While we’re away . . .

During December, Clay & Paper will be taking some time away for some much needed rest, relaxation and renewal.  While we’re away we’ll  be  busy working on a few of our own projects, but as we’re never too busy to keep in touch, please feel free to contact us during this time. We’d love to hear from you!

This month, Clay & Paper Theatre’s Artistic Director David Anderson will be visiting Pikangikum with ArtsCan Circle ArtsCan Circle sends teams of musicians and artists to engage children and youth in remote Northern communities in workshops in the arts. Through music and other creative arts, they hope to teach new skills, promote self-esteem and creative self-expression. This trip marks Davids 7th year volunteering with this laudable organization. Good luck, David!

In December, Clay & Paper Artistic Associates Bernadette Wycks and Leanne Eisen will be participating in  Libby Hague’s Free Radicals, a part of Too Cool for School, Art and Science Fair. Free Radicals is an ongoing series of puppet shows in a sculptural landscape designed around the theme of creation myths. Other performers include Anna Jane McIntyre, Liz Pead, and Zen Existential Puppet Theatre with GVB & Rob Cruickshank.

Bedbugs on Bicycles
Main gallery, Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay West
Toronto, ON, Canada M5J 2G8
Dec 5th: Live Performance/Taping

As international women of mystery, Larissa Koniuk and Catherine Mcleod have chosen to keep their personal projects over the break very hush-hush. How intriguing!

Dearest Dread-Heads:

Clay & Paper Theatre would like to send out a huge thank you to all of our friends, supporters and community members for making our 11th annual Night of Dread a night to remember! You volunteered your precious time helping us make masks and shrines, you showed up in spectacular costumes, geared up in giant puppets, danced in the streets with abandon, and supported us with your cash. If missed your chance to drop some bucks in our money box, feel free to make a donation now. Over 150 hard-core dread-heads volunteered time and hard work creating this community event which brought out 3000 dreadful participants. We truly couldn’t have done it without you!

Thanks to all of the wonderful  and talented photographers and videographers who documented the event! If  have some great photos or videos that you’d like to share, please send them to Leanne, add them to our facebook group, or flickr photo pool.

Night of Dread

Night of Dread – Images by Laura Berman

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Performances at Night of Dread

So far, Night of Dread’s Musical Director Chris Wilson has amassed an impressive roster of performers to  drive the droves dread devotees!

Arythmix with The Circus Trio
Kensington Horns
Samba Elegua
New Model Circus Army
The Jerimiahs
And much, much more!

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NoD 2010 Parade Route

The 11th Annual Night of Dread parade route is set! If you live or work on the parade route, Clay & Paper Theatre invites you to get involved in Night of Dread’s creative vision.
Decorate your yard! Perform for thousands of Night of Dread revelers from your porch. Here’s your chance to get creative! Go nuts! Get involved!

View Night of Dread 2010 Parade Route in a larger map

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Night of Dread Workshops!

Come one, come all to help us build giant puppets, masks and costumes for this year’s Night of Dread!

Learn traditional Clay & Paper mask making techniques, make amazing things, and meet new people!

We need lots of volunteers to make this event happen, so drop by to find out how you can help.

LOCATION: Dufferin Grove Rink House, 875 Dufferin


Tuesday, September 28th 2PM – 8PM
Saturday, October 2nd 11AM – 4PM
Tuesday, October 5th 2PM- 8PM
Saturday, October 9th 11AM – 4PM
Tuesday, October 12th 2PM- 8PM
Saturday, October 16th 11AM – 4PM
Tuesday, October 19th 2PM – 8PM
Saturday, October 23rd 11AM- 4PM
Tuesday, October 26th 2PM – 8PM
Friday, October 29th 11AM – 6PM


Photo by Krista Dalby

Dread Threads

These truly dreadful tees will  be available for purchase at Night of Dread for just ten bucks – that’s right folks, for just half the price of a Slap-Chop!

All proceeds go to support Clay & Paper Theatre programming. Get your garment and be a patron of the arts too – kill two birds with one stone!

