Here you will find an alphabetical listing of storytellers from Toronto and the GTA.* If you click on a teller’s name, you may find further information about:
Please be aware that the Storytelling Toronto directory is not a booking agency, but a paid listing service for local storytellers. We recommend you contact tellers directly, and check the references of any tellers you intend to hire. Fees, expenses and contract requirements may vary and are to be settled between the teller and the booking agent.
*Tellers from other parts of Ontario can be found here, grouped according to the city in which they reside. If you wish to see a full list of Canadian storytellers, please visit http://www.storytellers-conteurs.ca/en/storytellers-directory.html
** All storytellers are free to join the Directory once they have paid their $60 yearly membership fee.
Sarah comes from a long line of storytellers. She tells stories to both adults and children. Sarah has told at various cultural centers, festivals, libraries, parks and homes. Because Sarah grew up in several countries, she tells stories from all over the world with the […]
Pat discovered the magic of storytelling through working with children. She can enchant adult audiences as well. Her repertoire includes world myth, folk and fairy tales, and historic stories. She was closely associated with The Buffalo Jump Artists’ Collective, booking and arranging storytellers and musicians […]
June enjoys working with listeners of all ages. Many of her stories for younger children are interactive to help them develop their literacy skills. She often incorporates puppets, music and a felt board. Whether the listeners are young or old, her stories allow them to […]
Joanna Chapman-Smith has performed from trees, in cages, with a circus, and on stilts. She lost her voice, and then traveled the world to find it. She fell in love with wonderful stories, and became a collector. A fresh voice on the Toronto Storytelling scene, […]
A former documentary television producer, Donna Dudinsky tells old tales to the young at heart. Specializing in folk and fairy tales from around the world, Donna tells at storytelling festivals, schools, libraries and concerts across Canada. Known primarily as a children’s storyteller, she can be […]
As an arts educator, Bernice links programs to the school curriculum. She is the recipient of storytelling awards from the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council. Recently, she was invited to the Singapore International Storytelling Fesitval. Her family, five generations of Chinese in Canada […]
Anna is a storyteller and author who loves the tales that touch the heart and tickle the funny bone. Her stories spin a web of magic and captivate the imaginations of listeners of all ages. As an author and educator Anna knows that stories provide […]
My first childhood memory of storytelling is sitting around a lakeside campfire in Northern Ontario with my family, my Scottish Grandfather illuminated by firelight and silhouetted by stars as he told stories. An enchanting Gaelic brawl rolled through his powerful voice. With that gift in […]
The Four Winds Library (FWL) is a lending library for storytellers owned by Toronto storyteller Norm Perrin, which operates out of 9- 2870 Dundas St. West It is open to all storytellers, teachers and other professionals as well as the casual reader. Most books are […]
I am from a Scottish family where the oral tradition is strong. I was the Storyteller in Residence at The Children’s Peace Theatre Toronto. I have offered storytelling workshops for TESL Ontario, Teacher Professional Development Days, The Little Children of the World, in Tennessee and […]
Lynn began telling as a teen, when she discovered that the children she babysat would go to bed eagerly when a story was offered. Later, she worked this same magic as a camp counsellor, and then with her own children. It was only when she […]
Dan Yashinsky is a Toronto-based storyteller, author, and community animator. He received, in 1999, the first Jane Jacobs Prize for his work with storytelling in the community. He founded the Toronto Festival of Storytelling (in 1979) and co-founded Storytelling Toronto (formerly the Storytellers School of […]
So I’m sixteen and on a road trip with my uncle Doug and his family. Doug is the kind of guy who walks into a party and everyone runs over to hear his latest stories. It’s dark, we’ve been driving for hours, and I’ve been […]
Heather is a seasoned versatile storyteller singer-songwriter who performs both traditional and personal stories, bringing them to life through her vibrancy and unique voice. Known for her musical storytelling and songwriting, she tells to all ages and includes chants, original spoken word, verse, poetry, songs, […]
Storytellers’ Guild of Baden.
Meets at the Button Factory on the fourth Friday of each month for networking, coaching and using the library, as well as planning upcoming events. Small membership fee.25 Regina St. S.,
Sessions are September through June and cost $5.
Cider. Friends. New friends. And, of course, stories.
(open storytelling for adults)
Sep to Jun, 2nd Friday of each month 8:00-10:30 pm.
We (and the bravest in the audience) tell at the Button Factory
25 Regina St. S.,
Contact Mary-Eileen McClear, 519 634-8973, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bancroft Story Circle
The Bancroft tellers have been meeting at the Bancroft Public Library for the past six years. Come to listen or to tell at 2 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month. For evening meetings and events contact Micki Beck at email@example.com.
The Brant Taletellers Guild
meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month from September to June. Meetings begin at 7 pm and are held at the main branch of the Brantford Public Library. We welcome tellers at all levels and listeners. The Guild also presents the annual Brantford Storytelling Festival. Visit us at http://tales.bizbrant.com
Contact by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by letter to
P.O. Box 25042, Brantford ON N3T 6K5
The 1000 Islands Yarnspinners
The 1000 Islands Yarnspinners are a collective of tellers from Cornwall to Kingston who meet on an informal basis. This year 2016 folks are welcome to join in at Stories at the Spitfire Cafe, 10 Victoria Avenue, from 7 – 9pm on March 8, April 12, May 9 and June 13. If coming in from out of town contact host Deborah Dunleavy at 613-926-5510 or by email at email@example.com
Storybarn Tellers of North Bruce meet on the second Monday of each month. From June through Labour Day. They meet in the Storybarn 995 Dyers Bay Road, Dyers Bay, N. Bruce Peninsula.at 7.p.m. The rest of the year they meet in members homes.
