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News 2020

Notice of passing: Bruce Carmody

2020-09-16
Notice of passing: Bruce Carmody

Shared from Storytelling Toronto:

We regret to inform the members of the recent passing of storyteller and former Storytelling Toronto board president Bruce Carmody. While on the Storytelling Toronto board, Bruce was responsible for the monitoring of the Directory and the Storytellers’ in the Schools program.

 

Bruce was recently predeceased by his wife, Pat, and there are plans for a joint Celebration of Life in the spring.

 

For those who wish to make a donation in Bruce’s memory, his charities of choice were the Ontario Field Ornithologists (ofo.ca) and L’Arche Daybreak (larchedaybreak.com)

 

For those who wish to send condolences to the family, the mailing address is:

The Family of Bruce Carmody

964 Elgin St.

Newmarket ON

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The next issue of Pippin will include an article honouring Bruce. If you have a memory that you would like to have included, please send as soon as possible to Anna Kerz, annakerz@rogers.com


Scottish International Storytelling Festival: Program out now!

2020-09-16
Scottish International Storytelling Festival: Program out now!

In the Flow - The Scottish International Storytelling Festival 17 - 31 October 2020

This autumn, the Scottish International Storytelling Festival will take you on a voyage, exploring Scotland’s coasts and waters through music and storytelling, keeping you ‘In the Flow’ from 17 – 31 October 2020.


View the program here!

FEST ONLINE FORUM #6 'Oral Storytelling in 8 Colours' (September 17)

2020-09-14
FEST ONLINE FORUM #6 'Oral Storytelling in 8 Colours' (September 17)

FEST ONLINE FORUM #6 - Competence model for Oral Storytelling: 'Oral Storytelling in 8 Colours'

 

Thursday the 17th of September, 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm CET (Brussels)

 
In this session Veva Gerard will take you on a journey through the newly developed Competence model for oral Storytelling ‘Storytelling in 8 Colours’.
Are you an enthusiastic storytelling student who wants to evaluate and improve themselves,
or an inspiring storytelling trainer who wants to challenge themselves and their students,
or an established storyteller who is curious for new input,
or a visionary headmaster who is looking for a framework to start a storytelling training,
or…
Anyway, in this session you will find out more about the model and how it can be used
to inspire, invite, or challenge yourself and others, to improve, extend or complete your competences as a storyteller!
 

Listen and share on the 17th of September @ 20:00 CET
 
How to attend the event?

Registration is possible via this LINK or click on the button below.

Canadian Network for Arts and Learning Newsletter

2020-09-11
Canadian Network for Arts and Learning NewsletterSee The Canadian network for Arts and Learning's newsletter for resources on grants, workshops, resources, events and more! Click here to view newsletter.

Le CFOF dévoile la programmation du 4e Festival Les vieux m’ont conté… au bord de l’eau

2020-09-10

Le CFOF dévoile la programmation du 4e Festival Les vieux m’ont conté… au bord de l’eau

 

Le Centre franco-ontarien de folklore a dévoilé aujourd’hui sa programmation pour le 4e festival de contes de Sudbury, le festival Les vieux m’ont conté. Cette année, le festival se déroulera du 14 au 18 octobre avec une programmation adaptée à la pandémie, mais qui viendra toutefois embellir les soirées.

FEST Online Forum #5 – Storytelling Performance: How to build your career and Nurture the Art Form

2020-08-31

FEST Online Forum #5 – Storytelling Performance: How to build your career and Nurture the Art Form

 

Thursday the 3th of September, 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm CET (Brussels)

 
In this session Author Hannah McDowall from the UK will take us through the seven 'Drivers' of the storytelling performance market described and explored in her new book. That means the seven factors which shape the performance storytelling market in England, although they apply elsewhere in Europe too. We will discuss these and begin to problem solve how to reduce their limiting effect to boost our individual opportunities as storytellers and boost the visibility of performance storytelling over all.

Call for Submissions- St. John's Storytelling Festival goes digital

2020-08-17

WORLD BY THE TALE - ST. JOHN'S STORYTELLING FESTIVAL GOES DIGITAL
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The 17th annual St. John’s Storytelling Festival will look a little bit different this year. With the safety of performers and audiences in mind, the magic of storytelling usually reserved for concert halls will be broadcasting live online! Rather than following a traditional festival format, the St. John’s Storytelling Festival will host one spectacular evening of live online storytelling on the last Wednesday evening of the month from August through November.

