DIARY — 2018-2019 Guild Events

Stories Aloud: Monthly Open Mic Storytelling for Adults

Second Friday of every month, September through June, 8:00. Doors open at 7:30. Button Factory Arts, 25 Regina St. South, Waterloo.

It’s the Story Barn experience in a new venue with the same open storytelling charm.

Bring along $5 and a mug for hot apple cider. Stories begin at 8pm. You are welcome to come to listen, but if our story charm should work its magic, you are welcome to share a tale.

Each evening is a once-only experience, with a potential mixture of traditional, literary, original, and spontaneous stories, told by heart, and expressed in prose, poetry, or song by tellers experienced and novice.

Come to listen, come to tell.

Suggested length for first-time tellers: 5 minutes or less. Longer stories by new tellers should be approved by the Host before stories begin.

Bring a mug for cider or tea.


Would you like help preparing or rehearsing your story? Experienced tellers will be available to help before some Stories Aloud Open Mic Concerts. Please contact us to make arrangements. badenstorytellers1@gmail.com , or talk to a member.

Introduction to Storytelling: A Beginners’ Workshop

Details to be announced.

World Storytelling Day 2019
Myths, Legends and Epics

2019 Saturday, March 23, Evening
Button Factory Arts, 25 Regina St S, Waterloo, ON.

Join the Guild for our annual World Storytelling Day concert. Cash at the door. Email for advance tickets. Adults only. $15. 

Finding the Red Thread of the Story
Exploring Narrative Suspense

2019 Saturday May 4, 12:30-4:30, Forrest Heights Library Branch, Kitchener, ON

Join internationally-known teller Dan Yashinsky for a workshop about discovering the mysterious thing that makes us want to know what happens next. Dan has taught this workshop at festivals around the world.

Please email if you are interested, and we will let you know the details when available. badenstorytellers1@gmail.com

Pre-registration required. $55.

Or contact us for other arrangements. 

DIARY — Guild Events 2017-2018

On This Page

  • Stories Aloud: Open Mic Storytelling for Adults,
    2nd Friday of the month, September through June, evening.
  • Playing Inside Story: A Workshop with Bob Barton,
    Oct 22, 2017, afternoon.
  • Wise Fools: A World Storytelling Day Concert,
    Saturday, March 24, 2018, 8pm
    Workshop with Celia Lottridge, The Art and Pleasure of telling Family Stories
    Sunday, May 6, 2018, 12:30-3:30pm.
  • POSTPONED: Introduction to Storytelling, June 2018
    NEW DATE: Nov 4, 2018.
  • Storytellers’ Guild Meetings,
    4th Friday of the month. Talk to a member for details.

Introduction to Storytelling
May 2018

2018 spring intro pic

Are you interested in learning to tell stories?

This workshop will cover the meaning of oral tradition; what makes a good story; exercises in telling and where to find stories. This will start you on your way to the mic at Stories Aloud or a family reunion or a gathering of friends. We look forward to hearing your stories!

Please register by May 20, 2018 to reserve your place at the workshop.


2018 March World Storytelling Day Concert

Wise Fools: A World Storytelling Day Concert
March 2018

Saturday, March 24, 2018, 8pm

Ages 17+
Tickets: $15. Door is cash only.


Workshop: The Art and Pleasure of telling Family Stories, With Celia Lottridge
May 2018

2018 May Workshop Poster

Sunday, Sunday, May 6, 2018, 12:30 – 3:30pm

Join renowned storyteller and writer Celia Lottridge to explore family stories.   The focus will be on imagining and shaping the story to make it a story an audience will enjoy.  Participants are encouraged to come with a potential story of two already in mind. Fee is $45.

Please register by April 20, 2018 to reserve your place at the workshop.

Celia Barker Lottridge is a writer and storyteller who has written several highly acclaimed award winning children’s books inspired by family stories, including Ticket to CurlewWings To Fly, and Home is Beyond the Mountains.  Celia has based many of her stories –both written and told on family stories.  She recorded CDs for the StorySave Program for SCCC. (Storytellers of Canada/Conteur Canada).

Stories Aloud 2017-2018:
Monthly Open Mic Storytelling for Adults

2017-2018 Stories Aloud Rack Card BackSecond Friday of every month, September through June, 8:00. Doors open at 7:30.

It’s the Story Barn experience in a new venue with the same open storytelling charm.

Bring along $5 and a mug for hot apple cider. Stories begin at 8pm. You are welcome to come to listen, but if our story charm should work its magic, you are welcome to share a tale.

