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Lorne Brown

Lorne Brown

Singer of Old Songs. Teller of Old Tales.

44 Wentworth Avenue

Toronto ON M2N 1T7

Home/Résidence: 416-225-1547


Not wanting to hear people say, “That guy’s sure past his best before date,” Lorne Brown has retired from performing. Now found only in his own chimney corner, he is quietly contemplating what shredded wheat will turn into. For interest’s sake, here is his former SC-CC description:


Lorne Brown can often be found in some chimney corner, picking his 5-string banjo and singing an old ballad. When he can be pried from his corner you might find him performing with the Ballad Project; acting as artist director for the Legless Stocking, an exciting new company combing various art forms with storytelling, performing with “Soldiers of Song” A Tribute to Canada’s WW 1 concert party “The Dumbells”; or simply on his own.


Lorne is one of the co-founders of Storytelling Toronto. For twelve years he was the editor of Appleseed Quarterly, the Canadian Journal of Storytelling. He also used to edit The Canadian Folk Music Bulletin. He has performed in every Canadian province, and in the United States and Britain. He has appeared in major storytelling and folk festivals in our country, as well as on radio and television.


Lorne has appeared in two film documentaries: “Sketches of Our Town” with Harvey Kirck, and Bonnie Landry’s “We Were Here”, the story of the Chantry Island lighthouse.


In 2011 he was selected by SC-CC’s StorySave program to be the elder whose voice was preserved. His 3-CD album “Lorne Brown: a Link in the Chain” was released in Yellowknife May, 2011 and is available through StorySave.


With a special – some would say passionate - interest in Canadiana, Lorne has developed programs featuring traditional Canadian folksongs, Canadian folktales, and historical stories.


In his free time, he contemplates such questions as why his wild oats have turned into shredded wheat.


"He transported the audience to an Ireland free of conflicts, petty squabbles or war, an Ireland populated instead by gods, beautiful maidens, and wise and noble kings. It was saddening to leave Brown's idyllic story-world."  Ron Nurwisah, Long-time online journalist.


"Everyone who attended was held captive by the voice of a master who transported us to another time and space. Bracebridge Historical Society



"Lorne Brown works his strange magic."  Toronto Star


Veteran storyteller Lorne Brown's gentle presence, often reclining in the modest set's easy chair, lent authenticity. He even played a mean ukulele on “Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream”, seeming to channel folksinger Pete Seeger himself. – Holly Harris, Winnipeg Free Press


There is an e-word that storytellers should always achieve in performance. That is ‘entertaining’. For Lorne Brown may I add, indeed even prefer, the words ‘enchanting’ and ‘entrancing’. Murray Rob Roy McGregor

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