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  • ASL Interpretation
  • Discounted Tickets Available
  • Live Stream

October 28, 2021 - November 7, 2021

Rendezvous with Madness Festival

Hosted by Workman Arts

The Rendezvous with Madness Festival is the first and largest arts and mental health festival in the world. Using art as the entry point to illuminate and investigate the realities and mythologies surrounding mental illness and addiction, Rendezvous With Madness’ 2021 programming spotlights the human capacity for endurance in the face of great challenges. As community members are feeling the emotional effects of months of isolation, income precarity, and anxiety over what the future holds, the Rendezvous With Madness Festival offers a unique opportunity to come together in reflection and discussion.

All tickets are Pay What You Wish (PWYW) and there will be both in-person and virtual options for engaging with the festival, so all patrons can enjoy the festival safely.


The Rendezvous With Madness Festival is committed to values of inclusivity and accessibility for all guests, staff, volunteers and artists. We are listening and learning from our community to help address barriers and open opportunities for anyone interested in engaging with the growing dialogue surrounding mental health and/or addictions. If you have any questions about accessibility and/or access needs surrounding the Rendezvous With Madness Festival, please contact Raine Laurent-Eugène at raine_laurenteugene@workmanarts.com or call our Festival Box Office at 416-583-4339 ext 7.

ASL interpretation We will provide ASL interpretation at select programs:

  • Coal Mines and Tree Tops
  • Szepty/Whispers: Dialogue
  • Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy
  • Anny
  • Autistic Reels: Reclaiming Our Stories
  • What Everyone Gets
  • We Have Not Come Here to Die
  • The Testament of Oliver
  • North By Current
  • Visión Nocturna
  • Luginsky
  • Thirza Cuthand: Artist Spotlight
  • Processing Duration
  • Drunk on Too Much Life
  • Green Gazing
  • Dashte Khamoush / شوماخ تشدشد (The Wasteland)

If you require ASL interpretation in order to engage with a program you’re interested in, please contact raine_laurenteugene@workmanarts.com, as we also try to book ASL interpreters based on expressed needs.

Captions Open captioning will be provided for all film programs, as well as live captioning for all Q&As, workshops and select panels. If you require open or live captioning in order to engage with a program you’re interested in, please contact raine_laurenteugene@workmanarts.com, as we also try to arrange for captioning based on expressed needs.


Workman Arts

651 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON, M6K 2B2 , Canada

Workman Arts is a multidisciplinary arts organization that promotes a greater understanding of mental health and addiction issues through creation and presentation. We support artists living with mental health and addiction issues through peer-to-peer arts education, public presentations and partnerships with the broader arts community.