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.
Mariella Bertelli is an international, Toronto-based storyteller who tells fluently in English and/or Italian. She performs one woman’s shows or works collaboratively with others, sometimes blending storytelling with puppetry, theatre, music or visual arts. She has participated in group shows, Boccaccio’s Decameron, the Bankelsang project, […]
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 […]
Diane is an accomplished storyteller who has been enchanting audiences for over twenty-five years. She believes that the deepest truths can be found by means of the simplest story. She tells tales from around the world that appeal to audiences of all ages, but has […]
With over 15 years of professional storytelling experience, June Brown has delighted audiences with folktales, myths, legends and personal stories. Specializing in participatory storytelling, June enchants children, families and adult audiences in schools, libraries, senior homes, house concerts, museums and festival venues. Cultural Days Ontario, […]
A singer of old songs and a teller of old tales, Lorne Brown co-founded Storytelling Toronto and was the first editor of Appleseed Quarterly. Now semi-retired, he still tours with Soldiers of Song and likes to sing old ballads and play his banjo.
Bernice spins gold mountain stories, telling traditional folktales from Asia entwined with Canada’s immigrant history stories. She is a storyteller, actor, radio broadcaster and arts educator who grew up in Toronto immersed in Cantonese songs and stories – elders sharing traditional folk tales as well […]
For over 35 years Sally has specialized in collecting and sharing stories, rhymes, fingerplays and songs for the very youngest listeners and their families. Sally’s goal is to nurture early literacy with a love of language play.
Anna Kerz is an accomplished storyteller whose tales will touch your heart and tickle your funny bone. Her extensive repertoire includes stories suitable for listeners of all ages, as well as a collection of personal stories geared towards more mature audiences. (14 and up) She […]
Adele is sole proprietor of Adele’s Stories for over ten years. Adele writes and performs interactive upbeat stories for and with all ages of listeners. She can write to a requested theme. Adele’s performances include — Scarborough Cable Television — children’s and adults’ tv programs, […]
Laurie believes stories are essential to open your imagination and create the foundations for literacy. Specializing in costume and fabric, traditional folk tales, and personal stories, she has delighted audiences of all ages in schools, libraries and community art events including the Toronto Storytelling Festival, […]
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 […]
Nick has told with 1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling, Centre for Spiritual Living and the Eight Tellers Ensemble who performed the last three years at the Storyfire concerts. He published the recording Dragon on the Mountain, available on CD Baby.
Thirty years ago, I accidentally walked into Diane Wolkstein’s storytelling class. I’ve been telling stories on purpose ever since. My Bible stories incorporate traditional and original midrash — short stories that fill gaps in the larger tale.
Suzanne Banay Santo is a lover of heartfelt communication and the stories that come down to us as medicines for the soul. Writer, teller, herbalist, mother…She has a healing story for you.
Goldie has been a storyteller for over 20 years. She has performed at schools, community centers and festivals in Canada and Australia. She developed and is teaching Storytelling at Act 11 Studio, which is a drama/theatre program for people 50+. It is a part of […]
Leah is multi-disiplinary artist who you may find performing on stage, in bookstores, at cafes, in boxing rings, in story and dance circles, on the street, and at kitchen tables in Ontario, Quebec and Jamaica. She is a graduate of the anitafrika! dub theatre residency […]
Michelle Tocher is a storyteller and author who has been writing and speaking for twenty-five years on the subject of fairy tales and their application to life.
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 […]
Today, I’m a storyteller. I draw from a rich well of experience – including living in a tent for two years, my lesbian schizophrenic mother, almost killing people with my evil mind control (NO REALLY) – to draw my audience in and enthrall them with […]
Dan Yashinsky is a Toronto-based storyteller, author, and community animator. He is currently the storyteller-in-residence at Baycrest Health Sciences.
Brenda Byers performs spirited stories blended with music, songs and rhythm often accompanied by listeners of all ages. Her captivating style of storytelling engages audiences from the kitchen table to the stage. Brenda is Artistic Director for Storywyse. Brenda’s childhood was fraught with perils. She […]
Brian is a retired teacher, so storytelling comes to him naturally. A member of the Guelph Guild of Storytellers, he performs in Guelph on the second Wednesday of each month. He has also told at festivals in Ottawa, Kitchener, Brampton, Baden, and was the guest […]
Shoshana Litman tells vivid tales, drawn from traditional sources enlivened with original text and melodies, to audiences of all ages. She has spun delightful yarns, often with audience participation, since 1997 & travels the world with stories!
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, email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hamilton Storytelling Circle
Meets on the 3rd Monday of each month, 7:30 pm
Contact Brenda Byers; email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Durham Folklore Society in Durham Region Ontario:
In the Durham Folklore Society we practice the venerable art of storytelling.
Contact: Chair Dianne Chandler, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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