Made in Canada

100% Cotton

Sizes: S, M, L

Price: $10

Night of Dread Community Planning Meeting

Get involved with Night of Dread planning!

Join us at Dufferin Grove Park for Night of Dread Community Planning Meeting.  Help us to select 2010′s Night of Dread theme, tell us about your deepest darkest fears, and have them featured in this year’s event.

LOCATION: Dufferin Grove Rink House

875 Dufferin (Across from Dufferin Mall)

Friday, September 17th, 2010, 6:30 – 8:30PM

Delicious and affordable food will be available in Dufferin Grove Park at Friday Night Suppers, from 6-7:30PM.

Join the facebook event.

Photo by Jane Estelle Trombley

Seeing Cyclops in September

September 16: DIY Bike Trailer Workshops begin. Sign up now to learn how to make your very own Clay & Paper Theatre bicycle cargo trailer. Cyclops will be on hand to show you how it’s done.

September 17: Night of Dread Community Planning Meeting. Join us at Dufferin Grove Park to get involved with planning this amazing event. Tell us all of your deepest and darkest fears from 2010, and we’ll include them in this year’s Night of Dread. Dufferin Grove Rink House, 6:30 -8:30PM.

September 18: DPNC Bike Clinic. Join us at Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood Centre’s Bike Clinics. Get free repairs, join group rides, and see CYCLOPS perform, from 12-2PM. Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood Centre, 1900 Davenport Road (in the back garden)

September 19: Bicycle Music Festival, Toronto’s inaugural pedal-powered, mobile music festival! The festival will move between various parks in Toronto’s west end before culminating at Dufferin Grove Park. Trinity Bellwoods Park, Dovercourt Park and Dufferin Grove Park,1:30-7PM See the facebook event for venues and times.

September 22: Car Free Day. Toronto is joined by more than 1,500 cities around the world that are committed to raising awareness on sustainable mobility by celebrating International Car Free Day. Join CYCLOPS for Car Free Day, as well as  live performances from “Parking Space Paradise”  across from Trinity Belwoods Park, time TBA.

September 24: Critical Mass is held on the last Friday of every month in over 300 cities around the world. While the ride was originally founded in 1992 in San Francisco with the idea of drawing attention to how unfriendly the city was to cyclists, the leaderless structure of Critical Mass makes it impossible to assign it any one specific goal. In fact, the purpose of Critical Mass is not formalized beyond the direct action of meeting at a set location and time and traveling as a group through city or town streets on bikes. Meet at Bloor and Spadina at 6PM, ride leaves at 6:30PM.

September 25: Evergreen Brickworks Grand Opening Come celebrate with us with music, food, exciting exhibits, wonderful workshops, terrific tours and plenty of family fun. Clay & Paper Theatre will be on hand with giant puppets and music at 1:30PM Evergreen Brickworks, 550 Bayview Avenue, South of Pottery Road.

Eglington Hill Fair. Join us for family fun and festivities, including CYCLOPS with giant puppets! Eglinton and Keele, 4:30-6:30PM.

September 26: PS Kensington: Earth! Global Harvest Traditions. In celebration of the bounty of the earth, we’ll exchange seeds, meet our farmers, and enjoy a feast of local foods, and learn a harvest dance. Come see CYCLOPS perform “Human and Bicycle: A Love Story”,“Oil Cantastoria”, “The Greedy Fisherman“, “Bicycle Revolution!” and Bowmafridgeamaphone music right on Augusta Avenue from 12-6PM.

October 1: Art Gallery of Hamilton World Film Festival. Clay & Paper Theatre will be on hand with stilts and giant puppets, animating crowds at The Art Gallery of Hamilton for AGH World Film Festival. 8:30PM – Midnight.

October 2: No Fare is Fair Street Party/Picnic Come to the park to celebrate the campaign to win free and accessible transit for the GTA. Enjoy food, puppets and entertainment. Christie Pitts, Bloor and Christie Streets. 1-4PM.