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Cyclops 2011 first ride on a cold May morning…

This past week the Cyclops Troupe passed with flying colours the City of Toronto CanBike 2 course. Learning a slew of tips for riding safely in the city, we can’t wait to share our new riding skills with the public during our group rides.  But until then, here are some should-be-common-sense tips for city cycling.  Good cycling is all about Maneuverability, Predictability, Visibility and Communication.

  • Maneuverability: While it may feel safest to hug the curb tightly, a safe distance is approximately one metre away from the curb/parked cars.  This gives you room to maneuver if a car passes too closely, and allows you to avoid road edge hazards such as debris, potholes, grates etc.
  • Predictability: When you stop at a red light, keep your feet off of the curb.  This way it is clear to drivers that you will rejoin traffic.  It’s simple communication, which is important given that most collisions between motorists and cyclists happen at intersections.
  • Visibility: Straight line cycling is the best way to be predictable and visible.  When riding on the road, keep your eyes ahead to anticipate road obstructions, such as parked cars, and then position yourself in the lane accordingly. Weaving in and out of parked cars is dangerous because drivers might not see you, and you may not see them!
  • Communication:  Use your lights, ring your bell, signal and shoulder check!  And don’t forget to throw in the occasional “WOOHOO!” so everyone knows cycling is the most fun way to get from A to B!

That’s all for now, hope to see you cycling!

Posted: May 18th, 2011
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Art Bike!

Community Bicycle Decoration Workshops

June 11 & 18, 1 – 4 PM

Dufferin Grove Park Field House

Clay & Paper Theatre and Cyclops: Cycling Oriented Puppet Squad are pleased to invite members of the public to join us in two afternoons of bicycle decoration. From simply adding a flag or flowers to your basket, to building a bicycle float on your bike trailer, we will innovate ways to make your bike stand out amongst the crowds of boring brand names and beaters.

Some examples of bicycle decoration that inspires us:

Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Ride 2009

Participants are also invited to join our Bicycle Parade during Day of Delight on June 19 – click here for more info!

Some materials will be provided, but please do bring your own!

Contact us at or 416-708-3332 to register!

Posted: May 5th, 2011
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Ride With Us!

Scenic Friday Night Rides 2011 Schedule:

Clay & Paper Theatre’s CYCLOPS: Cycling Oriented Puppet Squad invites you to join us on these warm summer evenings for casual group excursions to some of Toronto’s most beautiful scenic locations, seen from the most beautiful mode of transportation we know: the bicycle.

Contact us with questions at or 416 708 3332

1. June 10: Humber Bay Park

Meet at Coronation Park at 6:30pm for a waterfront ride west. Ride starts at 7pm. 9km.

Coronation Park to Humber Bay Park-9km
Coronation Park to Humber Bay Park-9km

2. July 8: West Toronto Rail Path

Meet at Dufferin Grove Park Friday Night Supper at 7pm for the Friday Night Supper in the Park! Ride starts at 8pm. Bike to the path’s southern entrance, all the way and then down Lansdowne to Starving Artist for a Friday night drink. 5km.

Railpath Route 6km
Railpath Route 6km

3. August 19: Leslie Spit

Meet at Coronation Park at 6:30pm for a waterfront ride east. Ride starts at 7pm.

Coronation Park to Leslie Spit-12km
Coronation Park to Leslie Spit -12km

4. September 16: Don River Valley

Meet at Sherbourne & Queen’s Quay, 6:30pm for a river valley ride on the trails. Ride starts at 7pm.

Don River Valley Route
Don River Valley Route

Posted: April 22nd, 2011
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Coming Soon: CYCLOPS 2011!

This year’s Cyclops Squad has just been hired! Plans are being made, schedules formed and puppets designed! This year’s Cyclops troupe will start the year at the Kid’s World of Energy Festival put on by the Toronto Renewable Energy Collective: click here to find out more about that! We’ll also be playing at the Evergreen Brickworks that weekend (May 21 & 22) during the market and ongoing Energy Festival. We’re very excited to begin with such a great event.

Day of Delight Bike Parade 2010
Day of Delight Bike Parade 2010

Other activities planned so far this year include:

Please contact us at to bring Cyclops to your event!

Sneak peek from The Pedaller’s Wager… Shhhhh….


Giant Puppet & Bike Trailer Parade
Giant Puppet & Bike Trailer Parade

Posted: April 21st, 2011
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Bike Doggie

Everything about this video is amazing.

Posted: March 15th, 2011
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CYLOPS is Hiring!

Audition Notice – Cyclops Performers & Musician

Clay & Paper Theatre is looking for three cycling-enthusiastic performers and one musician/composer to intern with us as part of Cyclops: Cycling Oriented Puppet Squad.

Wage: $16.50/hour, 35 hours/week

May 2 to October 31, 2011

Highly variable schedule including evenings and weekends, must be available all days and times.

