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Toronto Storytelling Festival

The Toronto Storytelling Festival was founded in 1979.  It is one of North America’s biggest urban storytelling celebrations, bringing together the finest storytellers from around the world and across Canada.
The 2017 edition takes place March 24 – April 2, and celebrates the best of local, national, and international storytelling in venues across the city. Featured artists include Heidi Dahlsveen (Norway), Nick Hennessy (England), Karima Amin (USA), Charlotte Blake Alston (USA), Katy Payne (USA), Micheal Pestel (USA), and from Canada, Roberta Kennedy (Haida/BC), Ron Evans (Métis/BC), Andy Jones (Newfoundland), Stéphanie Bénéteau (Québec), and Alan Shain (Ottawa). For more information:



Visit the Meridian StoryTent

Every other Saturday morning
11:00 am to 1pm
Family audiences welcome


Join us at the
Artscape Wychwood Barns Farmer’s Market

601 Christie Street, 2 blocks south of St. Clair Avenue West

Look for the blue tent outdoors in the summer months, or the red canopy at the office of Storytelling Toronto in the winter.

The tent may show up at other locations, including the Sorauren Farmers’ Market on Mondays.

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Fall 2016
October 1
October 15
October 29

November 12
November 26

Dec 10
Dec 17 (TBC)

Winter/Spring 2017
January 7
January 21

February 4
February 18

March 4
March 18

April 1
April 15
April 29

May 13
May 27

June 10
June 24

Village of Storytellers

The Village of Storytellers project is a series of group storytelling sessions facilitated by experienced tellers. It is a community-informed program to rekindle the enjoyment of storytelling and the legacy of an oral tradition with participants hearing stories and coached as storytellers themselves. Opportunities for emerging tellers to perform at community and festival events support the growth and leadership of participants in literacy and language learning, community engagement, cultural-competence and social inclusion.

“Being part of the VOS project is like learning the difference between a snack and a feast. A story you read is a snack, but a story you hear told aloud has different flavours, colours, and textures as if enjoying a variety of dishes during a long feast.” – Village of Storytellers project participant from Regent Park community, 2014

For more information about the Village of Storytellers project, contact Storytelling Toronto at admin@storytellingtoronto.org

Annual General Meeting


Open to members of Storytelling Toronto

Date: TBA
Time: TBA
Venue: TBA



Storycare is a new approach to integrating the art and experience of storytelling into healthcare and community leadership settings.  It was developed through the storyteller-in-residence program at Baycrest Health Sciences. The Storycare Project includes two workshops and a symposium this December.

This project is supported by Storytelling Toronto, New Horizons for Seniors Program (Employment and Social Development Canada), the Arts and Health Program at Baycrest Health Sciences, The Neighbourhood Group and Kensington Gardens Long Term Care.


At a time when scientific breakthroughs and new technologies are a daily occurrence, it’s quite amazing that ‘story is being re-discovered as a unique and powerful way to connect with others;

  • Why stories are so powerful
  • The importance of engaging in listening and gathering seniors’ stories
  • The role stories can play in helping heal ‘broken narrative’ resulting from physical, social, mental and/or emotional limitations
  • Techniques, tips and templates on how to help ourselves and seniors shape and share stories

Date: Friday, December 2, 2016 (9:30am – 11:30am)
Venue: Kensington Gardens Long Term Care, 25 Brunswick Ave, South Building (just north of College Street)
Fee: $10 + HST (not including service fee)
Workshop Leader: Norma Cameron, CFRE (British Columbia), Storytelling and Narrative Consultant, North Saanich, British Columbia, norma33@telus.net


They say a picture is worth 1000 words, but what if it takes some coaching to remember the story behind that picture? Learn how to use photographs as a tool to encourage stories told by seniors and ourselves;

  • Listening and cueing techniques for stories
  • Use of photographs helping seniors/oneself remember personal stories
  • Use of questions to draw out story details, senses, emotions
  • Ethics for listeners dealing with triggers and traumas
  • Hands on activities and hearing seniors present their own examples of stories using photographs.

Date: Thursday, December 8 (1:30pm – 3:30pm)
Venue: Central Neighbourhood House, 349 Ontario Street (just south off Gerrard Street E between Sherbourne and Parliament)
Fee: $10 + HST (not including service fee)
Workshop Leader: Rani Sanderson, Program Coordinator of StoryCentre Canada, rani@storycentre.org


Storytelling Toronto and Baycrest Health Sciences

invite you to a
Symposium on the Use and Value
of Storytelling for and by Seniors

Friday, December 9
9 am – 5 pm
Registry Fee:  $30 + HST (not including service fee)

“My stories are my wealth.” Angela Sidney, Tagish elder, Yukon Territory


This full-day symposium will be an opportunity to exchange ideas, discover best practices, hear and tell personal and traditional stories, and participate in intimate workshops with international leaders in the field.  The symposium will be of value to storytellers, seniors interested in developing their storytelling skills, allied health professionals, palliative care counselors, community animators, family caregivers, and anyone interested in the power of stories to build intergenerational and intercultural bridges.

