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THE 35TH RHUBARB FESTIVAL

RAW. RADICAL. PERFORMANCE.

February 12 – 23, 2014
Festival Director Laura Nanni

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For two weeks artists transform the Buddies neighbourhood into a hotbed of experimentation, sharing new works in contemporary theatre, performance art, dance, and music with adventure-loving audiences. 

New to the festival this year is a new series of Open Space Projects will animate unexpected spaces around the Buddies neighbourhood and make new artistic connections between five historic queer institutions here in Toronto. 

Follow the links below to see what’s happening on any given day of the week, or keep scrolling for a list of all the projects in this year’s festival.

TICKETS

OPEN SPACE PROJECTS & ARTIST TALKS FREE*
YOUNG CREATORS UNIT PWYC
WEEK ONE MAINSTAGE PROJECTS $10
WEEK TWO EVENING PASSES $20**

*All open space projects are either durational or run at regular intervals, so you can arrive at any point during the performance.
All events are free, but donations will be accepted at the door.
**an Evening Pass gets you in to the theatre for the whole night, where you can choose from up to 8 shows.
Mainstage Projects in Week Two are not individually ticketed.

DAILY PROGRAMMING SCHEDULES & INFO


FULL PROJECT LISTINGS


[expand title="35 PERFORMANCES FOR 35 YEARS" tag="h5"]

Artists from throughout Rhubarb’s history mark the Festival’s 35th anniversary with raw remixes of past work and radical responses to what’s happening now.

SHOW TIMES
February 13 at 8:00pm
in the Cabaret

ARTISTS
curated by Laura Nanni
featuring Sky Gilbert, Cynthia Grant, David Roche, Daniel David Moses, Elley Ray Hennessy, Ed Roy, Death Waits, Mammalian Diving Reflex, Coman Poon, David Bateman, Cathy Gordon, Sarah Stanley, Chad Dembski, Sonja Mills, Shannon Cochrane, Alistair Newton, Jordan Tannahill, Tawiah M’carthy, Keith Cole, Birdtown Swanville, Life of a Craphead, Patricia Wilson, Nicolas Billon, Erin Brubacher, Vertical City, Ill Nana, Liz Peterson, Ryan G. Hinds, Hannah Moscovitch and many more. and more.

TICKETS
$10

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[expand title="ALT TITLE: I WISH I KNEW" tag="h5"]

A questioning bisexual woman exposes her struggle with desire, repression, and the need for transformation; through a collage of personal narratives, the public eye is acknowledged and challenged as a reflector for what is normal and alternately “mad.”

SHOW TIMES
February 14 at 8:30pm
February 15, 16 at 6:30pm
in the Chamber

ARTISTS
Jackie Rowland with the assistance from Kat Kleine.

TICKETS
PWYC

I Wish I Knew has been developed in Buddies’ Young Creators Unit.

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[expand title="AN ANTHOLOGY OF BELONGING" tag="h5"]

Using a unique blend of live animations, video projections, music, and storytelling, the artist creates an intimate portrayal of physical and mental illness.

SHOW TIMES
February 19-23 at 8:00pm

in the Cabaret

ARTISTS
Kerri Flannigan

TICKETS
included in your $20 Evening Pass

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[expand title="ARTIST TALK: HEATHER CASSILS" tag="h5"]

Join internationally celebrated performance artist Heather Cassils for a conversation about the artist’s vast body of work, performance practice, and the inspirations and process behind Becoming an Image - presented at the opening night of Rhubarb.

SHOW TIMES
February 13 from 6:30-8:00pm

in the Chamber

TICKETS
FREE

co-presented by The 35th Rhubarb Festival, Pleasure Dome and Trinity Square Video in association with The Art Gallery of York University.

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[expand title="BECOMING AN IMAGE" tag="h5"]

Becoming an Image, a piece that works at the interstice of performance and sculpture.  Using  extensive physical strength and training to unleash a full-blown attack on a 2,000-pound block of clay, the artist delivers a series of kicks and blows in total darkness.  The spectacle will only be illuminated by the flash of a photographer, burning the image into the viewer’s retina. The remains is a violent sculpting, a soft passive clay body bearing the indexical trace of the beating it has taken.

SHOW TIMES
February 12 at 9:30pm
in the Chamber

ARTISTS
Heather Cassils with Alejandro Santiago

TICKETS
$10

co-presented by The 35th Rhubarb Festival, Pleasure Dome and Trinity Square Video in association with The Art Gallery of York University.

