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Up next for the Puppet Squad:

Now that the Pedaler’s have cycled off into the sunset – leaving CYCLOPS spinning in their wake – we’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who came together to make our summer show The Pedaler’s Wager such big a hit. Special thanks to all of our many volunteers and supporters. We couldn’t have done it without you!

With a moment to catch our collective breath, CYCLOPS’ fearless four will spring back into action with a feast of fantastic activities lined-up for the next month. Here’s an overview of our plans.

We’re mobile. We’re decorated. We’re bringing the puppetry to the people!

CYCLOPS does "The Greedy FIshers". Photo by Milan Ilnyckyj

August 18: Herstories Cafe

An outdoor “history” salon themed “Women and Bicycles” *Free*

Where: Trinity Bellwoods Park – Southwest corner

When: 6:00pm

What: A history of women and bicycles; “Woman and Cycling in Toronto – Fighting for inclusion since 1869″ with speakers Steve Brearton and Evalyn Parry. See the website for more information. This is a special outdoor event and is free for all to attend. We will meet beside the Trinity Bellwoods Recreation center (which is at 155 Crawford Street.) There is a lovely grove of trees, behind Fresh – off of the Crawford entrance. Please meet us there and bring blankets, drinks and food. They will provide some refreshments as well. Weather permitting.

August 20: Leslie Street Spit Group Ride

Join us for an afternoon cycling trip to the Leslie Street Spit.

Where: Meet at Coronation Park

When: Meet at 3:00pm, ride leaves at 3:30pm

What: Bring a buddy, a blanket, and a smile, and remember to wear a helmet and sunscreen. We’ll have a rest and picnic when we get there, and maybe even a little performance treat from the Squad.

Weather permitting: Follow us on Twitter to catch the latest updates.

August 25: Artspin

A multi-disciplinary art crawl style bicycle tour of galleries (commercial, artist run & public), art performances and visits to artist’s studios throughout various downtown Toronto neighbourhoods. *Free*

Where: Starts in Trinity-Bellwoods Park, CYCLOPS location To Be Determined

When: 6:30pm

What: “Each Art Spin tour will feature a new itinerary featuring some of the city’s most exciting artists. Much of our programing includes interactive events that directly involve our audiences, calling upon their creative participation. Art Spin works closely with different community partners to help capture and share the pulse of this city’s vibrant art scene.

The meeting point is the gate to Trinity Bellwoods Park at Queen St. & Strachan, between 6:30 – 7 pm and ending around 9 pm. Art Spin is a free event, and anyone regardless of age or cycling ability is welcome.”

This will be the last Artspin of 2011, congratulations to the organizers for creating such a sucessful series!

August 25 – 28: Scotiabank Toronto Buskerfest

Toronto’s biggest gathering of street performers all in support of Epilepsy Toronto.

Where: Buskerplay Area next to St. Lawrence Market North. Map Link Here

When: Parade at 2:15pm, Show at 2:30pm

What: St. Lawrence Market area shuts down for this incredible gathering of entertainers, artists, dare-devils, and more for four days. It’s one of the best festivals Toronto offers and it’s CYCLOPS first time there! We’ll be presenting a range of songs, puppetry, pageantry and ruckus-raising!

All gate donations go to Epilepsy Toronto: donations to performers, go to performers. Support both if you can!

September 15: Brampton Indie Arts Festival

Artistic Director Friendly Rich Marsella has rounded up the best-of-the-best in underground and experimental musicians, filmmakers, dancers, poets and visual artists for two nights of celebrations. *Free*

Where: Brampton Downtown, of course! Rose Theatre Brampton: Studio Two, Main Stage (Audience and Acts), Lobby and the Fountain Stage in Garden Square. Weather Permitting.

When: Roaming performances from 7 – 9pm

Don River Valley Route
Don River Valley Route

September 16: Scenic Ride #4: Don River Valley

Join us for a scenic evening ride on the river valley trails.

Where: Meet at Sherbourne & Queen’s Quay

When: Meet at 6:30pm, ride leaves at 7pm

What: Join us on this warm summer evening for a casual group excursion to one of Toronto’s most beautiful scenic locations, seen from the most beautiful mode of transportation we know: the bicycle.

Hope to see you out there!


If you are interested in bringing CYCLOPS to your festival, protest, party, or gallery please get in touch with Larissa at or call 416 708 3332. Follow us on twitter for regular updates.

If you missed The Pedaler’s Wager don’t fret – we will be posting some video highlights soon. Here’s what people have said about the show:

The Globe and Mail
The Grid
NOW Magazine
(scroll down)
Mooney on Theatre

August 18: Hersto

Posted: August 16th, 2011
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Bike to the Zoo Adventure!

Monday, 20 September , 9AM – 6PM

Meet at Cyclops Studio
37 Mowat Ave. Studio 2B
Toronto, ON

Cyclops Squad is planning a day trip biking adventure to the Toronto Zoo and back. The round trip is approximately 90 km, but we will go at a moderate pace. Challenge yourself!

We will not be going to the Zoo itself but we will picnic and take in scenery at Rouge River before heading back.

This is the last group ride of the Cyclops season, so don’t miss out! Weather is looking fantastic!

What to bring:
- Bike helmet
- Water
- Spare inner tube/patch kit if you have it
- Picnic lunch
- Weather appropriate clothing
- All your bike loving friends!

Here is our planned route, subject to change on the day:

Meet at 9:00 am at the Cyclops Studio (37 Mowat Ave 2B), ride leaves promptly at 9:30 am.
We are expecting to return to the Studio before 6:00 pm. See you Monday!

Posted: September 16th, 2010
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Toronto Bicycle Music Festival

Cyclops are working as roadies for this amazing event. I can’t wait! Would it be going to far if I said “Yippeee!”? Oh well, what’s been said has been said.

