The 39th Rhubarb Festival
February 14-25

“The wildest theatre fest in town.”

— Toronto Life

Festival Sponsor TD Bank Group

Canada’s longest-running new works festival returns for a 38th year. Rhubarb transforms Buddies into a hotbed of experimentation, with artists exploring new possibilities in theatre, dance, music, and performance art. Rhubarb is the place to see the most adventurous ideas in performance and to catch your favourite artists venturing into uncharted territory.

Rhubarb is a space for artists and audiences to experiment together by trying new things and testing their boundaries. You always get to see more than one show (often 3 or 4) in one night, and no two nights of Rhubarb are ever alike. So come out and see what’s happening.

photo of Mel Hague by Tanja-Tiziana  _ design by Lucinda Wallace

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General Call for Submissions
Deadline Friday, September 15, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Rhubarb seeks proposals for new, not previously produced performance projects and theatrical experiments. Rhubarb is a space for imagination and for pushing boundaries: your own, your audiences’, and those of your artistic practice. We are looking for proposals by Artists who seek to explore and expand – Projects that fight the normative, projects that ask big questions, and forms that ask the impossible.

Special Projects: Call for Submissions
Deadline Friday, September 15, 2017 at 5:00 PM

At Rhubarb, we pride ourselves in being open and malleable to new artistic practices and forms. Do you have a project that you feel doesn’t fit within our General Programming constraints? Does it need a specific space or time constraint that you don’t think is currently available to you at our Festival? The Special Projects call is for work that doesn’t fit, work that wants to bust open the containers of the Festival and surprise us in new ways that you don’t think we’ve thought of before.

Please carefully read the Call for Submissions and Submission Guidelines before applying

Download the Call for Submissions

Download the Submission Guidelines

Submit your application online


Starting at 8pm (and sometimes as early as 6pm), and 2:30pm on Sundays, there are shows happening in both spaces at Buddies (the Cabaret and the Chamber), so when you arrive at the theatre pick the show you want to see first, and 30 minutes later when it’s done you can either stay where you are or move to the other space for your next performance. There is a different set of shows each week – so keep coming back. There are also exhibitions in the building that you can only see before the shows start, so be sure to show up early.

This gets you into a whole night of Rhubarb and the 12-ish shows that happen at Buddies that day. And remember, Rhubarb starts at 8pm and shows are not individually ticketed. So that show you want to see at 9:30? If you just show up at 9 you will probably be out of luck and all the tickets were sold to people who came for the whole evening.

These shows are special events that happen after the regular program for one or two nights only. Admission to Special Presentations is included in your Evening Pass.

These shows are earlier in the evening, starting at 6pm every Friday and Saturday. A pay-what-you-can ticket gets you into all of the Emerging Creators Unit performances in an evening, or buy an Evening Pass if you’re planning to see shows later in the night.

February 14-25, 2018

February 14 // 8pm
February 15 // 8pm
February 16 // 8pm (Emerging Creators Unit at 6pm)
February 17 // 8pm (Emerging Creators Unit at 6pm)
February 18 // 2:30pm

February 21 // 8pm
February 22 // 8pm
February 23 // 8pm (Emerging Creators Unit at 6pm)
February 24 // 8pm (Emerging Creators Unit at 6pm)
February 25 // 2:30pm

Buy Tickets

Evening Pass $20
Emerging Creators Unit Presentations PWYC
Rush (Thurs-Sun) PWYC

Gets you into everything happening that day at Rhubarb, including the emerging creators unit, special presentations, exhibitions, and parties.

If you are just coming for the Emerging Creators Unit presentations, tickets are pay-what-you-can and only available at the door.

A limited number of pay-what-you-can tickets will be available every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on a first-come-first-served basis. Rhubarb Rush Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office from 12-6pm for that evening’s performances, limit 2 per person and subject to availability.

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