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[expand title="BEYOND BODY POLITIC (THE ARTISTIC PROCESSING OF HISTORICAL FACT)" tag="h5"]

Watch as lemonTree creations interview key players from seminal queer newspaper The Body Politic and incorporate what they learn into a scene or monologue which is performed live on the spot.

SHOW TIMES
February 12 from 6:00-9:00pm
February 13 from 12:00-3:00pm
February 14 from 3:00-6:00pm
at Pink Triangle Press (MAP)

ARTISTS
LEMONTREE CREATIONS, Indrit Kasapi, Cole Alvis, Jonathan Seinen, Nick Green & Gein Wong

TICKETS
FREE

Beyond Body Politic is being developed as part of Buddies’ Artist Residency Program.

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[expand title="THE BIG THAW: VALENTINE’S DAY EDITION" tag="h5"]

A hot party to warm cold hearts, hosted by Judy Virago.

SHOW TIMES
February 14 at 10:00pm

in the Cabaret

TICKETS
$5

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[expand title="THE BODY IN ACTION: A WORKSHOP WITH VIOLETA LUNA" tag="h5"]

Participants will use their body and voice as the territory for creation and will develop a vocabulary of actions from their personal complexities of memory, identity and their individual and social understanding of race, gender, and sexuality.

WORKSHOP TIMES
February 22-26 from 2:00-5:00pm

at Hub14 (MAP)

ARTISTS
Violeta Luna

TICKETS
$250 (REGISTRATION DETAILS)

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[expand title="BUFFALO BUFFALO BUFFALO BUFFALO BUFFALO BUFFALO BUFFALO BUFFALO" tag="h5"]

Experience the ultimate performance in this bouffon-inspired send up of experimental theatre and performance art.

SHOW TIMES
February 21 & 22 at 10:00pm
in the Chamber

ARTISTS

ZOU THEATRE, Viktor Lukawski & Nicolas Di Gaetano, with Deanna Jones

TICKETS
included in your $20 Evening Pass

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[expand title="CASSILS: COMPOSITIONS" tag="h5"]

Cassils: Compositions presents a selection of Cassils’ work, the centrepiece of which will be an installation of time-based works triggered in sequence, which choreograph the viewing experience. The installation manipulates the physical conditions of image, space, sound and spectacle to compose fluid conceptions of identity formation that revolt against stability and specificity.

OPENING RECEPTION/color]

February 15 from 4-6pm
at Trinity Square Video (map)
Exhibit runs until March 15

ARTISTS

Heather Cassils

TICKETS
FREE

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[expand title="CHIMERA" tag="h5"]

Twin fetuses question the nature of their existence and whether they are alive at all; as they start to unravel the answers they realize that one of them is vanishing – and being absorbed by the other.

SHOW TIMES
February 14 at 8:00pm
February 15, 16 at 6:00pm
in the Chamber

ARTISTS
Rory Jade Grey

TICKETS
PWYC

Chimera has been developed in Buddies’ Young Creators Unit.

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[expand title="DO I HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING MY FUCKING SELF?" tag="h5"]

The very first theatrical offering from the first lady of Toronto’s indie music scene, Regina the Gentlelady from the band Light Fires.

SHOW TIMES
February 14 at 9:30pm

in the Cabaret

ARTISTS
Regina the Gentlelady with assistance from Adam Lazarus

TICKETS
$10

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[expand title="DUCT TAPE" tag="h5"]

Throughout the festival, one artist will cover Buddies in a colourful mosaic of duct tape.

ARTISTS

Mark Reinhart

TICKETS
FREE

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[expand title="DUORAMA #114" tag="h5"]

The latest performance in 14-year long series of participatory, site-specific works about male intimacy.

SHOW TIMES
February 12 from 6:00-9:00pm

in the basement at Buddies

ARTISTS
Paul Couillard & Ed Johnson

TICKETS
FREE

Presented by FADO in association with The 35th Rhubarb Festival.

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[expand title="THE FEMME PLAYLIST" tag="h5"]

A collection of stories about life as a single mother and queer femme of colour, set to a musical playlist. Plus an opening performance by Dainty Smith.

SHOW TIMES
February 15 at 8:00pm
in the Cabaret

ARTISTS
Catherine Hernandez with Gein Wong, Brescia Bloodbeard & Cyree Jarelle Johnson

TICKETS
$10

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[expand title="THE FUN PALACE RADIO VARIETY SHOW" tag="h5"]

Experience the live taping of an old fashioned internet variety show, complete with serial drama, music, science fiction, and some special surprise guests.

