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New Complimentary Indigenous Membership program with Storytellers of Canada – Conteurs du Canada

SC-CC is announcing a new membership program for Indigenous storytellers! 

Toronto Storytelling Festival May 1-16, 2021

Toronto Storytelling Festival May 1-16, 2021The 2021 Toronto Storytelling Festival begins May 1!  Our festival theme, Listening to the Voices of Nature, invites us to look beyond the screen that connects us to the wonders of nature that sustain us. We appreciate artists and audiences adventuring with us online. To begin the Festival in a good way, we are honoured that traditional teacher Kahontakwas Diane Longboat will share Ohén:ton Karihwatéhkwen, the Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address, giving greetings to the natural world. Tradition bearer and renown scientist and author Diana Beresford-Kroeger shares her life’s journey from ancient Celtic wisdom to a healing vision of the global forest. We are glad to be featuring Mairi Campbell, David Francis, Chirine El Ansary, and Stina Fagertun. We are grateful to our SC-CC colleagues in Halifax, Brockville, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver Island who were looking forward to welcoming these artists in person last year, and we hope you will be able to enjoy their online performances, workshops, and talks. Workshops are scheduled throughout the festival, not in conflict with other events, and are exceptionally affordable. Performances and talks are available to view as replays until May 30. We hope you will enjoy this global garden of artists and old growth forest of ideas.

Learn the basics of applying for an Ontario Arts Council grant!


Applying for an arts grant can be confusing or overwhelming. This spring, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is offering a series of webinars for Ontario-based artists and arts groups to learn the basics of applying for OAC funding.

Webinar dates are:

April 22, 3-4:30pm (English)

April 29, 3-4:30pm (French)

May 20, 1-2:30pm (English)

May 27, 2-8:30pm (English)

Learn more on their website, here

Passing of Mary-Eileen McClear, d. April 2021

Passing of Mary-Eileen McClear, d. April 2021From Carol Leigh Wehking, April 12 2021:

It is with great sadness we inform you that Mary-Eileen McClear is gone. She had been suffering from pancreatic cancer.

Released now from pain, she orchestrated an elegant death, and was surrounded by loving family and music.

This was a woman whom we loved and admired: talented, intelligent, gifted in countless ways, not the  least of which as a storyteller. She was kind and sensitive and generous and gracious. She was innumerable other good things as well, all of which will be dearly missed.

Her going is a diminishment in the world.

St. John's Storytelling Presents: From Stage to Stage! April 7th, 7:30pm NST

St. John's Storytelling Presents: From Stage to Stage! April 7th, 7:30pm NST

St. John's Storytelling Presents: From Stage to Stage!

From Stage to Stage is: Hubert Furey, Harry Ingram, Dave Paddon, and Dave Penny

Wednesday, April 7
7:30 – 9:00 pm NST
Free! Live on YouTube
Click here to watch:
This event is happening live and will not be recorded. Don’t miss out!

Learn more on SJS's website:

Spring Equinox Celebration with the Heiltsuk Nation

Spring Equinox Celebration with the Heiltsuk Nation
April 28, 2021, 4:00 p.m. Eastern (1:00 p.m. Pacific)
Registration is now open:

N̓aìla & Baìkvḷa
In the Haiìɫzaqv language, n̓aìla means cycle, season, firmament, day and weather. The Haiìɫzaqv are governed by and live our lives in seasons. The sky and weather are supernatural beings intertwined with our baìkvḷa cycle. Baìkvḷa means to harvest and preserve food for the winter, in line with Haiìɫzaqv laws to maintain the natural balance of the world. Learn how the sky, land, and ocean are connected in Haiìɫzaqv ways of knowing through the herring, a cultural and biological keystone species.

Storytelling Toronto: No Fooling! Copyright Workshop


Storytelling Toronto is hosting an online workshop for storytellers on Copyright


NO FOOLING! a workshop for storytellers on copyright - APRIL 2021 (ONLINE)

NO FOOLING! – a Virtual Workshop for Storytellers on Copyright
Led by Donna Dudinsky; hosted by Karen Blair
Course Description
We will look at how to determine if a work is in the public domain; when permission is needed; attribution; use of songs; how Zoom has changed the permissions landscape. Bring your questions.
Course Schedule
Thursday, April 1, 2021 – 7:00 – 8:00pm EDT
Fee:  $10

2021 AGM dates


The Storytellers of Canada - Conteurs du Canada 2021 virtual AGM will take place on July 10th and 11th, 2021. More details will be shared in the next few months!

Our 2019 Emerging Tellers from Vancouver Island will be performing at the opening and closing of each day. 

The Hug Podcast Call for Stories


The Hug Podcast is looking for storytellers! Part of the Good Life Project network, The Hug Podcast is a new show that will feature first-person stories about those moments in life that remind us just how good people can be. The show will begin airing in April 2021. 

