Clay & Paper Theatre presents:

A Celebration of Love, Courtship & Desire

On Sunday, June 19th 2016 from 1 to 4:30pm, Clay & Paper Theatre invites you to lush and beautiful Dufferin Grove Park for the 14th Annual Day of Delight: A Toronto celebration of Love, Courtship and Desire. Join us and some of Toronto’s most amorous artists, puppeteers, actors, clowns, circus arts performers, singers and dancers as we celebrate the themes of Love, Courtship and Desire for Place, People and Planet!

1pm – 4:30pm
Cardboardia (Kids’ Exploratorium)

1pm – 3:30pm
“Looking for Love” Treasure Hunt

1:30pm – 2:00pm
Balfolk Family & Community Dance

2:00pm – 4:30pm
Clay & Paper Theatre – Parade & Pageant of Love
Broulala – Songs of Love
Paromita Kar – Dances of Love
Philip & Lucinda – Circus of Love
Birdbone Theatre – Puppets of Love
Rutherford – Clowns of Love
Matti Palonen – Harps of Love
Akhilanda Collaborative – Mermaids of Love
Clay & Paper Theatre – A Mummers Play of Love
Maracatu Mar Aberto – FINALE – Drums of Love

Featuring Puppetry, Music, Circus Arts, Clowning, Installation, Dance and Theatre by:

– Kids get to explore a cardboard version of the Great Barrier Reef in returning favourite CARDBOARDIA
– A family friendly LOVE TREASURE HUNT throughout Dufferin Grove Park
– Folk dance workshop and all around folk party band, BALFOLK TORONTO
– Opening parade and PAGEANT OF LOVE
– THE COLOURS OF LOVE, a giant puppet and a carnival of colours , inspired by “Holi” a Hindu spring festival. (NOTE: All dry coloured powder and coloured water are water soluble.)
– Innovative accapella jazz ensemble BROULALA
– Central Asian dance mistress PAROMITA KAR peforms accompanied by musician MIKE ANKLEWICZ
– Acrobatic-comedy-kazoo duo PHILIP & LUCINDA
– A table top puppetry show by innovative Canadian puppeteers BIRDBONE THEATRE
– RUTHERFORD in “Barn-Barns for All!” A red nose love story with bananas.
– A giant harp installation built into the trees of Dufferin Grove Park by adventurous luthier and musician, MATTI PALONEN
– The reunion of three mermaid sisters in an aerial, movement and live music performance piece, “the way back home”
– FINALE with Toronto’s own Afro-Brazilian drumming powerhouse, MARACATU MAR ABERTO


Dufferin Grove Park
(875 Dufferin St., south of Bloor St.W. Across from the Dufferin Mall)
2:00 – 5:00pm
INFO: 416-708-3332



Clay & Paper Theatre presents…

The 17th Annual NIGHT OF DREAD

Saturday, October 29th, 2016
Dufferin Grove Park

Pay-What-You-Can ($10 Suggested)

Join Clay & Paper Theatre on Saturday, October 29th for the 17th annual Night of Dread, when we will parade our private and collective fears through the darkened streets of Toronto. Night of Dread, is an unforgettable evening of pageantry, music and masquerade, towering puppets, stilt dancers, fire-spinners and fearful masks. The interactive parade begins in Dufferin Grove Park at 6pm. Admission is PWYC ($10 suggested) and all are welcome.

The hour-long procession IMG_3394then returns to Dufferin Grove Park for an evening of ceremonial festivities that allow us to call on, mock and banish the fears that unite and divide us in these times. Each year we select a “Big Fear of the Year” as a theme, which will be unveiled after the parade through wonderfully choreographed theatrics and music.

In the week leading up to Night of Dread we will be hosting a series of programmed workshops in the rink house focusing on Mask Making and Shrine Building! There are workshops for all community members, and are 100% accessible. Please visit the workshop_page for more info.

This much-loved community celebration incorporates international folk and theatrical traditions, drawing inspiration from festivals of death and remembrance around the world. Come and dance in the streets with our city’s finest musicians, puppeteers, dancers and stilt walkers – together we’ll laugh at our fears, waltz with death, eat the bread of the dead, and remember those who have gone from our midst.


Black & White & Dreadful

Masks or puppets to wear are also available to the public in the Rink House from 4:00 – 6:00pm. Everyone is invited to participate in the parade!

