#GetMad with the Rendezvous With Madness Festival


#GetMad with the Rendezvous With Madness Festival
October 10 – 20, Presented by Workman Arts

The Rendezvous with Madness Festival, presented by Workman Arts, is one of the first and largest arts and mental health festivals in the world. Opening on World Mental Health Day, the Festival runs October 10 – 20, 2019 and showcases 31 feature-length and short films from around the globe, 21 live performance pieces, a visual and media arts exhibition, and the addition of a new event, Laughter vs. The Universe – a one night only comedy showcase designed to remind us that sometimes laughter truly is the best medicine.

Tickets are selling quickly! Many programs have limited seating, so be sure to book soon.

This year’s theme is #GetMad – a call to action, reminding us that sharing stories is a powerful tool against isolation, stigma and discrimination. Want to share what #GetMad means to you? Click here to tell us and we might feature your story on social media.

We also encourage you to post on your personal social media accounts for the opening of the festival on World Mental Health Day, October 10, and throughout the festival to October 20, tagging your posts with #GetMad, #RWMFest19 and #RWMFest.

Festival Highlights

Opening Night Film & Reception – October 10
*World Mental Health Day*
Reception – 5:00 PM, Film Screening – 6:30 PM
Dir. Nance Ackerman, Teresa MacInnes, Ariella Pahlke / 2019 / Canada / 78 min
ASL & Open Captions
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West (Accessible Building)

With more resources being invested into prisons than communities, women have become the highest growing prison population in the world. A team of documentary filmmakers gain access to a female correctional facility in Nova Scotia to tackle the crisis from within. MORE

Film Program
Our diverse line-up of 31 feature-length and short films from around the globe use film to investigate and illuminate the realities and mythologies surrounding mental health and addiction experiences. MORE

Making Mad: How Expressions of Vulnerability Connect Us
October 10 – 20
Reception: October 10, 7-11 PM
TMAC, 32 Lisgar St (Accessible Building)
Featuring: Alison Crouse, Peter Dillman, Esmond Lee, Ben McCarthy & SpekWork, Sarah Trad and Véronique Vallières
Curator: Claudette Abrams

Through humour and pathos, the artists in Making Mad explore the ways in which depictions of vulnerability in their work resonate on a human scale. MORE

Performance Program
21 live performance events spanning theatre, contemporary dance, immersive performance art and site specific experiences. MORE

Laughter VS. The Universe
Saturday, October 19, 7 PM
Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor St W (ASL Interpretation)

Join us for a very special celebration of some of Canada’s finest stand-up comedians! Featuring a star-studded line up including guest appearances from Christophe Davidson, Tamara Shevon and a special headline performance by Chanty Marostica. MORE

Festival Accessibility
The Rendezvous With Madness Festival is committed to values of inclusivity and accessibility for all guests, staff, volunteers and artists. We’re listening and learning from our community to help us address barriers and open opportunities for anyone interested in engaging with the growing dialogue about mental health and/or addictions. Event-specific accessibility initiatives are indicated on each program page. For more about accessibility at the festival, please see the accessibility information page on our website.

For more information, visit our website.

Presented with the generous support of:



Workman Arts
651 Dufferin Street
Toronto, Ontario M6K 2B2

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