Night of Dread 2019

Clay & Paper Theatre presents…

The 20th Annual NIGHT OF DREAD

Saturday, October 26th, 2019
Dufferin Grove Park (875 Dufferin St., South of Bloor St. W., across from Dufferin Mall)
Dress Code: Black & White & Dreadful
ADMISSION: $10 / 15 / $20 (Pay-What-You-Are-Able)

Clay & Paper Theatre presents the 20th annual NIGHT OF DREAD, an evening of fearful pageantry, revels and mockery on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26TH 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.

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 approximately 45 minute 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 2019.

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.


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 to Havelock
-North on Havelock and back to Dufferin Grove Park

  • TBD

PLEASE NOTE: Once the parade begins, the scheduled times following that are approximations. Times may need to be slightly adjusted depending on the length of the parade procession itself and the timing of some of the other live elements.

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 lost, and honoured lovingly with shrines to their memories. The shrine installation will be in place for the entire event.

4pm to 5:45pm
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 Cemetery of Fears closest to the garden.


5:30pm to 5:45pm
A very special, (shhhhhh) ‘secret’ presentation… bound to get your dreadful toes tapping.


6pm to 7pm
We all parade around the neighbourthood with community, puppets, Night of Dread characters and outstanding musical guest.

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.

Gather round the bonfire. Our Night of Dread Shaman will read out all of our Fears from the Cemetery 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? Also make sure to sample the Pan de Muerto (Mexican Bread of the Dead) made and baked in Dufferin Grove Park’s very own bake ovens.

8pm to 9pm
Our evening ends with musical guests, the final performance and dance takes place on the basketball court.


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.

++++++++++++++++A REQUEST FROM CLAY AND PAPER THEATRE++++++++++++++++

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.