SHOW TIMES
February 12 at 8:00pm
February 23 at 6:30pm

in the Cabaret

ARTISTS
SMALL WOODEN SHOE, Jacob Zimmer, Brendan Gall, Jacob Zimmer, Evan Webber, Christopher Stanton, Nicola Correia-Damud, Richard Allen Campbell, Susanna Fournier & Scott Maynard

TICKETS
FREE

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[expand title="HENRI FABERGE ON THE LAMB" tag="h5"]

A politically and sexually charged 19th Century rock and roll melodrama.

SHOW TIMES
February 19-23 at 8:30pm

in the Chamber

ARTISTS
Henri Fabergé, Kayla Lorette, Alex Tindal & D. Alex Meeks

TICKETS
included in your $20 Evening Pass

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[expand title="I SAY THIS AS A GIFT" tag="h5"]

Participate in the archiving of our city’s history, as elder members of the queer community share their memories with you to be documented, cherished, and passed on.

SHOW TIMES
February 12 from 6:00-9:00pm

February 15 & 16 from 2:00-8:00pm
at Glad Day Bookshop (MAP)

ARTISTS
Gein Wong with Kim Crosby & Jade Lee Hoy and the support of The People Project.

TICKETS
FREE

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[expand title="IF THESE MASON JARS COULD SPEAK…" tag="h5"]

Find out what happens to race and identity in our distant future – a time where all living beings have turned transparent.

SHOW TIMES
February 12 from 6:00-9:00pm

in the East Dressing Room at Buddies

ARTISTS
Alvis Parsley

TICKETS
FREE

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[expand title="JAGGED CANYONS" tag="h5"]

Using a unique blend of performance art, dance, and prop comedy, one performer tells the story of two sisters who were once friends and are now enemies.

SHOW TIMES
February 19-23 at 9:00pm

in the Chamber

ARTISTS
Bridget Moser

TICKETS
included in your $20 Evening Pass

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[expand title="LISTENING AT THE CLGA" tag="h5"]

A massive listening party and sound installation is created as the Archive’s collection of over 1,000 audio cassette tapes is digitally recorded and broadcast.

SHOW TIMES
February 12 from 6:00-9:00pm

February 21 at 6:00pm – February 22 at 6:00pm
at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (MAP)

ARTISTS
Christopher Willes with Cathy Gordon

TICKETS
FREE

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[expand title="MISSED PORTRAITS" tag="h5"]

The artist invites you to tell a story about someone you miss. As they listen, they draw you a portrait of that person.

SHOW TIMES
February 12 from 6:00-9:00pm

outside the Ante Chamber

ARTISTS
Evan Tapper

TICKETS
FREE

TICKETS
included in your $20 Evening Pass

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[expand title="NO ONE RECEIVING" tag="h5"]

A high-camp sci-fi odyssey about one woman’s quest to save our planet’s pop music after the earth is destroyed by aliens.

SHOW TIMES
February 19-23 at 8:30pm
in the Cabaret

ARTISTS
Maggie MacDonald, Stephanie Markowitz, John Southworth & Roxanne Luchak

TICKETS
included in your $20 Evening Pass

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[expand title="THE PRINCIPLE OF PLEASURE" tag="h5"]

Vogueing, hip hop, and striptease blend into a virtuoso solo dance performance set entirely to Janet Jackson remixes.

SHOW TIMES
February 19 at 9:30pm
in the Chamber

ARTISTS
Gerrard Reyes, Archie Burnett , Jose Xtravaganza, Vincent Tiley, Devon Bate, Damian Siqueiros

TICKETS
included in your $20 Evening Pass

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[expand title="QUEER FUTURES CABARET" tag="h5"]

A late-night series of short performances that imagine the future possibilities of our queerness.

SHOW TIMES
February 20 at 10:00pm
in the Cabaret

ARTISTS
Sedina Fiati, Vivek Shraya & Nat Tremblay

TICKETS
$10

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[expand title="RHUBARB FESTIVAL KICK OFF BASH" tag="h5"]

Hot winter jams warm up the dance floor to celebrate 35 years of Rhubarb.

SHOW TIMES
February 12 at 10:00pm

in the Cabaret

TICKETS
FREE

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[expand title="THE RHUBARB ARCHIVE" tag="h5"]

A collection of scripts, books, posters, photos, programmes, and other interesting ephemera from the history of Rhubarb will be on display throughout the festival for audiences to read, share, and add to.

