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June - 2009
Canadian Library Association Conference - Hank’s Toybox Theatre
Spring Arbour Farms - BIG on Bloor - Perth Park Festival - James Motluk's New Film - An Introduction to Philipine Puppetry- PUPPETS UP! Workshops

CAVALCADE OF CLOWNS!!
STILL IN THE WINDOW - UNTIL JUNE 30
(Open Door Designs does not accept responsibility for any ensuing nightmares...)


Open Door Designs recently had a very successful trip to Montreal to attend the Canadian Library Association National Conference.
Highlights included:
1.
Meeting Gisele Guay from UQUAM (Université du Québec à Montréal) and learning about their graduate theatre programme in contemporary puppetry! The first class will be graduating this month with final performances in Montreal. Wish I could be there.
2.
Impromptu performances and wonderful discussions about puppetry with librarians and puppeteers from across the country.
3.
A very special loan of two very old Javanese shadow puppets. If anyone knows something about them I would love to hear. Just click on the picture to see a larger image.
 
HANK'S TOYBOX THEATRE
Performing at Kid's Fringe Festival.

Jane McClelland
and Mike Petersen of Hank’s Toybox Theatre will be performing their own brand of tabletop puppetry at the Toronto Kids’ Fringe Theatre Festival this summer.
 

Come and see stuffed animals come alive in As You Puppet, a unique retelling of Shakespeare’s As You Like, starring teddy bears, kittens, rabbits and frogs. As You Puppet will premiere Thursday July 2 at 4:50pm.

Showtimes are as follows:

Thursday July 2, 4:50pm
Friday July 3, 8:05pm
Saturday July 4, 2:20pm
Monday July 6, 12:40pm

Wednesday July 8, 5:40pm
Thursday July 9, 3:45pm
Saturday July 11, 12:25pm
Sunday July 12, 7:05pm

$10 adults / $5 kids
fringe hotline: 416-966-1062
www.fringetoronto.com
NO LATECOMERS ADMITTED
All shows are in the Palmerston Library, 560 Palmerston Avenue (just north of Bloor).

 
Carlos Bulosan Theatre would like to invite you to take part in a very special workshop on Philippine Puppetry. Amihan Bonifacio-Ramolete, a Senior Puppeteer at Teatrong Mulat in the Philippines, will be leading this exciting workshop. She is here in Toronto for a very limited time, so don't miss this rare opportunity to learn this unique art form. We will only be offering this workshop twice. Space is limited, reserve your spot today! For more info and/or to register, please contact: info@carlosbulosan.com or call 416-979-0400.

AN INTRODUCTION TO PHILIPPINE PUPPETRY

WHEN: Sunday, June 14 2 - 5 PM OR Thursday, June 18 7 - 10 PM
WHERE: Kapisanan Philippine Centre - 167 Augusta Avenue, Toronto
PRICE: $20

DESCRIPTION:
A look into the different types of puppets, Teatrong Mulat’s experiences as a puppet group in the Philippines, and a mini-workshop on puppet-making.

MATERIALS NEEDED: (please bring any of the following items)
* yarn, art or colored paper
* old/unused buttons
* toilet paper roll/cardboard/used cartolina/folder/box of toothpaste
* plastic cup/bottle
* brown paper bag
* or any material you can recycle

BIO - AMIHAN BONIFACIO-RAMOLETE
Amihan Bonifacio-Ramolete, a member of Teatrong Mulat ng Pilipinas since 1977, is Company Manager and Senior Puppeteer of the group. An Associate Professor of the Department of Speech Communication and Theater Arts, she teaches speech communication and theater courses and is currently taking her PhD in Philippine Psychology at the University of the Philippines. It’s interesting to note that her whole family—husband, Raymund, and children Aina (11 years old) and Roel (8 years old)—is actively involved in Teatrong Mulat which was founded by her mother, University Professor Emeritus Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio.
Amihan is currently training and mentoring the CBT Collective in the Art of Puppetry and the Creation of "total theatre". This has been made possible by the Canada Council for the Arts.