Learn more about the project and how to submit on their website:
Questions? Email

National Storytelling Network: Earth Up


The National Storytelling Network (USA) is holding a virtual storytelling event

Earth Up

A Weekend of Storytelling Aimed at Changing Our World

Live Events: April 9-11, 2021
On-demand content starts April 5

Join the National Storytelling Network for a storied exploration of our planet, its climate, habitats, the human behaviors that have moved us toward extinction and the actions that we can take to preserve our world. This conference will focus on environmental justice and how we can use stories to educate, awaken, and inspire individuals, businesses, industries and government entities toward positive action.

Learn more and register on their website:

Survey Request: Professional Fees for Storytellers

A message from Suzanne Whitby of the Story Cafe asking for participants to fill out an online survey about professional fees for storytellers

Virtual Humanity- A Zee Zee Theatre Production


Virtual Humanity- A Zee Zee Theatre Production

Inspired the Human Library created by Stop The Violence (Copenhagen)
Saturdays & Sundays in March, 12 pm – 3pm via Zoom

Virtual Humanity is a new Zee Zee Theatre initiative, which pivots Human Library, our community-based storytelling event into a new digital platform. Zee Zee has produced Human Library over the past eight seasons, and is keen to reimagine the project for this new era, curated by Bunny (Daisy Joe) and Sam Chimes. 

In Virtual Humanity audience members select a title from the collection of 30+ “Virtual Humans” in the collection – something that intrigues them, confuses them. They will then proceed into a one-one-one digital face to face conversation with their “Virtual Human”, a person who will share the true personal story that is reflected in their title, over the course of 20 minutes. This is a project designed to shatter preconceived notions about otherhood, to challenge our biases and misunderstandings and put a human face to difference as a means to foster empathy.

Learn more about how to attend or participate on their website, here:

Writer's Federation of Nova Scotia Storytelling Workshop with shalan joudry


The Writer's Federation of Nova Scotia is hosting an online storytelling workshop with shalan joudry.

Dates of 4-week workshop: Tuesdays, Apr. 6 + Apr. 13 + Apr. 20 + Apr. 27 (6:30pm to 8:30pm)

Registration for this workshop is open to Indigenous participants only. The workshop is free.

Learn more on their website

New Beginnings: A World Storytelling Day Concert


Storytellers of Canada - Conteurs du Canada is proud to present

New Beginnings: A World Storytelling Day Concert 

Saturday March 20, 2021 | 4pm EDT


Tickets are available on Eventbrite

You will receive the Zoom link in your confirmation email after you register

Having trouble registering? Email


Over six continents and in many languages, World Storytelling Day will be celebrated on, or close to, March 20th. SC-CC joins this world-wide oral extravaganza bringing you stories, and tunes, shaped by once upon-a -time but told now; for taking forward into the uncertain time ahead. Five fine Canadian artists will bring you silver keys, the green wood, the beginning of things, a resonant piano, and many other wonders for your delighting.

This concert will feature stories from Jennifer Ferris, Stéphanie Bénéteau, Tom Lips and Mariella Bertelli. Beverley McKiver will be providing musical performances and Kathy Jessup will be hosting. Artistic Direction by Jennifer Cayley.

Ce spectacle sera présenté exclusivement en anglais; toutes nos communications à ce sujet seront donc, elles aussi, en anglais. Mais vous aurez bientôt des nouvelles du spectacle 100 % francophone que nous préparons pour cet été! Pour ne rien manquer, consultez régulièrement notre site Web et notre page Facebook.

Playing with Stories Online Workshop

Playing with Stories Online Workshop

SC-CC member Sue Proctor is facilitating an online workshop: Playing with Stories

Playing with Stories - Online

Every creature, character or clown has a story. Shift perspective & play. 

Explore stories, storytelling & show creation. All kinds of experience welcome.

March 4 – April 15, 2021, Thursday evenings for 7 weeks 

6:30-8:00 pm CST
Cost for 7 sessions $140.

For info or to register contact 

Sue Proctor at <>

Sue Proctor M.A. has performed as a clown at International Storytelling & Children’s Festivals in Vancouver, Okanogan, Winnipeg & the Yukon, as well as cabarets in Montreal. Sue writes & directs shows with Comedy Clownesque, performs as a clown with puppets, & provides educational workshops in creative drama, puppetry & clowning for all ages and abilities. Online thesis: The Archetypal Role of the Clown as a Catalyst for Individual and Social Transformation

Jan Gregory (d. Feb 1, 2021)


We are saddened to share news of the passing of Jan Gregory on February 1, 2021 in Montreal.

StoryFusion Cabaret presents: Toronto, a love story in words and music

StoryFusion Cabaret presents: Toronto, a love story in words and music

StoryFusion Cabaret presents: Toronto, a love story in words and music

Thursday, February 11 at 7:30pm, EST

Learn more and register online here!

