We’re joining forces with Toronto Public Library to present the city’s most Wonkalicious celebration of the 50th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s novel Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. With literary luminaries like Dennis Lee, a Story Contest, D.I.Y. crafts and acclaimed indie rockers Communism, performing as “The Oompa Loompa Orchestra,” it’s only fitting to say “wonderful surprises await you” at our 5th Annual Toronto Roald Dahl Day extravaganza!
The cornerstone of Toronto’s Roald Dahl Day festivities is a short story contest for writers aged 8-12. This summer, young writers across Canada were invited to write a Toronto-based variation on Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, including lyrics to an original song for the novel’s Grecian chorus, the Oompa Loompas.
At the event, there will an awards ceremony hosted by Dennis Lee, author of such CanLit classics as Alligator Pie. The grand-prize winning entry will be published in the award-winning literary magazine Taddle Creek. And The Ooompa Loompa Orchestra, featuring leading indie rockers Don Kerr, Kevin Lacroix and Paul Linklater (aka Communism) will set the top lyrics penned by kids to music and perform the songs.
The judging panel for this year’s Story Contest features leading Children’s Book Editors Sheila Barry of Groundwood Books, Karen Boersma of OwlKids Books, Hadley Dyer from Harpercollins Canada, Lynn Missen of Penguin Random House Canada, and Tara Walker from Tundra Books/Random House Canada, as well as Conan Tobias, editor of Taddle Creek Magazine and children’s author-illustrator Evan Munday. Bestselling YA author Kenneth Oppel will deliver a video address to the contestants. Roald Dahl fans of all ages can also enjoy D.I.Y. (Do-It-Yourself) crafts and awesome activities, ranging from dressing up at Small Print’s Wonka-Vision Photo Booth to busting an Oompa Loompa-style move with the popular children’s dance studio The Movement Lab.
The 5th Annual Toronto Roald Dahl Day will be a whizz-popping extravaganza worthy of the most inventive factory in 20th century literature.
QUICK FACTS & TIPS FOR ROALD DAHL DAY:
BRING YOUR OWN FOOD AND DRINKS: You are encouraged to bring your own drinks, snacks and candy to the library. Additionally, water fountains are available on-site, and the venue has a number of neighboring restaurants and take-away food vendors, including Balzac’s Coffee, conveniently located in the library lobby, by the southwest entrance.
THE EVENT WILL BE PHOTOGRAPHED & VIDEORECORDED: We will document the activities at Toronto Roald Dahl Day for promotional purposes. Our photographers diligently follow the ‘busy hands/no faces’ approach to chronicling children’s events. Even so, if you would prefer you or your child(ren) not to be photographed, speak to the photographer on-site.
We’re joining forces with Groundwood Books to present Make a Book Day, an afternoon of presentations and activities for bibliophiles aged 4-9 featuring renowned Montreal-based creator Marie-Louise Gay (Any Questions?), as well as leading Groundwood author-illustrators Irene Luxbacher (Mr. Frank), Qin Leng (Norman, Speak!), Matt James (From There to Here), and Kellen Hatanaka (Work: An Occupational ABC).
Make A Book Day takes place on Saturday November 8, from 1 – 4 PM at Lillian H. Smith Library (239 College Street). FREE Tickets are available (click here).
Books will be available for purchase at the event from Mabel’s Fables.
Festive booklovers aged 2-12 can gear up for the holidays with readings and hands-on workshops conducted by authors and artists who are releasing new books this fall with esteemed Canadian Children’s publisher Tundra Books.
The day will feature award-winning creators Natale Ghent, Marthe Jocelyn, Julie Kraulis, Kyo Maclear, Richard Scrimger and Cybéle Young.
Since few gifts bring more longlasting happiness than a signed copy of a cherished tale, TYPE Books will make books available for purchase at the event.
For (FREE) Tickets, just click here.