Contact Ron Baker 519 795-7652 firstname.lastname@example.org
Guelph Guild of Storytellers
Fall, winter and Spring: Concert, second Wednesday evening of each month at the Main Branch of the Guelph Public Library, 100 Norfolk St at Paisley, 7pm. There is a short (5 minutes) open mic time. Experienced tellers with longer stories please contact us in advance for a spot on the program. The audience is thinking adults.
Summer: Tea and Tales Concert, Friday mornings, at the Guelph Enabling Gardens in Riverside Park, behind the Evergreen Seniors Centre. These concerts are for active seniors and anyone who wanders by. Bring your own chair if convenient – on beautiful days we sometimes run out.
Guild Meetings: We hold business and rehearsal meetings in members’ homes the week before each evening performance – the last Tuesday of the month.
Contact us for details. Current information and times on our website, www.guelpharts.ca/storytellers
Contact Sandy Schoen, 519-767-0017 email@example.com
The Hamilton Storytelling Circle
Meets on the 3rd Monday of each month, 7:30 pm
Contact Brenda Byers; firstname.lastname@example.org
Lakeland Storytellers meets the first Saturday of each month in the Lindsay Public Library from 10am to 12 noon. The library is on the corner of Victoria Avenue and Kent Street in Lindsay, Ontario. We usually run a workshop on the same day as well from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
For further information contact Harold Williams: 705-878-4009 or email@example.com
The Durham Folklore Society in Durham Region Ontario:
In the Durham Folklore Society we practice the venerable art of storytelling.
Contact: Chair Dianne Chandler, firstname.lastname@example.org
Meets the 3rd Thursday of each month September – June. Guests welcome! Northview Community Centre, 150 Beatice St., Oshawa ON. Also: Annual Concerts/ Educational programs. Come Listen! Come Tell! Storytelling for Everyone.
To view upcoming meeting dates and events, please visit our web site at www.durhamfolkloresociety.com
The Ottawa StoryTellers host a number of events every year including monthly Story Swaps, our annualStoryTelling Festival in November, as well as a range of professional development activities from beginner’s workshops to master classes. We also hold three regular performance series: Stories from the Ages, a series of epic tales, “Speaking Out, Speraking In“, a series held monthly at the National Arts Centre’s Fourth Stage; and “Stories and Tea“, a twice monthly series at a local tearoom.
Our monthly Story Swaps are held on the first Thursday of each month, at the Library and Archives of Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Room 156. Admission is free, and everyone is invited to come and tell a story and / or listen to the stories. Light refreshments are served during the break.
An active, growing group with over two decades of telling education and performance in Peterborough and area.
In monthly meetings, we share stories back and forth. We always start with a short and interactive skill and knowledge building discussion. It’s an opportunity to tell a story in a safe, encouraging and fun atmosphere. Or you can come just to listen and enjoy the experience of wonderful stories told with passion, humour and varying levels of skill. It’s that simple. Our tellers are young and old, male and female, experienced and first timers.
A unique feature in each of our meetings, is the education portion which starts the evening off. One of our experienced tellers prepares a half hour presentation on the chosen theme for the meeting. You will gain interesting information about telling stories of different genres and the skills to improve your telling skills should you choose to tell a story of your own at one of our meetings.
Come and check us out. Peterborough Storytellers may be the start of something that will change everything for you. www.facebook.ca/peterboroughstorytellers
We also have a Tales and Tips blog site that enjoys many visitors from around the world. www.peterboroughstorytellers.blogspot.com
St. Marys Storytelling
Contact: Nancy Vermond, email@example.com or 519-284-2698
Dufferin Circle of Storytellers
Dufferin County (Shelburne, Orangeville, Caledon, Alliston)
Location: Dufferin Mutual, 712 Main Street East, (Hwy 89) Shelburne,Ont.L0N 1S0
Meetings: First Thursday of every month except we don’t meet in July/August
Contact: Marilyn Doekes
1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling
We host an open stage every Friday from 8:00 to 10:00 at the Innis College Café, on the campus of the University of Toronto. The suggested donation is $5.
For more information, see the website at www.1001fridays.org.
Storytelling at Caplansky’s Deli
Storytelling at Caplansky’s Deli happens on the first Sunday of each month (major Jewish and public holidays notwithstanding) from 8pm- 10pm. Held at Caplansky’s Deli at College and Brunswick the show is a mix of booked and open mic spots. Come along and if you feel inspired let the host Marilla Wex know that you’d like to tell a story. There is no cover charge but you should probably buy some food and drinks – it is a restaurant!
For more information including the rules of the room see our Facebook page:
Aunty B theatrical Storytelling
Meets at Morningside Library on the third Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:00
4279 Lawrence Ave East
416 396 8881
Come join our informal, small group for fun telling and listening. Everyone welcome.
is a project of Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada.The project’s aim is to record the voices of elders from the Canadian storytelling community for distribution via web site and CD. The web site is a place where visitors may actually hear stories told and may also gain information about the lives of storytellers and the ways of storytelling in general.
Contact Christine, 514-341-6622 or Dave 514-488-5430
Contact person: Kathy Bennett firstname.lastname@example.org
Meets every 3rd Friday of the month from September to June at the Mayfair Branch Library Community Room; 602 – 33rd Street, West; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7L 0W1