Interested in being featured in our event series? Find all the submission details here:

Bridging North America! Storytelling Event

2020-08-11
The three countries on North America are always making treaties together – CUSMC, USMCA & NAFTA – just being three of them.  We have often visited each other’s countries for vacations, to see family and because they are “just right there”.  Now, storytellers from these three amazing countries – Canada, United States and Mexico – are bridging across this continent, making a treaty of friendship under the universal contract of story.  We will be sharing indigenous stories, local folklore, personal narratives and music.  Join us for this great borderless celebration of North American connection. 

The Writers' Union of Canada- Changes to National Public Reading Program

2020-07-30

NATIONAL PUBLIC READINGS PROGRAM

Applications for Fall session events taking place September 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021 will be accepted July 29 – August 30, 2020. All applicants will be notified of application results within 2 weeks of the deadline. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis if funds remain. 

Click here to visit their website for more details on program changes and how to apply for the National Public Readings Program.

As American as Apple Pie and Spotted Dick: Stories Celebrating Our Feisty Mums (Jennifer Munro Online Concert)

2020-06-30
As American as Apple Pie and Spotted Dick: Stories Celebrating Our Feisty Mums  (Jennifer Munro Online Concert)

As American as Apple Pie and Spotted Dick: Stories Celebrating Our Feisty Mums  

Online Concert- Sunday, July 12, at 4:00 PM EST.

Oracle Award recipients, Carol Birch and Jennifer Munro invite you to pour a cuppa and enjoy  a glimpse of two different lives seasoned with humor and love.

Joined by American Book Award recipient, poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan!

Please register by emailing jennie@jennifermunro.net 

Within 24 hours, you will be sent a Zoom link and access to a PayPal button. Suggested ticket price is $5 to $15.  







St. John’s Storytelling Festival Presents: As I Was Saying… The Art of Recitation in Newfoundland and Labrador

2020-06-22
St. John’s Storytelling Festival Presents: As I Was Saying… The Art of Recitation in Newfoundland and Labrador

St. John’s Storytelling Festival Presents: 

As I Was Saying… The Art of Recitation in Newfoundland and Labrador 


From Nan Blunden's pantry, to Red Island, to the Big Land, home-grown recitations speak uniquely of Newfoundland and Labrador. 


On Wednesday, June 24th and Thursday, June 25th at 7:00 pm local time, join us on Zoom for As I Was Saying… a recitation event in the style of a song circle, where storytellers will share their recitations, discuss inspiration, and take questions from the audience. Hosted by storyteller and folklorist Dale Jarvis you are guaranteed a peek into the history of the province, insight into the art form, and more than a barrel of laughs. 


Read the full press release here


Pop on over to www.storytellingstjohns.ca/events for all the details! e details! 

Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada Solidarity Statement

2020-06-09

In light of events over the past few weeks which have highlighted an ongoing and deeply-rooted racism problem- both nationally and internationally- we want to be clear that Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada strongly condemns anti-Black discrimination, and all forms of racism that permeate our society. SC-CC is committed to amplifying the voices of Black artists and Black arts professionals and we will share anti-racism learning materials and other materials that highlight the work of black storytelling artists and the importance of storytelling in understanding one another.

We recognize and honor all of those whose lives have been cut tragically short by police violence. Storytellers of Canada recognizes the inherent racism in our country’s colonial roots and since 2016, has been actively working towards reconciliation with the help of our Indigenous Advisory Council. We will continue this work, and to work against anti-black racism. We welcome suggestions and are intent on learning how to contribute to a more inclusive society.

Celebrate the New StorySave Album by Judith Poirier!

2020-06-03
Celebrate the New StorySave Album by Judith Poirier!On June 13th, StorySave will officially launch Judith Poirier's beautiful, bilingual StorySave album Bienvenue mon salon double (Welcome to My Double Parlour), Contes et récits d’une conteuse montréalaise  -- Folktales and Stories From a Montreal Storyteller. 

Attention Quilt Raffle Lovers!

2020-06-03
Attention Quilt Raffle Lovers!

Join the "Help StorySave and Help Me Win the Quilt!" Fundraiser


This year, though, because of COVID-19, the famous StorySave quilt raffle cannot happen. But...
 

