Professional Level Storyteller

Name: Pauline Grondin
Email: spingolli@hotmail.com
Phone Number: (905) 522-4157
Website: http://www.paulinegrondin.com

Biography:

Pauline Grondin is “multiheretorial”, a professional storyteller, heritage performer, historical interpreter, reenactor and musician who has been telling stories and making music all of her life to listeners from the age of 2 to 102.

Pauline was given the honour of having her name included on the Ireland Canada Monument in Vancouver, B.C. “The monument honours Irish Canadians for their immense contribution to Canada.”…”each name has been chosen on that person’s contribution to their fellow Canadians, on their commitment to do something good to build a better community locally or globally within Canada.” Pauline’s music and stories, especially those telling of Canadian history, have been recognized as her contribution.

Pauline is also the recipient of the Halton Heritage Award, Burlington Junction Certificate of Appreciation, and the Hamilton-Wentworth Heritage Award.

Pauline is a tenth generation French Canadian with an Irish citizenship. Following her dual roots, her storytelling has delighted audiences of all ages in Canada, Northern Ireland, Scotland and England.

Pauline was the voice of Elizabeth Gage on the War of 1812 documentary produced for the bicentennial on History Television. Her stories of “Women in Upper Canada during the War of 1812” were recorded for Route 1812, a driving route linking historical sites and cultural institutions in the Southwest, Toronto and Niagara regions. Her voice and instruments were also recorded singing heritage songs along the same route. Pauline is the social historian for the Southwest Ontario Barn Quilt trail and was the historical advisor for the Lincoln Lamplighter Tours for their bicentennial production.

Pauline has recorded four CD’s telling stories of Canadian pioneer women, “Voices of the Past”, “Voices of the Past Two”, “Voices of Toronto’s Past” and “Stories of Women in Upper Canada during the War of 1812”. She has also written a number of children’s history books and stories for the young at heart.

Repertoire

Tales of once upon a time
Tea Legends and Traditions
When Suffragettes Won Back the Vote
Royal Weddings Through The Ages
Stories of Women in Upper Canada during the War of 1812
Exploring Our Heritage
HerStory History, a collection of self penned narratives of some of Canada’s heroines and pioneers
Piecing Together Canada’s History Through Quilts
Irish Legends and Tales
The Traditions and Legends of Hallowe’en
Funeral and Mourning Traditions
The Legends and Traditions of Christmas
Aboriginal Stories
Stories of the Aboriginal Farm workers
Life in the 1920’s at the Freeman Station (Burlington Junction)
If Teapots Could Talk, celebrating 150 years of Canada’s history

Programs / Workshops Offered

Literacy for Learning

Target Audience

Children and adults of all ages

Geographic Area

Ontario and beyond

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