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Twelve Days of Compelling Films, Performances and Visual Art at Twenty-Sixth Annual Rendezvous with Madness Festival

Twelve Days of Compelling Films, Performances and Visual Art at Twenty-Sixth Annual Rendezvous with Madness Festival

For twenty-five years, Toronto’s Rendezvous with Madness Festival, produced by Workman Arts, has remained the world’s largest psychological well being movie pageant, and (so far as we all know) the primary established one. For its twenty-sixth yr, this provocative and daring occasion, which goals to blow open necessary conversations about psychological well being and substance use issues via its rigorously curated programming, is increasing in size and breadth, providing visitors an prolonged twelve-day pageant program that may embrace eighteen options and brief movies, six reside efficiency items, and a visible arts exhibition. 

From a hard-hitting movie concerning the hub of Afghanistan’s heroin market and the disastrous unwanted side effects of its unlawful commerce, to “Dinner With Madness,” an interactive theatre expertise, there’s no scarcity of completely distinctive and enthralling programming. Right here’s our prime decide for every day of the fest.

Wednesday, October 10
The Music and the Sorrow — Opening Night time Movie

Legendary Canadian songwriter, Gene MacLellan is greatest recognized for his hits from the 1970s, together with “Snowbird,” “Put Your Hand in the Hand” and “The Call.” A Juno-award-winning musician, MacLellan gained nationwide consideration as one of probably the most sensible songwriters within the Canadian music business, however he was by no means snug with being within the highlight. After struggling with melancholy, MacLellan took his personal life in 1995.

The songwriter’s daughter and musician, Catherine MacLella,n was solely fourteen when her father dedicated suicide. Years after his dying, Catherine revisits her father’s previous, making an attempt to know his life-long battle with melancholy. The Music and the Sorrow captures Catherine’s private wrestle to reconcile her household’s tragedy and break the silence surrounding psychological sickness.

Accompanied by stay performances from Catherine MacLellan and Workman Arts’ Bruised Years Choir. There shall be a Q&A with the director following the screening.

Scorching Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 11
Bursting Bubbles: Creating Context for Evolving Solitudes 

“We all make bubbles…illusive membranes to harbour our solitary thoughts, fears, memories, beliefs, insights and perceptions of ourselves and our reality. Insulating and flexible as they may seem, bubbles are feeble strongholds against piercing moments of epiphany. Variably, through states of introspection, irony or innovation, participating artists explore the nature of evolving solitudes, pushing comfort zones, bursting bubbles and processing the impacts.” —Claudette Abrams

Don’t miss the opening reception of this highly effective visible exhibition.

Toronto Media Arts Centre, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday, October 12
My Speak With Florence

As difficult a movie as you’re more likely to see this yr (or any yr for that matter), this two-hour portrait of an abuse survivor at the arms of a lauded modern artist is unfortunately extra well timed than ever given current overdue falls from grace all through the humanities and leisure spheres.

“Shoah meets Sálò, debating about the freedom of 1968. A minimalist interview-film dealing with one of the most disturbing life-stories of the twentieth century. Florence Burnier-Bauer fled from the sexual and psychological abuse by her post-war bourgeois home into a vagabond life of crime and freedom. She ended up in the Austrian counterculture community Friedrichshof, led by the infamous Vienna Actionist artist Otto Mühl, where her own children were subsequently taken away and the cycle of violence and mistreatment continued. This is the narrative of a woman who needed fifty years to learn to say no. An oral history of abuse, resistance and survival.” —Austrian Movies

Director in attendance because of beneficiant help from the Goethe Institut Toronto. Screening to be adopted by a panel dialogue.

AGO: Jackman Corridor, eight:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 13
Dinner With Madness

Each banquet consists of good meals, mild dialog, laughter and merry-making. Goat Howl Theatre invitations you to hitch round an extended desk for a cocktail party with all that and a artistic twist. Three “mad” recognized artists take you on a kaleidoscopic journey via the trials, tribulations and celebrations of dwelling with psychological well being struggles. At any second you may expertise them singing candy melodies, dancing in fury across the desk, confronting internal bullies, and talking frankly to family members concerning the impact psychological well being has on relationships. Break bread with the artists, get to know them, and collectively, you’ll construct bridges of understanding and alter unfavorable stigma.

Workman Arts Theatre, eight:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 14
If You Ask Me

In 2017, Rendezvous with Madness and CAMH’s Nationwide Youth Motion Committee (NYAC) partnered to create “If You Ask Me” (IYAM), a compilation of brief movies created by Canadian youth exploring their very own experiences with psychological well being and/or habit points.

This yr, NYAC and RWM commissioned fifteen of the youth filmmakers to create new IYAM movies. Collaborating in a collection of workshops with RWM mentors Nadine Espinoza, Rick Miller and Maria-Saroja Ponnambalam and facilitated by youth mentor Erum Khan, the filmmakers supported one another by means of the artistic course of by pushing themselves to share their tales and reply essential questions.

