Come one, come all to the TALES Calgary "O Canada" Story Cafe on Feb. 22, 2017 at Shelf Life Books (1302 4 St SW, Calgary, AB). Gordon Churchill talks bald chickens; Maria Crooks tells the poignant story of American slaves seeking refuge in Canada; Maria Hopkins shares her story of immigration from Poland to Canada; and, Betty Hersberger can't wait to tell us about a very young Nellie McClung. Doreen Vanderstoop hosts and you'll even have the chance to sing along to a couple of great, old Canadian tunes. Warm up your ears and your vocal chords. It's all about Canada, folks!Read More
On March 18, 2017, TALES Calgary will celebrate Canada's 150 birthday in the oral storytelling tradition. Cassy Welburn will tell about the Metis Rebellion; Maria Crooks brings us the story of American slaves seeking refuge in Canada; Doreen Vanderstoop will give voice to Chinese rail workers on the CPR; Gordon Churchill will tell about his grandfather's foray into World War I; Betty Hersberger, as Nellie McClung, will describe the battle of the Famous Five; Carolyn Harley will treat us to her original songs about the Person's Case; Mary Hays will tell about nurses on the Prairies a long time ago; Cheryle Chagnon-Greyeyes will bring us the story of Tommy Prince, the most decorated Aboriginal soldier in World War II; Maria Hopkins will share her personal immigration story; and, our spoken work artist, Marie Bryce, will tie things up and give us an inkling of where Canada goes from here.Read More
The TALES Storytelling Festival, in conjunction with the SC-CC 2017 conference team, invites proposals to tell at our evening concerts, May 26th and 27th.
Friday’s concert is titled “Canadian Spirits” and will (if the liquor commission approves!) feature spirit tasting. We welcome proposals for spirited stories of the paranormal variety.
Saturday’s concert is titled “Tales, Trails and Rails”. Our focus is on Canada and its history.
You may apply for one or both. You may apply to tell in English or in French.
Your proposal must give us specifics of the story you’d tell - a synopsis, the mood, the length, any special approaches. Stories should be no longer than 20 minutes. We like the variety of some short stories mixed in as well.
In addition to a description of your proposed story, please provide us with two story samples. They may be audio or video. Please limit the review time to 10 minutes. Please provide us with links, share via DropBox, or mail materials.
Deadline for receipt of materials is January 20th. Please email applications to: Renee Englot / email@example.com
If you need to mail materials, Reneee's address is:
145 Grand Meadow Cres.
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Bloody Scotland, is a Storycafe with Edinburgh storyteller, Calum Lykan,who has toured around the world with his amazing stories from the history, myth, folklore and legends of Scotland. He has worked as a tour guide on ghostly walks and historic sites at The Royal Mile in Edinburgh and in schools and communities across the country. Cassy Welburn is the host from TALES, a Calgary writer, teacher and storyteller.Read More
Celebrate the New Year with a TALES Calgary workshop and Tellaround on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. Mary Hays will lead the workshop at 6:30 pm on the theme "Storytelling with Vibrance." At 7 pm, Doreen Vanderstoop will host the January Tellaround on the theme "Gypsies and Vagabonds." What happens at a Tellaround, you ask? Story lovers gather in a circle and take turns sharing polished stories or works in progress. First timers, professional tellers and listeners are all welcome! Suggested donation for tellers and listeners: $5. Refreshments will be served.Read More
Step out of the cold and join us for an evening with storytellers that will help you forget that winter chill: Thursday, January 26, 2017; doors open 5:30 pm, concert at 6:00 pm, Chianti Café, 10501 82/Whyte Avenue in Old Strathcona. Hint: concert sold out last year!Read More
STORYTELLERS OF CANADA - CONTEURS DU CANADA EMERGING STORYTELLER AWARD AND TALES SCHOLARSHIP
Our Emerging Storyteller Scholarship offers four months’ mentoring by an accomplished SC-CC teller, plus admission to our upcoming conference, plus up to $250 in expenses for attending the conference. To celebrate the award, the recipient will be invited to perform at one of the conference events and will receive a year’s membership in both SC-CC and TALES.
