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Date: April 2, 2017
Time: 11:00 am  to  4:00 pm

Storytellers are gathering around the campfire: from Haida Gwaii,  Japan, Ethiopia, Newfoundland, Haiti, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, the land of the birds, and even outer space.  Young festival -goers will be the first to discover why a mysterious spaceship has crash-landed at Harbourfront. They will dance and swap riddles with a Shona storyteller.  And the youngest will bring their teddy bears for a Storytellers’ Picnic. Plus folktales from around the world, campfire yarns, the Shoe Project, and more.  Ears Open, Stories Jump In!

Story Discoveries: Hallway Bays and West side of building
1:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Alien Has Landed: Something strange has landed at Harbourfront and we need young Earthings to be stellar detectives, discovering clues and finding out the real story behind the mysterious, out-of-this-world visitor. (co-produced with Story Planet). African Riddle Contest:  dance and trade riddles with Zimbabwean storyteller Rainos MutambaRed Pepper Spectacle Arts:  create your own story-figure.  Face-painting with Ilyan Balicki.

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Campfire Stories in the Storytent: Bring your spookiest yarns.


Great Childrens’ Storytellers: Lakeside Terrace
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Opening Ceremony and Storytellers Picnic (Teddy Bears welcome): Join us for stories and rhymes and riddles and songs! Plenty to take and tell on your next picnic!!! All ages welcome!   With Sally Jaeger, Carol Ashton, Mariella Bertelli (co-produced with Mariposa in the Schools).
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Join In! Stories are so much more fun when the listeners share in the – come tell along with Rita, Marylyn and Njacko. with Marylyn Peringer, Rita Cox, Njacko Backo (co-produced with Mariposa in the Schools).
2:15 PM – 3:15 PM One Thing Leads To Another – Caribbean Tales with Itah Sadu, Sandra Whiting and special guest Djennie Laguerre. Folktale, legends and contemporary stories from and inspired by, the great oral traditions of the Caribbeans. (co-produced with Mariposa in the Schools).
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Tales of Trouble and Laughter:  an hour of whimsy and original stories with Rukhsana Khan,  Nathalie Vachon (co-produced with Prologue to the Performing Arts).


Boxcar Social
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Andy Jones tells Jack tales from Newfoundland. One of Canada’s most-beloved performers brings his original versions of Newfoundland Jack tales. Stay for the book signing.
12:15 PM – 12:45 PM Stéphanie Bénéteau Dreaming Tall: stories about strong girls and women.
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM Shoe Project alumni bring their favorite true stories and folktales from Turkey, South Sudan, Taiwan, Pakistan, and China. Featuring Teenaz Javat, Yuli Hu, Cordelia Tang, Kiden Jonathan, hosted by Filiz Dogan. The Shoe Project, founded by writer Katherine Govier, celebrates the experiences of immigrant and refugee women by telling stories of shoes. (co-produced with the Shoe Project).


Folktales Without Borders: Marilyn Brewer Gallery
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM A New Silk Road: 
Join us for bi-lingual stories from South America, Eritrea, Croatia, Europe and Ethiopia. Featuring Maria Ordonez, Leeya Solomon and Sarah Abusarar. Hosted by Ruth Danziger (co-produced with Parent-Child Mother Goose Program).
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM Tales of Juan Bobo: funny stories from Latin America, with Rico Rodriguez (Spanish/English); The Tsunami – Stories about Resilience: with Noriko Yamamoto (mime).
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Pomegranate Seed – Magical Stories from the Arab World:  with Sarah Abusarar (Arabic/English).
3:15 – 4:0+0 Raven Flies in from Haida Gwaii: Kung Jaadee brings her favorite tales of Raven from her Haida tradition.


Miss Lou’s Room
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary with folktales told by refugee and immigrant students. Hosted by storyteller/teacher Hugh CottonIn collaboration with the English as a Second Language program, Toronto District School Board.

2:15 PM – 3:15- PM

Nanabush meets Weesakachak:  Ron Evans and Esther Osche share stories from Chippewa-Cree, Metis, and Anishnabe traditions.