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, 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.


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


Black & White & Dreadful


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


-To Be Announced


-To Be Announced

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 Groves own park bake ovens. The dreadful night then swings into a boisterous closing performance and dance party with a local Toronto band.


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.


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. Thank you for your generosity. Please see below for more information regarding our charitable status and other ways to donate.

We are Toronto's only theatre company that works exclusively in public space. Now in its 23rd season and founded in 1994 by David Anderson longtime theatre activist, producer of new Canadian work, and defender of public space, Clay & Paper Theatre has created, developed and performed multi-disciplinary, community-driven theatrical works using narrative theatre, music and large-scale puppetry in public spaces in the city of Toronto and beyond. One of our signature events, NIGHT OF DREAD incorporates international folk and theatrical traditions, drawing inspiration from festivals of death and remembrance around the world.

We are a small band of insurgent puppeteers and artists asking big questions with humour and irreverence. Clay & Paper Theatre is not funny and is never serious.

Clay & Paper Theatre gratefully acknowledges support from the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, The City of Toronto, Parks & Recreation.


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Clay & Paper Theatre is a not-for-profit charitable organization charitable tax number 899324263RP0001. Clay & Paper Theatre relies on donations from people just like you to continue bringing theatre, parades, and community celebrations to the parks and streets of Toronto. No donation is too large or small, and you will receive a charitable tax receipt.

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.

Night of Dread 2017

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