TOTSAPALOOZA TEN Sells Out in Record Time

Everyone knew it was coming. But no one thought it’d happen this quickly: Our 10th Annual TOTSAPALOOZA Festival is now completely SOLD OUT.

Our annual TOTSAPALOOZA Festival of picture books, indie  bands and DIY crafts for kids aged 2-8 turns ten this year. Local luminaries are gearing up to celebrate this milestone on Saturday, February 3, from 1-4pm, at Revival  (783 College St).

Canadian Kid-Lit icons Dennis Lee and Barbara Reid, drag artists Fay Slift and Fluffy Soufflé’s Drag Queen Storytime, award-winning author Nadia L. Hohn and stalwarts of our city’s vibrant indie-rock scene, Communism and The Woodshed Orchestra headline TOTSAPALOOZA 1o.

This year’s show will also feature perennial audience favourites such as Ann-Marie Williams‘ family choreography, DJ Castlefrank‘s funky grooves and delicious, healthy snacks from Wanda’s Pie-in-the-Sky Bakery.


● The worldwide launch of Dennis Lee’s brand new book of poems for children, Good Night Good Night. Dennis will lead the crowd (and indie rockers) in a sing-a-long, blues rendition of his timeless classic Alligator Pie (HarperCollins Canada).

Barbara Reid will share her latest book Picture The Sky and present her beloved Sing a Song of Mother Goose (Scholastic Canada) with musical support from indie-rockers.

Nadia L. Hohn will unveil Malaika’s Winter Carnival, the follow-up to her award-winning debut picture book Mailaika’s Costume (Groundwood Books).

● Drag Performers JP (Fay Slift) and Kaleb (Fluffy Soufflé) will read a few of their favourite books from past editions of TOTSAPALOOZA and lead an activity, as part of Drag Queen Storytime.

● Renowned multi-instrumentalist/producer Don Kerr (Ron Sexsmith, Neko Case, Hydra) leads the energetic rock trio Communism, with his comrades, veteran musicians Kurt Swinghammer and Kevin Lacroix.

● Legendary drummer Dave Clark (Rheostatics, Dinner Is Ruined, Gord Downie) pilots The Woodshed Orchestra’s five-piece horn section, four-piece rhythm section and full-ensemble vocals, in a soulful mash up of classic dance styles from around the world.


●Choreographer Ann-Marie Williams of the children’s dance studio Movement Lab will get the crowd on the toes.

DJ Castlefrank (AKA Matt Blackett of Spacing Magazine) will spin a fresh batch of kid-friendly beats.

● Kensington Market mainstay Wanda’s Pie-in-the-Sky will fuel partygoers of all ages with healthy, handmade snacks from their pop-up bakery

Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

Small Print Toronto gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) for this year’s TOTSAPALOOZA Festival. 

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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 create superheroes with Evan Munday, author-illustrator of the much lauded book series The Dead Kid Detective Agency, at DIY Superhero Lab on Saturday, December 2, from 10am-noon at The 519 (519 Church St).  The FREE workshop will focus on the one thing that superheroes from The Avengers to The X-Men have in common: an incredible story.

DIY Superhero Lab is part of The 519’s Kids & Youth Action and Arts Space, a series of creative and social programs for LGBTQ and Trans families. To register, click here.

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