by Lauren Brotman
WeeFest’s HOLIDAY MONDAY is just around the corner! It’s an unbelievable day of rich programming and fun events, celebrating babies and families, something I’ve been looking forward to all week. Here is the run down:
All Events take place on May 19th at Artscape Wychwood Barns from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm. Entrance is free with donations encouraged at the door and at the various activities.
9:30 Ubuntu/All Together (Covered Street Barn) Join the circle and be part of the boundless energy and joy of African dance artist Lua Shayenne, with drummer Amadou Kienou.
10:00 Cybèle Young in the Children’s Book Garden
10:30 – 11:15 Music for Making Friends (Festival Stage) Music by the WeeHouse Band and the winning and eclectic talents of jazz and blues musicians Terra Hazelton, Treasa Levasseur, Sophia Perlman and Nick Teehan.
11:30 Theo Heras in the Children’s Book Garden
11:15 – 11:45 Cosima Grunsky (Festival Stage) Children’s singer-songwriter Cosima Grunsky (The Whole World Sings With Me) treats us to an intimate concert. Sponsored by Prologue to the Performing Arts
12:00 Tim Machin in the Children’s Book Garden
11:45 – 12:30 Music for Making Friends (Festival Stage) WeeHouse Band returns for more lively music!
1:00 Diana Tso in the Children’s Book Garden
1:30 Yecid Ortega in the Children’s Book Garden
1:15 -2:00 Music for Dreaming (Festival Stage) Just in time for nap time, lullabies from classical soprano Cheryl Campbell and world music artist Maryem Tollar.
2:00 Rubena Sinha in the Children’s Book Garden
2:30 Indigenous Dance (Covered Street Barn) Leslie McCue from Curve Lake First Nation and Lindy Kinoshameg from Wikwemikong First Nation
OPEN ALL DAY:
Rainbow Caterpillar Toronto’s only multilingual bookshop! Barefoot Books Children’s books that celebrate cultural, social and ecological diversity!
The Children’s Book Garden Wander through this beautiful garden designed by Andy Miller, curl up and read together or gather round to listen to musician Tim Machin or visiting authors or storytellers Theo Heras, Rubena Sinha, DianaTso and Cybèle Young.
Milkweed Nursery Meet artist and educator Erika Del Carmen Fuchs and help her tend to our Milkweed Nursery. You plant seeds for a butterfly garden or take a milkweed plant home to help the monarch butterflies this summer.
The City of Toronto’s H20 To Go Truck Visitors are welcome to have a drink or refill their water bottle — there is even a doggy bowl for our furry friends — all while learning about Toronto Water’s programs and services.
The Little Paper Fishing Pond Try your luck at the Little Paper’s famous fishing pond – wee prizes for little festival goers and great resources for parents from Toronto’s best guide for young families.
Organics Live -Fruit and Veggie Feast Take your pick of healthy snacks from the colourful organic selection
The Charter of Children’s Rights to Art & Culture: Theatre Direct in partnership with La Baracca – Testoni Ragazzi is pleased to exhibit these beautiful pictures throughout the festival. The Convention on the Rights of the Child adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1989, and the European Charter of the Rights of the Child, approved by the European Parliament in 1992, affirm the “right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life”. This is the inspiration for the “Charter of Children’s Rights to Art and Culture”, a project developed by La Baracca – Testoni Ragazzi (Bologna, Italy) that involved teachers, caregivers, headteachers and parents. 18 principles expressed in 27 languages. 22 pictures specially created by 22 Italian illustrators. Pictures and words were put together to state the right of all children, all over the world, to enjoy art and culture.
Come celebrate the Holiday with your little ones, your families and Theatre Direct! An oasis for children and parents alike. :0
To view schedule of remaining festival performances, visit: https://weefestival.ca/shows/