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•Open Door Designs' Open House - Saturday, September 25th
Saturday, September 25, 2010: 10:00am - 6:00pm
• BILLY TWINKLE - Ronnie Burkett at Factory Theatre
STUDIO BABETTE PRESENTS: Pulcinella, il Cameriere
• Codex Nocturno: An Original Theatre Performance

• Open Door Designs' Fall Now Workshops Scheduled
• The Children's Music Garden at Open Door Design
Basement Studio now available for rent
• Open Door Designs in Japanese Bits Magazine

• 26 Czech Marionettes from the '20's or 30's?
• New Vintage

• Toronto Animated Image Society
• free radicals a call for puppets + 4 short video plays
Jiri Trnka - The hand (1965)
Not For Sale: End Human Trafficking and Slavery

• Perth Dupont Community Garden Fall BBQ
The Pump French Immersion Campaign: The Epilogue
• Nuit Blanche - Rail of Light - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
• Dovercourt Boy's and Girl's Club
• Red Wagon Collective


Meet the artists giving workshops:

The Bricoteers
Mike Harding
Naomi Kates
Kelly Kirkham
Alexander Mergold

Make some Music with Julia from The Children's Music Garden
See a Show!
Make a Puppet!
See how puppets are made!

click here to see Open House Schedule: we will be adding more information over the next week so check back soon!

BILLY TWINKLE Requiem for a Golden Boy
created and performed by Ronnie Burkett
at Factory Theatre


See a video clip on Montreal Gazette Website

Previews: September 24-26


"Ronnie Burkett returns to Factory Theatre with his newest work. Billy Twinkle is a middle-aged cruise ship puppeteer who dazzles audiences with his Stars in Miniature marionette niteclub act...until he is fired by the cruise line. Contemplating a watery demise, his dead mentor appears as a ghostly hand puppet, forcing Billy to re-enact his life as a puppet show and rekindle the passion for a life that sparkles."

Factory Theatre
125 Bathurst Street
Toronto ON
Tel: (416) 504-4473
Box Office: 416 504-9971
Web: www.factorytheatre.ca/1011season.htm

September 9th to 25th every Thursday-Sunday at 8pm
1581 Dupont St Toronto, ON

This is not theatre. This is not performance art. Currently, the proper definition of our work continues to remain a question to us, the creators. In a state of liminal flux, its very nature is indeterminate and resists such categorization. Join us as we attempt to transcend the conventional expectations and to explore what lies beyond, in the blind spot.


To reserve tickets call 647-367-1015. Reserved seats MUST be picked up at least 30min prior to show, after which they will be released. No latecomers will be seated.
OR Purchase Online NOW


Come to the fair! Dundurn National Historic Site invites you and your family to join us in celebrating Hamilton's agricultural communities, past and present. Activities include a market fair, an agricultural exhibition, guest speakers, garden tours, and games for the children.
Also featuring the debut of Young Sophia, a puppet play inspired by the diary of Sophia MacNab, age 13 (1846), daughter of Sir Allan MacNab.

Date: Sunday, September 26, 2010
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: Free event. Regular admission rates apply to the museum.
More Information: www.studiobabette.ca/pulcinella.html

Take two or more workshops and get a 15% discount


OPEN DOOR DESIGNS is pleased to now offer Workshops on a regular basis in our brand new dedicated space. We are keeping the workshops small, 6-10 participants depending on the workshop. So register soon to guarantee a place.

As a result of requests we have created an "Educator's Series" that includes Puppetry: History and Applications in the Classroom with Naomi Kates; Performance with Mike Harding and Kelly Kirkham's papier mache workshop that has already been taken back to many daycares and classrooms.

Mike Harding is also offering a Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced "muppety" puppet workshop including a building a foam puppet, building a fur puppet and finally, a more professional type puppet.

In addition to the History and Applications workshop for the Educators Series Naomi Kates is also offering a Bunraku workshop for Kids & Parents.

Alexander Mergold will be offering another Marionette Building workshop along with a new workshop, Building a Tabletop Puppet.

