Toronto Storytelling Festival | StoryJam!
Sunday, March 25Free
From 11am until 5pm, the Toronto Reference Library will come alive with storytelling at the Toronto Storytelling Festival’s StoryJam!
A day of great family storytelling, with folktales from around the world, an African Riddle Contest, international guests, Indigenous creation tales, and lots of storytelling activities throughout the Toronto Reference Library
Stories with Roots and Wings | 6yrs+
1-1:45pm | Four great children’s storytellers from Mariposa in the Schools bring their favourite traditional tales and songs from Jamaica, West Africa, Trinidad, Quebec, and around the world. Featuring Njacko Backo, Rita Cox, Sandra Whiting, and Marylyn Peringer. Co-produced with Mariposa in the Schools.
2-3pm | Four great children’s storytellers from Mariposa in the Schools bring their favourite traditional tales and songs from Jamaica, West Africa, Trinidad, Quebec, and around the world. Featuring Njacko Backo, Rita Cox, Sandra Whiting, and Marylyn Peringer. Co-produced with Mariposa in the Schools.
Teddy Bear Picnic | young children
11-12pm | Children are invited to bring their teddy bears for a rollicking time with storytellers Sally Jaeger, Carol Ashton, Mariella Bertelli. Co-produced with Mariposa in the Schools.
The Shipmates of Captain McCow | 8yrs+
2-2:45pm | Dutch storyteller Eric Borrias brings a hilarious, thrilling tale about a boy at sea.
The Folktale Project | 6yrs+
2-3pm | The Folktale Project is an exciting initiative at Toronto District School Board, with ESL and classroom teachers encouraging refugee and immigrant students to collect and tell folktales heard from their parents and grandparents. The kids were a huge hit at the 2017 festival, and we’re thrilled to welcome our youngest storytellers back. Hosted by Folktale Project founder/coordinator and TDSB teacher Hugh Cotton.
The Story of Flann | 8yrs+
3:30-4:15pm | Calling all comic book fans, Potterheads and storylovers! Storyteller Hugh Cotton invites you to step into a world of fantasy and adventure. Imprisoned by witches and giants; aided by wise-women, weasels, and princes; attacked by Cock-a-trice, wolves and enchanters – join The Gilly of the Goatskin as he follows his destiny and finds out his true identity.
Tales from the New Silk Road | All ages
12-1pm | Join us for multi-lingual stories from South America, the Middle East, Eritrea, Croatia, Europe, and Ethiopia. Featuring storytellers from the Parent Child Mother Goose Program: Ruth Danziger, Maria Ordonez, Leeya Solomon, and Sarah Abusarar.
Telling Stories to Your Children, a workshop for parents and grandparents | Adults
1:15-2:15pm | Celia Lottridge, renowned children’s book author and storyteller, leads an informal workshop for parents and grandparents who need great stories for bedtime, long car rides, camping trips, and family occasions. Her award-winning collection Ten Small Tales will be available for sale.
Throughout the day, there will be activities on hand for children of all ages including:
Facepainting with the amazing Ilyan Balicki.
A Creativity Workshop with Kensington Market’s legendary Red Pepper Spectacle Arts. Make story-related figures, objects, buttons, and banners.
This is a FREE event in celebration of storytelling!