February, traditionally, is the month our thoughts turn to love... and shovelling snow! This February, StoryFusion Cabaret! invites us to focus on tales and tunes about the city we call home.
Toronto, a love story in words and music, takes place on Thursday, February 11 at 7:30pm, EST, and will be hosted by Toronto cabaret performer and historian, Bruce Bell. This 90-minute online presentation will feature members of the Backseat Balladeers telling tales and sharing songs about 'Toronto the Good' (and not-so-good), and original comic ditties written by Canadian musical-theatre legend, Jim Betts.

Saskatchewan Indigenous Storytelling Month goes online during COVID-19

Saskatchewan Indigenous Storytelling Month goes online during COVID-19. Read more on, here or visit the Library Services for Saskatchewan Aboriginal Peoples website to see a full calendar of events. 

Canada Council Diversity Recruitment Campaign

A Recruitment Campaign to Foster Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Canada Council for the Arts today launched a major recruitment campaign open to all, with a priority for Indigenous, Black, racialized and Deaf applicants, as well as applicants with disabilities. We need your help to get the word out about these job opportunities and to encourage skilled, committed, and innovative people to submit applications.

Read more here

University of Saskatchewan- Celebrating Indigenous Achievement Week


University of Saskatchewan is celebrating Indigenous Achievement Week with a performance from their Storyteller-in-Resident, Lindsay “Eekwol” Knight.

Learn more about the event on USask's website here.

St. Albert "Taste of Africa 2021"

St. Albert Taste of Africa 2021

St. Albert, Alberta Taste of Africa 2021

Africans & African Descendants Friendship Club of St Albert would like to invite you to the second edition of Taste of Africa. The event will feature dances, storytelling, steel drumming, poetry, armchair travel, fashion parade, and food tasting from various ethnicities in Africa and the Caribbean.

Learn more and register on Eventbrite:

Or email:

Texas Storytelling Festival- March 11-14, 2021

Texas Storytelling Festival- March 11-14, 2021

36th Annual City of Denton Texas Storytelling Festival

Online! March 11-14, 2021

Everyone loves a story! Stories connect us to ourselves and others.

The good news? You can join us from anywhere in the world.

Four days and nights of stories!
17 Storytelling Events - 7 Workshops - Over 60 Storytellers

For more Festival information and registration:

Click here for the flyer!

A new online storytelling circle- The Storytelling Cafe


A new monthly story exchange by The Storytelling Cafe

About this Event

A monthly virtual café open to oral storytellers who want to meet, explore the world of stories & connect with the storytelling community.

Learn more and register on Eventbrite:

Caribbean Folklore Storytime is back on January 24

Caribbean Folklore Storytime is back on January 24

Caribbean Folklore Storytime is back on January 24


Please grab a snack and join us for an evening of our stories.

Sunday 24th January 2021 - 3:00 PM (AST) : 4:00 PM (EST).

Kalamazoo Valley Museum Virtual Storytelling Festival: February 6


Kalamazoo Valley Museum Storytelling Festival is going virtual! This year's theme is "Raising a Generation that Changes the World"

February 6, 2021, 1-6pm EST - free admission

Learn more at

Writers Union of Canada: Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers


The Writers Union of Canada has a Short Prose competition for Emerging Writers


It's a new year and a new time for writing. Consider submitting to The Writers' Union of Canada's Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers. Unpublished works of fiction and nonfiction up to 2,500 words in English are eligible, and writers may submit multiple entries. A $2,500 prize will be awarded to the winner, and the entries of the winner and finalists will be submitted to three Canadian magazines for consideration. The deadline for entries is February 12, 2021.

Hot Docs Podcast Festival

Hot Docs Podcast Festival

Hot Docs Podcast Festival is now online! Some of the best audio storytelling around will be showcased January 27-29, 2021. 

Come listen, learn and share your love of podcasts! Hot Docs Podcast Festival is back in a new virtual experience from January 27-29, 2021.

Join us in celebrating the power of audio storytelling to move, delight and keep us connected in our new socially-distanced reality. Go behind the scenes of your favourite shows, get exclusive creative insight, and be transported by the power of a good story.

Online Concert in support of StorySave- Join us for an afternoon of tales told by Caribbean and African Tellers

Online Concert in support of StorySave- Join us for an afternoon of tales told by Caribbean and African Tellers

Stories from the Motherland & Many Lands: Tales told by Caribbean and African Tellers

This show is mostly in English with short pieces in French

Sunday January 31, 2021 | 4pm EST

Click here to register for the concert!

The event will be hosted on Zoom.

Having trouble registering? Email


This is a free online concert with donations supporting the 2021 StorySave Rita Cox Project.

Donations can be made through, or by contacting


Concert artists are Anthony Audain, Bernadette Dyer, Comfort Ero, Djennie Laguerre, Gail Miller, Kesha Christie, Natasha Charles, Rita Cox. Itah Sadu will be hosting.

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