Button Factory Arts
25 Regina St. South, Waterloo

Playing Inside Story: A Workshop with Bob Barton
Oct 2017

2017 Fall Workshop PosterSunday, October 22, 2017, 12:30 – 3:30
Button Factory Arts
Fee: $45.00

In this active workshop we will explore the possibilities for deepening our understanding of a tale, and bringing it to life with a strong sense of place and intention.

To register contact :
*Register by October 10, 2017 to reserve your place

Storytellers’ Guild: Developing the Art and Craft of Storytelling
2017-2018 Season

Fourth Friday of every month, September through June, 7:30. Annual dues and membership. Our tellers have a wide range of experience. We practice telling, learn about the art, prepare concerts, and share information about storytelling events. We also have potlucks.

Contact Us for information.


DIARY — Members and Friends 2016-2017

The Story Circle:
A Workshop Experience with Bob Tadman
May 2017

An Introductory Workshop for those who want to learn about the Art of Oral Storytelling, hosted by the Burlington Storytellers Guild.

Saturday, May 6th, 2017, 9:15 to 4:00
The Brant Hills Branch of the Burlington Public Library
2255 Brant Street, Burlington, Ontario

WordFest Open MiWordFest Elora FB Eventc Night
April 2017

Elora Centre for the Arts
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Doors open at 7pm, starts at 7:30.
75 Melville Street Elora, ON.

Burlington Storytellers’ Guild Presents:
For the Love of…
Feb 2017

RSVP 905-639-0925
A Different Drummer Books
Sunday, February 9, 2017
Details in 2017 For the Love of… Attachment

Story Night at MonigraM Coffee Roasters Cafe in Cambridge
2016-2017 Season

September through May each 3rd Friday



Toronto Storytelling Festival
2017 Season

March 24-April 2, 2017


DIARY — Guild Events 2016-2017 Archive

The Journey of the Storyteller
June 2017


A Workshop with Marylyn Peringer

Click on the poster for more details.

This workshop is suitable for all levels.

Come prepared to share an event, a moment, a person, or a story that has been a signpost on your way as a storyteller. We anticipate a rich conversation with opportunities to consider our strengths, where they have come from, and what directions they will take us in the future!

Introduction to Storytelling
Guided by Gwen McCutcheon and Anne Busby
May 2017

Sunday, Sunday, May 28, 2017, 1:30 – 4:00

Are you interested in learning to tell stories? This workshop will cover the meaning of oral tradition; what makes a good story; exercises in telling and where to find stories. This will start you on your way to the mike at Stories Aloud or a family reunion or a gathering of friends. We look forward to hearing your stories!


Metamorphoses: Tales of Transformation
(World Storytelling Day Concert)
March 2017

Presented by the Baden Storytellers’ Guild
A Concert in Celebration of World Storytelling Day
Ages 17+
Tickets: $15.00 (cash only please)
Honouring Founding Teller, Mary-Eileen McClear


Bringing History to Life
with Mary-Eileen McClear
Nov 2016

Full Size Poster

Do people and events of the past intrigue you? Are you a storyteller, a writer, or simply a lover of history? If so, Join Mary-Eileen McClear as she shares her methods for finding, crafting, and telling historical stories. Expect to explore ways to peer into the past and bring it to life in an authentic, engaging way.

Mary-Eileen McClear, a storyteller for more than 30 years, is the founder of the Baden Storytellers’ Guild and The Story Barn. She takes delight in ferreting out stories based on real people in times past.

DIARY — Members and Friends 2016

Friday, May 20, 2016, 6:30-8:30
MonigraM Coffee Roasters
16 Ainslie Street South, Cambridge, Ontario
$5 cover

This month features
Bernadette Rule (Ryan) of Dundas back again, thank goodness!
Jean Ryan (no relation) of Hamilton, at Fresh for the first time, finally!
both of whom are stellar tellers who will delight you!As usual, $5 cover – come easy to ensure a seat in our small venue.
Please bring your listening ears, and a story to share if you wish.
We thank the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund for their generous support.Please share this message and flyer with anyone you think might enjoy this, too.This coming Friday I will not be available; Brenda Byers, storyteller from Burlington, will host the evening.
Carol Leigh Wehking
Artistic Director, FRESH Stories

If you don’t know the trees, you might get lost in the forest. If you don’t know the stories, you might get lost in life. — Siberian elder

DIARY—Members and Friends—2015 July through December

July and August, Friday mornings 10:30, 2015
Storytelling at the Guelph Enabling Garden
with the Guelph Guild of Storytellers

Join us for our 10th season of stories by the river. We have a special lineup of guests this year. Bring a chair if you can. All ages. Younger listeners can sit by the edge if they need to wiggle.

