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.
Bloco Vivo is a high-octane Calgary street band with a passion for the big, boisterous music of northeastern Brazil. Playing a remarkable assortment of drums, shakers, bells and other percussion instruments, the band gets audiences up and moving, dancing to the beat of Maracatu, Samba Reggae, Timbalada and Funk.Read More
Wind myths blow strong through cultures around the world. Five Calgary performers will showcase their take on wind stories at the February TALES Story Cafe.
Mary Hays delights audiences of all ages with stories that tickle the funny-bone and touch the heart. She'll breeze through the Story Cafe with a prairie tale.
Betty Hersberger is a talented local performer who tells stories with wit and whimsy. Her Story Cafe contribution will tell us all about "The Boy Who Went to the North Wind."
Cheryle Chagnon-Greyeyes is a member of Muskeg Lake Cree Nation who is passionate about building Indigenous cultural awareness. Cheryle will perform a drum song and tell an intriguing Cree tale about a "Ghost Stallion."
Maria Crooks is a local playwright, storyteller and singer. In honour of Black History Month, Maria will treat us to a Jamaican song and several Jamaican folktales.
Doreen Vanderstoop is a local writer, musician and storyteller. She will perform several songs at the Story Cafe and tell an original story that blends the spice of ancient myth into a modern tale.
Join us on February 24th and be swept off your feet by story and song! Event starts at 7pm!!!
If you find a feather, a soft and silky feather,
Don’t just look at it. Pick it up. Listen to it. Dream about it. Wait and see what happens.
Every feather is a letter from a bird.
These words inspired by a strong woman now gone from our sight but not forgotten – Mary Washington also known as Orunamamu or Morning Star.
This year for World Storytelling Day TALES is excited to be partnered with the Lantern Church in Inglewood. Karen Gummo who has spearheaded the Calgary World Storytelling Day for many years is bringing together a diversity of people from the city to tell tales, share poetry and song in honour of our late friend and incredible Storyteller Orunamamu.
Orunamamu could be found telling stories on her doorstep, at the bus stop or wherever she could find a listener. She believed in building community and community she did build. Come be a part of this special celebration!
Show your tickets at Gravity Cafe before or after the show and receive 10% off your meal price!!Read More
2 nights only! January 27th & 28th, 10501 Whyte Avenue. It's time to give winter the cold shoulder and get over those post-holiday blues.
TALES AT CHIANTI CAFE is a fun-filled evening of great food and appetizing stories from Italy. Four fine storytellers weave tales of love, war, magic and mayhem--while diners enjoy a tasty choice of appetizers, entrees and desserts. Tickets are just $45 including the story performances, meal, tax & gratuity. It's the entertainment bargain of the season!
Join TALES for an evening that will warm your heart and fill your belly. Doors open each night at 5:30 pm; the show begins promptly at 6:30 pm. Featuring Storytellers: Bethany Ellis, Jennie Frost, Renee Englot and Stephanie Benger. For more information contact email@example.com
The forest has been calling storytellers for many centuries.Sherwood Forest, Black Forest, The Petrified Forest, you name it, they all have their stories and for a few bucks you can hear them January 13th at Loft 112 (535-8 Ave. SE). The urban Forest of East Village welcomes you to bring your story or just listen as host, Maria Hopkins, along with other TALES Calgary members,brings the forest alive in story.Find us if you can--it's on the way to Grandma's House, you know the path? See you there! Call Maria 403.698.1818 for more info. talesstorytelling.comRead More
Kick if the new year with TALES Story Café- Dreams and wishes at Shelf life books. January 27, 2016 from 7-9pm. There will be stories, music and an open mic. Check out our events page for more details.Read More
Expression of Interest (EOI)
Once upon a time, there was an engaged highly organized, social-media savvy Festival Producer…
TALES 2016 Festival Producer
Time period: January – June, 2016
Payment: $5000 payable upon submission of periodic invoice with the final invoice to be June 30, 2016 at the end of the contract period.
TALES, The Alberta League Encouraging Storytelling, requires an experienced event producer with a passion for the arts to produce our Annual Festival. This is the 28th year of the Festival and we need a person to build on the successes of the past, the work done to date for the 2016 Festival and to help us continue to grow in terms of audience and sponsors. This will be our second season in Old Strathcona.
