The Bentway The Animal Parade
June 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
For anyone visiting The Bentway, they may be surprised to learn that this urban corridor is home to many animals who roam its length. On any given day, you might see a lone red fox crossing or a chattering group of starlings, or catch a glimpse of a groundhog before it dashes underground. These are just a few of the many creatures who co-exist with the concrete.
Join us for The Bentway Animal Parade, a community procession that honours the resilient urban animals who live in relation to our highway and downtown core.
There will be a very special guest at this parade who will be meeting these animals for the first time. Please join us in welcoming Little Amal, a 12-foot-tall puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee, who has travelled to 85 cities across Europe and New York City in search of her mother. In June she will walk across the Greater Toronto Area for 5 days, looking for a home. She will be welcomed by musicians, dancers, children and elders, civic leaders, community organizers, newcomers, and fellow refugees, in a magical festival of art and hope, presented by Luminato Festival Toronto in association with many other cultural partners across the city.
Join Little Amal as she explores the Gardiner Expressway and the many animals that call this urban playground home. Featuring delightful puppets and performances by Red Pepper Spectacle Arts, this hour-long parade will introduce Little Amal to the local animal community, including birds, foxes, beavers, and more.
You can even learn to make a puppet to join the parade! Join us one day prior for a community workshop led by Red Pepper Spectacle Arts where you’ll get to create your own animal mask or welcome flag to celebrate meeting Little Amal!
Visit www.thebentway.ca to learn more.
WALK WITH AMAL TORONTO is produced by The Walk Productions and Luminato Festival Toronto, in association with Handspring Puppet Company.