The 40th Rhubarb Festival
February 13 - 24

“The wildest theatre fest in town.”

— Toronto Life

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR MEL HAGUE

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”

-Xtra

“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
Sunday, February 17 // 2:30 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
Sunday, February 24 // 2:30 PM

Starting at 8pm (or 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.

THE EVENING PASS
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.

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS
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.

THE 40th RHUBARB FESTIVAL
WEIRD WILD WONDERFUL 

February 13-24, 2019
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto
Festival Director: Mel Hague

This year, the Rhubarb Festival turns 40 in an ecstatic celebration of the strange and new in performance. Over two weeks of programming over 100 artists will converge on Buddies to create, inspire, and be inspired. Rhubarb seeks to provide artists with the space and support to create new works that are strange, pushing the edges, risky and challenging.

We are currently seeking proposals for our upcoming festival (February 13 – February 24, 2019)

Selected projects will be featured during the festival and will receive technical, production, promotional, and artistic support. In addition to an honorarium, festival artists also receive an unlimited artist pass, allowing them to see work for free by local, national, and international artists in our programme.

GENERAL CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

DEADLINE: 5PM FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2018

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 want to explore and expand – projects that fight the normative, projects that ask big questions, and forms that ask the impossible.

Submissions are encouraged from both established and emerging creators. Projects in the General Programming category should run 25 minutes in length. Rhubarb encourages submissions from a wide variety of live artistic mediums with a focus on experimentation. These forms can include but are not limited to;

  • Theatre
  • Performance Art
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Interdisciplinary or Hybrid forms

RHUBARB SPECIAL PROJECTS: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

DEADLINE 5PM FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2018

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.

Special Projects could be, but are by no means limited to:

  • Late Night Cabaret Presentations
  • Site Specific Work
  • Durational Work
  • Installation Projects
  • One-to-One Performance Projects
  • Multimedia Experiments
  • Panel Discussions
  • Community Driven Arts Projects
  • One Night Performance Projects

TO APPLY

Rhubarb only accepts online applications. First, Read our Submission Guidelines (pdf) to find out what you need. After that, when you’re ready, fill out our on-line application form.

APPLY NOW

ABOUT THE RHUBARB FESTIVAL

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

Established in 1979, the Rhubarb Festival is produced by Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and is Canada’s longest-running festival of new performance. For over three decades, Rhubarb has encouraged established artists to take new risks and emerging artists to explore the possibilities of performance in a supportive space. Over the course of its history, Rhubarb has had an immeasurable impact on the local and Canadian cultural landscape by acting as a seeding ground for new work. A great number of Rhubarb projects have gone on to be further developed and presented in Toronto, across Canada and internationally.

For further information please contact:
Mel Hague // Festival Director
mel@buddiesinbadtimes.com

 

Buy Tickets

TICKET PRICES

EVENING PASS $20
RUSH TICKETS PWYC

EVENING PASS // $20
Gets you into everything happening that day at Rhubarb, including special presentations, exhibitions, and parties.

RUSH TICKETS // PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN
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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