The 2016 Festival dates are May 26 – 29, beginning with a Story Slam on Thursday, School events on Friday and workshops and storytelling on Saturday and Sunday. The successful candidate will need to be available for the peak period the entire month of May and be fully available during the Festival Days. The good news is that there is a great team of volunteers and experienced TALES members who are dedicated to ensuring that the Festival runs smoothly.
The successful candidate will work in coordination with the Festival Artistic Director, the Volunteer Coordinator and Festival Working Group. Grant applications are already submitted, and the Producer will need to complete the financial and narrative reports in June.
- Demonstrated experience in event planning and implementation
- Experience in arts administration an asset
- Demonstrated ability to manage time
- Demonstrated experience securing sponsors for events
- Applied social media expertise
- Highly capable in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, other programs that may be used in production of arts administration)
Must have own vehicle, cell phone and computer. Mileage/parking is not covered. Detailed task list and timeframes will be provided.
Please submit your EOI and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
By: Friday, December 18, 2015
On the 50th anniversary of the D-Day invasion (in 1995), I went with veterans on a pilgrimage to the scenes of the battles of the Royal Winnipeg Rifle Regiment from the landing to the last battle in Appingedam in Holland. The war stories are the recollections of some fine old gentlemen who shared their experiences with me. It became my task to pass them on. They have given me an honour that is also a duty. These stories aren’t about the decisions of statesmen and generals. They are the stories of what it’s like to be young and afraid and brave and sad in a dangerous time. All the men in these stories were in their twenties or younger (including the colonel). Not one of them talked about their own courage. They just told the stories. In turn I hope that they will be passed along.
I'll be sharing some of their stories along with stories shared by Renée Englot and Dawn Blue. We hope you'll join us.
Marie Anne McLean
The Wise and Willful Women will be performing alongside the Famous 5 monument in Olympic Plaza on September 25 at 5:00 pm!!! Join us on a journey back to 1935 where three women are gathered for tea. You might know them. Isabella Lougheed, Nellie McClung and Mary Scott Widner, women of adventure. They remember the earliest days in Calgary, and recount the trials and triumphs of their lives – Who carries their legacy now? Wise and Wilful Women Betty Hersberger, Karen Gummo and Mary Hays are joined by the Wild Storyteller Marie Bryce as they carry the stories and impact of these women into our present day.Read More
For the fifth year, those who are ready for a frightfully good time are invited to Edmonton’s largest and oldest cemetery. On Friday, July 10th and Saturday, July 11th, five storytellers from Alberta and beyond will treat you to a ghoulishly good time. In the solemn setting of the Edmonton cemetery, they will tell stories that will draw you in, hold you hostage, and send you home shaking!
Producers: Stephanie Benger and Kerry McPhail
Tellers: Mary Hays, Renee Englot, Laura O'Connor, Bethany Ellis, Kerry McPhail, Lee Porteous and Marie-Anne McLean
TALES 2015 Storytelling Festival was moved from their old location at Fort Edmonton Heritage Park to the Old Strathcona District. The new location proved to be a huge hit and accessible to the greater public, The Festival kicked off with a packed Story Slam at the Pint Pub on Thursday May 21 with stories of all kinds lined up for the mic. Moving on to the Friday there were school programs in the morning for youth and a workshop later on in the evening for storytellers perfecting their tales.
The Venues for the Saturday and Sunday were: Southside Memorial Chapel, McIntyre Park Tent and the Old Strathcona Library. We heard stories of all kinds and it was a difficult decision as to which venue you wanted to be at next.
The evening concert was a huge success as we heard the story of
In God Knows Where: Marie Anne Lagimodière in Story and Song
Performed by Ruth Stewart-Verger with music by Dean Verger
The first woman of European descent to travel and live west of the Great Lakes, this is the story of Marie-Anne Lagimodière. Hers is a story of adventure, of romance, of a woman breaking all the social boundaries of her day; the story of a woman who changed Canadian history.
What an amazing event and cannot wait until next year!!!