Night of Dread

October 26, 2019

October 26, 2019


Dufferin Grove Park, 875 Dufferin Park Avenue, Toronto



Events Description

Clay & Paper Theatre presents the annual NIGHT OF DREAD, an evening of fearful pageantry, revels and mockery. 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.
Who is it for?

All ages

Black & White & Dreadful


Tickets :Pay-What-You-Are-Able $10 / 15 / $20 (Pay-What-You-Are-Able)
How to get tickets?

At the door


Date & Time:

Saturday, October 26, 2019 | 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM


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.

Venue & Address :

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


Parade Route:

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

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