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At our recent 2018 festival, we held a competition where we asked five Trivia Questions with four multiple choices (per question).  The prize was two weekend passes for the 2019 Festival.  Below are the questions, the correct answer for each, plus the winning patron. 

1) Duck Soup (1933)

Question: “When Chicolini (Chico Marx) and Pinky (Harpo Marx) enter Trentino’s (Louis Calhern) office they hear ringing.  What is ringing?”

  • Trentino’s phone
  • Chimes from an open window
  • An alarm clock in Pinky’s pocket
  • Bells in the movie’s musical score
  • Correct answer: An alarm clock in Pinky’s pocket

alumnae theatreQueen Marie, the Musical Comedy play about Marie Dressler by Shirley Barrie, is being performed by the Alumnae Theatre Company in Toronto from April 13 to 28, 2018.   First performed at Fourth Line, it is now being staged at the longest-running theatre company in Toronto.  Director Rosemary Doyle says that "Queen Marie features a cast of 26, plus musicians and dancing girls. We have a child and 9 women portraying Marie at different points of her life."  

The Alumnae Theatre is at 70 Berkeley Street (at Adelaide)

  • Performances are: Wed-Sat at 8 pm;
  • Sundays at 2 pm
  • Pre-show Talk: Thursday, April 19 at 6:30 pm
  • Post-show Talkbacks: Sundays, April 15 & 22, following 2 pm show

Download the full Press Release with full details here.

Tickets are available at Alumnae's web site.


Marie Dressler Birthday Invitation
Please join us at Victoria Hall Citizens Forum on Thursday, November 9th at 2:00 pm for the celebration of Marie Dressler's 149th Birthday.

You will be treated to a short documentary produced by Marie Dressler Foundation in association with the University of Toronto.

The documentary focuses on the community engagement and enthusiasm that resulted in the creation of Marie Dressler Museum, Canada's newest interactive heritage museum.

Refreshments will include "Marie Dressler Butter Tarts" from Dutch Oven, along with tea, coffee, etc.

Following the refreshment break, you are invited to watch one of Marie Dressler's earliest movies, "Tillie Wakes Up", made in 1917, and 46 minutes in length.


On Saturday, July 15, 2017, the Marie Dressler Foundation presented five students with certificates and cheques for $1500. As well as the four bursaries for Northumberland high school students who are planning tertiary studies in the performing arts, this year an additional award was made: the Canada 150 Bill Patchett Devotion to Community Award. This is to honour the community service by Bill Patchett and was made to a student who showed exceptional community devotion.  The Vintage Film Festival is the primary source of Funds for the Foundation.

We are pleased to announce that Bill O'Meara and Jordan Klapman will return as pianists for our 2017 program.   The silents that they will accompany will be Tillie's Punctured Romance  from 1914, to be shown on October 15,  and a pair of very early movies: Manhattan Madness (1916) and Confidence (1909).  These will screen on October 14.  More information about the pianists is available on the program page here

We are also able to announce that Geoff Pevere will be the speaker at our Brown Bag Lunch on October 15.   Geoff is a critic, author, lecturer and festival programmer. A former movie critic with The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail, he is currently the Program Director of the Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival.

Tickets will go on sale on June 1st and will be available at the Victoria Hall Box Office, the Capitol Theatre Box Office and online on this site.

Cathie Houston, VFF chair and Chris Worsnop, member of Doc Fest committee were interviewed on Northumberland 89.7FM on April 19, 2017 and spoke about the festival and provided some background information.

Listen here.