Night of Dread

Clay & Paper Theatre presents the 17th annual NIGHT OF DREAD, an evening of fearful pageantry, revels and mockery on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29TH in DUFFERIN GROVE PARK. At this much loved, family-friendly, community event, Torontonians are encouraged to call on, mock and banish their private and collective fears through parade and pageantry, music and masquerade, dance and a devilishly good party. NIGHT OF DREAD incorporates international folk and theatrical traditions, drawing inspiration from festivals of death and remembrance around the world.


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 TBA 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-Can / $10 Suggested

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 2016.

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.

Now in its 21st 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. A little theatre company 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 and Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment & Training.

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