kind renderings Exhibition, Live Performances and Workshops

Rendezvous with Madness Festival 2022

30th Rendezvous with Madness Festival
Presented by Workman Arts

In-Person and Virtual Events until November 6, 2022

kind renderings visual art exhibition

The kind renderings visual art exhibition presented in-person throughout the festival from October 27 to November 6 and located at the Workman Arts Offsite Gallery, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Unit 302, Toronto. Gallery hours daily: 12 – 6 PM.

The six exhibiting artists address within their work personal experiences that challenge what mental health and wellness looks like. Action is apparent through frameworks of compassion, thought-provoking imagery and considerate storytelling.

For more information on all the projects in the exhibition click here.


Performance Highlights

A Voice Through the Melt by Anda Zeng & Natalie Wee
Wednesday, November 2, 7 PM ET, In-Person

A Voice Through The Melt, a multi-disciplinary piece incorporating spoken word and music, is a collaboration between musician Anda Zeng and writer Natalie Wee. In this performance piece spanning 11 to 12 minutes, the collaborating artists open new pathways for entering belonging, mental health, selfhood, and grief. Read more.

The Suicide Key by Laura Piccinin
Wednesday, November 2, 7:30 PM ET, In-Person

Asha and her best friend sit together in a tense familiarity and plan, in detail, the end of Asha’s life. She has suffered for decades, unable to be treated, despite truly valiant efforts to be well. Her best friend, conflicted between her belief in the right to die with dignity and her increasing desire to save a life, has become integral to carrying out the suicide plot. The Suicide Key infuses a sense of dark humour to comment on the absurdity of living with severe mental illness, and the complex and difficult decisions to be made surrounding life, death, and the pursuit of an acceptable happiness. Read more.

DON’T LET ME FALL TOO FAR by Rozalind MacPhail
Friday, November 4, 8 PM ET In-Person

A special live music and cinema event featuring Newfoundland’s award-winning performer Rozalind MacPhail. DON’T LET ME FALL TOO FAR tells a timeless story of self-discovery experienced by a young woman navigating her way through a vulnerable period in her life. Read more.


Film Highlights

Rendezvous Film Program

All Rendezvous with Madness 2022 films (except Do Sag | Two Dogs | دو سگ directed by Amir Azizi) are available to stream until Sunday November 6 at midnight ET (except opening film How To Save A Dead Friend by Marusya Syroechkovskaya which is only available across Ontario). View the full film program.

IYAM Program by various filmmakers
Saturday, November 5, 4 PM ET, In-Person and Online

For the sixth consecutive year, If You Ask Me (IYAM) has supported emerging filmmakers with lived mental health and/or addiction experiences to create new short works. This year’s program features shorts by filmmakers from across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Read more.

When We Reach Out, Who Should Respond Directed by Luke Galati
Saturday, November 5, 4 PM ET, In-Person and Online

Toronto filmmaker Luke Galati’s documentary When We Reach Out, Who Should Respond? was born out of a tense interaction he had with police during a bipolar episode. In the documentary, he follows his own mental health journey in an effort to change emergency response and to end mental illness stigma. Read more.

DO SAG | TWO DOGS | دو سگ Directed by Amir Aziz

PRE-FILM RECEPTION hosted by Intercultural Iranian Canadian Resource Centre. To reserve your $20 tickets (includes food, art, socializing & film) please contact I2CRC at 416-388-9314 or info@i2crc.org

Iman and Sajjad are two young men struggling with the kinds of problems typical for people in their 30s in Iran nowadays: unemployment, depression and a lack of self-confidence. Iman is translating Franz Kafka’s Investigations of a Dog into Farsi while working as a cab driver. His passengers are like the characters of Kafka’s story. Sajjad, Iman’s best friend, is inhibited by the way he looks and is trying to gather money for surgery. Both have dogs that look very similar to their owners. The dogs, while not always welcomed by their families, make the men feel less lonely living in traditional Iranian society. Read more.


Workshops and Professional Development Event Highlights

This year Rendezvous with Madness Festival is thrilled to present a set of workshops and professional development events for the public, arts professionals, artists and filmmakers! Rendezvous is offering these events virtually so that you may join from the comfort of your own home. View the full schedule of events.


Join the Conversation

Rendezvous with Madness has always been known for its captivating panels and Q&As and this year is no different. While many of our In Conversation events will be held virtually, the discus-sions will include artists, mental health professionals and mental health consumers who will en-gage in illuminating conversations about the intersections of self and health, the healing proper-ties of art and so much more. Join the Conversation by attending panels virtually, or on social media using the hashtags #RWMFest and #MoreThanRebellion.

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.

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