About StorySave

About StorySave
Saving the voices of the elders, one story at a time.

Started in 2002, StorySave is a project of Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada that records the voices of tellers from the Canadian storytelling community. Each year, a new teller is chosen from nominees across Canada who’ve developed a marked personal style in the craft of storytelling, or who have a remarkable body of work that should be kept alive.

These voices are then made available to listeners world-wide as part of a living legacy through our website and through the production and sale of CDs and downloadable albums, and in a new initiative beginning in 2018, the production of an audio documentary on the teller, to accompany the album. StorySave stands out as yet one more way in which storytellers across the land are reaching out to their audiences.

The Teller for 2022

We are thrilled to share that Montreal's Oro Anahory-Librowicz has been chosen as the 2022 StorySave teller! Her nominators write that Oro is "the bearer of a thousand-year-old tradition of Jewish tales, with a distinct repertoire and unique style. Oro has also collected hundreds of Judeo-Spanish songs from women, passed down from mother to daughter. From her native Morocco to the Middle East, passing through Eastern Europe, she restores the memory of the past and makes it present and alive. She generously shares her culture and values and manages to touch the ‘Other’ in otherness, reaching to the depths of humanity."  –– Sylvi Belleau and Selina Eisenberg

Keep an eye on the website for news about Oro's recording in 2022!

The Teller for 2021

The StorySave teller for 2021 is Toronto's Rita CoxDr. Cox is an award-winning, master storyteller who has performed across North America, in Europe, Brazil and the Caribbean, on stage, radio and television. During her 35 years as a librarian for the Toronto Public Library (TPL) Dr. Cox launched literacy programs and other initiatives that promoted multiculturalism and literacy throughout Toronto, including the Parkdale Intercultural Association and Parkdale Project Read, an adult literacy program. She also established the Black Heritage and West IndianResource Collection, which became one of the most comprehensive collections of its kind in Canada. Today, it continues to be a source of pride in the community.

As a storyteller, Dr. Cox teaches courses, workshops and seminars, and performs for adults and children. She tells stories from the Caribbean, Africa and around the world and her stories have appeared in many anthologies and readers. She was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 1997, is a recipient of the 1995 Black Achievement Award, and of honourary degrees from York and Wilfred Laurier Universities.

We are grateful that the Ontario Arts Council is generously supporting the production of Rita's project. 

The Teller for 2020

StorySave teller for 2020 is Montreal's Judith PoirierJudith is renowned across Canada as a teller that weaves beautifully traditional stories, life stories and songs. Warmth, humour, depth and spontaneity share the stage, to the delight of the public, whether very young or fully mature. Anglophone audiences savour her bilingual telling allowing them to venture into French Canadian atmosphere with the sense of being there, being part of it.

How Are the Tellers Chosen? 

Tellers to be recorded for StorySave are chosen by the StorySave Committee from nominations sent in by members. If a non-member wishes to propose a name, he/she should contact a local member to make the nomination. For more information on submitting a nomination, visit the applications section of the members area. We are now accepting nominations for the 2021 StorySave Teller.

The StorySave Committee

2020 – 2021 StorySave Committee

  • Sue Charters - Chair
  • Murray McGregor
  • Selina Eisenberg
  • Linda Winham
  • Heather Whaley

StorySave Advisors

  • Lynda Howes
  • Celia Lottridge

StorySave Program Manager

Marion Gruner:

StorySave Enthusiast 
Elinor Benjamin

StorySave 2020-2021 Funders

The Ontario Arts Council

StorySave Assistant: Anonymous Donor (thank you!)
StorySave Assistant: Flavelle Family Foundation

StorySave 2019-2020 Funders

StorySave Enthusiast: Elinor Benjamin
StorySave Assistant: Ann Rothfels

StorySave 2018-2019 Funders
Canada Council for the Arts
Storytelling Groups and Individuals

StorySave Assistant 2018-2019: Glenna Janzen, Ann Rothfels

2017-2018 Funders

Government Agencies
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
Canada Council for the Arts

Private Sector 
Storytelling Groups and Individuals

Our 2016-2017 Funders

Government Agencies

Canada Council for the Arts

Private Sector
Storytelling Groups and Communities
1,001 Friday Nights Of Storytelling
Around Town Tellers of Nanaimo
StorySave Fundraising Quilt
Pearl-Ann Gooding
Mariposa in the Schools
Sir Joseph Flavelle Foundation

Special Thanks To:
Alberta storyteller, Jennie Frost, who established the Elizabeth Annie Cogswell Frost Memorial Fund for StorySave in memory of her mother.
The 1000 Island Yarnspinners

Individual Donors - Further Thanks To:
Michelle Tocher (StorySave Helper)
Dolores Anderson (StorySave Helper)
Storytellers, story listeners, and story lovers who have contributed from across the land.


StorySave is dependent upon on-going fundraising. We cannot continue without your assistance.

 Donate to Storysave

Individual Donor Recognition Plan
In addition to our sincere appreciation for your generous support, donations are gratefully acknowledged under the following categories:

StorySave Enthusiast – $1,000
  • recognition on the StorySave website, in perpetuity
  • appropriate recognition on the back cover of the StorySave CD for this year’s teller
  • acknowledgement of your gift at the StorySave CD Launch held at the Storytellers of Canada / Conteurs du Canada Annual Conference
  • one copy of the latest StorySave CD
  • a tax receipt and thank you letter
StorySave Colleague- $750
  • recognition on the StorySave website, in perpetuity
  • acknowledgement of your gift at the StorySave CD Launch held at the Storytellers of Canada / Conteurs du Canada Annual Conference
  • public acknowledgement
  • a tax receipt and thank you letter
StorySave Assistant- $500
  • recognition on the StorySave website in the year of your donation
  • acknowledgement of your gift at the StorySave CD Launch held at the Storytellers of Canada / Conteurs du Canada Annual Conference
  • a tax receipt and thank you letter
StorySave Helper- up to $250
  • recognition on the StorySave website in the year of your donation
  • a tax receipt and thank you letter

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