Painting By: Karen Gummo
TALES (The Alberta League Encouraging Storytelling) has operated since 1982 as a non-profit organization promoting the tradition of oral storytelling. Support the art of storytelling today and donate.
TALES, The Alberta League Encouraging Storytelling began in the early ‘80s. Dave and Andrea Spalding, Anne Anderson, and Annette LeGrange were some of the founding members.
Early meetings were held in Red Deer. Then Village Bookshop, in Edmonton, offered the lower floor for a meeting space. Anne Anderson worked in the Book Shop and she invited patrons telling them “We have storytellers meeting in the basement on Friday nights. You should come You’ll like it.” People joined as listeners and as tellers because storytelling only works if you have both of those.
During those years, the Calgary chapter hosted our first retreat, a wonderful idea. The retreat eventually became an annual event. Calgary’s chapter evolved over the same time period with it’s own growth and similar venues in its development.
A Lethbridge chapter flourished for a while and there was also a chapter in Stony Plain/Spruce Grove for some years. A chapter continues to meet successfully in Sherwood Park. There are members at large scattered around the province in centers where there in no full chapter.
Between 1986 and 88 there were opportunities for some tellers to do paid gigs. In 1987 and several subsequent years we were invited to be in the Edmonton Folk Festival.
Then in 1988, we entered the Fringe Theater Festival. We were in the Fringe for the following three years. During those years we began producing concerts, two or three each year. In 1991 we joined Tellabration, an International evening of stories for the first time.
Since 1988, we have run a Festival of Storytelling at Fort Edmonton Park. In 2015 the Festival moves to Whyte Avenue. In the last three we have included a set for youth tellers.
As elder tellers have retired, new people have joined. We are always happy to welcome for new tellers of every generation.
TALES has been a part of public celebrations, Festivals, private gatherings, educational workshops, conferences and retreats. and an amazing variety of gigs for three decades.
STORYTELLING IN THE COMMUNITY
We present Storytelling Festivals, workshops, retreats, public concerts, story cafes, T.V. and radio shows, and Children’s, Folk, and Family Festivals. Storytellers visit schools, libraries, museums, interpretive/ tourist centres, hospitals, seniors-lodges and churches - wherever people gather. We tell folk tales, family stories, personal stories and historical tales. The work of TALES members can be enjoyed on the new CD, "TALES on the wind..." and in the Red Deer Press publication, Under the Wide Blue Sky – Alberta Stories to Read and Tell, ed. Lisa Hurst-Archer.
Caroline Stuart email@example.com
Caroline took over the role of TALES President in 2012 after having been a member of TALES Edmonton for many years. She brings years of loving storys and organizational effectiveness background to her work with TALES. The art of storytelling takes many volunteers and dedicated fans to bring the craft to life and Caroline loves her work as administrator and teller.
Marie Bryce firstname.lastname@example.org
Marie will be stepping into the Vice President role of TALES as of September 2015. Marie joined TALES Calgary in 2013 and has felt so fulfilled by what this organization has to offer its community that she wanted to be able to support and give back. Marie is a storyteller and lover of making connections and collaborations.
Bethany Ellis email@example.com
Bethany has been a proud member of TALES since 2004 and now acts as secretary by taking minutes at meetings. She works as a storyteller, artist-in-residence, and the playwright and director of Caraway Story Theatre.
BECOME A MEMBER
As a member of TALES you become a member of a community of listeners, storytellers and would-be storytellers; who unite to foster story, the essence of human experience through the activity of the organization. You will receive copies of our newsletter, THE TALETELLER, mailings and members rates for workshops, retreats, specials events and you will have a voice with a vote at our Annual General Meeting.
- Memberships run annually beginning in October
- Annual membership $40.00
- Students membership $15.00
- Organization $40.00 (Includes one discounted rate/event)
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