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STORYSAVE LAUNCHES 19TH ALBUM and FIRST PODCAST: The Work of Renown Master Storyteller, Louise Profeit-LeBlanc
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STORYSAVE LAUNCHES 19TH ALBUM and FIRST PODCAST:
The Work of Renown Master Storyteller, Louise Profeit-LeBlanc
Marion Gruner, StorySave Program Manager
Peterborough, Ontario - StorySave, a program of Storytellers of Canada - Conteurs du Canada (SC-CC), is celebrating the Toronto launch of its 19th storytelling album, Honouring Their Stories by internationally renown traditional storyteller Louise Profeit-LeBlanc.
Each year, StorySave’s programming committee selects one accomplished elder teller who has a unique repertoire, and whose work should be recorded. This year, and for the first time in StorySave’s 16 year history, the team also produced an audio documentary about the teller to accompany the album. The documentary delves into Louise’s inspiration and artistic journey, and the StorySave team plans to make these documentary productions a permanent aspect of the StorySave program, with plans to launch a regular podcast site. This year’s documentary, The Wealth of Elders will premiere June 30th at 8pm (7:30 in NFLD) on the show Up On A Time, on SC-CC’s storytelling radio site, SC-Radio-CC. It will air again on July 1st at 8pm.
Louise’s album Honouring Their Stories and the documentary The Wealth of Elders will have their official launch celebration on Thursday July 5th, beginning at 5:30pm as a part of the opening night of the 26th annual conference of Storytellers of Canada - Conteurs du Canada. This is a ticketed event.
Louise Profeit-LeBlanc is from the Nacho Nyak Dän First Nation in northern Yukon. Growing up in the small village of Mayo, Louise was nurtured by the traditional stories told by her grandmother Ellen Profeit, a masterful storyteller. Many more elders shared their stories
with Louise, and early on she dedicated herself to storytelling and to the promotion of Indigenous stories.
Honouring Their Stories is Louise’s first recording project. She says, "Recording this album has been a long time coming. The CD is the result of many Elders sharing their stories with me and I now can honour them by passing them onto others. Stories are valuable on many different levels but the greatest one is that, they teach us how to be better human beings. For this I am very grateful. Each one of us has a story to tell, we are a story in the making and in the words of
my mentor, Auntie Angela Sidney, told me that I must, "live my life like a story" so that when I go, they will tell a good story about you!” My hope is that the next generations will be inspired by these stories and begin to tell them too!”
StorySave Program Manager, Marion Gruner says of Honouring Their Stories, “This is a gorgeous piece of work, and Louise seems to embody each of her mentors as she tells their shared stories. It was a thrill to work on this project”.
The project could not have a more fitting launch time. This year’s SC-CC conference theme is “The Honour of One is the Honour of All”, and the program was planned with extensive input from Peterborough’s local Indigenous community. As Gruner states, “It’s such a perfect location to celebrate Louise’s recording, and her life’s work. The tales are not only poetic and wondrous, but they are remarkable examples of the rich oral tradition of so many Indigenous nations.”
The StorySave Program was established by SC-CC as a means of enhancing storytelling’s living contribution to Canada’s oral and literary heritage, through the recording of voices of elders from the Canadian storytelling community for reproduction and distribution through multivolume CD sets, and digital downloads. Tellers selected for inclusion are those who tell out of very particular repertoires, and have something unique to offer.
For more information on this and other StorySave projects please go to the SC-CC website and visit the StorySave pages: http://www.storytellers-conteurs.ca/en/featured-storytellers.html
Louise’s project was made possible through funding from Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. Storytellers of Canada is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.
Media inquiries or to reach Louise Profeit-LeBlanc:
Marion Gruner, StorySave Program Manager