I figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up about five years ago and somehow I also ended up in a city that reveres storytelling – which makes me pretty damn lucky.
Storytelling is slow literature. In an age of instant noodles and lightning downloads, of rush hours and split seconds, storytelling is where imagination travels at its own unhurried pace. You can’t rush reverie and you can’t double-click on wisdom. For that, you just have to relax and listen. So to find your storyteller, I invite you to meander, stroll, and perambulate over to any one of the festival’s many homes and habitats. – Dan Yashinksy, festival director
First, the Storytalk:
Dinny Biggs, Village of Storytellers: Regent Park Project – storytelling as a tool for community-building.
Listening to Metis and First Nations Stories, Ron Evans
Gathering Oral History: The Art of Interviewing for Stories That Matter, Dr. Jo Radner
Shaping and Telling Personal Stories, Sage Tyrtle
Date March 26, 9 AM to 4:30 PM
Location Aki Studio Theatre, 585 Dundas Street East (just east of Parliament)
Single day: $100 / $80 students + seniors + unwaged
I’m also performing twice at the Toronto Storytelling Festival:
Storytelling at the Gladstone
Performances by 25 of the city’s finest tellers. Original stories, Anansi stories, Irish myth, personal stories, traditional stories, stories set to music, Métis history.
March 22, 2015: 9 PM
1214 Queen Street West (at Dufferin)
Host Shelley Kidwell hosts a late night cabaret featuring a roster of amazing storytellers as part of the Toronto Storytelling Festival.
March 28, 2015: 10:30 PM
555 Dundas Street East (just east of Parliament)
Full camp: $250 / $220 students + seniors + unwaged
(includes a Festival Pass, with admission to all ticketed festival programs from March 22 – 29).