Toronto’s inaugural pedal-powered, mobile music festival!


Trinity Bellwoods Park (in the pit)
2:00 pm – Tomboyfriend
2:40 pm – roving bike music party

Dovercourt Park
3:30 pm – Griffin
4:00 pm – kit wilson-yang
4:30 pm – Richard Laviolette

Dufferin Grove Park
5:30 pm – Evalyn Parry
6:00 pm – The Strumbellas


What’s that, you say … a bicycle-powered music festival?

That’s right! Toronto’s first ever pedal-powered, mobile music fest will take place on September 19th. The festival will move between various parks in Toronto’s west end before culminating at Dufferin Grove Park. Music lovers, make sure to wear your biking shorts, because this festival will be 100% audience-powered. Rock out to some sweet tunes while turning your sweat into electricity as you hop on one of our stationary generator bikes.

We are still looking for volunteer roadies for the day. If you have a bike trailer, cargo bike or rickshaw, and want to help us cart around instruments and equipment, drop us a line!

Posted: September 15th, 2010
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Seeing Cyclops in September

September 16: DIY Bike Trailer Workshops begin. Sign up now to learn how to make your very own Clay & Paper Theatre bicycle cargo trailer. Cyclops will be on hand to show you how it’s done.

September 17: Night of Dread Community Planning Meeting Join us at Dufferin Grove Park to get involved with planning this amazing event. Tell us all of your deepest and darkest fears from 2010, and we’ll include them in this year’s Night of Dread. Dufferin Grove Rink House, 6:30 -8:30PM.

September 18: DPNC Bike Clinic Join us at Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood Centre’s Bike Clinics. Get free repairs, join group rides, and see CYCLOPS perform, from 12-2PM. Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood Centre, 1900 Davenport Road (in the back garden)

September 19: Bicycle Music Festival Toronto’s inaugural pedal-powered, mobile music festival! The festival will move between various parks in Toronto’s west end before culminating at Dufferin Grove Park. Trinity Bellwoods Park, Dovercourt Park and Dufferin Grove Park,1:30-7PM See the facebook event for venues and times.

September 22: Car Free Day Toronto is joined by more than 1,500 cities around the world that are committed to raising awareness on sustainable mobility by celebrating International Car Free Day. Join CYCLOPS for Car Free Day, as well as  live performances from “Parking Space Paradise”  across from Trinity Belwoods Park, time TBA.

September 24: Critical Mass is held on the last Friday of every month in over 300 cities around the world. While the ride was originally founded in 1992 in San Francisco with the idea of drawing attention to how unfriendly the city was to cyclists, the leaderless structure of Critical Mass makes it impossible to assign it any one specific goal. In fact, the purpose of Critical Mass is not formalized beyond the direct action of meeting at a set location and time and traveling as a group through city or town streets on bikes. Meet at Bloor and Spadina at 6PM, ride leaves at 6:30PM.

September 25: Evergreen Brickworks Grand Opening Come celebrate with us with music, food, exciting exhibits, wonderful workshops, terrific tours and plenty of family fun. Clay & Paper Theatre will be on hand with giant puppets and music at 1:30PM Evergreen Brickworks, 550 Bayview Avenue, South of Pottery Road.

Eglington Hill Fair. Join us for family fun and festivities, including CYCLOPS with giant puppets! Eglinton and Keele, 4:30-6:30PM.

September 26: PS Kensington: Earth! Global Harvest Traditions In celebration of the bounty of the earth, we’ll exchange seeds, meet our farmers, and enjoy a feast of local foods, and learn a harvest dance. Come see CYCLOPS perform “Human and Bicycle: A Love Story”,“Oil Cantastoria”, “The Greedy Fisherman“, “Bicycle Revolution!” and Bowmafridgeamaphone music right on Augusta Avenue from 12-6PM.

October 1: Art Gallery of Hamilton World Film Festival Clay & Paper Theatre will be on hand with stilts and giant puppets, animating crowds at The Art Gallery of Hamilton for AGH World Film Festival. 8:30PM – Midnight.

October 2: No Fare is Fair Street Party/Picnic Come to the park to celebrate the campaign to promote free and accessible transit for the GTA. Enjoy food, puppets and entertainment. Christie Pitts, Bloor and Christie Streets. 1-4PM.

Posted: September 14th, 2010
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Love Cycling?


Love cycling? Yes? You do?

Then join CYCLOPS  at DPNC’s bike clinic and community rides on September 18th from Noon to 2pm. Bike Pirates will be on hand to help you get your bike in working AAAAAARRRGGHHHHder.

Posted: August 24th, 2010
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Oil Crimp

by Shannon Lee Stirling

Louisiana, Michigan,
Don’t forget Mediterranean,
Tar Sands in Alberta,
Pipelines in Panama,

Spilling over.
Must take cover.

But we cannot get away.
Polyester’s here to stay.
Oil, oil everywhere,
In our clothes,
In our hair.

Eating food-like products,
The corporations’ got us.

Every time I take a sip
There’s plastic on my lips.

Drip, drip,
BP slipped,
Now it’s a slick.

Drifting up our coastlines.
Poisoning our shorelines.

Obama says it will be fine!

But don’t take pictures
Of the fissures,
Petrol mixtures,
Geographical blisters.

Pimple on the Earth,
When it pops it’s gonna hurt.

But keep on spending,
Keep on driving.

Economy’s thriving, we’re surviving.
Right? Right? Right? Right?
Right? Right? WRONG!
I can no longer go along.

I must resist!
Tell everyone about all of this.
The corporations can go to hell!
Tell BP to stuff that well!

Posted: August 21st, 2010
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