Small Print Toronto’s annual TOTSAPALOOZA Festival of picture books, indie rock bands and DIY crafts for kids aged 2-8 turns ten this year. Local luminaries are gearing up to celebrate this milestone.

Canadian Kid-Lit icons Dennis Lee and Barbara Reid, performers Fay Slift and Fluffy Soufflé’s acclaimed Drag Queen Storytime, award-winning author Nadia L. Hohn and popular indie-rockers Communism and The Woodshed Orchestra are coming to the 10th Annual TOTSAPALOOZA on Saturday, February 7, from 1-4pm at Revival Nightclub (783 College St).  Early Bird Tickets are now available, click here.


● The worldwide launch of Dennis Lee’s brand new collection 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.

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


A limited number of Early Bird Tickets are now available at the same price as tickets to the first TOTSAPALOOZA in 1998 ($12 Adults / $8 Kids). In January, tickets will be sold at their current price ($18 Adults / $12 Kids). Why pay today’s price?

To get your Early Bird Tickets now, click here.

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

TOTSAPALOOZA sells out – every. single. year.

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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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