site active listener.

Online Artists’ Talk
Wednesday October 25, 6-7 PM
Join exhibition artists Chelsey Campbell, Logan MacDonald, m. patchwork monoceros, Harmeet Rehal, Alex Dolores Salerno joined by guest curator Sarah-Tai Black. ASL interpretation and auto-captions provided.

Workshop with Logan MacDonald
Please join us for a quiet tracing and drawing workshop focused on silence, audio-free/silent learning and playing on Tuesday, October 31, 4-5:30 PM, Workman Arts Offsite Gallery (Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Unit 302, Toronto) ASL interpretation provided.

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Live Performance

Upstairs In Our Bedroom created and hosted by Same As Sister (S.A.S.)
Saturday, October 28, 5 PM
CAMH Auditorium (1025 Queen Street West at Ossington, 2nd floor, Toronto; barrier-free venue, on site active listener)

Join performance collective, Same As Sister (S.A.S.)/Briana Brown-Tipley + Hilary Brown-Istrefi and York University’s 3Dance research team for an open conversation and demonstration about their project in development, Upstairs, In Our Bedroom, an interdisciplinary performance that places S.A.S.’s experiences as female identical twins of colour next to the real-life story of outsider authors June & Jennifer Gibbons. Utilizing dance, text, mobile VR technology, and puppetry, they will reveal the dual struggles to be recognized as individuals within a pairing and within a racist and patriarchal society.

Holler Rat (the performance) by Anya Liftig
Saturday November 4, 1–7 PM
CAMH Community Centre (Old Gymnasium, 1001 Queen Street West, corner of Lower Ossington and Stokes, Toronto; barrier-free venue, on site active listener)

In Holler Rat, Anya Liftig’s recently published debut memoir, the writer and artist traces the many contradictions of her life—from her career as a performance artist, to a year-long period in which her life completely fell apart. Using her own book as a performance document, in Holler Rat (the performance) Anya Liftig performs a 6-hour reading of her memoir—the typical author appearance at a book launch elongated to absurdity—while taking up various positions on a basketball court empty of players and gameplay.

The Dependents, film still. Image courtesy of Sofia Brockenshire.

Closing Night Film

The Dependents
Sofia Brockenshire | 2022 | Canada / Argentina | 90 minutes | English, Spanish, Korean with English subtitles | Toronto Premiere | *Director in attendance*
Saturday, November 4, 7:30 PM
CAMH Auditorium (1025 Queen Street West at Ossington, 2nd floor, Toronto); barrier-free venue. ASL interpretation, on site active listener, live captioning provided.

Should we leave our origins behind or can we give them new meaning? This is the question posed by The Dependents, in which the filmmaker combs through decades of diary entries written by her father, a retired immigration officer, interrogating him as he did countless applicants who appeared before his desk in Canadian embassies across the globe. Sofia Brockenshire’s film merges the past and present in a bold and sonically rich family portrait about home, displacement, and current forced and voluntary migration movements. — Jason Fox (RIDM, Montreal)

Festival Accessibility

The Rendezvous With Madness Festival is committed to values of inclusivity and accessibility for all guests, staff, volunteers and artists. Event-specific accessibility initiatives are indicated on each program’s webpage. For more about accessibility at the festival, please see the accessibility information page on our website.

General email:
Address: 1025 Queen Street West, #2400, Toronto Ontario M6J 1H4
Telephone: 416-583-4339

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