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World Storytelling Day

World Storytelling Day in Canada

A global celebration on or around the Equinox 2019 with the theme of Myth, Legend, and Epic

Each year, communities across Canada participate in World Storytelling Day, a global celebration of storytelling. Working with a theme, events are held on or around the Equinox (March 20th), with concerts for young and old. 

SC-CC members or member groups may apply for funds to support a storytelling event on or near World Storytelling Day (20 March 2019).

The deadline for funding applications for events in March 2019 is November 30th 2018.

Up to $1800 is available to cover 2 grants of $500 for larger events, 2 grants of $250 for smaller events, and 2 grants of $150 for an individual teller or newer group who wish to try a small event at a school, library or community centre.  We encourage participation from those who have not sent in proposals before.

To apply, submit an application via our online application form in the members pages.

The Application Deadline is November 30, 2018.


Keep an eye on our World Storytelling Day Calendar. Events for 2018 will start to appear early in 2019.

Questions? Contact World Storytelling Day Project Officer Lynda Joyce at worldstorytellingday@

Storytellers of Canada - Conteurs du Canada was pleased to provide World Storytelling Day (WSD) grants beginning in 2011. Take a look at the events that have been funded by SC-CC in cities across Canada. Many other communities held events on their own.

2018 Theme: Wise Fools

SC-CC funded events by

TALES Calgary (event photo: 1)

Peterborough Storytellers

Deborah Dunleavy

2017 Theme: Stories about Transformation

2016 Theme: Stories About Strong Women

Ten proposals were submitted and SC-CC funded events by

TALES Calgary

Storytelling Orillia

Maison des Arts

Peterborough Guild

Manitoba Storytelling Guild

Janet LeRoy and the Ottawa Storytellers

Dale Jarvis

Ruth Stewart-Verger and Ottawa Storytellers partnered with the Catholic Centre for Immigrants. 

*At least 50 tellers were involved through the funded initiatives, and we know many other groups produced WSD events without SC-CC funds.

"They masquerade as mothers, sisters, daughters and wives, but they're much more than that. They have the strength to bear the loss of loved ones with an iron will, raise families by going hungry themselves and run businesses by learning new skills every step of the way," 

-Orillia Packet and Times newspaper reporter Mehreen Shahid

2015 Theme: Wishes

The Maison Des Arts de la Parole / Eastern Townships Storytelling Circle

The DurhamStorytellers 

Peterborough Guild

Manitoba Guild

2014 Theme: Monsters and Dragons
Church Point, NS - LesBaranquex
Sherbrooke, QC - Maison Des Arts
Vernon, BC - Gabriel Newman -
Oshawa, ON - Durham Folklore Storytellers -
Winnipeg, MB - The Manitoba Storytelling Guild
Calgary, AB - TALES Calgary
New Sarepta, Alberta Mary Ann Lippiatt

2013 - Theme: Fate and Fortune
Brockville, ON - 1000 Island Yarnspinners
Church Point, NS - Les Baranqueaux
Edmonton, AB - Tales Edmonton Chapter
New Sarepta, AB - Mary Ann Lippiatt
Oshawa, ON - Durham Folklore Storytellers
Peterborough, ON - The Peterborough Storytellers
Pleasantville, NS - Southshore Tellers
Saskatoon, SK - Saskatoon Storytellers Guild
Sherbrooke, QC - Maison des arts de la Parole
Winnipeg, MB - The Manitoba Storytelling Guild

2012 - Theme: Trees
Durham, ON - The Durham Folklore Storytellers
Cambridge, ON - Tongue Wagging Productions
Eastern Townships, QC - Productions Littorale
Eastern Ontario - Brian Hetherington and DeborahDunleavy
Clare, Digby Co, NS - Cercle des conteurs de la Baie
Baden, ON - Baden Storytellers Guild
Montreal, PQ - Theatre de l’Esquisse
Calgary, AB - Tales Calgary
Pleasantville, NS - Southshore Tellers
Victoria, B.C. Victoria Storytellers Guild

2011 - Theme: "Water"
Brockville, ON - 1000 Islands Yarnspinners
Baden, ON - Baden Storytellers' Guild Report Programme
Delta, BC - Laura Thomas
Nanaimo - Around Town Tellers Report Poster
Winnipeg, MB - Manitoba Storytelling Guild
Sherbrooke, QC - Productions Littorale
Regina, SK - RAGS Regina Area Group for Storytelling
Nova Scotia Storytellers Circle of Halifax
Calgary, AB - TALES Calgary report unavailable
Edmonton, AB - TALES Edmonton
Montreal, QC - Théâtre de l'Esquisse
Cambridge, ON - Tongues Wagging Productions Storytelling

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