Storycare has come out of the work of the Arts and Health program and Baycrest’s Storyteller-in-Residence, which focuses on creating and enhancing the role of story throughout the healthcare environment. From one-on-one exchanges to story-circles throughout Baycrest, stories are welcomed, celebrated, and used as ways of affirming the lives of patients, residents, staff, and families.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Steve Sabat and Mary Louise Chown. Dr. Sabat is a professor emeritus at Georgetown University, specializing in communication through the “tangled veil” of Dementia. Mary Louise Chown is a Winnipeg-based storyteller who has pioneered the use of storytelling in Palliative Care. The day includes a mix of performances and workshops on topics like intergenerational storytelling, storytelling for community-building, First Nations perspectives, humour, the Baycrest approach to Storycare, best practises for storytellers working with seniors, and much more.

The day includes a mix of performances and workshops on topics like intergenerational storytelling, storytelling for community-building, First Nations perspectives, humour, the Baycrest approach to Storycare, best practices for storytellers working with seniors, and much more.  Presenters include Celia Barker Lottridge, Itah Sadu, Louise Profeit-Leblanc, Marylyn Peringer, Lynda Howes, Jim Rennie, Lorne Brown, Calogero Chiarelli, Dan Yashinsky, Dinny Biggs, Village of Storytellers: Regent Park, and Melissa Tafler.

A copy of the newly-published Baycrest Wisdom Book, a collection of stories from Baycrest patients, residents, staff, and family members, is included in your registration.  Lunch and snacks will be provided.*

For more information contact Storytelling Toronto: T: 416-656-2445 / E: admin@storytellingtoronto.org

* Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions
** Baycrest is at 3560 Bathurst Street, north of Lawrence Street West; if travelling by TTC take the #7 Bathurst bus to Baycrest Avenue. Parking available in Baycrest lot or on side streets.

StoryFusion Cabaret!

StoryFusion Cabaret! Bringing rich, enlightening and memorable stories to audiences.

Artistic Director: Heather Whaley
Co-Directors: The Backseat Balladeers

January 21 2017
* featuring *

Lorne Brown and Eve Goldberg
Grab your coat and get your toque
Leave your worries all behind you
Time to meet and greet
Hear warm stories and dance your feet!
* to the tune of “Sunny Side of the Street”

Lorne Brown can often be found in some chimney corner, picking his 5-stirng banjo and singing an old ballad. When he can be pried from his corner, you might find him performing with Soldiers of Song, the tribute to Canada’s famous First World War troup, ‘The Dumbells.’

Eve Goldberg‘s watercolour voice and solid guitar style have become favourites at festivals, folk clubs, and concert series across Canada and the US. Her performances are intimate and relaxed, moving effortlessly from classics to originals. With an equal passion for the craft of songwriting and the art of interpretation, Eve blends new and old influences into a seamless whole.

Tickets $17 in advance / $22 at the door
CSI Annex, 720 Bathurst Street
8:00 pm

Eventbrite - StoryFusion Cabaret! presents. . . Songs & Stories for a Winter's Eve

Pay online via Eventbrite or send a cheque to:
Storytelling Toronto
173 – 601 Christie Street
Toronto, ON M6C 4C7
e: admin@storytellingtoronto.org
t: 416-656-2445

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Past 2016 StoryFusion Cabaret! Events

October 29 2016
* featuring *

Deborah Dunleavy: “Story of Isobel Gunn” &
Goldie Spencer: “Women of the Yukon”

Isobel Gunn is written and performed by Deborah Dunleavy with orchestrated digital music composed by Howard Alexander. A young Orkney lass brazenly disguised herself as a boy to hire on with the Hudson Bay Company. Their destination – the vast area of wilderness known as Rupert’s Land!
This work was made possible by a grant from The Canada Council for the Arts.
Deborah Dunleavy is a librettist, lyricist, author, and playwright based in Brockville, Ontario.

Women of the Yukon, Klondike is written and performed by Goldie Spencer, and depicts famous women in the Gold Rush. Goldie’s son, Alex, created some of the music that will accompany the performance and provides technical assistance.
Goldie Spencer’s favourite tales are those that give a positive environmental message. Goldie has performed at festivals in Toronto, Scarborough, Brockville and Sydney, Australia.

Amazing Women From Canada’s History features storytelling performances in character, and coincides with Women’s History Month in October and with the celebration of Persons Day on October 18.

Tickets $17 in advance / $22 at the door
CSI Annex, 720 Bathurst Street
8:00 pm