Parade Assembly – 4pm to 6pm
Parade – 6pm to 7pm
Fear of the Year Scenario – 7pm
Mockery (Post Scenario Events) – 7:15pm to 9:00pm
Live Band at the Music Tent – 7:45pm

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


Parade begins in Dufferin Grove Park and we have Toronto Police escorts throughout

– North on Gladstone to Bloor

– West on Bloor to Brock

– South on Brock to Lindsey

– West on Lindsey to Havelock

– North on Havelock to the South entrance of the park

And we’re back at Dufferin Grove!


Call for Submissions – Too Short to Suck: Too Little Time to Die


Deadline: February 19, 2016


Too Short to Suck is an evening dedicated to works-in-progress. The second edition of Too Short to Suck will be held March 11, 2016. This is an evening where people can perform in a low-pressure environment for an encouraging audience and experiment with new ideas.

– performances must be in the categories of puppetry, object theatre, street theatre or circus arts
– 250 word max description of your project
– 100 word bio or you/your group

It is the fervent desire of Clay & Paper Theatre to encourage people to abandon propriety, escape the mundane, astonish the innocent, and perplex the sophisticated. With this in mind, shows that are scrappy and have something to say are more exciting to us than polished shows that are vapid. If you have a show that can change the world in under 10 minutes, you’re our kinda creative rabble-rouser!

Please send your questions and/or submissions to Kristi at by February 19, 2016.

Call for Submissions: W.I.P. Night!

On January 15th, 2016, Clay and Paper is hosting a Work-In-Progress Night — an entire evening dedicated to sharing new performances and projects!

This is our invitation to you to perform short, work-in-progress or experimental pieces that fall somewhere within the categories of puppetry and/or street theatre. This evening is intended to be a space where people can bring projects they have been working on, or beginning to work on, and perform in a low-pressure environment for a friendly and encouraging audience. (We are especially interested in works that vibe with the C&P thematic canon, but are welcoming of all.)

This is also an opportunity for us to gather our friends and make good use of our beautiful studio space before it gets torn down to make way for nasty condos. Let’s help 35 Strachan go out with style!

Anyone interested in performing, please e-mail Kristi White at before December 20th with a short description of your proposed performance (max. 250 words).

Please feel free to spread this invitation to folks who may be interested in performing. The time allotted to each performer is 2-10 minutes (in the style of “Too Short to Suck”). We will be charging an admissions fee to non-performing audience members, which will be split amongst performers as payment.

Cranky Movie Performance and Demo!


David Anderson in Yaroslava, Russia, 1989

A rarely seen street theatrical device, the CRANKY MOVIE will be demonstrated this WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2nd, at the Clay & Paper Studios. The fantabulous Mister David Anderson will be putting on a performative demonstration the likes of which have nary been seen on these Toronto City streets in o’er a decade.

Join us for an evening of learning, laughing, and raucous-theatrics from one of the proper Masters in CRANKY MOVIE un-technology! David Anderson has been a street performer for over 45 years, and has graced the international common “stage” countless times throughout. Although his methods may seem mad, his insights are true.

Where: 35 Strachan Avenue
When: 6:30pm – 8pm

We even have snacks!

E-mail our Production Manager, Sandra Mannila, at to RSVP!

Miniature Theatre Workshop – Open Call!

Miniature Theatre Workshop

Hosted by Roberto Sainz De La Pena Montenegro

Wednesday, September 16th from 1-4PM

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Join us tomorrow afternoon for a workshop in miniature theatre with our visiting artist and puppeteer, Roberto. Miniature theatre, or toy theatre, was originally conceived in early 19th century Europe and quickly took hold as a popular and accessible form of home and street entertainment. In recent years it has a seen a revival amongst puppeteers and actors across Europe and the Americas, especially in Roberto’s hometown of Valparaiso, Chile. The workshop will go over the basics of design, construction, story-telling and movement.

The workshop has the capacity for 6 people. It is free and open to the public.

A little bit about Roberto…

Hailing from the puppet-enthused city of Valparaiso, Chile, he has come to Canada to share in his love of puppetry with Toronto’s own puppeteering community, and introduce to us the art of miniature theatre. He spends his days in Toronto volunteering with us at Clay and Paper, or performing his one man show, Pesadillas, in our city parks. Roberto is an actor, teacher, and puppeteer who works with Teatro Lambe Lambe in Santiago.