The Bricoteers are offering two workshops. One under the heading "Educator's Series: Storytelling Workshop and one workshop for children, Hallowe'en Monster Party the day before Hallowe'en.



He may be small, but Alistair Ant is a force to be reckoned with. This remarkably expressive purple puppet has oodles of personality and in the loving hands of puppeteer Soli Joy, Alistair navigates his way through life making plenty of hilarious and heart-warming mistakes, and a lot of young friends along the way.

Touted by Amy Verner in TORONTO LIFE magazine as one of the “biggest names in pint-sized entertainment,” Soli & Rob have written & performed 4 Alistair Ant shows, each one a captivating blend of puppetry, acting, dancing & original music. Alistair made his debut in “Rainbows for the Holidays”. “Bigger the Better, said Alistair Ant!”, in which Alistair laments his smallness, broke KidsVenue audience attendance records at the TORONTO FRINGE FESTIVAL.

We are thrilled that Julia has chosen Open Door Designs as a location for her music program for children. Come and see a demonstration at the Open House,
Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 2:00pm

Julia Collins from The Children's Music Garden outside Open Door Designs

At the Children's Music Garden we will be creating wonderful musical moments just downstairs from wonderful puppet creating happening upstairs!

We offer unique, creative music education for babies and children. We offer small classes for children ages 6 months – 7 years old.
Our program teaches the basics of music in a fun, encouraging environment that promotes peer interaction and personal development. General music training has many benefits, like improved motor-skills, self-esteem and focus. Movement, singing, listening and imaginative-play are the main focuses in the lessons. The children play percussion instruments and hear the teacher make many different sounds from the violin and piano at each lesson.

JULIA COLLINS, Musician and Teacher, Children's Music Garden

If you would like to inquire about the program, please feel free to contact Julia at 416.516.8679 or julia@childrensmusicgarden.com
website: www.childrensmusicgarden.com


The basement studio is now finished and available for rent
for small meetings and events. A beautiful clean new space, there is approximately 350 sq ft of floor space. 2 tables, 12 chairs, microwave, kettle, coffeemaker, fridge and bathroom.

$15/hr - 8 hour minimum
$20/hr by the hour.


more info: info@opendoordesigns.ca , (416) 531-1290

NAMI YATES of JAPANESE BITS MAGAZINE visited OPEN DOOR DESIGNS in July and did this lovely piece on the retail store.
click on the link to see more.

These wonderful Czech puppets were brought into the store recently. They are in mint condition and we think are from the 1930's or earlier. They were purchased "as old" in the 1950's. The 26 puppets are about 10" tall and with the controller 24" tall. The owners would like to sell them. If you have any information about them as to maker or would like to purchase them, please contact us at info@opendoordesigns.ca or call (416) 531-1290.
Sri Lankan Puppet
puppet 20" with controller 28"
Orlando Knight
Mint $120
Pinocchio - 1940's w redressed over original costume $35

"Bonum" Prince
Czech Marionette
puppet 14" with controller 27"

Childcraft Latex Puppets 1968
$55 for the set
King & Queen
Czech Marionettes
puppet: 12", with controller 24"
Here is a wonderful resource!

Formed in 1984, The Toronto Animated Image Society is a not-for-profit, artist-run organization. Over the past 25 years, TAIS has encouraged the exchange of information, facilities, ideas and aesthetics within Toronto's animation community through events, screenings, workshops, and art exhibitions. The TAIS membership is made up of independent and professional animators, educators, enthusiasts and artists.

TAIS also houses a specialized animation studio, where animators and other artists can create independent animated work.

free radicals
a call for puppets + 4 short video plays
Serious fun. 4 teams. a project by Libby Hague
deadline: September 20, 2010

"Put your team together and write and act out a puppet play on a "creation of life" theme. Four different puppet plays will be performed for cameras and a studio audience on four weekends this fall. Action will take place in the York Quay Gallery at Harbourfront as part of the group exhibition, Too Cool for School."

more info: http://www.libbyhague.com/rad.html

I recently acquired these four French Guignol puppets and, I think, a German devil. If anyone has any idea about their age, I'd love to know.
Jiri Trnka - The hand (1965) Not For Sale: End Human Trafficking and Slavery - Bob Stromberg

Volunteer for Junction Triangle Nuit Blanche event!
The Junction Triangle neighbourhood is taking part in the 2010 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche exhibit and needs volunteers!
On October 2, our installation Rail of Light will see the Wallace Avenue Footbridge transformed into a huge, sparkling chandelier, literally shedding light on the massive diesel rail expansion planned by the Ontario government.

