Welcome to Storytelling Toronto’s Directory:

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:

  • the teller’s repertoire
  • the programs and workshops they offer
  • their performance history
  • their target audiences,
  • the geographic areas they are willing to service
  • and their contact information.

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.

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Toronto / GTA Storytellers

Ontario Storytellers

Ontario Groups

Baden, Ontario

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.

Website: www.badenstorytellers.wordpress.com.

Stories Aloud

(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, maryeileen@thestorybarn.ca

Bancroft, Ontario

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 bumbleberry@sympatico.ca.

Brantford, Ontario

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 taletellers@bizbrant.com or by letter to
P.O. Box 25042, Brantford ON N3T 6K5

Brockville, Ontario

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 teller2go@gmail.com

Bruce Peninsula

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 ronbakerbpbo@sympatico.ca

Guelph, Ontario

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 storytellers@guelpharts.ca

Hamilton, Ontario

The Hamilton Storytelling Circle
Meets on the 3rd Monday of each month, 7:30 pm

Contact Brenda Byers; brenda@storywyse.com

Lindsay, Ontario

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 tokiwang@hotmail.com

Oshawa, Ontario

The Durham Folklore Society in Durham Region Ontario:
In the Durham Folklore Society we practice the venerable art of storytelling.

Contact: Chair Dianne Chandler, storyteller@xplornet.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

Ottawa, Ontario

Ottawa Storytellers
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.

Please contact Sherri Yazdani at 613.322.8336 for more information, or visit www.ottawastorytellers.ca

Peterborough, Ontario

Peterborough Storytellers

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. Mary’s, Ontario

St. Marys Storytelling

Contact: Nancy Vermond, nvermond@sympatico.ca or 519-284-2698

 

Shelburne, Ontario

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
519-928-5524
bill.doekes@sympatico.ca

Toronto, Ontario

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:

https://www.facebook.com/storytellingatcaplanskys/info, go to http://marillawex.com/storytelling/ or email storytelling@caplanskysdeli.com

Aunty B theatrical Storytelling

www.auntyb.ca

EastEnd Storytellers

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.

National & International Groups

StorySave

Website: http://www.storysave.ca/

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.

Montreal Storytellers Guild

Website: http://www.mtlstorytellers.ca/

Contact Christine, 514-341-6622 or Dave 514-488-5430

Saskatoon Storytellers Guild

Contact person: Kathy Bennett kdbennett@shaw.ca
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

The Victoria Storytellers Guild

Website: http://www.victoriastorytellers.org/index.html

We meet on the third Monday of every month at 7:15 p.m., September through May at 1831 Fern Street, Victoria. (In December and June, we meet on the second Monday.) E-mail: info@victoriastorytellers.org