2011 Friday Night Scenic Rides
Friends, Neighbors, Countrymen! Lend us your company for another fabulous ride along the Don Valley Trails. Please meet us at Sherbourne and Queen’s Quay between 6:30 and 7:00pm for a 7 o’clock departure. Weather permitting of course; if it’s actually raining, we won’t be there. Please follow us on Twitter to get the latest info! We’ll stop somewhere nice up on the creek for a snack and short rest, and then back along the path. Join us for a beautiful ride and even more beautiful company. And don’t forget your lights because it’ll get dusk around 8 or 8:30!
Now that the Pedaler’s have cycled off into the sunset – leaving CYCLOPS spinning in their wake – we’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who came together to make our summer show The Pedaler’s Wager such big a hit. Special thanks to all of our many volunteers and supporters. We couldn’t have done it without you!
With a moment to catch our collective breath, CYCLOPS’ fearless four will spring back into action with a feast of fantastic activities lined-up for the next month. Here’s an overview of our plans.
We’re mobile. We’re decorated. We’re bringing the puppetry to the people!
August 18: Herstories Cafe
An outdoor “history” salon themed “Women and Bicycles” *Free*
Where: Trinity Bellwoods Park – Southwest corner
What: A history of women and bicycles; “Woman and Cycling in Toronto – Fighting for inclusion since 1869″ with speakers Steve Brearton and Evalyn Parry. See the website for more information. This is a special outdoor event and is free for all to attend. We will meet beside the Trinity Bellwoods Recreation center (which is at 155 Crawford Street.) There is a lovely grove of trees, behind Fresh – off of the Crawford entrance. Please meet us there and bring blankets, drinks and food. They will provide some refreshments as well. Weather permitting.
August 20: Leslie Street Spit Group Ride
Join us for an afternoon cycling trip to the Leslie Street Spit.
Where: Meet at Coronation Park
When: Meet at 3:00pm, ride leaves at 3:30pm
What: Bring a buddy, a blanket, and a smile, and remember to wear a helmet and sunscreen. We’ll have a rest and picnic when we get there, and maybe even a little performance treat from the Squad.
Weather permitting: Follow us on Twitter to catch the latest updates.
August 25: Artspin
A multi-disciplinary art crawl style bicycle tour of galleries (commercial, artist run & public), art performances and visits to artist’s studios throughout various downtown Toronto neighbourhoods. *Free*
Where: Starts in Trinity-Bellwoods Park, CYCLOPS location To Be Determined
What: “Each Art Spin tour will feature a new itinerary featuring some of the city’s most exciting artists. Much of our programing includes interactive events that directly involve our audiences, calling upon their creative participation. Art Spin works closely with different community partners to help capture and share the pulse of this city’s vibrant art scene.
The meeting point is the gate to Trinity Bellwoods Park at Queen St. & Strachan, between 6:30 – 7 pm and ending around 9 pm. Art Spin is a free event, and anyone regardless of age or cycling ability is welcome.”
This will be the last Artspin of 2011, congratulations to the organizers for creating such a sucessful series!
August 25 – 28: Scotiabank Toronto Buskerfest
Toronto’s biggest gathering of street performers all in support of Epilepsy Toronto.
Where: Buskerplay Area next to St. Lawrence Market North. Map Link Here
When: Parade at 2:15pm, Show at 2:30pm
What: St. Lawrence Market area shuts down for this incredible gathering of entertainers, artists, dare-devils, and more for four days. It’s one of the best festivals Toronto offers and it’s CYCLOPS first time there! We’ll be presenting a range of songs, puppetry, pageantry and ruckus-raising!
All gate donations go to Epilepsy Toronto: donations to performers, go to performers. Support both if you can!
September 15: Brampton Indie Arts Festival
Artistic Director Friendly Rich Marsella has rounded up the best-of-the-best in underground and experimental musicians, filmmakers, dancers, poets and visual artists for two nights of celebrations. *Free*
Where: Brampton Downtown, of course! Rose Theatre Brampton: Studio Two, Main Stage (Audience and Acts), Lobby and the Fountain Stage in Garden Square. Weather Permitting.
When: Roaming performances from 7 – 9pm
September 16: Scenic Ride #4: Don River Valley
Join us for a scenic evening ride on the river valley trails.
Where: Meet at Sherbourne & Queen’s Quay
When: Meet at 6:30pm, ride leaves at 7pm
What: Join us on this warm summer evening for a casual group excursion to one of Toronto’s most beautiful scenic locations, seen from the most beautiful mode of transportation we know: the bicycle.
Hope to see you out there!
September 17: The Walk & Roll Caravan
A walking, strolling and cycling event to show the viability and vibrancy of active (muscle-powered) transport in Toronto neighbourhoods. The event passes through two neighbourhood street parties and ends at Dufferin Grove Park.
Where: North End of Dufferin Grove Park.
When: 2:oopm September 17
What: The parade will make its way through the Delaware and Havelock St. festivals and back to the park. Why 3km? The average car is used for 2,000 trips each year that are 3 km or less. It’s just as easy to walk, cycle, rollerblade or skateboard those distances! Imagine how much cleaner, safer, and healthier our community would be if we left our cars at home.
September 18: The Bicycle Musical Festival
“Toronto’s second annual pedal-powered, mobile music festival featuring Jeremy Fisher, The Strumbellas, Lenni Jabour, Abigail Lapell, Amélie & Les Singes Blues and more! This is a roaming event that involves a series of outdoor, pedal-powered concerts in three west-end parks on Sunday, September 18th. It all starts at the south end of Trinity Bellwoods Park, where we make a special appearance as part of the Queen West Art Crawl. Audience members will be powering our portable PA system by mounting generator bikes and pedaling away! We then load all our gear and instruments onto bikes and ride as a group to our other two beautiful stops.”
