Rendezvous With Madness Festival 2021


Rendezvous With Madness Festival 2021

October 28 – November 7, Presented by Workman Arts
In Person and Virtual Tickets Available Now!

The Rendezvous with Madness Festival, presented by Workman Arts, is one of the first and largest arts and mental health festivals in the world. Using art as the entry point to illuminate and investigate the realities and mythologies surrounding mental health and addiction issues, Rendezvous With Madness’ 2021 programming asks us to collectively reimagine what “normal” means to us after a prolonged period of living “abnormal” lives. RWM 2021 also marks the first event in the brand new state-of-the-art auditorium at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). We are thrilled to be returning home after 11 years off-site while the new building was under construction.

The Festival runs October 28-November 7, 2021 and showcases a range of feature and short films from around the globe, plus the In(site) Exhibition, Project Undertow’s production of Rosa Laborde’s True and the #BigFeels: Post-Radical Growth symposium. 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 the festival safely.


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 discussions will include artists, mental health professionals and mental health consumers who will engage in illuminating conversations about the intersections of self and health, the healing properties of art and so much more. Join the Conversation by attending panels virtually, or on social media using the hashtags #RWMFest21 and #RWMFest.

Festival Highlights

Film Screening – 6:30 PM // Watch Online Oct 28 – Nov 7 across Canada

Our diverse line-up of 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

Closing Night Film Drunk on Too Much Life – November 6
Film Screening – 6:30 PM // Watch Online Oct 28 – Nov 7 across Canada

Dir. Michelle Melles / 2021 / English / Canada / World Premiere / 77 mins + panel discussion; ASL & Open Captions

What does it mean to be normal in a world gone mad? That’s the question at the heart of writer-director Michelle Melles’ poignant documentary, Drunk on Too Much Life. The film strives to change how people perceive those with mental health issues, framing their conditions as potentially insightful gifts rather than burdensome disorders. MORE

IN(SITE) Exhibition

Rather than experience the festival’s exhibition on-site, this year we experience it “in-site” — in a website, in the digital world, in the virtual. The works in the festival this year have been selected with the intention of being experienced virtually. MORE

Theatre Production
True written and directed by Rosa Laborde
Select dates between Oct 29 and Nov 5 at the CAMH Auditorium at 8 PM

Rosa Laborde is a critically acclaimed Chilean-Canadian Playwright. She was a finalist for Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Award, and has received a Dora Mavor Moore Award and the K.M. Hunter Artist’s Award for Theatre. True follows three sisters who are hurled back in time when their estranged father suddenly shows up in a mysterious state. MORE

#BigFeels: Post Radical Growth Symposium
Making Space for Mental Health in the Arts
Online Nov 1 – Nov 3

The #BigFeels: Post Radical Growth Symposium is a three-day online symposium for the arts sector. This symposium will be a site of gathering and celebration for artists, communities, and a sector that has continued to shift through adversity and arrive into various states of individual and collective radical growth. 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
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Toronto, Ontario M6J 1H4

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