If you can help with set-up, take-down, or manning the exhibit, please get in touch with us at rail@junctiontriangle.ca We need help to install the
exhibit during the day on Saturday (Oct.2) beginning at 9 a.m. and people to staff the showing (in four hour shifts) during the evening/night. Be a part of a great, city wide arts event happening right here in the Junction Triangle and help send an important message about electric trains.
Visit railoflight.ca for details.

We invite you to join us for the 4th Annual
Harvest Barbecue and Potluck.
This year will be a Vegetarian style potluck,
(Carnivores welcome ;-)
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 18th 2010 @ 5:00 PM

The Park Entrance is just North of Hugo

The Pump French Immersion Campaign: The Epilogue
A new school year has begun and with the chilly weather in the last few days, it feels as though summer abruptly left us. At the start of the summer season, a group of Junction Triangle residents decided to unite under the banner of "Pump Up Perth". After a well attended public meeting with our school Trustee Maria Rodrigues and former Superintendent Manon Gardner, it was explained that the TDSB needed at least 100 letters from the community. The letters would prove to the TDSB that the Junction Triangle community was, and is indeed serious, in acquiring a French Immersion program. This would lead the way to expanding the school into grades 7/8 in the future. Letters are required to prove that there is a need for the TDSB to begin looking into a French Immersion program at Perth PS.
Cue the drum roll ....the Pump Up Perth Residents Committee is happy to announce that we have collected 100 letters!!

We would like to thank ALL the parents who have signed a letter in support of, not just, a French Immersion program at Perth PS but in support of OUR COMMUNITY. We could not have done this without you. Thank you! Thank you for all your effort.

We would also like to thank the wonderful library staff at the Perth-Dupont branch and Joanne Bigham, from Open Door Designs. They have supported our campaign from the very beginning by providing a place for residents to sign and drop off letters and broadcasting our cause through their business e-newsletters. Thank you!

The 100 letters are now in the hands of Perth PS Principal, Janice Robinson, who will give them to Maria Rodrigues. If all goes well with the TDSB study plan, Perth PS may have their first French Immersion Senior Kindergarten class by September 2011.

Up Perth Residents Committee

Since the beginning of January Central Tech students have been getting hands-on experience with the skilled trades they love by renovating a vacant warehouse at 45 Ernest Ave. into a new home for the Dovercourt Boys' and Girls' club. The students hope to have their renovations finished in time so the club can begin regular operations this May. If you can donate any time or materials please contact Tony Palermo: paldover21@kwik.net (416) 530-4233



Dovercourt Boy's & Girl's Club Renovation
Donations of time and materials needed

Drywall Tapers, Light Fixtures, Paint & Painters, cash donations and more please contact
Tony Palermo: paldover21@kwik.net
(416) 530-4233

Material Donations Needed

Donations may be dropped off at Open Door Designs or email Nancy Davis Halifax for more information.

fabric, wool, embroidery floss, needles, crochet hooks, old sweaters

RED WAGON COLLECTIVE was formed in 2006 in response to our desire to deepen our artistic, collaborative, and community-engaged practices through residency projects that would enable us to develop both intensive and extensive relationships in the Junction - a rapidly changing neighbourhood in Toronto's west end. We share a desire to work collaboratively with artists and non-artists to create work that inspires new conversations; softens boundaries between groups separated by age, culture, ability, and economic status; promotes the presence of art in everyday life and contributes to increasing public engagement in community development. The work we create with communities is used in producing exhibitions, public installations, and celebratory performance events.We are currently working within the walls of the Evangeline Shelter.

If you would like to join our emailing list and receive our Newsletter and updates regarding special events and new products at Open Door Designs, email us at info@opendoordesigns.ca