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Our sister-club, The Sid Lorraine Hat & Rabbit Club, will be having their first meeting of 2016 will be Thursday, January 7 at 7:00 PM at St. Leonard's (map). The auction is your chance to take your used magic and help it to find a new home (and make some money in the process.)

Join the Facebook event page here!

Ron Guttman is our Auctioneer and will keep things moving and fun. The rules for the auction are:
  • You may only have 10 lots per person. 
  • You must be a member to sell. Guests are welcome to join in as buyers.
  • Guest fee is $5 for non-members. Sister-clubs are free.
If you are planning to put items up for sale, here are some useful tips:
  1. Group items into lots that make sense. Three books on card magic go well together. A combination containing mentalism book, a dove harness and a children's prop won't generate as good a response. There is a limit to 10 lots per person, but a lot can contain any number of items. 
  2. Make sure you have all the pieces. Items that are missing pieces, missing instructions (or can't even quite be identified) won't do as well.
  3. Set reasonable reserves. Bidders get excited right from the start. Setting the starting bid out of reach makes fewer people likely to build and generates less excitement. 
To save time, you can fill out the auction form in advance.
TCA Family Entertainers have some great news!

Starting January 2016 we will be teaming up with
The Circus Academy's Juggling Club on Wednesday nights to bring back our Monthly Jam! 

We planning on having Jams on the 2nd Wednesday of every month! So January 13th, 2016 will be the first Jam! Event pages will be created on Facebook so be sure to
Like our page! 

 

Join the Facebook event page here!



All of our jams will be generously sponsored by Qualatex! www.qualatex.com

The address is 1300 Gerrard Street East in Toronto and there is free street parking! The Sideshow Cafe has tons of sweets and drinks that you can buy, but we are welcome to bring our own snacks but remember the training space is a nut-free facility.

As per The Circus Academy rules - entry into the space is $5 during juggling club. There will be a waiver to fill out the first time you come.

Their Juggling Club is weekly if you'd like to go and work on your juggling! They have multiple open gyms scheduled as well if you need a place to practice and they also have a ton of other classes, workshops for adults and kids -
Click here for their schedules!

Face Painting and Ballooning are probably the most jammed skills but ​music, magic and any number of subjects are also practiced and open for discussion.

 

The Art of Play with Allan Turner presented by TCAFE.org

 

Join the Facebook event page here!


Location:

Herbert H. Carnegie Arena
580 Finch Avenue West
Skaters Lounge (main floor)


Monday, January 25, 2016
Doors 6:45pm
Lecture starts at 7:30pm

 

Allan Turner is a Canadian writer, director, teacher, actor, voice actor, improviser, comedian, and one of the top theatrical clowns working in Toronto today.

Allan teaches improv and introductory courses on clowning for the stage which are open to all performance types. Check out his website ahttp://www.AllanTurner.net for upcoming class schedules.

In this intensive workshop, tailored specifically for the TCA Family Entertainers, he will lead games and exercises that focus on creating play, authenticity, vulnerability, synergy with fellow performers, and a two-way connection with audiences.

Guest fee: $10

 

TCAFE Meetings are scheduled until February!
www.TCAFamilyEntertainers.com for details
JANUARY
FEBRUARY 
UPCOMING LOCAL WORKSHOPS YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE KNOWN ABOUT
ALLAN'S DROP-IN IMPROV CLASS

Runs every Sunday from 2pm to 5pm

In the backroom at the Imperial Pub - 54 Dundas St East (across from Dundas Square). 


Allan Turner's drop-in class on improv, acting, and the power of play. Open to all experience levels. $10.
FREE MONTHLY MAGIC CLUB
 

On the first Saturday of each month -  2:30pm  -  5pm.

At Browser's Den of Magic 3220 Dufferin Street

Whether you have been interested in magic for two months or twenty years all are invited to attend.

At the club magicians and hobbyists sit around our 'magic' table and talk magic and show each other tricks. Plus cookies and snacks are provided.

Hope to see you at the next one!  Yours very truly-Jeff, Shawna, Lisa & The Browser's Den Team

Check their upcoming events on Facebook!

This flow jam is open to anyone interested in deepening their practice in the company of others. We'll have bumping beats covering a variety of genres but the space is CHATTER FREE. Removing talking from the equation allows us to listen to our bodies deeply and also encourages us to find new ways of communicating with those around us. Playful mime games and giggles are very much welcome!"

The purpose of this Jam is to bring our community together, to learn and deepen our love of movement by learning from each other.

 

 
January 11th to February 8 6:30pm - 9:30pm
5 weed course run on Monday nights

At The Fringe Creation Lab 
- 403-720 Bathurst St., Toronto, Ontario M5S 2R4

Do you practice sketch comedy, improv' or clown? Have you performed a strong short set but have your eyes on doing a bigger show in a festival or own your own? 

This Class is For You!

Over Five Weeks you learn structure techniques to give your performance the shape it needs to hold onto an audience during a long format show. Moving beyond beginnings, middles and ends, we will look at performance as ritual and discover how the basics of plot can help upgrade your work.

Spaces are limited to 10 people (arrangements can be made for people who work as duos) so sign up now! You must give payment to have your space confirmed: PM the instructor for more information.

Remeber: Classes run from January 11th to February 8th, 6:30-9:30 and only cost $200. There's easy access to the Subway to as the Fringe Creation Labs are just steps from Bathurst Station! Private Message Adam Bailey to ensure a spot.

$200

 
 
January 11th to February 22 8:00 pm to 10:00pm
7 week course run on Monday nights

At The Circus Academy in Studio G - 1298 & 1300 Gerrard St. East 

An accessible course in physical theatre for the vaudeville stage. Any and All performance experience levels are welcome.


Only 12 spots available, book yours now... Only $250!

In this 7 week course, novice and experienced performers will be introduced to and practice the skills and techniques from various disciplines including clown, character, buffoon and slapstick. Learn the trade secrets that will be valuable in any vaudeville genre from burlesque to buffoon, variety to theatrical clown. New skills will be introduced and workshopped with the goal of creating and performing a unique vaudeville style act. Each week features a new mini workshop in a different discipline. Expand your performance toolbox, build on your comedic repertoire, and kill on stage. 

January 28, 2016 at  7pm-10pm

At House of Energy145 Augusta Ave, Toronto, Ontario
Join Stacie Noel, workshop facilitator of psychic arts, founder of Mystic Arts Collective, and professional tarot reader, for an exploration session into the world of the Tarot. 

This class is great for beginners who would like to explore the realm of tarot and psychic arts and for counselors and psychotherapists who would like to add another tool to their practice.

Note: This class will not be going through all the major and minor arcana cards. There is just so much information and my job is not to bore you and put you to sleep, it is to help you learn and feel comfortable with your reading skills!

Website: www.mermaidincanada.com
Email: The.mermaid.oracle@gmail.com

Fee: $30
Only 13 spots 

Pre-registration is required!
http://www.houseofenergy.ca/#!events/c175k

February 18th - Febrary 21st, 2016
more details coming soooon!

Location TBD

These frosty days have lit a fire and planning is now underway for this year's Winter Conference! 

Brecken Rivara returns to Toronto this February to share her groundbreaking floor work in a 3-day Intensive. Full weekend and single day tickets will be available. New this year, more evening activities and a surprise special event! 

Floor work requires a lot more space than conventional workshops so I am currently scouting an appropriate space for us. It would be a huge help if you could please respond with a firm "yes" if you plan on attending so I can guage how much space we'll need. Thanks friends!!


 
 
Saturday, April 2, 2016 

At Montecassino Hotel & Event Venue - 3710 Chesswood Drive, Toronto, ON M3J 2P6

Last year we witnessed 12 jam-packed hours of magic filled with a plethora of amazing talent, good food, and wonderful experiences that you cannot find elsewhere.