THERE'S STILL A WAY TO WIN THE QUILT! 

Notification of 2020 AGM & Zoom registration

2020-06-02
Notification Annual General Meeting 2020
Virtual AGM through Zoom Webinar


The Annual Storytellers of Canada -Conteurs du Canada Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday, June 13 at 11:00am Pacific time, 12:00pm Mountain, 1:00pm central, 2:00pm Eastern, 3:00pm Atlantic and 3:30 Newfoundland.

Below you will find documents in preparation for AGM and information on how to register and attend the virtual AGM. 


INFORMATION ABOUT THE VIRTUAL AGM
Please read the below information carefully as it lays out all of the key information about attending our virtual AGM! We are hosting the virtual AGM using a Zoom Webinar. You can learn more about attending a Zoom Webinar here. Please register using the link below.

  Click here to register for the SC-CC 2020 Annual General Meeting! 


There's a Crack in Everything: Online Storytelling Concert

2020-05-28
There's a Crack in Everything: Online Storytelling Concert

There's a Crack in Everything - A storytelling concert with six of Canada's best tellers

Thursday June 4, 2020 
2PM Pacific, 3PM Mountain, 4pm Central, 5PM Eastern, 6PM Atlantic, 6:30 PM Newfoundland

Hosted by Lynn Torrie with Comfort Adesuwa Ero, Jeffery Canton, Judith Poirier, Louise Profeit-LeBlanc, Sarah Abusarar, and Selina Chiarelli
Directed by Stéphanie Bénéteau and Mariella Bertelli


You must register at the link  tinyurl.com/yabc9js7  to receive the ZOOM link


This is a Pay What You Can concert to support the work of Storytelling Artists in Canada.  A Canada Helps link will appear in the ZOOM Registration page with a note on other ways to give.

FEST online forum #2 Applied Storytelling in the Corona Crisis

2020-05-11
FEST online forum #2 Applied Storytelling in the Corona Crisis

FEST online forum #2
Applied Storytelling in the Corona Crisis

 

Thursday the 14th of May, 8 pm - 9:30 pm (CET)

  
Listen and share on the 14th of May @ 20:00 CET, when FEST organises the second online forum.
 
How to attend the event?
Registration is possible via this LINK or click on the button below.

The Forum will be hosted on zoom.
Remember to install the zoom desktop client on your laptop/PC, or the zoom app on your phone ahead of time.
You can do this via this LINK

Virtual Storytelling Conference- May 16, 2020

2020-05-11
Virtual Storytelling Conference- May 16, 2020

Virtual Storytelling Conference

Storytelling in a world shaped by Coronavirus-19

Presented by World Storytelling Institute (Chennai, India) and National Storytelling Network (USA)

Begins Saturday May 16, 2020- 9am US EDT

Featuring workshops, performances, and more, all via Zoom!

Free admission! 

To register, pease see: http://storytellingandvideoconferencing.com/conference.html


Canada During COVID-19: A Living Archive

2020-04-28
Canada During COVID-19: A Living Archive

Canada During COVID-19: A Living Archive

How will historians remember this time in history? What does your experience look like? Sound like? Feel like?

@CanadaDuringCovid: A Living Archive invites Canadians to document their experiences and creations during this unprecedented time.

All forms of submissions are welcome, including photographs, GIFS, TikTok videos, poetry, music, painting, drawing, or a written snippet about your day.

Become a part of this public archive by tagging @CanadaDuringCovid and using the hashtag #CanadaDuringCovid on Instagram. We will repost with credit.

Have a private account? Send a direct message! Don't have an Instagram account? Email your submission to covidarchive@historicacanada.ca.

Around Town Tellers Online Event: Stories of Hope

2020-04-23

Around Town Tellers Online Event: Stories of Hope- April 9, 2020

On April 9th, Around Town Tellers hosted and online storytelling event: Stories of Hope. Watch a recording of their event on their YouTube page!  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUpN-Nre09I&feature=youtu.be

Canada Council for the Arts new Initiative: Digital Originals

2020-04-23

Canada Council for the Arts new Initiative: Digital Originals

Do you want to share your creation online?

The Canada Council for the Arts and CBC/Radio-Canada are teaming up once again, this time to launch Digital Originals, a new fast forward initiative to help artists, arts groups and organizations pivot their work for online sharing.

