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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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I think we need to recruit this guy for Cyclops 2011!

via Have you seen this?!

Posted: September 19th, 2010
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Bike Art of the Day: Monica Heitz


Monica Heitz, Sad Bear


Monica Heitz, Octo-cycle

Posted: September 16th, 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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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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August Critical Mass

August ’10 Toronto CM from Darren Stehr on Vimeo.

Posted: August 30th, 2010
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Bike Art of the Day: Leanne Eisen

and then

And then . . . by Leanne Eisen

Okay, it’s shameless self-promotion for Cyclops’ newest member.

Posted: August 30th, 2010
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Look before you leave.


Remember these ads from Sweet Pete’s back in 2007? I don’t.  I just saw it for the first time.  Ingenious!

More info

Posted: August 30th, 2010
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Nagging suspicion . . .


Stay alert out there, folks!

via Fengtastic!

Posted: August 26th, 2010
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