The Rhubarb Festival
Winter 2022

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

— MyGayToronto

Festival Director
Clayton Lee
Design Lead
Andrea Shin Ling

Back for a 43rd year, Rhubarb transforms Buddies into a hotbed of experimentation, with artists challenging our notions of what art-making and art-watching can be. As Canada’s longest-running new works festival, Rhubarb is the place to encounter the most adventurous ideas in performance and to catch familiar and unfamiliar artists venturing into uncharted territory.

Following this past year’s festival’s manifestation as a book, Rhubarb is transforming once again, with design lead Andrea Shin Ling creating a large-scale installation in the Chamber space that will serve as a site for artists to respond to, engage with, and leave their mark on.

Call for Expressions of Interest due September 10.

With attention to ongoing COVID restrictions, dates and ticketing information will be released this winter.

photo of Clayton Lee by Dylan Mitro, styling by Vanessa Magic, hair and makeup by Robert Weir

Call for Expressions of Interest
Deadline: 11:59 pm EDT on Friday, September 10, 2021

We are currently seeking expressions of interest for the 2022 Rhubarb Festival, Canada’s longest running festival of new and experimental performance. Like this past February’s Book as Festival, Festival as Book, Rhubarb is transforming once again for 2022. After more than a year away from the theatre, we are craving the spectacle of live performance and the possibilities of the theatrical space. Yet, instead of rushing a return to the before and the inherent failings within, we seek to activate a renewed relationship to time, collaboration, and context. As such, we’ve invited architect and installation artist, Andrea Shin Ling to create a large-scale installation for the Buddies in Bad Times Theatre Chamber space, conceived in conversation with Festival Director Clayton Lee. Participating Festival artists will create works that respond to and engage with Andrea’s prompt and installation. 

Click here to access the full call.