Countless artistic activities have been cancelled or delayed due to COVID-19, but countless creations have also reached an impressive online audience.

The Digital Originals initiative supports and amplifies this new, strong and innovative online relationship between audiences and artists from Canada.

Donna Stewart Passing (d. April 3, 2020)

2020-04-14
Donna Stewart Passing (d. April 3, 2020)

Obituary - Donnetta (Donna) Stewart passed away Friday, April 3, 2020.


Donna was a founding member of the Ottawa Storytellers, and sat on the executive of the Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada. Donna ran workshops for storytelling at all levels and helped create a storytelling and bereavement program.


https://www.arbormemorial.ca/capital/obituaries/donnetta-donna-stewart/47699/

Passing of Rita Grimaldi

2020-04-02
Passing of Rita Grimaldi

Sadly, Peterborough Storyteller Rita Grimaldi passed away unexpectedly on March 28th, 2020. 

Colleague Don Harold writes a memorial piece about RITA’S MASTERY OF THE ART OF STORYTELLING WITH MASK: 

St. John's Storytelling Festival: Digital Storytelling Circle

2020-03-30
St. Johns Storytelling Festival invites you to join their first  first ever foray into virtual storytelling!
 
Digital Storytelling Circle
Wednesday, April 1
7 - 9 pm

*Via Zoom Link (notes below):
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/898131597
Meeting ID: 898 131 597

SJSF's Story Circle is an Open Mic event. As they sort through the specifics of bringing it online, we ask that any teller interested in sharing a story please e-mail in advance so they can be added to the list: storytellingstjohns@gmail.com

COVID-19 Government Support for Arts Workers

2020-03-30

Some helpful resources for Canadian Arts Workers to provide support for those experiencing difficulty during the COVID-19 pandemic

Canada Council for the Arts resources and information for artists

Government of Canada support for individuals

Announcement from the Board of Directors

2020-03-23

Announcement from the Board of Directors: 2020 Conference

The 2020 Annual Conference in Parksville, British Columbia, which was scheduled for May 27 to 31, is cancelled. 

We will provide a full refund of registration fees if you desire, but we would like you to consider donating some or all of those fees back to SC-CC.  Such donations are eligible for charitable tax receipts.  Our organization will suffer a significant financial loss from the cancellation of the Conference and you could help lessen that loss.

SC-CC can also hold your paid fees as a credit on your account for next year’s conference.

Please contact Financial Administrator Jackie McAlpine at scccfinancials@gmail.com and let her know how you would like her to handle your paid fees whether refund, donation, credit on account or a combination of any of these.

To cancel your accommodation at the Tigh-Na-Mara resort, contact them directly by telephone (1-800-663-7373).

The Board will consider a time and form for an alternate Annual General Meeting and let you know as soon as we can.

Ron Richards,
President - président 
Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada 

All together now! Choose a story for Canadian Storytelling Night 2020 Land of Legends: Stories We Share

2020-03-09
All together now!  Choose a story for Canadian Storytelling Night 2020 Land of Legends: Stories We Share

All together now!

Choose a story for Canadian Storytelling Night 2020

Land of Legends: Stories We Share

 

The newly formed SC-CC Canadian Storytelling Night Committee is inviting suggestions for a story for all of us to consider telling – together and across the country – on November 7, 2020.

March is a Month of Stories in Newfoundland!

2020-03-03

March is a Month of Stories in St. John's, Newfoundland!


St John's Storytelling Circle are so excited to be offering such a range of storytelling opportunities this month, including workshop series, our monthly Story Circle, World Storytelling Day events and even a visiting teller!

Have a look at their March Newsletter to learn more.

Birds of a Feather Storyfire event

2020-02-28
Birds of a Feather Storyfire event
Birds of a Feather Storyfire event is part of the Toronto Storytelling Festival on Sunday March 8 @ 2pm at jumbles ground floor
admission: pay-what-you-can

Spring Revolution: paying tribute to earth, sky, water, trees, the elements with stories, movement, sound and poetry! Special guest storytellers from the George Brown College! 

