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1001 Friday Nights at the Festival

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In collaboration with the Toronto Storytelling Festival, 1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling - North America's longest-running storytelling series - celebrates visiting and local tellers. Hosted by Celia Lottridge and featuring Bob Barton, Dan Yashinsky, Stina Fagertun, Louise Profeit-LeBlanc, Ron Evans and Jose Brown. Storytellers song by Howard Kaplan.

Celia Lottridge is a teller of traditional and original stories to adults and children. She is a co-founder of Storytelling Toronto, co-founder and former director of the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program and author of many award-winning children’s books including retellings of folktales and novels based on family stories. Her collection Ten Small Tales is considered by many storytellers to be the finest source of folktales for young children published in Canada.

Since his first appearance at Artpark, Lewiston, New York in 1979, Bob Barton has appeared at storytelling festivals and workshops from Baffin Island in the high Arctic to Tasmania in the South Pacific and from the island of Maui, Hawaii to the Black Forest in Germany.

Dan Yashinsky is a Toronto-based storyteller, writer, and community animator. He is the author of Suddenly They Heard Footsteps and Swimming with Chaucer. He founded the Toronto Storytelling Festival in l979.

Storyteller and singer/songwriter Stina Fagertun was born and raised in Tromsø, Norway. With her rich ancestry of Norwegian, Kven, and Coastal Sámi storytelling traditions, she has been a cultural ambassador for more than 30 years. She won Best Storyteller at the Norwegian Storytelling Festival in 2010 and has been a guest storyteller at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, at Nunavut Sivuniksavut school in Ottawa, and around the world. Stina celebrates with spoken word and song, Arctic folksongs and traditional "joiks.” She tells of the magical landscape of the land of the Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun. Stina takes listeners to the shores of the Arctic Ocean to join the Sami reindeer herders for fantastical stories ranging between land and sea, traditional and contemporary.

Louise Profeit-LeBlanc is an internationally renowned storyteller from the Nacho Nyak Dän First Nation in northern Yukon. Growing up in the small village of Mayo, Louise was nurtured by the traditional stories told by her grandmother Ellen Profeit, a masterful storyteller. The stories held sacred knowledge and were formative for Louise. Many more elders shared their stories with her, and early on Louise dedicated herself to storytelling and to the promotion of Indigenous stories. Louise is Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada’s (SC-CC) 2018 StorySave teller. Her SC-CC recording “Honouring Their Stories” is part of Louise’s ongoing work of protecting and sharing these stories and helping to retain the language, culture, and ancient teachings for future generations.

Ron Evans is the unofficial “Elder” of the Toronto Storytelling Festival. A regular performer and teacher at the festival going back to 1979, he carries the oral traditions of his Metis and Chippewa-Cree ancestries. He rarely chooses his stories ahead of time, since the stories he tells are in response to his listeners. His stories can be hilarious, moving, and life-changing.

Howard Kaplan has been a songwriter for over 40 years, specializing in highly unusual topics (such as frogs, low flush toilets, and quantum physics) and forms (such as rather long ballads) that carry no risk of wide popular success.

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