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A Very Special 20th Anniversary StorySave Album and Podcast Episode
As part of an ongoing series of events celebrating 20 years of StorySave this year, we are very proud to release a very special album on StorySave’s Bandcamp page. Tales of Courage and Kindness is an album that was recorded in the late 1990’s by Order of Canada Member, SC-CC Past-President, and StorySave founder, the late Jan Andrews. Jan’s partner, Jennifer Cayley was kind enough to share the album with StorySave, and all of you, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of StorySave.
Tales of Courage and Kindness is an enchanting collection of some of Jan’s most loved folktales, and captures her one-of-a-kind voice so beautifully. We are thrilled to be able to offer it to stream or download on StorySave’s Bandcamp page.
New Podcast Episode
In addition to sharing Jan’s album with us, Jennifer shared stories and memories about Jan in a personal interview with StorySave Program Manager and Producer, Marion Gruner.
Marion visited Jennifer at her home outside of Ottawa to talk to Jennifer about her life with Jan and their work as storytelling artists. That conversation became a special episode of Balado: The StorySave Podcast, and we are releasing that episode today alongside Tales of Courage and Kindness.
Please take a listen to the episode to learn more about Jan’s work, and if you like what you hear, subscribe to the podcast, and give us a 5-star rating. It really helps spread the word about Balado and the work we do at StorySave.
Remember, you can find our podcast on Apple, Google Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio and many others. In addition to the episode about Jan and Jennifer, you’ll find episodes about incredible artists like Judith Poirier, Rita Cox, Rosalyn Cohen, Comfort Ero, Louise Profeit-Leblanc, and Oro Anahory-Librowicz.
About Jan Andrews
Storytelling lost an enormous talent and champion in September 2017. Jan Andrews was an extraordinary teller and author, and StorySave was lucky to have recorded two albums of her work. Written in the Body in 2016, and Two Women of the Odyssey in 2014.
Widely-recognized as a storyteller who touched her audiences with the depth and power of her work, Jan traveled extensively, telling stories at festivals and in concerts across Canada, in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. A committed member of the Canadian storytelling community, she was one of the first presidents of Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada and founded the organization’s StorySave project. In 2017 she was appointed to the Order of Canada “for her contributions to Canadian culture as a children’s book author and as a pioneer of Canada’s storytelling movement.”
Jan told everything from folktales to literary stories, from epic to personal tales. She was also the author of classic books for young people. Always a groundbreaker, she was the first Storyteller/Writer in Residence at the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture at the University of Manitoba
When the Wind Came, one of Jan’s last storybooks, was posthumously published this year by Kids Can Press. You can find it at Indigo, Amazon and many other retailers.
About Jennifer Cayley
Jennifer Cayley has been a performance storyteller for more than three decades. While her repertoire includes literary, historical and personal stories, it is the traditional folk and fairy tales along with some of the world’s great epics that are the foundation of her work. She was, along with Jan Andrews, a co-founder of MASC where she is now thrilled to be on the artists’ roster. She has worked on the Ontario Arts Council’s Artists in Education roster, with Prologue to the Performing Arts, and the TD Canada Trust Canadian Children’s Book Week Tour.
Jennifer has toured with Jan Andrews to Rome, Australia, Wales, USA and southern Ontario; appearing at festivals across Canada and in Hawaii, and has made regular appearances at the Ottawa Storytellers’ Signature Series, telling some of the great epics of the world at Rasputin’s Café, the National Arts Centre and best of all on the shores of Taylor Lake in Lanark Co.