With spring upon us, it's time to start another year of storytelling festivals across the country. The first of those events is The Toronto Storytelling Festival, one of the oldest storytelling festivals in the world. The 34th annual festival officially launches this Thursday March 29th, with events continuing through Monday April 2nd.
The theme of this year's Festival is "Celebrating Canadian Identity", and the stories will focus on the experiences of Canadians from diverse backgrounds. Traditional First Nations oral traditions will be represented - Robert Seven Crows will tell "Stories from the Wabanaki Pipe" at 10:00 am on Saturday Mach 31st at Koffler House. A broad range of storytellers will speak at "1001 Friday Nights at the Festival" - a continuation of a weekly tradition that's been going on continuously since 1979, and which gave rise to the Festival itself - on Friday from 7:30-10:00 pm at Friends House on Lowther Avenue. And a group of storytellers will talk being queer, Canadian-style at "Queers In Your Ears", Saturday at 1:00 pm in the Brigantine Room at Harbourfront Centre.
For a full list of events, check out the Toronto Storytelling Festival site right here.
Of course, the Toronto Festival is only one of many storytelling festivals across Canada that take place throughout the year. If you're looking for a chance to hear and share great tales, there might be an event coming up near you. Here's a list of some of the Festivals that are coming up this year:
Vancouver, BC - Vancouver 19th International Storytelling Festival - June 8th-10th, 2012
Kitchener, ON - Latitudes Storytelling Festival - June 23rd-24th, 2012
Natashquan, QC - Festival du conte et de la legend de l'Innucadie - July 4th-8th, 2012
Edmonton, AB - The TALES Fort Edmonton Park Storytelling Festival - September 2nd-3rd, 2012
Ottawa, ON - Ottawa International Storytelling Festival - November 15th-18th, 2012