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2018 Toronto Storytelling Festival Pass

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The Festival Pass for the 2018 Toronto Storytelling Festival grants 7 days of the best of stories from around the world and from our own backyard. The Festival Pass is the only way to guarantee that you'll be able to see these amazing shows at this year's festival! The Festival Pass includes guaranteed** admission to the following ticketed and free performances. (Please note: The Pass doesn't include events taking place on the festival opening weekend, March 2-4. or the ROM Fridays Live program on March 23). The Festival Pass includes the following shows (for more detailed program and schedule information, please visit www.torontostorytellingfestival.ca).

  • March 19 - 23: International Storytelling Talk – Daily lunch-hour storytalks at A Different Booklist Cultural Centre
  • March 20: When Strangers Come Knocking at the Door: stories of arrival and hospitality, at Alliance Française
  • March 21: Minwaajimo: Indigenous Storytelling Gathering, at Native Canadian Centre Toronto
  • March 22 (choose 1 of 4): Susie & Charlie’s 2-Spirit Church Street Tour, at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre; A Letter to the King, at Dutch Dreams Ice Cream; Stories and Music from Southern Africa, at A Different Booklist Cultural Centre; or Stories to Open the Heart, at Ismaili Centre Toronto
  • March 23 (choose 1 of 2): 1001 Friday Nights at the Festival, at Artscape Wychwood Barns; or What a Beautiful Road, at Congregation Habonim
  • March 24: Storytelling at the Barns, at Artscape Wychwood Barns; (choose 1 of 2) Eric Borrias tells Ice Cream Stories, at Dutch Dreams or Sahand Sahebdivani tells Persian folktales at Queen of Persia Restaurant; and Storytellers in Concert, at Artscape Wychwood Barns
  • March 25: Story Jam, at Toronto Reference Library



Monday March 19

Time: 12:00 PM –1:30 PM

Location: A Different Booklist Cultural Centre

Address: 777 Bathurst St.

Title: International Storytalk: Title: Back-to-Front and Upside Down

Description: Judith Liberman (Turkey) and Aubrey Davis (Toronto) swap tales of the wisest fool who never lived. Nasrudin is the greatest and most intriguing folklore figure in any Eastern land. Could his wise-and-foolish, back-to-front life help us see ourselves and our upside down world in a more truthful way? Festival Ambassador Itah Sadu and Festival Director Dan Yashinsky open with a special welcome.

Accessible: Yes

Audience: Adult


Tuesday March 20

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Location: A Different Booklist Cultural Centre

Address: 777 Bathurst St.

Title: International Storytalk: Stories of Resilience

Description: From stories of Sobibor concentration camp to a memoir of conflict-torn Iran, two award-winning storytellers from Holland share stories about the resilience of imagination when the unimaginable occurs. With Sahand Sahebdivani and Eric Borrias.

Accessible: Yes

Audience: 14 +

And

Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Location: Spadina Theatre at Alliance Française de Toronto

Address: 24 Spadina Rd.

Title: When Strangers Come Knocking at the Door: stories of arrival and hospitality

Description: In a time when some prefer to build walls instead of bridges, Mariella Bertelli has brought together an ensemble of storytellers to explore how we welcome - or not - the strangers who come to our borders, our homes, and our hearts. Featuring Mariella Bertelli, Eric Borrias (Holland), Aubrey Davis, Donna Dudinsky, Judith Liberman (Turkey), Laura Simms (USA), Sage Tyrtle. Music by Marco Cera. Directed by Mariella Bertelli.

Accessible: Yes

Audience: Adult

Producers: Alliance Française de Toronto, Storytelling Toronto


Wednesday March 21

Time: 12:00 - 1:15 PM

Location: A Different Booklist

Address: 777 Bathurst St.

Title: International Storytalk: Storytelling and Social Change

Description: On the anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre in South Africa, two storyteller/activists share their experiences with the power of storytelling to bring about social change. Gcina Mhlophe is a South African storyteller, writer, and activist, and Itah Sadu is a Toronto-based storyteller and advocate/activist.

Accessible: Yes

Audience: 14 +

And

Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Location: Native Canadian Centre of Toronto

Address: 16 Spadina Rd.

Title: Minwaajimo

Description: Gramma Susie and Cash Creek Charlie (Sharon Shorty and Duane Gastant'Aucoin) have come from the Yukon to join Metis storyteller Ron Evans for a night of comedy, creation tales, and impossible-to-predict adventures. In true traditional style, the storytellers won't know what stories they are going to tell until they've met you. Our host is Denise Booth McLeod, from the First Nations comedy troupe Manifest Destiny's Child.

Accessible: Yes

Audience: Family

Producers: Co-presented by Centre for Indigenous Studies, Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, Ciimaan/Kahuawe'ya/Qajaq, and Storytelling Toronto.


Thursday March 22

Time: 12:00 PM –1:15 PM

Location: A Different Booklist Cultural Centre

Address: 777 Bathurst St.