Workman Arts Theatre, 5:00 p.m.

Monday, October 15
Stormshelter

A mom dwelling with bipolar affective dysfunction is working by way of trauma, sickness and therapeutic in a psychiatric hospital. Alberta is recovering with her psychiatrist’s assist and, within the course of, is making an attempt to discover ways to be a mum or dad with sickness for her youngsters. Via the course of a manic episode, Alberta is struck by visions and insights into her previous and future. Can her altered state be the very factor that guides her again to her youngsters? Chronicling her keep at the Centre for Habit and Psychological Well being, this gritty but magical play shines a light-weight on the method of coming to phrases with one’s personal psychological well being.

There shall be a dialogue following this present.

StoneMarrow Theatre (CAMH, Group Centre Constructing), 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 16
The Breadwinner 

Nominated for an Academy Award within the class Greatest Animated Function Movie, The Breadwinner follows an eleven-year-old woman rising up beneath the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. When her father is wrongfully arrested, she cuts off her hair and clothes like a boy as a way to help her household. Equal elements thrilling and enchanting, The Breadwinner is an inspiring and luminously animated story concerning the energy of tales to maintain hope and carry us via darkish occasions. 

Free outside screening—no tickets essential!

Dufferin Grove Park, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 17
The Purple Horse Is Leaving 

Erika Batdorf creates a portrait of her mom, Thaya Whitten, a painter who toured Canada within the 1960s doing controversial efficiency artwork. Via the use of biosensors, this interactive theatrical two-hander explores the assembly level of insanity and creativity.

There shall be a Q&A following this present.

 Artscape (910 Queen Road West), eight:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 18
Manitoba Music: Art/Story/Album

Whereas incomes the town’s prime performing arts accolades, Jim LeFrancois’ world was secretly closing in. He acquired a name from rural Manitoba, simply above the North Dakota border, letting him know that his final surviving grandparent was ailing. He left inside a couple of days of receiving the decision and stayed for six weeks to assist out; in fact, he was operating away.

There will probably be a dialogue following this efficiency.

Workman Arts Theatre, 9:00 p.m.

Friday, October 19
Laila At The Bridge

Drug habit impacts hundreds of thousands of individuals in Afghanistan and has develop into one of the nation’s deadliest issues. Amidst this disaster, Laila Haidari, the “Mother of the Addicts,” based her personal trailblazing habit remedy facility. She funds the centre by operating a restaurant, the place she employs recovering heroin addicts as waiters. Native authorities chastise Laila and her strategies whereas doing nothing to assist the victims of Kabul’s opioid disaster. Laila has to face towards the corrupt authorities, monetary hardships and even dying threats to maintain her centre alive.

There will probably be a dialogue following the screening.

AGO: Jackman Corridor, 6:00 p.m. 

Saturday, October 20
Nerve Endings: Closing Night time Celebration

On Saturday, October 20, the whole Workman Arts constructing will come alive with artwork and efficiency! In true Rendezvous trend, artists of all genres and types will animate the night time with actual, uncooked, immersive and interactive items about psychological well being and lived expertise. Anticipate an eclectic, trustworthy, inclusive and brave program with power constructing all through the night time. Music programming by Lengthy Winter. Native hip hop artist 3K will kick off at eight:00 p.m. to make this artwork social gathering full.

That includes performances by Rose the Clown, modern dance troupe SaMel Tanz, aerial circus artists Mary-Margaret and Elisa, and don’t overlook to hitch the Cult of Assume Clean Human! Take the night time residence with you for simply $2 at the Magic Gumball Machine of Destiny, which places an inventive twist on a childhood basic. The Magic Gumball Machine of Destiny is an artist’s a number of challenge that distributes work by Canadian creators and makes artwork reasonably priced for everybody.

In addition to our common money bar, take a look at our NA (non-alcoholic) bar serving up native sodas from JustCraft and different NA choices (this ain’t your grandma’s tender bar).

All ages and PWYC at the door.

Workman Arts Theatre, 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 21
Colleen Taffe Productions Presents: Piece of Thoughts

“The unbelievable journey of one man’s strength in a time of his greatest weakness.”

Tickets are $25. Restricted PWYC obtainable at door.

Jamaican Canadian Centre (995 Arrow Street), 6:00 p.m.

What an extremely numerous lineup at this yr’s Rendezvous with Madness Festival! We will’t assume of a greater approach to interact in significant conversations about psychological well being than by partaking on this wide range of compelling programming. The richness of views showcased this yr will certainly shift considering and fire up necessary discourse.

Congratulations to everybody who helps to develop this pageant annually. If we had to decide on one phrase to explain it, it might certainly be groundbreaking. 

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