march, 2018

sun04mar10:30 am7:00 pmStorytelling at the Gladstone FEATURING: A day of great local storytelling.


(Sunday) 10:30 am - 7:00 pm


Gladstone Hotel

1214 Queen St. West, Toronto

Event Details

A festival tradition, this is a one-day celebration of the Toronto storytelling community, featuring new work, experimental narratives, oral poetry, traditional wondertales, queer chronicles, and feminist histories.

TIME Melody Bar Ballroom
10:30 AM Stories, of Course:
Stories told by students from Storytelling Toronto. Hosted by instructors 
Lynda Howes, Celia Lottridge, and Marylin Peringer.
11:30 AM Break
12:00 PM All’s Swell That Ends Swell:
Adèle Koehnke tells two sweet and strong love stories.
Brangane’s Tale:
Entrusted with a love potion, loyal Brangane’s one moment of carelessness leads to the fatal romance of Tristan and Iseult, as told by Eden Nameri. What is the collateral damage of love?
12:30 PM Dream a Little Dream:
Join Judy and Paul Caulfield as they explore the delights and challenges of courtship through song and story.
1:00 PM Resilience:
SIBoucaud brings two folktales about what happens when you attend to details – or don’t.
More Death-Defying Tales:
Meryl Arbing, Donna Dudinsky and Diane Bosman are back with more attempts to cheat death. Funny and profound tales about that inevitable moment when Death comes to call.
1:30 PM The View From Over the Fence:
Valentina Gal takes her listeners on a journey into the Ontario School for the Blind, showing the compassion of parents, teachers, and house mothers who peopled that world, and some of the challenges that all had.
2:00 PM Tales from Sweden’s Land of Legends:
Ancient legends, historic battles, trolls, water spirits and giants – all stories collected from the Smalland area of Sweden, and told by Pat Bisset with harp music by Kim Michèle.
Saved by Rapunzel:
How are fairy tales healing stories? Michelle Tocher tells the story of Rapunzel, interwoven with her own personal story, to show us how her relationship with chronic pain was transformed by the fairy tale.
2:30 PM The One-Handed Girl:
Lynn Torrie tells the story of a brother who betrays his sister, parents who betray their son, and a mother drops her baby in a lake. This Swahili fairy tale is the family at its most dysfunctional!
2:55 PM Break
3:30 PM Come, I Will Sing Thee – Narrative Ballads in the Traditional Style:
On longer winter nights, our ancestors would gather close around the fire to hear songs of adventure, sorrow, distant lands, and local legends. Balladeers: Meryl Arbing and Karen Kaplan.
The Fiddle, the Dance, and the Devil:
June Brown and Anne Lederman 
tell us in both story and music, that the fiddle has been empowered with a duality. It has created joy, sorrow, laughter, tears, and even life or death. Was it the fiddle, a gift from the gods, or an instrument from the devil? You decide.
4:00 PM The Wedding Ghost – A Marriage with Two Brides:
On the eve of his wedding, a young man follows a hand-drawn map and finds himself as the prince who wakes Sleeping Beauty. As Jean Bubba and Michelle Rumball tell and sing it, this has unsettling repercussions for his life.
4:30 PM Into the Woods – A Story of Catherine Parr Traill:
Carol Leigh Wehking tells the story of Catherine Parr Traill and her sister Susanna Moody, who traveled with their husbands to Upper Canada in 1832. The woods were waiting for them.
Our Secrets Are Out Now– Let’s Keep It That Way:
Eden Nameri joins Jeffrey Canton and Rico Rodriguez in year twenty-two of Queers in Your Ears, with a set of inadvertent coming out adventures and the trials and tribulations of growing up queer.
5:30 PM This Time It Happened In Toronto:
All of this has happened before; all of this may happen again. But this time it happened in Toronto. A lively collection of traditional tales told by York Storytelling Guild and set in neighbourhoods near you.
A Day Like Any Other:
Sarah Abusarar tells a 300-year-old family story set in Palestine and Jordan, about the honour killing of a sixteen-year-old shepherdess. This story will be accompanied by a Palestinian folktale.
6:00 PM Clever Anaeet – Storymusic to Lift Your Heart:
Arabic songs transport us to the time and place of Anaeet, daughter of a shepherd. Dawne McFarlane and Maryem Hassan Toller tell the story of Anaeet’s practical wisdom, needed to save her husband and their people more than once.



Ticket cost

$20 at the door, under 18 free (Stories, of Course program is free; box office opens at 11:00 AM)






A day of great local storytelling.

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