A Dahl-tastic Celebration of Young Storytellers

Join us this Saturday (November 18) for a celebration of the magical power of young storytellers’ imaginations at our 8th Annual Roald Dahl Day soiree at Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor St West – at Bathurst). Doors open at noon. Come early for fun DIY (Dahl-It-Yourself) crafts. At 12:35pm, judges Claire Caldwell and Jenn Hubbs will present top entries from this year’s Story Contest and hand out Dahl-icious prizes.

The much-coveted grand prize for outstanding story is now named the Kevin Rooney Award, as a tribute to an exceptionally gifted teacher who encouraged countless young people, in Canada and Shanghai alike, to tell their own stories.

Directly after the awards, there’ll be a special screening of actor-director Danny Devito‘s much lauded film version of Dahl’s novel MATILDA, starring Mara Wilson and Rhea Perlman on a big screen .

Don’t miss this scrumpdiddilyumptious tribute to the weird and wonderful world of Roald Dahl, and the young readers and writers who breathe new life into his fantastic stories.

Tickets are on sale in person and online at Hot Docs Cinema Box Office (Click Here)

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Create Your Own Superhero at The 519

BAM! POW! ZAP! Everyone knows Wonder Woman, Spiderman and the Flash, but superheroes can come in all shapes and sizes. What does it take to be a superhero in today’s Toronto?

Writers aged 6-9 can invent their own superheroes with noted author-illustrator Evan Munday, creator of the much lauded The Dead Kid Detective Agency series for young readers, at DIY Superhero Lab – a workshop we’re presenting with The 519 (519 Church Street, at Wellesley) on Saturday, December 2, from 10am-noon.  The FREE session will focus on the one thing that superheroes from The Avengers to The X-Men have in common: an incredible story.

The 519’s Kids & Youth Action and Arts Space offers fun, friends and cool opportunities for LGBTQ and Trans families. For more information and to register, click here.

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Chronicling 150 Years of Mouse City at Doors Open

We staged Mouse City Chronicles, a series of 5 model city-building workshops for urban planners aged 2-8, inspired by the past 150 years of Toronto development, at City Hall on May 27-28, as part of Doors Open.

Each session covered 30 years of local history, starting with 1867-1897 (Mouse City #1) and extending to 1987-2017 (Mouse City #5). Leading urban affairs authors – Adil Dhalla (right, top), Matt Blackett and Rani Sanderson (right, middle), Jane Farrow (left bottom), Jay Pitter (bottom, seated), and  Stephen Shapiro (left, middle) – conducted the sessions and served as Mayor of one of the five incarnations of Mouse City.

Our amazing team of craft artists – Tim Walker, Sarah Ramsey (bottom right), Tiana Roebuck and Rani Sanderson – and Board President Shana Hillman (middle, centre, with the CN Tower taller than its builder) provided craft materials appropriate to each era and guidance to literally thousands of wee urban planners and families over the weekend. We also had indispensable and inspired support from an amazing group of volunteers.

For more photos of Mouse City Chronicles, visit our Facebook Page (here).

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