Author and CBC personality Kevin Sylvester hosts our 7th annual Totsapalooza festival for book-lovers aged 2-8, featuring world-renowned poet Dennis Lee, acclaimed author-illustrator Ashley Spires, celebrated indie-rockers Communism, inventive D.I.Y. crafts, and more!
Dennis unveils Elvis and Melvis, his first book of poems for children in over a decade. Backed by Communism, Dennis also conducts the show’s grand finale: a giant sing-along / jam session based on his beloved classic poem Alligator Pie.
Ashley gives a fun, hands-on introduction to Maker Culture for Kids based on her widely acclaimed, current bestseller The Most Magnificent Thing. She also launches her latest picture book Edie’s Ensembles and oversees a group fashion design activity.
•A Digital Photo Booth, with costumes inspired by Edie’s Ensembles
• Junior School Rap-Poets Rhyme Stew Crew onstage with Dennis Lee.
• Movement Lab choreographers’ inspiring new dance moves..
• Handmade snacks at Wanda’s Pie-in-the Sky Bakery’s Pop-up Shop.
Dennis and Ashley’s books will be available for purchase at the event.
Totsapalooza 7 is now completely Sold Out.
There will not be any RUSH tickets at the door or anywhere else. We have simply reached capacity.
We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of The Ontario Arts Council.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Not necessarily. Once you complete the registration process, you will be sent an electronic ticket that can be scanned at the door via your smartphone. If you don’t have a smartphone that you can use to access your tickets when you arrive, please print your tickets.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Revival is located at the corner of College Street and Shaw Ave (one block east of Ossington). By TTC: The College Streetcar West stops at Shaw. OR Take the Southbound bus from Ossington Station to College and walk one block east. There is parking in the lot behind the club and on adjacent side streets.
My child can now take a few steps, does s/he still qualify as a Non-Walker?
Our definition of “non-walker” is a reveler between 0-2 years old who spends most of the show in a caregivers’ arms. Giving them a free ticket helps us anticipate the size and shape of our audience. If your child falls into this age range but you’d like your child to participate in the activities and crafts, please purchase a kid’s ticket.
My child is 8 (or above), can s/he come to Totsapalooza?
The performances by our participating artists and authors appeal to kids of all ages. Importantly, though, the activities and crafts are designed for kids between 2-7.
Once purchased, tickets and books are non-refundable. This event is a rain/snow/shine event.
A coat check will be available on site and manned throughout the event. As Totsapalooza is an event for active children, we reccomend that you check all non-essential items in the coat check so you can enjoy your time at the event without worrying about your items.
Please be advised that storage space for strollers is limited; please arrive early if you would like to check a stroller. Our ‘Stroller Valets’ will be happy to park your stroller downstairs and bring it up at the end of the show.