Tickets Now on Sale for Rendezvous With Madness Festival 2020


Rendezvous With Madness Festival 2020
October 15 – 25, Presented by Workman Arts
Online & In-Person
Tickets On Sale 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’ 2020 programming spotlights the human capacity for endurance in the face of great challenges. As community members are feeling the emotional effects of months of isolation, income precarity, and anxiety over what the future holds, Rendezvous With Madness 2020 offers a unique opportunity to come together in reflection and discussion.

The Festival runs October 15 – 25, 2020 and showcases a range of feature and short films from around the globe, as well as the Re:Building Resilience Exhibition, a full-building activation of the Workman Arts building at 651 Dufferin Street featuring visual, media and performance art installations. 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 will not disappoint. While most 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 us for conversations related to our film programming and a fascinating series connected with the Re:Building Resilience Exhibition. Join the Conversation by attending panels virtually, or on social media using the hashtags #RWMFest20 and #RWMFest.

Festival Highlights

Opening Night Film & Reception – October 15
Reception – 6 PM, Film Screening – 8 PM
Judy Versus Capitalism
Dir. Mike Hoolboom / 2020 / English / Canada / 63 min
ASL & Open Captions

This reverent, experimental portrait of iconic Toronto feminist and journalist, Judy Rebick, touches on her struggles with mental health and childhood traumas as she becomes a pivotal figure in Canada’s progressive movements. MORE

Film Program
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

Re:Building Resilience Exhibition
651 Dufferin Street
In-Person & Virtual Viewing Available

The Re:Building Resilience Exhibition features 25 installations that examine all facets of mental health issues. This will be our last festival at 651 Dufferin Street before moving to a brand new facility at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. What better way to say “good-bye” than to animate all 11,000 square feet with performance art, installations, theatre, dance, film and media art?! 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.

Please note: due to the evolving situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, please check our website for the most up-to-date information about in-person events.

Presented with the generous support of:



Workman Arts
651 Dufferin Street
Toronto, Ontario M6K 2B2

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