Night of Dread 2014

Clay & Paper Theatre presents

The 15th Annual NIGHT OF DREAD

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Dufferin Grove Park

Join Clay & Paper Theatre on Saturday, October 25th for the15th 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.

The hour-long procession then 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 - 2014s big fear is "Them And Us".

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 citys finest musicians, puppeteers, dancers and stilt walkers - together well laugh at our fears, waltz with death, eat the bread of the dead, and remember those who have gone from our midst.


Dress Code: 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!

4pm - Participants begin assembling in Dufferin Grove Park, near the basketball court

6:00pm - Parade begins

7:30pm - Pageantry & Celebration in the park


Parade begins in Dufferin Grove Park

- North on Gladstone to Bloor

- East on Bloor to Roxton

- South on Roxton to Dewson

- West on Dewson to Havelock

- North on Havelock to the SE entrance into the park

And we're back at Dufferin Grove!


Pay-What-You-Can / $10 Suggested


Get in on all of the dreadful action by being a volunteer at this year's NIGHT OF DREAD on October 25th! Were looking for Parade Marshals on Bikes, Money-Catchers, and Death Dancers/ Bread-Givers.

If you're interested in joining us, meet us on Wednesday, October 22nd from 7 - 8:30pm in the Rink House @ Dufferin Grove Park Dufferin St., south of Bloor. It would IDEAL if you could also drop us a line in advance at to let us know that you're interested.

A little bit more info...

Parade Marshals on Bikes - "Shepherds of the Parade"... keep the pacing of the parade running smoothly. Parade Marshall vest provided. For the actual NIGHT OF DREAD on October 25th, we'll need you from 5 - 7:30pm.

Money-Catchers - Circulate through the assembled audience to collect donations for this Pay-What-You-Can event. A Clay & Paper Theatre PWYC money catcher box is provided. For the actual NIGHT OF DREAD on October 25th, we'll need you from 4 - 9pm, there is a break from 6 - 7pm. Or you could commit to a shorter shift, at either 4 - 6:30pm or 6:30 - 9:30pm.

Death Dancers/ Bread-Givers - No dancing required! Walk in the parade, then join in the festivities back at the park, and help distribute pan de muerto Mexican bread of the dead when called upon. For the actual NIGHT OF DREAD on October 25th, we'll need you from 4 - 8:30pm, and we'll provide you with a mask and costume to wear. Coming out with a bunch of friends to NIGHT OF DREAD? Being a Death Dancer/ Bread-Giver is a great group activity and way to participate together.


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Night of Dread 2014

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