Reminder: Tickets Now on Sale for Rendezvous with Madness Festival 2022

30th Rendezvous with Madness Festival

October 27 – November 6, 2022
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.

This year’s Rendezvous With Madness theme “#MoreThanRebellion”, embodies the festival’s efforts to normalize informed public discourse around mental health, addiction, recovery and wellness. More Than Rebellion means tearing down a broken system in favour of a generational change. The art showcased at the festival will mend broken hearts and soothe weary minds. This art will challenge, inspire, and enlighten. This art will fuel a rebellion, and so much more. 2022 Rendezvous With Madness programming will be offered this year at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, the CAMH Auditorium, the Workman Arts Offsite Gallery at Artscape Youngplace the Comedy Bar and online.

Between October 27-November 6, 2022 Rendezvous showcases a range of feature and short films from around the globe, alongside the “kind renderings” exhibition featuring six visual artists plus five live performances including a run of Flin Flon Cowboy and the return of our popular comedy night. Additionally, there are two online workshops on offer. 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.


How To Save A Dead Friend, 2022, still image, film directed by Marusya Syroechkovskaya.

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 #RWMFest and #MoreThanRebellion.

Festival Highlights

Opening Night Film – HOW TO SAVE A DEAD FRIEND
Marusya Syroechkovskaya | 2022 | Sweden, Norway, France, Germany | 103 minutes | Russian with English subtitles | Ontario Premiere

Film Screening: 6:30 PM IN PERSON at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West.

Watch Online: October 27 – November 6 across Canada (Oct 27 only), across Ontario (Oct 27 – Nov 6).

ASL interpretation, on site active listener & Open Captions provided.

kind renderings – Exhibition
Exhibition Opening & Artists Talk: October 29, 1-4 PM, Talk at 2:30 PM, Workman Arts Offsite Gallery, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Unit 302, Toronto.

Guided Tour: Please join us for a guided tour on Thursday, November 3 at 5 PM, Workman Arts Offsite Gallery, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Unit 302, Toronto.

About the exhibition: Kindness is not an act of weakness. It is an act that resists societal expectations of doing and saying nothing. This form of rebellion is evident in this year’s Rendezvous With Madness visual art exhibition whereby 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. MORE

Theatre/Performance Productions

Public Speaking Through Comedy created and hosted MALPENSANDO
Sunday, October 30, 7 PM, 945 Bloor Street West

Originally from Costa Rica and Colombia, Stephan Dyer and Juan Cajiao are bilingual corporate leadership and communication trainers who also happen to be award-winning comedians and improv experts. Leaving their executive positions in the banking world in 2017 to pursue their professional careers in stand up comedy, they have successfully founded MalPensando, a bilingual (English, Spanish) comedy and public speaking school.

The Flin Flon Cowboy, Created and Performed by Ken Harrower and Flin Flon Cowboy Collective
Saturday, October 29, 5 PM, Tuesday November 1, Thursday November 3, all at CAMH Auditorium (1025 Queen Street West at Ossington)

Ken Harrower is an award-winning film and theatre actor. His recent work includes Boys in Chairs (Summerworks – Winner of the John Kaplan Spotlight Award) and What Dream it Was (Dora nomination – Outstanding Ensemble 2017). He starred in the short film Hole (Canadian Screen Award 2015) and Luk’ Luk’i (TIFF 2017 – Winner of Best Canadian First Feature). Ken graduated from The Toronto Film School and has collaborated with ARTS4ALL and Jumblies Theatre as an actor and choir member. Ken identifies as a member of the disabled community and the LGBTQ community, advocating for equal rights and freedoms for those communities. 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.

General email address:
Address: 1025 Queen Street West, #2400, Toronto ON M6J 1H4
Phone: 416-583-4339

For more information, visit our website.