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News 2020

Passing of Rita Grimaldi

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

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):
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:

COVID-19 Government Support for Arts Workers


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


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 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

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!


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

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)


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: 

Call for proposals: National Storytelling Network (US) Conference

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)

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


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


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

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,

Mid-Island Storytellers Season Announced


Mid-Island Storytellers Spring Programming

Mid-Island Storytellers have shared their Spring 2020 Season programming

Learn more here!

Call for Proposals: Ottawa StoryTellers

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!


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


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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