 
     

The Puppets Up! Workshops have now been scheduled. Click Here to download the PDF

PUPPETS UP 2009 - August 8th & 9th
Visit the PUPPETS UP! 2009 website. The line up this year is, as usual, very exciting with ten different troupes coming from across Canada, the U.S., Iceland and the UK.

 
Telling Stories
“This year, the festival’s Telling Stories theme has inspired a story writing competition and a youth production”, says Noreen Young, Puppets Up! Artistic Director. ”We are going to take the winning children’s stories and fashion them into a puppet production to be presented at the festival by a youth troupe comprised of eight local Mississippi Mills and Carleton Place children”.
The Puppets Up! story writing competition is open to children ages 8 to 15 and submissions are due by April 30, 2009. Within 1,000 words, entrants will be asked to write a story involving a bookworm and a kid (boy or girl). A panel of local authors, booksellers, librarians and artists will judge the results.
The top three competition winners will join Nick, the festival mascot, in the daily festival parade on both August 8 and 9. They'll earn prizes in the amounts of $100, $75 and $50 as well. More Info
 
 
PERTH COMMUNITY FESTIVAL
IN PERTH AVENUE PARK
June 13 2009 1:00-5:00PM
MORE INFORMATION - CLICK HERE
Flea market tables available for $25.00 each
Call 416-530-4233 for details

Enjoy a day of:
* Face Painting
* Games
* Food
* Drinks
* Master DJ to MC
* Live Performers
* Dancing and Singing Competition
* Surprise Guests

 
     

VISIT OUR BOOTH
AROUND ST. CLARENS AVENUE AND PLAY IN THE PPT-KIDS THEATRE!

A wonderful festival culminating with a magical dinner sitting in the middle of Bloor Street! A must go to event.
 
     

Jajo's Secret
June 25, 7:00 p.m.
Free screening!

The Revue Cinema is proud to host a free community screening of the documentary Jajo's Secret about the internment of Ukrainians by the Canadian government during World War One, told through the personal story of filmmaker James Motluk (Life Under Mike, Whose University Is It?).

A few years after James Motluk's Grandfather passed away, his family made a shocking discovery; a certificate of parole issued to his grandfather by the
Sault Ste. Marie Police in 1918. This documentary begins with that discovery and traces Motluk's personal journey as he investigates how his grandfather came to be paroled. The journey leads him from the Sault Ste Marie police department, to a cemetery in Kapuskasing, through a ghost town near Wawa and finally to the steps of Parliament Hill. Along the way, he not only discovers the truth about his grandfather but learns the story of how thousands of Ukrainians were imprisoned by the Canadian government during World War One.
This free screening is being sponsored by the Ukrainian Credit Union

 


 
For a couple of years now Ken McMullen of Spring Arbour Farms has delivered beautiful organic produce to our door. The green onions are the best I have every tasted! Ken has recently won a Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence.
"Spring Arbour Farm is 50 acres of Edenic Paradise with mixed hardwood forest, streams and meadows. We are located in Southwestern Ontario, Canada near Long Point and Lake Erie (about 200km southwest of Toronto). Half of the crop land is asparagus the other half is a mixture of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. We follow organic farming practices to enhance the natural vigour of the soil. Most of our varieties are heirlooms predating 1890. These are available as seeds, transplants, fresh food and preserves. The wild half of the farm supplies us with maple syrup, native ferns and flowers and exotic flavours such as wild ginger and wild grape. It also ensure a biologically healthy and stable environment in which to grow food without poisons."

 

 
     

We are thrilled to now have some delightful and hilarious puppets from Naomi's Ark. Fashioned out of sock seconds Naomi Kates gives each one irresistable and charming character.

$35/ea

NAOMI WILL ALSO BE GIVING A WORKSHOP FOR KIDS IN JULY AT OPEN DOOR DESIGNS. STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION