We’re a little over three weeks away from the kick off of PuppetCon. We know that, for a lot of people, the lazy days of summer mean last-minute decisions about plans but if you’re thinking about attending the Con now is the best time to get your tickets

Unlike the Puppets Up! festival, each event is ticketed separately and available in advance. Some of the workshops are already closing in on their capacity and you don’t want to miss out!

Some of your favourites will be there!

One of the most exciting things about this new format is that you get a chance to learn and work alongside some favourites from Puppets Up! festivals of the past! Don’t miss your chance to get up close and personal with some of the biggest names in puppetry!

Bob Stutt

Life-long pro puppeteer, TV star and Iggy Iguana’s personal assistant, Bob will help you explore the basics of puppet manipulation. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn how to handle a puppet from one of the best in the business but each of Bob’s two sessions is capped at only 15 participants, so don’t delay! Register for a workshop that promises to be fun and provide both tips and rampant silliness, either Saturday or Sunday!

Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers

If you think sock puppets are boring you clearly haven’t experienced the magic of Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers! Festival favourites Erik and Brian Torbeck and their sister Robin Erlandsen are staples of the Puppets Up! festival for a reason (just check out the video they did to help promote this session for a taste of their energy). This isn’t just a chance to create some of the best sock puppets this side of Frogtown Mountain, it’s a chance to hang out with three amazingly talented artists and learn more about their careers in puppetry – all for only $20!

Jamie Shannon

Ever wondered about the good, the bad and the fuzzy world of bringing puppets to television? Well, who better to be your guide than the creative mind behind beloved Canadian classic Nanalan’ and the Nickelodeon hit Mr. Meaty? Well-known puppeteer and showrunner Jamie Shannon has created over 900 hours of broadcast childrens’ television, commercials and film so register for his workshop and get ready to be blown away by his remarkable skills and stories! Jamie packed his tent at Puppets Up! 2022 so buy your ticket today and avoid disappointment!

Jeff Banks

If all these big names from the puppet world have inspired you to get building, you’re in luck! Almonte’s own Jeff Banks has studied painting, drawing, mould making, printmaking, airbrushing and sculpture and he’s sharing those skills at PuppetCon! Jeff is well known for his art school and store in the heart of Almonte and he loves to inspire people to have the courage to be creative. Kids will have the opportunity to build their own latex rubber puppet, foam head puppet or umbrella dragon puppet and, since puppets are for adults too, Jeff is also hosting a special workshop for adults to make a foam head puppet!

Did you hear about our fabulous local partner?

In case you missed the big news last week, PuppetCon by Puppets Up! is now presented by Levi Home Hardware Building Centre.

“When we heard our friends at Puppets Up! wanted to put on a new event that really focused on education and building the next generation of puppet talent we knew we wanted to be involved,” said store owner Thomas Levi.

The Levi family are true community and business leaders. We are thrilled to have them and the store support our new initiative which focuses on both the entertainment value of puppetry and the educational and professional development of this art.

While we do that, they help you develop your home construction and renovation dreams!

It’s the perfect partnership!

Want to hear more from two beloved local puppeteers?

Still want more puppet content? Us too! Luckily we’ve got a podcast that’s taking a deep dive into the world of puppetry. Host Liisa Mountain interviews some of our PuppetCon pals: Noreen Young and Sarah Argue! Be sure to check out these first two episodes.

Is that all?

No, of course not! There are more than a dozen different workshops on offer, plus two theatre shows: 

What’s that, you want even more? Okay, how about three informative panel discussions? 

  • Around The World of Puppetry, a celebration and reflection of lives lived in puppetry featuring some of the puppeteers coming to PuppetCon

  • Below Board, a very special and probably inappropriate dive into stories not fit for screen or stage (this one’s for the grown ups, what better way to spend a Saturday night?)

  • Back to the Umbrella Tree, a reunion of the cast of Under the Umbrella Tree, a can’t miss event for fans of the beloved children’s classic

You won’t want to miss it!



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