SHOW TIMES
Daily from 2:00-8:00pm
in the Ante Chamber

TICKETS
FREE

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[expand title="ROYNATION" tag="h5"]

Be a part of a special live broadcast the addictive ROYNATION. The weekly internet radio show/podcast/love-in will be chatting with some of the artists in this year’s festival. The podcast will also be available for download later in the week.

SHOW TIMES
February 12 at 6:30pm
February 19 at 6:30pm

in the Cabaret

ARTISTS
Roy Mitchell, Sandy McLeod

TICKETS
FREE

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[expand title="THE SCHOOL OF BARTERED KNOWLEDGE" tag="h5"]

Visit this installation at The 519 Church Street Community Centre to exchange something you know for something you don’t.

SHOW TIMES
February 12 & 19 from 6:00-9:00pm

February 16 & 23 from 4:00-7:00pm

at the 519 Church Street Community Centre (MAP)

ARTISTS
Golboo Amani

TICKETS
FREE

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[expand title="SINCE SANTINO XXX" tag="h5"]

An autobiographical tale of heartbreak told through a series of marriage proposals, starting at the age of 6.

SHOW TIMES
February 19-23 at 8:00pm
in the Chamber

ARTISTS
Jill Connell & Katie Swift

TICKETS
included in your $20 Evening Pass

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[expand title="SHOW & TELL LUNCHES" tag="h5"]

Every Thursday and Friday afternoon, join Rhubarb artists for some creative brainstorming, show and tell, and process sharing. BYOL stands for Bring Your Own Lunch.

SHOW TIMES
February 13, 14, 20 & 21 at 12:30pm

in the Ante Chamber

TICKETS
FREE

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[expand title="SPACE AGENCY" tag="h5"]

Witness an artist fill the Ante Chamber with miniature imagined performance spaces, inspired by the work in this year’s festival and conversations with you.

SHOW TIMES
Daily from 2:00-8:00pm

in the Ante Chamber

ARTISTS
Katrin Whitehead

TICKETS
FREE

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[expand title="TRAPPED!" tag="h5"]

This film-noir lesbian melodrama thrusts you into a ‘high-estrogen’ world of lust, betrayal, and murder.

SHOW TIMES
February 19-23 at 9:00pm
in the Cabaret

ARTISTS
Hope Thompson with Morgan Norwich, Carolyn Taylor, Kat Letwin & Sarah Joy Bennett, Ellen Roach, Stevie Baker & Kevin Krouglow

TICKETS
included in your $20 Evening Pass

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[expand title="TWENTY-SOMETHING OR NOTHING" tag="h5"]

A 24-year-old closeted gay man struggling with societal pressure, mortality, and regret. In his emotional paralysis, this dark comedy explores what it means to be successful and to challenge societies – and his own – standards of happiness and failure.

SHOW TIMES
February 14 at 9:00pm
February 15, 16 at 7:00pm
in the Chamber

ARTISTS
Ramon Vitug

TICKETS
PWYC

Twenty-Something or Nothing has been developed in Buddies’ Young Creators Unit.

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[expand title="The Vestal Virgins in the Temple of Secrets" tag="h5"]

Tell someone about a time you’ve been called ‘crazy’, because maybe it’s something that’s happened to alot of us.

SHOW TIMES
February 12 from 6:00-9:00pm

in the administration office at Buddies

ARTISTS

BIRDTOWN AND SWANVILLE, Aurora Stewart de Pena, Rebecca Applebaum, Jessica Salgueiro, Julia Lederer, Gwyneth Tossell, Lauren Bride, Jill Holmberg and Mark Aikman

TICKETS
FREE

Birdtown and Swanville are in residence at Buddies as part of our Artist Residency Program.

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[expand title="VIKING BLOOD" tag="h5"]

Join the artist on an epic hero’s journey as he completes a series of challenges to examine his family’s Viking roots and ask what it means to be strong.

SHOW TIMES
February 21 & 22 at 9:30pm

in the Chamber

ARTISTS
Humboldt Magnussen

TICKETS
included in your $20 Evening Pass

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[expand title="WEEK TWO KICK OFF BASH" tag="h5"]

Dust off your dancing shoes and get down with some fresh Week Two jams.

SHOW TIMES
February 19 at 10:00pm
in the Cabaret

TICKETS
FREE

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[expand title="YOUTH PROGRAM REUNION PARTY" tag="h5"]

To celebrate the 10th year of the YCU, we’re opening the doors to all past Youth Program participants for the way-more-fun version of a high school reunion.

SHOW TIMES
February 16 at 7:30pm

in the Cabaret

TICKETS
FREE

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