Night of Dread 2017: Dufferin Grove Park-October 28, 2017

Illustration: Kathryn Durst

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Clay & Paper Theatre presents the 18th annual NIGHT OF DREAD, an evening of fearful pageantry, revels and mockery on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28TH in DUFFERIN GROVE PARK. At this much loved, family-friendly, community event, Torontonians are invited to call on, mock and banish their private and collective fears through parade and pageantry, music and masquerade, dance and a devilishly good party.

Dufferin Grove Park (875 Dufferin St., South of Bloor St. W., across from Dufferin Mall)

Black & White & Dreadful

********************* ADMISSION *************************
Pay-What-You-Are-Able: $5 / $10 / $15
(Please see below for more info on admission)

The parade begins in Dufferin Grove Park and proceeds:
-North on Gladstone to Bloor
-East on Bloor to Concord
-South on Concord to College
-West on College to Havelock
-North on Havelock back to Dufferin Grove Park

Captain Cowboy and the Money Maker
Richard Underhill & the Kensington Horns
Maracatu Mar Aberto
New Model Circus Army
Electro Balkan Experiment
Moskitto Bar

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4:30pm to 5:30pm
Visit the Valley of Remembrance and take in the shrine installation created by members of the community. This is a space for thoughtful remembrance of those that we have lossed, and honoured lovingly with shrines to their memories. A sound installation will take place in the Valley at this time to encourage meditation and peace. The shrine installation will be in place for the entire event.

4pm to 6pm
Puppet and mask sign out takes place at the Rink House, all parade preparations continue and the public assembles for the parade near the basketball court, east of the park vegetable gardens. Be sure to also check out the Cemetary of Fears closest to the garden.

5pm to 5:45pm
Musical guests Captain Cowboy and the Money Maker warm up the gathering revelers (You may remember this super rousing ragtime duo from our summer show, Hurly Burly, our street ode to the lost cinemas of Bloorcourt.)

6pm to 7pm
We all parade around the neighbourthood with community, puppets, Night of Dread characters and outstanding musical guests, the multi-Juno nominated jazz saxaphonist Richard Underhill with backup from the Kensington Horns, and powerhouse Afro-Brazilian drummers Maracatu Mar Aberto (Small World Music Festival, Harvest Festival, Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington)

The parade returns to the park and performance begins of the Fear of the Year theatrical scenario/pageant with pyro performers/guests New Model Circus Army.

The audience parades down to the Valley of Remembrance for a haunting musical performance with vocalists, drummers and DJ group, Electro Balkan Experiment (fresh off their Nuit Blanche show at the Aga Khan Museum) and a giant shadow show on the hill above the Shrine area.

Gather round the bonfire. Our Night of Dread Shaman will read out all of our Fears from the Cemetary of Fears and then burn them in the bonfire with the help of our Death Dancers. Who knows – perhaps you’d like to take a spin around the bonfire and dance with death? Waltz music provded by Richard Underhill while Pan de Muerto (Mexican Bread of the Dead made and baked in Dufferin Grove Park’s very own bake ovens) is served to revelers.

8pm to 9pm
Our evening ends with returning guests Moskitto Bar for a musical voyage from Baghdad to Brittany, an eclectic melding of Celtic/ Middle Eastern/ Balkan/ Ukrainian music. Final performance and dance takes place on the basketball court.

Participants gather for the parade in Dufferin Grove Park from 4 to 6pm where Clay & Paper Theatre puppets and masks are made available for revelers to wear. After the hour-long procession, with its towering puppets, fire spinners and an assortment of marching bands, all participants return to the park where they are treated to a theatrical spectacle showdown with the “Fear of the Year” for 2017.

After-scenario ceremonial events include a shrine garden in ‘The Valley of Remembrance’ to those who have passed, the Small Fears bonfire, a waltz with the Death dancers, and an opportunity to eat traditional Pan de Muerto (Bread of the Dead) baked fresh in Dufferin Grove’s own park bake ovens. The dreadful night then swings into a boisterous closing performance and dance party with a local Toronto band.

******************** REGARDING ADMISSION **********************
Please note that this production is NOT paid for by the Park’s Department. We are a not-for-profit theatre company with a charitable status (charitable tax number 899324263RP0001).We rely heavily on admission and donations to sustain the company and pay all of our artists in order to continue to bring theatre, parades, and community celebrations to Dufferin Grove Park and the parks and streets of Toronto.

We ask that you please give as generously as you possibly can. In this day and age of obscenely increased commercial property rental costs in the city of Toronto, Clay and Paper Theatre is finding it increasingly challenging to afford to stay in the neighbourhood that we serve. Your every dollar goes to support artists so that they can create, build and perform beautiful and inspired work that is about the community and in the heart of the community that we all live in. To help us you can:

– Donate to Clay & Paper Theatre at one of our shows. Look for the black boxes with Clay & Paper Theatre logo.
– You can also go online to the secured site of Canada Helps ( where you can make an online donation to Clay and Paper Theatre and a charitable tax
receipt is automatically generated.
– Or you can mail a cheque to: Clay and Paper Theatre, 163 Concord Ave. Toronto, ON M6H 2P2, and a charitable tax receipt will be mailed to you.

Thank you for your generosity.

We are Toronto’s only theatre company that works exclusively in public space. Now in its 23rd season and founded in 1994 by David Anderson (longtime theatre activist, producer of new Canadian work, and defender of public space), Clay & Paper Theatre has created, developed and performed multi-disciplinary, community-driven theatrical works using narrative theatre, music and large-scale puppetry in public spaces in the city of Toronto and beyond. One of our signature events, NIGHT OF DREAD incorporates international folk and theatrical traditions, drawing inspiration from festivals of death and remembrance around the world.

We are a small band of insurgent puppeteers and artists asking big questions with humour and irreverence. Clay & Paper Theatre is not funny and is never serious.

Clay & Paper Theatre gratefully acknowledges support from the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, The City of Toronto, Parks & Recreation.

Tamara Romanchuk 416.708.3332

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ILLUSTRATION: Kathryn Durst ( and )

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