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Tale of a Town storymobile harvesting history of downtown Sudbury

A media project called The Tale of a Town is travelling across Canada in a mobile recording studio, collecting stories and memories of downtowns across the country.

'We saw a problem that these things were disappearing and nobody was trying to catalogue or record them'

Charles Ketchabaw, the managing director of the Toronto-based theatre and media company behind The Tale of a Town project, in downtown Sudbury with 2-year-old son Zevon. (Marina Von Stackelberg/CBC)

​A storymobile has parked itself in downtown Sudbury.

A media project called The Tale of a Town is travelling across Canada in a mobile recording studio, collecting stories and memories of downtowns across the country.

Charles Ketchabaw, the managing director of the Toronto-based theatre and media company FIXTPOINT which is behind the project, said the goal is to preserve and revive downtowns amidst the degradation of many city cores in Canada. 

"We saw a problem that these things were disappearing and nobody was trying to catalogue, or recall, or record them," he said.

"We pull up on mainstreets big and small and park our little storymobiles and set up some microphones and invite people in to talk about what they remember about their main streets and downtowns."

Tale of a Town producer Katie Swift is gathering stories about downtown Sudbury this week. (Marina Von Stackelberg/CBC)

The storymobile will be in Sudbury all week collecting stories, with some to be presented to the public on May 29, but there's no date or time set for that yet.

The storymobile will then head out to collect stories in North Bay, Cochrane, Timmins, Kirkland Lake and Sault Ste. Marie.

The group will then produce a piece about downtowns of northern Ontario, with a specific focus on Francophone stories in the north. 

After three years of collecting stories, they will be used to make interactive maps, podcasts and plays, all in commemoration of Canada's 150th birthday in 2017. Some of them will be gathered on the Tale of the Town story portal

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