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2021 Festival.

September 24, 25, 26, 2021

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Due to the Covid-19 virus pandemic, the Marie Dressler Foundation has decided that the 2020 Vintage Film Festival must be cancelled. It is thought that it is unlikely that theatres will be allowed to open by September 2020 and similarly the opening gala would not be possible nor the associated fund-raising activities. Because the Festival is a major fundraiser for the Foundation, there will be no bursaries awarded in 2020.

The program will be deferred to Sept 24 to 26, 2021 when it is hoped that a normal Festival can take place.

John Draper

For Marie Dressler Foundation and
Vintage Film Festival Committee


The health and safety of our patrons and volunteers is of paramount importance to Marie Dressler Foundation.

In light of the current COVID-19 situation, we have considered the risks inherent for the community in moving ahead with RearView DocFest as planned.

Regrettably, we see no choice but to announce the cancellation of RearView DocFest.

Not only is this a disappointment for you, our patrons, but particularly disappointing for the many dedicated volunteers who have worked tirelessly over the past few months to prepare an engaging event.

Anyone who has already purchased tickets will be contacted within the next few days.

We will be monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely going forward, and assessing the possibility of rescheduling the event for later this year.

Please continue to check this website for news in the coming months.

Rick Miller
President and Chair
Marie Dressler Foundation


All the films for the festival have been confirmed and plans are well under way for another great event. Our Seminar speaker will be Chris Knight who is a film critic for the National Post and he is looking forward to speaking about "Movies, Duos and Us". As usual, we will have a Silent auction with many great items ranging from gift certificates to movie memorabilia. We will also have souvenir T-Shirts and Canvas bags for sale. Once again we will have impressive banners on display and these will be available for sale (by donation) after the event.

Tickets have been on sale for a while and are going fast - for the first time, tickets for a single movie are available in advance, online only.

If you like mingling with other fans, you will really want to attend the Opening Night Reception - buy a weekend pass or an opening night pass.


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.