We're doing it again!

Card guys, shows, mentalists, stand-up magicians, jam sessions, stage performers, great stuff for sale, and everything in-between - basically, there's something for everyone! You're going to have a fantastic time at the Browser's Magic Bash 2016.

Space is limited so act now and RESERVE YOUR SPOT right away.


 

April 21 to 24, 2016

At Frolic Theatre - 160 Bartley Drive Toronto, Ontario M4A 1E1

Spin All The Things: The Toronto Flow Festival 2016 will be held on the weekend of April 22nd to 24th, 2016 at Frolick Threatre in The Umbrella Lighthouse. SATT aims to promote and enhance the flow arts in our community. The weekend will feature 40 workshops, including Hula Hoop, Poi, Staff, Juggling and many more props taught by the best instructors available.

Spin All The Things offers more than just great workshops. The festival includes the Friday Night Gala Showcase, featuring performances by instructors and local talent. On Saturday Night we invite you to cut loose at the Renegade Show and Party.

We are working on having affordable food available for sale on site, but there are also many food options nearby.

If you are visiting from out of town and require accommodations, you can search for hostes in the flow and fire community. There are also several hostels and many hotels in Toronto.

Friday and Saturday night feature a fire jam and open gym.

We look forward to announcing a full list of instructors! Instructor applications are currently open.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Mte47ZVenh4Lk9d674UkDjcUWBTpc-F2mUMjKjcL5Q8/viewform

Get ready for a weekend of amazing performances, awesome workshops, and fire and prop jams!

Where: 160 Bartley Drive Toronto, Ontario M4A 1E1

When: April 22-24, 2016

Passes: www.spinallthethings.com
Early Bird: $69. Only 10 Available!
Regular: $99
Friday Only: $29
Saturday or Sunday: $49/Day

 
UPCOMING INTERNATIONAL EVENTS
WORLD CLOWN 
2016 ORLANDO 

March 7 to 11, 2016
Orlando, Florida, US
www.WorldClown.com


Email our communication director, Stacey, if you are interested in coming to this convention. editor@tcafe.org 
AMERICAN CLOWN ACADEMY
August 22 to 26, 2016
Newark, Ohio, US
www.AmericanClownAcademy.com


One of our TCAFE members, Laura Schell, is interested in putting a group together to carpool down to this event. If you are interested in joining her on this amazing clown journey please email her at lauraschell59@gmail.com
FLORIDA SUPER JAM 
January 6 to 9, 2016
O
rlando, Florida, US
www.TheFloridaSuperJam.com

MAGI-FEST 2016
January 28 to 31, 2016 
Columbus, Ohio, US
www.MagiFest.org

KAPITAL KIDVENTION
January 29 to 31, 2016 
Washington, DC, US
www.KapitalKidvention.com

TWIST & SHOUT 2016
February 17 to 21, 2016 
Dallas, TX, US
www.BalloonConvention.com

CLOWN GATHERING UK 2016
February 22 to 26, 2016
Lowestoft, Suffolk, UK
www.ClownsGathering.co.uk

WORLD CLOWN 2016 ORLANDO 
March 7 to 11, 2016
Orlando, Florida, US
www.WorldClown.com

COAI 31st ANNUAL CONVENTION
April 4 to 8, 2016
Las Vegas, Navada, US
www.COAI.org

WORLD BALLOON CONVENTION 2016
April 6 to 10, 2016
New Orleans, Louisianna, US
www.WorldBalloonConvention.com



FESTIVAL DE MAGIE DE QUEBEC
April 21 to 24, 2016
Quebec
www.FestivalDeMagie.ca

BODYESSY AND BEYOND 2016
April 21 to 25, 2016
Banff, Alberta
www.Bodyessy.ca

CLOWN CAMP
June 12 to 17, 2016
La Crosse, Wisconsin, US
www.ClownCamp.org

AMERICAN CLOWN ACADEMY
August 22 to 26, 2016
Newark, Ohio, US

 


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