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As a professional storyteller, I love nothing more than sitting in a cozy room listening to other people’s stories. I’ve made a handy list for those of you who want to attend or perform in a storytelling show in Toronto.
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1001 Nights of Storytelling
Generally traditional storytelling, but true stories are welcome.
How To Participate Open mic. Show up and tell your story.
When and Where Every Friday, Innis College Cafe, 2 Sussex Avenue
Monthly storytelling show that takes place around the Dufferin Grove Park fire pit, and a roaring campfire.
How To Participate Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a spot.
When and Where monthly, Dufferin Grove Park fire pit (on Dufferin, south of Bloor) from May to October, and every third Wednesday at the Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor West, from December to April
Raw Storytelling Toronto
At Raw Storytelling Toronto we love stories about funny things that happened to us, but we’re really about the big things that happened to us, the things that make us vulnerable, the things that make us…Raw, if you will. Raw Storytelling Toronto is a monthly show where a group of storytellers tell deep, meaningful and personal true stories.
How to Participate Submit a pitch for an upcoming show here.
When and Where Monthly, Socap Theatre 2nd floor, 154 Danforth Ave. (just east of Broadview)
Replay Storytelling is a safe and open space where we share true, personal and vulnerable moments. These are lived experiences — true stories replayed from the memories we hold. Replay welcomes everyone to submit a story, experienced and new storytellers alike. In fact, we encourage, and support new storytellers, giving them a chance to step into the spotlight. We also prioritize featuring BIPOC and LGBTQAI+2S performers, and their stories.
How To Participate Submit a pitch for one of our upcoming shows by clicking here.
When and Where click here for upcoming shows
Stories Of Ours
A storytelling project aiming to fight systemic oppression through the power of personal narrative. Showcasing storytellers, young slam poets, and local musicians/artists of multicultural, multigenerational backgrounds in community evenings of healing and learning, rooted in Regent Park.
How To Participate Attend our next event and speak with Erin, or email at email@example.com.
When and Where Every other month, check dates, Centre for Social Innovation in Regent Park (585 Dundas St E, 3rd floor Lounge).
Stories We Don’t Tell
Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, but always true, join us for an intimate night of stories you won’t hear at a cocktail party. We’re a group of Toronto-based writers and storytellers and we believe that authentic stories are the key to human connection and community building. It doesn’t matter how your story comes out, we’d love to hear it.
How To Participate Attend a show, check out the website or like and us through our Facebook group page. We help you develop the stories through workshops leading up to the event. The stories should be personal (as the title suggests!) and between 7 – 10 minutes.
When and Where Monthly at various locations in downtown Toronto. Check website for links to the latest Facebook event page.
True, personal stories about science. Whether you wear a lab coat or haven’t seen a test tube since grade school, science is shaping all of our lives. And that means you all have science stories to tell. See past stories and shows. Stories are told live and then many become part of the podcast.
How To Participate Connect with us at firstname.lastname@example.org to pitch us a story – we select stories and if chosen we work with you to craft it in an intensive, iterative editing process.
When and Where Periodically throughout the year at the Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick (just east of Bathurst, south of Bloor)
Host and audience Storytelling voices join together to listen and tell stories. The stories are “told” not read, and approximately 10 minutes each. If you have a story to tell, bring it to the StoryTent! Folktales, fairytales, legends, true tales, tall tales…whatever you prepare is more than welcome. Presented by Storytelling Toronto.
How To Participate Anyone is welcome to show up and tell a story. All ages.
When and Where every Saturday at 11 AM, Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street (near St. Clair Station)
True Story Open Mic
This is an Open Mic event. Storytellers will be chosen by lottery on the evening of the event. Want to tell a true five minute story? Drop your name in the hat when you arrive. When we pick your name – step up to the stage!
How To Participate Anyone is welcome to show up and tell a story.
When and Where every third Monday of the month at 7 PM, Woodlawn Public House, 1276 Yonge Street (near St. Clair station)
True Stories (Told Live) Toronto
True Stories Told Live is a simple idea. A bunch of people having a drink in a small room in West Toronto, listening to other people telling true stories. It’s not comedy, though it’s allowed to be funny. It’s not educational, but you might learn something. It’s not musical, but we like to include the odd story-telling musician.
How To Participate Marsha books the storytellers months in advance – if you’d like to be one of them, you can find out how to here.
When and Where last Tuesday of the month – alternate months, The Garrison, 1197 Dundas West (just west of Ossington)