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TD StoryJam Family Storytelling Day

Sunday, March 24 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Mark your calendar for March 24th!

The Toronto Storytelling Festival is taking over the Toronto Reference Library for a full day of free family storytelling, with folktales from around the world, national and international guests, and lots of storytelling activities throughout the Toronto Reference Library.

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Drop by anytime to participate in ongoing activities on the main floor:

  • Face painting: The amazing Ilyan Balicki returns to the festival with his face-paint artistry.
  • Creative Workshop: Kensington Market’s legendary Red Pepper Spectacle Arts invites you to make story-related figures, objects, buttons, and banners.
  • African Riddle Contest: Come and swap your favourite riddles with Moyo Mutamba, a storyteller and mbira-player from Zimbabwe, and his riddle-master son Kuda.
  • José Brown Designs: José is a clothing designer and appliqué artist. Her work is unique, one of a kind wearable art. Her designs are a blend of colours, patterns and images that have meaning. Each garment has a story to tell.

Head over to the TD Gallery or join the audience in the Atrium for amazing storytellers from many nations:

  • 11 am-12 pm: Teddy Bear Picnic. Children are invited to bring their teddy bears for a rollicking time with storytellers Sally Jaeger, Carol Ashton and Mariella Bertelli.
  • 12-1 pm: Just Enuff. Storytellers who also work with the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program tell stories they love. With Sarah Abusarar, Ruth Danziger, Lynda Howes, Leeya Solomon and Megan Williams.
  • 12:30-1:15 pm: Old English Stories with Hugh Cotton; tales of enormous boars, walking trees, wood spirits and idle good-for-nothings.
  • 1-1:30 pm: Wee Folk Tales from Scotland and Ireland with Donald Smith.
  • 1:30-2pm: Scottish Traveller Tales from around the campfire with Jess Smith.
  • 1:30-2 pm: Stories from the Yukon with Sharon Shorty.
  • 2-2:30 pm: Traditional Tales from India with Peter Chand.
  • 2:15-2:45 pm: First Nations Stories with Ron Evans.
  • 2:30-3 pm: Highland Myths and Legends from Scotland with Seoras Macpherson.
  • 3-3:30 pm: French Canadian Folktales with Marylyn Peringer & Favourite Tales from the Storytent with Donna Dudinsky
  • 3:30-4 pm: Stories from the Yukon with Sharon Shorty.

The Little Paper is very proud to partner with the Toronto Storytelling Festival to help bring families to this wonderful, international free event!

A vibrant part of the Toronto Storytelling Festival – find all the storytelling events for young families right here!


Sunday, March 24
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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All ages