RISK! live storytelling show Seeking Storytellers (US-Connecticut)

2020-02-18

RISK! live storytelling show Seeking Storytellers for show in New Haven (Hamden) on 4/17/20


Theme: "Sneaky"

(Please note: while RISK! like to offer a theme as a launching point for storytellers to brainstorm around, we are much more interested in great stories than we are stories that adhere closely to said theme. Alternate theme ideas might be "Triumph" or "Life or Death")


For more information about what we look for in story pitches and how to submit, go to: http://risk-show.com/submissions/ 

Call for proposals: National Storytelling Network (US) Conference

2020-02-13
2020 CONFERENCE PERFORMANCE CALL FOR PROPOSALS NOW OPEN!
 
Each year NSN strives to bring together storytellers from every corner of the world to participate in an annual conference with a wide variety of workshops, education sessions, performances, and networking opportunities. We want this year’s conference to be better than ever, but we can’t do it without YOU! From attendees to sponsors to speakers and performers we need new and familiar faces to get involved and help make the National Storytelling Conference the best event yet.

The theme for the 2020 National Storytelling Conference is…
Empathy: The Storyteller’s Superpower
Alternative approaches to addressing our differences

Online Storytelling Workshop with Jenni Cargill-Strong (AUS)

2020-02-11
Online Storytelling Workshop with Jenni Cargill-Strong (AUS)

Stories for a More Beautiful World Online Storytelling Workshop with Jenni Cargill-Strong (AUS)

Have you longed to learn more about the power of stories? Would you like to learn how to use stories to soothe, educate, heal, entertain and/or inspire? You may be an educator, therapist, healer, activist, change-maker, parent, community worker, creative or writer wanting to boost your ability to build community, educate and/or catalyze change. If so PLEASE join us, as we sink deeply and luxuriously into story.  


For more information visit Jenni's website.


Invitation to join the Worldwide Virtual Storytellers Guild online meetings

2020-02-09

Invitation to join the Worldwide Virtual Storytellers Guild online meetings

You all are invited to join the Worldwide Virtual Storytellers Guild. The Guild meets three meeting times a month, gathering storytellers from around the globe to share stories, community, feedback and discussion. Meetings are held through ZOOM video conference (free).

This is their Facebook page where the meeting invitations are posted (Facebook account is required).

Storytelling Toronto Award Applications

2020-01-30

Storytelling Toronto has two upcoming awards that SC-CC Members are eligible for!

The deadline to submit for both awards is February 10 at 12pm


Alice Kane Award

The Alice Kane Award is an annual award presented by Storytelling Toronto in memory of Alice Kane (1908 – 2003). One of the co-founders of The Storytellers School of Toronto, Alice was a much beloved storyteller whose mastery of the art of storytelling made her an inspiration for many. The award is offered annually to a person or persons who wish to advance the art of storytelling through research, innovative projects, or through their own personal development as a storyteller.

Click here for Alice Kane application form


Anne Smyth Travel Award

The Anne Smythe Travel Grant was established to honour the memory of Anne Smythe,an active and well-loved member of the storytelling community. As a teller and author,she believed strongly in the value of travel and adventure in the development of a storyteller’s art. The award is designed to support the work of an active storyteller through the provision of funding to support travel expenses related to a storytelling project.

Click here for Anne Smyth Award application form

Mary Gavan Passing, Nov 2019

2020-01-30
Mary Gavan Passing, Nov 2019Dear SC-CC Members,

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Mary Gavan.  Mary’s contributions to storytelling and to SC-CC were many. She was an active member of SC-CC for many years and served as President, and was presently our treasurer.  She succumbed to a  heart attack while vacationing in India, but we have no other details at present.   We will miss her.

Ron Richards,
President 

Mid-Island Storytellers Season Announced

2020-01-23

Mid-Island Storytellers Spring Programming

Mid-Island Storytellers have shared their Spring 2020 Season programming

Learn more here!

Call for Proposals: Ottawa StoryTellers

2020-01-23
CALL FOR PROPOSALS:
2020-2021 Signature Series


Ottawa StoryTellers is seeking proposals for storytelling shows for its 2020-2021 Signature Series  - and we want to hear from you!


DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: FEBRUARY 29, 2020

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST- Sydney International Storytelling Conference June 5-7 2020

2020-01-02

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST- Sydney International Storytelling Conference June 5-7 2020


Do you want an International Storytelling adventure? 

Are you interested in meeting people from different countries and cultures? 

Do you want to extend your storytelling skills?

Do you have something to contribute to the wider storytelling community?


If the answer to these questions is YES, then let us know of your interest.

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