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March 3 - Storytelling at the Gladstone Hotel

Showcases Toronto talent at the Gladstone Hotel in a full day of adult storytelling from 10am- 6pm. A stellar program of ambitious and adventurous stories by our adept and admirable storytellers will fill the Melody Bar and Ballroom.

March 2-17 - Storyfire Events

Features Storyfire, independent events highlighting creative diversity in self-produced shows, workshops, and gatherings in venues across the city. The fire is kindled on March 2 with the 26th Katari Japanese Storytelling Show, “Southern Breeze from Okinawa”, and kept glowing bright with venerable veteran tellers bringing us Hans Christian Andersen’s famous story, “The Snow Queen.” In between, you will find an abundance of events to warm yourselves by.

March 18-24 - Festival Week

Features international, national, and local tellers; Scottish Traveller Jess Smith brings stories and ballads from her culture, Seannachaidh Seoras Macpherson from Skye shares traditional stories passed down through generations, Donald Smith from Edinburgh gathers global storytelling activists, UK storyteller Peter Chand and music producer PKCtheFirst blast Indian storytelling into the 21st century with a unique blend of Urban Hip Hop and classical South Asian sounds, Louise Profeit-LeBlanc from the Nacho Nyak Dän First Nation in northern Yukon comes from a long line of storytellers, Sharon Shorty is from the Tlingit, Northern Tutchone and Norwegian people, Festival Elder Ron Evans and Jose Brown bring their brightness, Festival Ambassador Itah Sadu hosts Storytalks at A Different Booklist Cultural Centre: The People’s Residence, and so much more.

March 18-24 Storytelling concerts include;

  • Opening Ceremony at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto: Aronhiate:ni Thompson, Kanyen’keha:ka (Mohawk) of Akwesasne presents the Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address and visiting tradition bearers will honour us with story gifts.
  • Tongue Tied & Twisted: Indian tales with a contemporary twist. Experience two distinctive artists bringing a fresh UK twist on traditional tales collected from South Asian elders. This show fuses a unique blend of Urban Hip Hop and classical South Asian sounds. Together, Peter Chand and PKCtheFirst present a unique audience experience which bridges cultures and generations.
  • Stories of Resistance, a magical evening directed by Mariella Bertelli
  • True Stories (Told Live) Toronto is the city’s biggest free storytelling show. Gripping audiences for six years, the Toronto Star says it’s “like a hit of dopamine.” Co-produced by Marsha Shandur/YesYesMarsha and Storytelling Toronto
  • Isle of Skye’s Seannachaid Seoras Macpherson introduces you to Sgiath, the legendary queen know as “The Greatest of All Warriors” and superior to any man. Yet she was also the greatest Educator, setting up the first Colleges and Universities in the world, as well as the first Hospitals.
  • Gramma Susie (Sharon Shorty) has come from the Yukon for an evening of comedy, creation tales, and impossible-to-predict adventures.
  • In collaboration with the Toronto Storytelling Festival, 1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling- North America’s longest-running storytelling series- celebrates the 40th Festival and visiting tellers
  • Presenting the Past for our Future; Gala concert

March 20, 21, 22 Storytellers’ Camp

From 9am-3.30pm each day offers an in-depth exploration of traditional and contemporary expressions of storytelling for tellers both experienced and inexperienced. It’s an opportunity to drink deeply from the creative wellsprings that inspire our visiting tellers; they have come from afar to share this water of life with us.

Explore story and song and Traveller ballads with Jess Smith. Develop international storytelling networks with Donald Smith. Learn about humour and storytelling with Sharon Shorty. Be transformed by traditional stories with Ron Evans and Seoras Macpherson. Learn how Peter Chand and PKCtheFirst mixed perspectives from three generations to create their unique show “Tongue Tied & Twisted.” Louise Profeit-LeBlanc presents the elements of storytelling; Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. And more! Included in Storytellers’ Camp are the popular Storytalks at A Different Booklist Cultural Centre. Jess Smith talks about “The Tinker’s Heart,” Donald Smith talks about global activism and storytelling, Seoras Macpherson talks about the second sight, Ron Evans and Jenny Blackbird talk about who can tell Indigenous stories.

Saturday March 23

Storytelling at The Artscape Wychwood Barns, a repurposed streetcar repair barn and one of Toronto’s hidden treasures. Come for a morning of great adult and all-ages storytelling and the lively farmers’ market.

Storytelling at the Native Canadian Centre Toronto; family-friendly stories for all ages all afternoon. Free.

Sunday March 24

StoryJam at the Toronto Reference Library! A great day of family storytelling all day with local, national, and international storytellers. Folktales from around the world and lots of storytelling activities throughout this beautiful library. Free.

The full Festival schedule will be available in mid-January

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