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posted June 8, 2006

Annual Set-up of the Yurt

Saturday June 10, all day.

Some years ago, park friends Michelle Oser and Ian Small lent the park a huge yurt (traditional nomad tribal dwelling). They had bought it in Uzbekistan when they were working there for Doctors Without Borders. For the last three years, the yurt has been a backdrop for the Cooking Fire Theatre Festival, a story space for summer, a peaceful meditation spot, a playroom, sometimes even a billet for adventuresome park visitors. It’s time to put it up again for at least June and maybe longer. The wooden frame needs a lot of people to hold it steady when it’s being set up and when the roof struts are being put in. Anyone who wants to experience the complications of being a nomadic sheep-herder (?) will find this a very satisfying stand-in. Good food provided, to keep the nomads’ strength up. To find out more, talk to any of the par staff.

posted June 8, 2006

The Third Annual Cooking Fire Theatre Festival

Wednesday, June 14th – Sunday, June 18th, 2006

From director Kate Cayley:

“We are pleased to announce the third annual Cooking Fire Theatre Festival, a weeklong performance extravaganza celebrating theatre, food and public space in Toronto's Dufferin Grove Park. Companies from Toronto, Victoria , Halifax and New York City will present original work that promises to delight, provoke, and inspire. Each evening, Toronto's Number Eleven Theatre will lead the audience from site to site throughout the park to see performances ranging from an ancient Japanese folktale to a modern cowboy musical, from grand spectacles to intimate puppet pieces.

Delicious organic meals will be served to the audience over cooking fires and from Dufferin Grove Park's two wood-fired outdoor community bake ovens. Dan DeMatteis, who cooked at the park in years past but now works for Jamie Kennedy, will be back just for that week to work with the park cooks. Building on the success of the last two years, this year's Cooking Fire Theatre Festival will offer the experience of enchanting and challenging theatre, wonderful food and the beginning of summer.”

The schedule:
Zuppa Circus Theatre (Halifax) Open Theatre Kitchen: all possible futures – 6:30 PM

In a kitchen in the desert, a couple desires a child so deeply that they imagine one into existence. Equal parts human, part onion, mischief and mythology, the child transforms and threatens the life they have made. Presented by celebrated Halifax company Zuppa Circus, this new piece is a generous, wild theatrical feast celebrating a relentless appetite for the world.

Drama of Works (New York City) On the Backs of Fishes – 8 PM nightly

Part two of their epic puppet drama Warrior, On the Backs of Fishes tells the story of Jingo, the warrior empress of Japan, and uses marionettes, rod puppets, overhead projections and storytelling. On the Backs of Fishes won an award for Original Adaptation at the World Festival of Puppet Art in Prague. Drama of Works is an experimental puppet company, and company-in-residence at New York City's HERE Arts Centre.

Theatre SKAM (Victoria) Billy Nothin' – 8:30 PM nightly

Trapped in a world of leather chaps and cowboy boots, five Wild West characters collide, encountering murder, metamorphosis, and mayhem alongside a meta-whore who may or may not have the answers to set them free. This cowboy musical, presented by the wildly popular BC company, is a quintessential Western with more twists than a lasso.

Stranger Theatre (Toronto) Käthe Kollwitz – 9:45 PM nightly

A new piece using marionettes, shadow puppetry and toy theatre, based on the life and work of German printmaker and sculptor Käthe Kollwitz, her depiction of life in working class Berlin, and her struggles as a pacifist in Nazi Germany.

Performances begin at 6:30 PM every night and dinner is served from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM. Admission is pay-what-you-can ($10 suggested contribution).

posted June 8, 2006

Day Of Delight

Sunday June 18, 2 to 5pm: with Clay and Paper Theatre

A way to welcome summer into the park with dance, music, and puppetry. Clay and Paper Theatre director David Anderson says: this is a celebration of Love and Desire in Toronto and also for Toronto. (Pay what you can.)

posted June 8, 2006

Dufferin Grove Park Summer Craft Fair

Sunday June 18, 11 – 4 p.m.

DUFFERIN GROVE PARK SUMMER CRAFT FAIR Sunday June 18, 11 – 4 p.m. organized by Gladstone Ave. resident Abbey Huggan. She writes:

“we’ll have a variety of crafts and art on offer at this event: all *hand-made* by the person who is selling them, and with a priority for people whose craft is not their profession (at least not yet).”

If you fit that description and you want to sell at the fair, you can contact Abbey by e-mailing her at

posted June 8, 2006

Park Pieces (Dance Theatre)

June 23 and 24

During the last two weeks of May, well-known local artists and park friends Meagan O'Shea and Lisa Pijuan-Nomura spent many hours collecting park stories from people in the park. Meagan and Lisa are working on a dance theatre project called PARK PIECES, creating dance pieces based on the stories they gathered, which will culminate in public performances on June 23 and 24. Eroca Nicols’ park dance classes will take part in the performances too. For more information about the project:

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