Door Designs' Open House - Saturday, September 25th ›
25, 2010: 10:00am - 6:00pm
BILLY TWINKLE - Ronnie Burkett at Factory Theatre
BABETTE PRESENTS: Pulcinella, il Cameriere
• Codex Nocturno: An Original
Open Door Designs' Fall Now Workshops Scheduled
The Children's Music Garden at Open Door Design
ROB & SOLI •Basement
Studio now available for rent
• Open Door Designs in Japanese
26 Czech Marionettes from the '20's or 30's?
Toronto Animated Image Society
• free radicals a call for puppets + 4 short video
Trnka - The hand (1965)
For Sale: End Human Trafficking and Slavery
Perth Dupont Community Garden Fall BBQ
Pump French Immersion Campaign: The Epilogue
Nuit Blanche - Rail
of Light - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
• Dovercourt Boy's and Girl's Club
• Red Wagon Collective
DOORS AT OPEN DOOR DESIGNS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 10:00AM-6:PM
the artists giving workshops:
• 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!
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."
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.
EXTREMELY LIMITED SEATING
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
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
Also featuring the debut of Young Sophia, a puppet play inspired
by the diary of Sophia MacNab, age 13 (1846), daughter of Sir
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.
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
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
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
to the History and Applications workshop for
the Educators Series Naomi Kates is also offering
a Bunraku workshop for Kids & Parents.
be offering another Marionette Building workshop
along with a new workshop, Building a Tabletop Puppet.
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.
& SOLI VISIT OPEN DOOR DESIGNS
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (416) 531-1290.
puppet 20" with controller 28"
- 1940's w redressed over original costume $35
puppet 14" with controller 27"
Latex Puppets 1968
$55 for the set
puppet: 12", with controller 24"
& ANIMATION: HORSE AND CARRIAGE
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.
a call for puppets + 4 short video plays
Serious fun. 4 teams. a project by Libby Hague
deadline: September 20, 2010
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."
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.
can help with set-up, take-down, or manning the exhibit, please
get in touch with us at email@example.com 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.
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
PERTH AND HUGO AVENUE
The Park Entrance is just North of Hugo
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.
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
Up Perth Residents Committee.
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
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:
firstname.lastname@example.org (416) 530-4233
& Girl's Club Renovation
of time and materials needed
Tapers, Light Fixtures, Paint & Painters, cash donations
and more please contact
Tony Palermo: email@example.com
RED WAGON COLLECTIVE
may be dropped off at Open Door Designs or email Nancy
Davis Halifax for more information.
RED WAGON COLLECTIVE: DONATIONS
fabric, wool, embroidery floss, needles, crochet hooks, old
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.
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special events and new products at Open Door Designs,
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