The 40th Rhubarb Festival
February 13 - 23

“The wildest theatre fest in town.”

— Toronto Life


Canada’s longest-running new works festival returns for a 40th 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.

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“Toronto’s go-to event for thought-provoking, political, adventurous entertainment”

-Toronto Life

“One of the best events on the toronto theatre calendar”

-Toronto Star

“A toronto theatre institution”


“The wildest theatre fest in town”

-Toronto Life

“Rhubarb is impossible to predict, but even more impossible to resist”

-My Gay Toronto

FEBRUARY 13 – 24, 2019

Wednesday, February 13 // 8:00 PM
Thursday, February 14 // 8:00 PM
Friday, February 15 // 8:00 PM
Saturday, February 16 // 8:00 PM

Wednesday, February 20 // 8:00 PM
Thursday, February 21 // 8:00 PM
Friday, February 22 // 8:00 PM
Saturday, February 23 // 8:00 PM

Starting at 8pm 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.

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

A limited number of pay-what-you-can tickets will be available every day of the festival 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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