Call for Submissions: The 38th Rhubarb Festival

Get Weird

February 15-26, 2017
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto
Festival Director: Mel Hague

Over the past thirty-seven years of Rhubarb, the Festival has become an integral part of Buddies in Bad Times’ continued devotion to pushing the boundaries of Theatre and Performance. In 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 honest, powerful, and memorable.

We are currently seeking proposals for our upcoming festival (February 15 – February 22, 2017)

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.

DEADLINE: 5PM Friday September 16, 2016

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.

Submissions are encouraged from both established and emerging creators. Projects should run about 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 

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.



‘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.


Buddies in Bad Times Theatre creates vital Canadian theatre by developing and presenting voices that question sexual and cultural norms. Built on the political and social principles of queer liberation, Buddies supports artists and works that reflect and advance these values. As the world’s longest-running and largest queer theatre, Buddies is uniquely positioned to develop, promote, and preserve stories and perspectives that are challenging and alternative. The theatre sits in the heart of downtown, adjacent to Toronto’s Gay Village.

For further information please contact

Mel Hague // Festival Director