Night of Dread

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 weeks 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!