Where: Trinity Bellwoods Park, Fred Hamilton Park, & Dufferin Grove Park. Hey those are the same parks we did The Pedaler’s Wager in!
When: 2:00 – 7:30pm September 18th
What: See the map on their Schedule page for more details. CYCLOPS will be doing 2 short pieces during the afternoon.
August 20th Saturday Group ride to the Leslie Street Spit:
Since the Leslie Street Spit (also Tommy Thompson Park) is closed on weekdays, we have changed the date & time of our next group ride. We’ll still be meeting at Coronation Park, but at 3:00pm on August 20th instead of 6:30 August 19th. We’ll ride together out on the spit, have a little rest, picnic, kite-flying, cavorting, and then a leisurely return inland. We might just present a little performance treat for you to enjoy with us in the park. Everybody cross your fingers for good weather!
Here’s a link to the Friends of the Spit website:
And our route map:
We would like to apologize to the fine folks who came out to our cancelled ride on July 8th. We are very sorry for our absence. Unexpected circumstances in creating The Pedaler’s Wager interfered with the ride. Please let us know if you are joining us on this ride and if you have any suggestions for next time!
The Pedaler’s Wager, Clay & Paper Theatre’s brand new show for 2011, is now playing in Dufferin Grove Park, and more! This show features the CYCLOPS troupe with a host of supporting pedalers and cycling-oriented puppets, props, and sets. This is our second week of performances and the show is only getting better; it plays until August 14, so get yourself to the park for 7pm on a Wednesday through Sunday, or 2pm on a Friday. Now here is an exciting bit; bring your bike on Saturday & Sunday afternoons for the Mobile Matinees. Starting at 2, audience members will see Part 1 in Dufferin Grove Park, then bike to Fred Hamilton Park with the cast for Part 3, and finally to Trinity-Bellwoods Park for Part 3.
Additionally this year in the last two weeks of the run we’ll be integrating accessibility tools for those with low vision or hearing or blindness/deafness. Please join us for this unique and fun use of our public parks! All shows are Pay What You Can. We strive to be accessible to all; and we need your support.
Hear ye Hear ye! In a few short weeks we will be presenting our new feature-length summer show, The Pedaler’s Wager. We’ve been working with the intensity of a one-eyed puppeteering monster, creating the puppets and ingenious bicycle-based theatrical elements this show calls for.
Amira here. I’m excited to share with you these photos from our development process. Right now we are in the midst of implementing the action, music and imagery into a narrative, the story David Anderson (Artistic Director) and I have been developing since February. Our amazing Cyclops troupe joined on May 2, and our team of five fantastic students joined us Mid-June. It is highly visual, with a lot of unique puppetry, and it’s going to be really fun. Please enjoy and come to the show if you can!
July 20 – August 14 in Dufferin Grove Park & More
Weds – Sun 7pm & Friday 2pm
Weekend Mobile Matinees, 2pm:
Part 1 Dufferin Grove Park
Part 2 Fred Hamilton Park
Part 3 Trinity-Bellwoods Park
PWYC Suggested $10
This past week the Cyclops Troupe passed with flying colours the City of Toronto CanBike 2 course. Learning a slew of tips for riding safely in the city, we can’t wait to share our new riding skills with the public during our group rides. But until then, here are some should-be-common-sense tips for city cycling. Good cycling is all about Maneuverability, Predictability, Visibility and Communication.
- Maneuverability: While it may feel safest to hug the curb tightly, a safe distance is approximately one metre away from the curb/parked cars. This gives you room to maneuver if a car passes too closely, and allows you to avoid road edge hazards such as debris, potholes, grates etc.
- Predictability: When you stop at a red light, keep your feet off of the curb. This way it is clear to drivers that you will rejoin traffic. It’s simple communication, which is important given that most collisions between motorists and cyclists happen at intersections.
- Visibility: Straight line cycling is the best way to be predictable and visible. When riding on the road, keep your eyes ahead to anticipate road obstructions, such as parked cars, and then position yourself in the lane accordingly. Weaving in and out of parked cars is dangerous because drivers might not see you, and you may not see them!
- Communication: Use your lights, ring your bell, signal and shoulder check! And don’t forget to throw in the occasional “WOOHOO!” so everyone knows cycling is the most fun way to get from A to B!
That’s all for now, hope to see you cycling!
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Scenic Friday Night Rides 2011 Schedule:
Clay & Paper Theatre’s CYCLOPS: Cycling Oriented Puppet Squad invites you to join us on these warm summer evenings for casual group excursions to some of Toronto’s most beautiful scenic locations, seen from the most beautiful mode of transportation we know: the bicycle.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416 708 3332
1. June 10: Humber Bay Park
Meet at Coronation Park at 6:30pm for a waterfront ride west. Ride starts at 7pm. 9km.
2. July 8: West Toronto Rail Path
Meet at Dufferin Grove Park Friday Night Supper at 7pm for the Friday Night Supper in the Park! Ride starts at 8pm. Bike to the path’s southern entrance, all the way and then down Lansdowne to Starving Artist for a Friday night drink. 5km.
3. August 20: Leslie Spit *Ride changed to Saturday*
Meet at Coronation Park at 6:30pm for a waterfront ride east. Ride starts at 7pm
4. September 16: Don River Valley
Meet at Sherbourne & Queen’s Quay, 6:30pm for a river valley ride on the trails. Ride starts at 7pm.