Please do not apply if you have other commitments over the course of the summer and fall i.e., Fringe, Summerworks, another part time job etc.

Summary of Position: Cyclops interns are responsible for developing bicycle-based theatre pieces to perform in public venues and at community, cycling and environmental events, as well as a full-length mobile production based in Dufferin Grove Park. Interns must be cycling enthusiasts, have a strong performance background and an interest in developing skill sets in other creative or administrative areas, such as administration, producing, writing, design, building, costuming, etc. Bicycle and gear will be provided, as well as training in bike maintenance, safety and street performance techniques. Animators, puppeteers, dancers, clowns, buskers, singers and musicians are invited to apply.


Duties for all four include:

  • Develop theatre pieces to be performed in public space using the bicycle as a key element in transportation, music, design, set, props, etc.
  • Animate community, cycling and environmental events with theatrical performances; busking at various locations throughout downtown Toronto
  • Perform at our annual Day of Delight and Night of Dread festivals and as part of our summer production, Human Power: An Epic Tale Of Modernity
  • Lead community workshops on bike trailer building, bicycle decoration, bicycle puppets, etc.
  • Organize volunteers and group bicycle ride
  • Perform other administrative, promotional or production tasks as needed to support the Squad, the project and Clay & Paper Theatre

For Musician: Composition and accompaniment for a wide variety of performances with instrumentation and voice

For Performers: Physical theatre, puppetry, and musical collaboration and performance



  • Strong performance background (non-Equity only), with experience in developing original work in a collaborative environment
  • Physical ability to cycle regularly and for long distances in city traffic
  • Highly motivated and responsible, must be able to work independently
  • Outgoing, personable, good sense of humour
  • Enthusiastic about urban cycling and environmental issues
  • Must enjoy interacting with the public and not be afraid of asking strangers for money


Clay & Paper encourages applications from people of diverse backgrounds.

Submit your resume, head shot, and a short statement of why you would like to join Cyclops to by Monday March 28, 2011 at 5 PM. Please put CYCLOPS APPLICATION in the subject line. Auditions will take place April 4 – 8 from 9am to 3pm. Short listed applicants will be required to take part in a group audition April 11 – 13. We thank you for your application, but only those selected for an audition will be contacted.

Posted: March 11th, 2011
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Bike Art of the Day: Imogen Shaw

Posted: November 16th, 2010
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BikeSauce Winter Cycling Seminar

Bike Sauce will be holding a Winter Cycling Seminar tonight. The aim of the seminar is to educate those who may be a bit weary, but want to take up winter riding. The format will be a workshop / discussion, so experienced winter cyclists are be more than welcome to come and help out.

We plan to cover:

1. Bike Equipment / Maintenance.
2. What to wear.
3. Riding technique.

If you’re interested in taking the plunge into winter riding, or want to help those that do, join us tonight at 7pm at Bike Sauce, behind The Big Jerk at 717 Queen Street East.

Posted: November 9th, 2010
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The 2nd Annual Hell on Wheels

Clay & Paper Theatre is as pleased as punch to bring back Hell on Wheels for a second year! We are once again devoting a section of Night of Dread parade to those on wheels: bicycles, wheelchairs, unicycles, skateboards, rollerskates, and . . .

Hell on Wheels was developed following the success of Clay & Paper’s summer projects Cyclops: Cycling Oriented Puppet Squad and Puppets Without Barriers (providing accessible theatre). Last year’s event was a great success – Let’s use that momentum to keep our wheels in motion!

Deck yourself out at home or visit the Hell on Wheels decorating station at Dufferin Grove Park. Arrive early to adorn your wheels or yourself, and roll through the parade in style! 

Decorating starts at 4 PM. Photo by Eric Hawkes

The 11th Annual Night of Dread

Dufferin Grove Park, Saturday October 30, 2010

Join us for the eleventh annual Night of Dread, Clay & Paper Theatre’s invitation to the community to parade our private and collective fears through the darkened streets of Toronto. The hour-long procession returns to Dufferin Grove Park for an evening of ceremonial festivities that compel us to call on, mock and banish the fears that unite and divide us in these tumultuous times. Night of Dread is an unforgettable evening of pageantry, music and masquerade incorporating towering puppets, stilt dancers, fire-spinners and fearful masks in a daring exploration of dread.

This much-beloved community celebration incorporates international folk and theatrical traditions, drawing inspiration from festivals of death and remembrance around the world. Come dance in the streets with our city’s finest musicians, puppeteers, dancers and stilt walkers; together we’ll laugh at our fears, waltz with death, eat the bread of the dead, and remember those who have gone from our midst.

Clay & Paper has many costumes and puppets available for the public to wear in the parade; come early to the Dufferin Rink House to avoid disappointment!

4 -6 PM: Parade assembles at Dufferin Grove

6 PM: Parade departs

Dress Code: Black & White

Pay-What-You-Can / suggested donation $10

Info: (416) 708-3332

Posted: September 20th, 2010
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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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