TD StoryJam Family Storytelling Day

A day of great family storytelling, with folktales from around the world, national and international guests, and lots of storytelling activities throughout the Toronto Reference Library.

DATE & TIME: March 24, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM


Tickets: Free

Audience: All ages

Producer: Storytelling Toronto

Toronto Reference Library: 789 Yonge Street, Toronto

Main Floor (ongoing throughout the day)

Facepainting: The amazing Ilyan Balicki returns to the festival with his face-paint artistry.

Creative Workshop: Kensington Market’s legendary Red Pepper Spectacle Arts invites you to make story-related figures, objects, buttons, and banners.

African Riddle Contest: Come and swap your favourite riddles with Moyo Mutamba, a storyteller and mbira-player from Zimbabwe, and his riddle-master son Kuda.

José Brown Designs: José is a clothing designer and appliqué artist. Her work is unique one of a kind wearable art. Her designs are a blend of colours, patterns and images that have meaning. Each garment has a story to tell.  


TD Gallery

11:00 AM– 12:00 PM

Hosted by Brad Woods.

Teddy Bear Picnic. Children are invited to bring their teddy bears for a rollicking time with storytellers Sally Jaeger, Carol Ashton and Mariella Bertelli.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Just Enuff. Storytellers who also work with the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program tell stories they love. With Sarah Abusarar, Ruth Danziger, Lynda Howes, Leeya Solomon and Megan Williams. 

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM

Old English Stories with Hugh Cotton; tales of enormous boars, walking trees, wood spirits and idle good-for-nothings.

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Wee Folk Tales from Scotland and Ireland with Donald Smith.

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Scottish Traveller Tales from around the campfire with Jess Smith.

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Stories from the Yukon with Sharon Shorty.

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Traditional Tales from India with Peter Chand.

2:15 PM – 2:45 PM

First Nations Stories with Ron Evans.

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Highland Myths and Legends from Scotland with Seoras Macpherson.

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Favourite Tales from the Storytent with Donna Dudinsky.

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

French Canadian Folktales with Marylyn Peringer.

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Stories from the Yukon with Sharon Shorty.

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