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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


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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.

Artist Biographies

Beverley McKiver (Ontario) 
Beverley is an Ottawa-based pianist, teacher and composer. Her “Boozhoo Manoomin” suite for flute, piano, and cello or viola tells the history and importance of manoomin (wild rice) to the Anishinaabeg (Ojibway people). It was presented at Native Earth Performing Arts in 2018. Beverley has also been featured by Ottawa Storytellers in their Stories and Tea and (Un)told – She Speaks series. She was also part of the storytelling ensemble in Lesley Parlane’s “Voices from the Adoption Files” presented by Ottawa Storytellers at the NAC’s Backstage in 2017.

Kathy Jessup (Alberta)
Kathy has been telling stories all her life. But, when she found out you could actually get paid for talking (first as a broadcast journalist, and later as a storyteller), she knew she'd found her calling! Kathy's been a member of SC-CC for twenty-five years, storytelling in schools, libraries, concerts, and festivals, across Canada and internationally. Her cd LISTEN UP is recommended by the Canadian Children's Book Center as a top choice for families. Kathy lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

Tom Lips (Yukon) 
An active member of Ottawa StoryTellers for three decades, Tom shares traditional folk tales and legends, literary stories, poetry, and his own original stories. He has appeared frequently in OST’s “Speaking Out/Speaking In” series, for which he co-created and performed in such shows as A House Divided (2011), And Tell Laura I Love Her (2014 & 2015), and That Delightful Strain (2015). A veteran of Ottawa’s “Stories from the Ages” series, he has presented stories from ancient epics such as the Odyssey, the Iliad, the Mabinogion, the Kalevala, and the Epic of Gilgamesh. Tom is also a poet and an accomplished singer-songwriter whose recordings of original, eclectic songs have made many friends.  He has been living in Whitehorse, Yukon since September 2019.

Stéphanie Bénéteau (Quebec) 
Stéphanie has been performing in English and in French, in Canada and abroad, for more than twenty-five years. Her repertoire includes the medieval legend of Tristan and Iseult, the Greek myth of Perseus, a show based on Arthurian legend and a rich selection of erotic stories. Stéphanie tells in a lyrical, feminine voice touched with humour. She brings ancient stories from the oral tradition back to life, with the goal of showing their relevance to the twenty first century.

Mariella Bertelli (Ontario)
Mariella Bertelli is a versatile storyteller experienced in performance but who also loves telling in intimate settings to audiences of all ages, including babies. She believes in the power of stories to transform and inspire. She has told in Canada, U.S., U.K., Belgium, Italy, South Africa, U.A.E. with a wide repertoire, from long narratives to tiny tales. For the last five years she has successfully directed Ensemble storytelling shows for the International Storytelling Festival In Toronto. Mariella has taught storytelling courses and has presented a variety of workshops to adults, children and families; she has been a speaker on storytelling and is active in the storytelling world community. 

Jennifer Ferris (British Columbia)
Victoria storyteller, Jennifer Ferris, has been active as a storyteller for more than 30 years. She has performed in schools, community events, senior’s facilities, nature sanctuaries as well as festivals in Canada and USA. Acutely aware of the power of humour and language, she engages audiences of all ages with stories of real life, the folk realm, myth, magic and transformation. She gives story workshops to adults, children, families and international ELL students. Participants find that her gentle approach and enthusiasm offers a safe environment to try new ideas.

Technical Support provided by Lynn Torrie
Lynn is a Toronto storyteller with a passion for traditional folk tales. She is one of those rare storytellers who actually likes technology. When not telling her own stories, she teaches others how to tell and host on teleconference and regularly organizes Zoom events. Learn more about Lynn’s programs at 

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