Night of Dread 2017

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 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 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.


Parade Assembly & Puppet/Mask Sign-Out - 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/8:00pm


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


Black & White & Dreadful

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Pay-What-You-Are-Able: $5 / $10 / $15

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 and we rely heavily on admission and donations to sustain the company and pay all of our artists and to continue to bring events to Dufferin Grove Park and the community.

Night of Dread 2017

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