The candidate should be
· already a storyteller or interested in the art of storytelling
· between the ages of 18 and 35
· living in the region where this year’s conference is being held (Alberta, 2017)
Closing date for applications: December 15, 2016
Please visit the members pages for more information and to apply using our online application form. If you are a non-member and would like to apply, please contact our Executive Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org
Submissions can also be made to the SCCC Conference 2017 Coordinator, Pearl-Ann Gooding email@example.comRead More
Dark skies. Brilliant narratives. Warm hospitality. Join TALES for Canadian Storytelling Night. Share your favourite stories – true or imagined – to celebrate Canada and its many tellers.
When Ginger first met Rapunzel, she felt drawn to her beautiful song of longing. This early appreciation for the bittersweet kindled a lifelong love of world folktales and a belief in the importance of fostering oral traditions within our communities. She teaches storytelling at University of British Columbia, Mount Royal University and for several local organizations.
Linda Shantz- Keresztes has just returned from sailing across the sea to the Scandinavian countries. We think she may have encountered some mermaids! She inspired Karen Gummo to search for tales that held captive her Icelandic ancestors. You will hear of Redhead the Whale who was a young man transformed who full of rage and remorse brought terror to those who travelled on the sea west of Reykjavik and Keflavik.
Nathaniel Chiang who is a masterful percussionist and musician will add colour and tone to the events of these tales. Nate is a member of the Jazz ensemble Haven who have enchanted listeners at Cafe Blanca, CJSW Radio, Cafe Koi, the Glenbow Museum and more.
Brittany Rae is an opera singer and vocalist with a vast repertoire of songs that celebrate the lure of the sea. She trained in Calgary, Toronto, Glasgow, and Italy has made her debut with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Edmonton Opera, and the ProArts series at noon to name a few.
She will be accompanied by Claire Butler, Pianist who hails from Yorkshire and was regional winner of the BBC young musician of the year. Claire is also a budding storyteller of late working with puppetry and young children.
TALES Calgary Storycafe at ShelfLife Books to highlight those whose lives have been affected by fire with STORIES FORGED IN FIRE, Wednesday, September 28 at 7:00 pm.1302-4 St. SW Welcome to those who want to share at OPEN MIC (especially Fort McMurray evacuees). Storyteller, Maria Hopkins and Calgary folk musician, John Leeder will highlight the spirit of survival people have demonstrated in remarkable circumstances.
Check out Calum Lykan at Edmonton Fringe this year. So excited for him and to be able to hear his TALES.
VENUE #10 - Acadia Hall
Join Scottish Storyteller Calum Lykan, as he introduces you to his Scotland. Hear mysterious and humorous tales of giants, selkies and tricksters. Where the kings and warriors of old step out from the mists of time.
August 12 -6:15 pm
August 13 - 12:15
August 14 - 10:30*
August 15 - 8:15pm
August 16 - 6:15 pm
August 18- 2:15 pm
August 18 - 4:30 pm
Runtime: 75 minutesRead More
April 19, 2016 marked the 100 year anniversary of the passage of Alberta's Act for Equal Suffrage. Renée Englot has been studying the women who got Alberta to that point, their struggles and their successes. She's also delved into the lives of those women who were Alberta (and the British Empire)'s first elected officials. Renée has been supported in this endeavour by a whole host of TALES members. Renée is also very grateful for the financial support of The Alberta Historical Resources Board who are able to provide grants thanks to the Alberta Lotteries Fund. TALES also received funding for this project from the Edmonton Heritage Council. We've had great fun researching the women, finding costuming, searching out photos and documents, creating quiz shows, writing, re-writing and rehearsing. Bethany and Renée can hardly wait for audiences to see those women brought to life through the power of storytelling.Read More
Drum Roll Please..........
Tonight's concert is a part of World Story Events all over the globe and the theme is 'Strong Women'.
When we think of stories and strong women - our late friend Orunamamu is the first to come to mind.
