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September 4, 2020

Call for Submissions: The 2021 Rhubarb Festival

Hosted by Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

Deadline: 5:00 pm on Friday, September 4, 2020

We are currently seeking proposals for the 2021 Rhubarb Festival. The Rhubarb Festival provides artists with the space and support to create new works that are grounded in experimentation, that resist, respond, adapt, mutate, and challenge the status quo. The Curatorial Collective returns with Vanden Boomen, Theresa Cutknife, Claudia Edwards, and Festival Director Clayton Lee with the continued support of FADO Performance Art Centre, Native Earth Performing Arts, and Workman Arts.

This year, Rhubarb is proposing an alternative: the creation of a physical performative publication that attempts to capture the energy of Rhubarb and, perhaps, recreate the live performance experience itself. And, if we’re able to have a physical, in-person Festival in February, then for the artists to potentially use the publication as an object to activate their works.

We are throwing ourselves into the unknown and we intend to work individually and collectively with the selected artists to imagine what this publication can become. In our own nascent stages of planning, we’ve been dreaming about: scores, direct actions, descriptions of performances, physical interventions, call and responses, blueprints, essays, languages, translations, accessibility, audio books, audio walks, urban space, digital addenda, invisibility, visibility, utopia, instructions, inclusion riders, and, ultimately, disruptions to the status quo. This is merely the start of our process, and we invite interested artists to build and imagine the possibilities with us.

Selected projects will be featured during the Festival and, as always, will receive technical, production, promotional, and artistic support. This year for the first time, we will be working with a per-project funding model of at least $1,000, as we work to create more equitable and sustainable standards of pay across our sector.

More information and how to apply


  • Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

    12 Alexander Street, Toronto, ON, Canada

    info@buddiesinbadtimes.com (416) 975-8555

    Established in 1979, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre is Toronto’s leading destination for artistically rigorous alternative theatre and a world leader in developing queer voices and stories for the stage. Buddies offers a year-round program that includes a full season of queer theatre, new works festivals, artist residencies, and intergenerational training and education initiatives. In its 40-year history Buddies has welcomed over one million people into its home in the heart of Toronto’s queer village and has premiered nearly 1,000 new works for the stage, making it the largest and longest-running queer theatre company in the world.