September through December, Monthly each 3rd Friday, 2015
FRESH Stories in Cambridge (Moved!!)

6:30 – 8:30 pm – note earlier start and finish.
$5 cover (best entertainment bargain in town!)
16 Ainslie Street South, Cambridge
Bring your ears, your friends, your stories.

Friday, October 2, 2015
Watch the National Storytelling Festival Livestream!

Can’t make it to this year’s National Storytelling Festival? We’ve got you covered. On Friday, October 2nd, we’re streaming video live from our Family Tent so you can join us in Jonesborough from wherever you happen to be.

The live broadcast of family-friendly storytelling will run all day, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Whether you want to throw a viewing party, check in on your phone during lunch, or binge watch the whole thing from the comfort of your couch, our master storytellers are here for you (and your friends and your family and your colleagues and your students and…well, you get the idea).

It’s easy, it’s entertaining, and it’s free! Just visit https://livestream.com/accounts/323851/storyfest any time during the livestream on Friday, October 2nd. You can also use the hashtag #storyfest on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to connect with our audience in Jonesborough and other people tuning in from around the globe.

For more information, including a complete schedule of performers, please click here.

The National Storytelling Festival livestream has been made possible thanks to the generosity of the Niswonger Foundation. The Family Tent is sponsored by Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort.

Wed. Oct. 21st, 2015 at 7 pm
Book Launch : Brought to Light: More Stories of Forgotten Women

This is a reminder that the sequel to In the Wings, which is entitled Brought to Light: More Stories of Forgotten Women, is being launched Wed. Oct. 21st at 7 pm at the Carnegie Gallery in Dundas (please see the attached poster).  This book is also edited by Bernadette Rule.

It would be wonderful to see you there.  Many of the writers will be there to present their forgotten women.  I have a story of Catharine Coffin (of the Underground Rail Road) in this book, and will be one of the readers.

I hope you can join us for what I know will be a fascinating evening.

Please share this with anyone you think might be interested.  All are welcome.

Carol Leigh Wehking

Thurs., Oct. 29, 2015, 7 p.m.
The History of Charming/Folk Traditions in Waterloo County
Castle Kilbride, Baden
Folklore lovers!  Meet social historian Joanna Rickert-Hall and learn about a well-known 19th century Waterloo County Mennonite who had the ability to perform healing acts that were beyond the normal scope of medical science. Castle Kilbride in Baden, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. Pre-registration required. $15.


You wanted to know about the November 14th, 2015 workshop, Developing Stories

Developing Stories for Telling with Bob Tadman

What this workshop is about?

In this workshop, we will explore together ways in which we can effectively develop stories for telling. In the true spirit of “workshoping,” our learning will be highly interactive and “hands on”. Some of the learning goals will include:

  • Choosing the “right” story ~ or, stories that choose you!
  • Plugging in to the power of your story ~ understanding a Story’s Flux Capacitor
  • Tools for the Teller ~ Structure, conventions and common senses

What do you need to bring?

Participants will need to bring their inner child, passion, curiosity, questions and invaluable experience.


To register for the workshop:

Cost is $40 in advance ($45 at the door). Space is limited so please
register early with Derek. Payment appreciated by November 3rd

Contact Derek Brisland, with ‘Workshop’ in the subject line: foxtales@rogers.com, and let him know you want to participate. Then mail your cheque (to “Baden Storytellers’ Guild”) to:

Baden Storytellers’ Guild,
c/o Derek Brisland,
167 Golflinks Drive,
Baden, ON N3A 3N8

DIARY Baden Storytellers present Bob Tadman for a workshop: Developing Stories, November 2015


Developing Stories” with Bob Tadman
Bob Tadman has been a storyteller for over forty years. He has provided workshops and courses for tellers at all ages and experience, including York University’s The Art of Storytelling. Bob has a wide repertoire of Folk Stories, Legends, Biblical Stories and Tall Tales, but he especially loves sharing Experience Stories for the way they ignite storytelling in others. A retired teacher and principal, Bob is passionate about creating connections and community through storytelling.
Saturday, November 14, 2015, 9 a.m. – 12 noon
At: The Button Factory, 25 Regina St. South, Waterloo, Ontario.