So tonight at the Lantern Church in Inglewood at 7:30 pm storytellers and poets will pay tribute to a one of a kind woman who has left a legacy of community and story, ORUNAMAMU.
Later in life, Mary Beth Washington adopted the name of Orunamamu to reflect her Nigerian Heritage. It means Morning Star and that name helped her to connect to the Blackfoot people to whom she also felt kinship.
Following her retirement in the 1970s as Master School Teacher in the Berkeley school district, Orunamamu started storytelling full-time, following in the footsteps of her grandmother and father. Although Orunamamu travelled widely, often by train, to storytelling festivals and venues across the US and up to Alberta, wherever she was she would set up a mobile storytelling museum. Surrounded by her paraphernalia and freshly renewed artful attire including her "hat-i-tude," her walking sticks, her wigs and feather boas, she would often initiate her storytelling with a verse or a song.
She set herself up on front porches, at bus stops, wherever ordinary people gather. She knew how to reach out to strangers and felt a special affinity to the homeless.
She performed at Calgary’s Spoken Word Festivals, US Storytelling Festivals and varied gatherings, at TALES events and on the street. On 4 September 2014, at the age of 93, Orunamamu died leaving a loyal following of devoted friends. We shall not forget her.
We sing together: “Orunamamu, Orunamamu! What the world needs now is people like you.”Read More
Sheri-D is an internationally-acclaimed poet and spoken word artist who is driven by the desire to connect people, voices and ideas. The Calgary Spoken Word Festival, which she founded in 2004, became one of the most respected Spoken Word Festivals in North America. Orunamamu was a regular performer at this event.Read More
Get ready for this amazing opportunity to hear Jeff Stockton at the Lantern Church, Friday March 18 at 7:30 pm.
Jeff Stockton is a Celtic harpist, singer & storyteller. Since 1997, he has traveled near and far, nourishing the imagination of thousands of listeners. He has performed nationally and internationally. An award winning recording artist, he has released 4 recordings of his work with song and story. www.jeffstockton.ca
This dynamic duo will be performing and reforming. Come on out to the Lantern Church this Friday at 7:30 pm - Calgary.
MARY HAYS AND BETTY HERSBERGER
Prairie women, Mary Hays and Betty Hersberger, interpret well-researched histories of notable Calgarians to create stories that educate and entertainRead More
Marie Bryce will be performing at the 'Words on the Doorstep' concert at the Lantern Church in Inglewood.
Wild Storyteller Marie Bryce is a Calgary-based taleteller, lover of words, movement and song. She is a member of the provincial organization TALES and national organization of SC-CC. She had known Orunamamu for approximately 400 days of her 33,733 days on this earth and is grateful for every second.Read More
Cassy Welburn is a Calgary storyteller and poet whose work has appeared in literary journals and on CBC radio, and whose recent book, Changelings, and CD, Cassiopeia, have toured across Canada.
For more information check out our 'Words on the Doorstep' Concert on our events page.Read More
This Friday you can listen to Ginger Mullen at 'Words on the Doorstep' Concert at the Lantern Church at 7:30 pm- Calgary.
When Ginger first met Rapunzel, she felt drawn to her beautiful song of longing. This early appreciation for the bittersweet kindled a lifelong love of world folktales and a belief in the importance of fostering oral traditions within our communities. She teaches storytelling at University of British Columbia, Mount Royal University and for several local organizations.Read More
So grateful for Karen Gummo right now, for all of her organizing and incredible talent in bringing together the World Storytelling Day Concert, 'Words on the Doorstep' at the Lantern Church, March 18 at 7:30pm. So excited to hear her at the concert and also at the Grace and Gusto Performance at the Cathedral of the Redeemer March 16th, for Pro Arts at noon.
Karen Gummo is a founder of the local TALES storytelling community. She has a deep passion for her Scandinavian heritage and recently travelled to Iceland to perform her favourite Nordic sagas. Karen offers residencies and performances in schools and seniors lodges, cafes, bookstores, at historic sites and has travelled across Canada to Newfoundland to perform for all ages. She is descended from and surrounded by a long line of sisters and strong women.