To register, email Derek Brisland at foxtales@rogers.com

Payment: $40 by cheque before Nov 3rd made out to Baden Storytellers Guild, $45 at the door. Space is limited so act soon if you want to participate in this workshop.

Mail cheques to Baden Storytellers Guild,

c/o Derek Brisland,

167 Golflinks Drive, Baden, Ontario N3A 3N8

DIARY—Members and Friends— Winter and Spring 2015


FRESH Stories
Monthly each 3rd Friday
Live Storytelling at MonigraM Coffee Roasters
16 Ainslie St. S., Cambridge

CHANGE OF VENUE! Thank goodness Monica Braun of MonigraM Coffee Roasters has stepped up to the plate and offered a new venue for FRESH STORIES.

Dear Friends of Storytelling,

This month; this Friday, in fact, June 19, 2015, Fresh Stories will not be celebrating stories at MonigraM Coffee Roasters, as we have chosen instead to join in celebrating many other arts here in Cambridge during the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts. (Now isn’t that a cool thing? Our Mayor Doug Craig does this every year, to bring the arts to the fore here in little hockey town Cambridge – a day set aside to celebrate arts in general and specifically, including culinary arts.) Storytelling will resume in July.

On July 17, 2015, Fresh Stories will again take place at MonigraM Coffee Roasters, 16 Ainslie St S, Cambridge, at a new, earlier time: 6:30 to 8:00. July features the multi-talented Bernadette Rule from Dundas, Ontario – I’m hoping she will tell the story of French Toast, among others!

Then on August 21, 2015, Cambridge’s own Michelle Braniff, recent Artist-in-Residence, and master of several art forms, who had been scheduled for June, will regale us with stories; I’m hoping the story of Daddy’s coat tails in Canadian Tire will be included.

Latitudes Storytelling Festival
Summer Lights Festival, Kitchener
June 20, 2015
2015 Festival
in partnership with Neruda Arts’ Kultrún World Music Festival
July 11-12

Latitudes Storytelling Festival’s turning 10 this year! Come find us at Summer Lights Festival in Kitchener on June 20, as Brad Woods and Tina Grinberg (TBC) tell stories in intimate settings in downtown Kitchener.

Make sure you’re around for the 2015 festival, which will be held in partnership with Neruda Arts’ Kultrún World Music Festival on July 11-12 in Victoria Park, Kitchener. We’re proud to celebrate this milestone with Neruda at Kultrún!

Confirmed performers include Candy Royalle (Australia), D’bi Young (Toronto), Jay Wilson of Pandora’s Sox, Stand Up for Mental Health comedy troupe, and the KW Poetry Slam. The festival is free, as always, and the hours are noon-6 p.m.

We are looking for storytellers, particularly for the children’s venue. If interested, please contact Meg Leslie at info@latitudesfestival.com.

Other ways to connect with us:

Tea and Tales, 2015
Enabling Garden, Guelph
Friday mornings, Summer

The Guelph Guild of Storytellers is once again partnering with the Enabling Gardento present a summer of storytelling. The one-hour programme, commencing July 3 and continuing until August 28 will consist of nine Friday morning performances by local and invited tellers, as well as several local musicians. The sessions, held at the Garden in riverside Park, run from 10:30 am until 11:30 am.

Guelph Guild of Storytellers Monthly Show and Open Mic, 2015
The Bookshelf, Guelph
Second Wednesday of each month.

The Guelph Guild of Storytellers tells on the second Wednesday each month from 7:00 pm to 8:30 at the intimate, book-lined Community Den on the ground floor of The Bookshelf. Plenty of on-street and lot parking, and a year-round schedule. Audience and tellers welcome. Please contact us first if your story is over 10 minutes.

DIARY—Members and Friends—Sept-Dec 2014

—————For more events in Ontario, see the calendar at Storytellers of Canada – Conteurs For more events in Ontario, see the calendar at Storytellers of Canada – Conteurs du Canada.du Canada.

2014 Wordfest OctoberWordfest Elora Open Mic Night
Elora Centre for the Arts
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Featuring Brad Smith (Author of the ‘Virgil Cain’ Trilogy) and Sonia Day (Author of ‘Deer Eyes’).
Please call 519-846-9698 to be on the readers’ list.

A Dah and A Night, Hespeler Village, Art meets Music
August 23, Storytelling at 1:30 pm.

Michele Braniff will be part of A Day and A Night, A Day & A Night in Hespeler Village, Art meets Music on August 23rd with storytelling at 1:30 pm at the Cenotaph beside the Hespeler Heritage Centre. See the Event posted at Michele Braniff Gallery