Title: International Storytalk: Dr. Scheherazade - Storytelling in healthcare and community healing

Description: From Scheherazade's 1001 Nights of healing tales to storytelling done in today's hospitals, the storyteller can play an important role in creating solace, understanding, and transformation to individuals and communities. Dan Yashinsky works as the storyteller-in-residence at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, and Laura Simms has brought her storytelling to communities around the world torn by conflict, poverty, and natural disasters.

Accessible: Yes

Audience: 14 +

And (Choose 1 of 4)

Time: 7:30 PM–9:00 PM

Location: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

Address: 12 Alexander St.

Title: Susie & Charlie’s 2-Spirit Church Street Tour

Description: The Tlingit Comedy Duo, Gramma Susie and Cash Creek Charlie (Sharon Shorty and Duane Gastant'Aucoin) are itching to visit Church Street to explore the Rainbow People there. They did a similar tour of Davie Street (Vancouver) for the award-winning Children of the Rainbow production, and now they want to compare notes. Come with them as they celebrate the Pride of being whoever the Creator made you to be...and have some fun and good laughs while you're at it! Gunalcheeshkatsuyeiikwasiteen....thanks and see you later!

Accessible: Yes

Audience: 14 +

Producers: Co-produced by Storytelling Toronto and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

Or

Time: 7:30 PM –8:30 PM

Location: Dutch Dreams

Address: 36 Vaughan Rd.

Title: A Letter to the King

Description: Eric Borrias, one of Holland’s foremost storytellers, brings to life one of the greatest children’s books of all time. This performance will be in Dutch and English.

Accessible: Yes

Audience: 8 +

Producers: Dutch Dreams and Storytelling Toronto

Or

Time: 7:30 PM–9:00 PM

Location: A Different Booklist Cultural Centre

Address: 777 Bathurst St.

Title: Stories and Music from Southern Africa

Description: Toronto’s great Zimbabwean guitarist Tich Maredza joins forces with internationally-renowned South African storyteller Gcina Mhlophe to weave stories and music from Southern Africa.

Accessible: Yes

Audience: 14 +

Producers: Batuki Music Society, A Different Booklist Cultural Centre, Storytelling Toronto

Or

Time: 7:30 PM–9:30 PM

Location: Ismaili Centre Toronto

Address: 49 Wynford Dr.

Title: Stories To Open the Heart

Description: Three virtuoso artists share the stage for a night of storytelling and music. A young Iranian man migrates to Amsterdam and finds stories are his way of finding his place, a French woman takes her love of tales to Anatolia and plants and harvests seeds of stories, a Canadian folksinger delves into the rich world of Turkish folksong and ends up traveling around the world with her music. Sahand Sahebdivani brings stories from his Dutch/Iranian ancestry. Judith Liberman comes from Turkey with traditional folktales. Brenna MacCrimmon is Toronto's own Juno-nominated singer of songs from Turkey and the Balkans.

Accessible: Yes

Audience: 14 +

Producers: Ismaili Centre Toronto, Storytelling Toronto


Friday March 24

Time: 12:00 PM–1:15 PM

Location: A Different Booklist Cultural Centre

Address: 777 Bathurst St.

Title: International Storytalk: Honouring the Elders with Humour

Description: Coming from the Yukon, storytellers and comedians Sharon Shorty and Duane Gastant’Aucoin take us into the world of Gramma Susie and Cash Creek Charlie, elders who offer a wry and hilarious commentary on modern life from the perspective of traditional Yukon wisdom.

Accessible: Yes

Audience: 14 +

And (Choose 1 of 2)

Time: 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Location: Artscape Wychwood Barns

Address: 601 Christie St.

Title: 1001 Friday Nights at the Festival

Description: In collaboration with the Toronto Storytelling Festival, 1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling - North America’s longest-running storytelling series - celebrates our out-of-town storytellers. Featuring Ron Evans, Jamie Oliviero, Sahand Sahebdivani, Sharon Shorty, Duane Gastant’Aucoin, Eric Borrias. Host: Donna Dudinsky. Storytellers’ Song: Howard Kaplan.

Accessible: Yes

Audience: 14 +

Producers: 1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling, Storytelling Toronto

Or

Time: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: Congregation Habonim

Address: 5 Glen Park Ave. (check festival website to confirm location).

Title: What A Beautiful Road

Description: The storytelling is included in the regular Shabbat service. Laura Simms, one of the pioneers of the American storytelling movement, brings two stories to Congregation Habonim. Grandma Ida's Diamond Earrings is a true tale about her Polish grandmother from Poland, framed by the story of Laura's visit to her small city of Lumza. The Beautiful Road is a fairytale from Jewish Kurdish Iraq. Both stories are about beauty and love.

Accessible: Yes

Audience: Adult

Producers: Congregation Habonim, Storytelling Toronto


Saturday March 24

Title: Storytelling at the Barns

Time: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Location: Artscape Wychwood Barns

Address: 601 Christie St.

Title: Storytelling at the Barns

Description: The Artscape Wychwood Barns - a repurposed streetcar repair barn - is one of Toronto’s hidden treasures. Come for a day of great adult and all-ages storytelling, catch the lively farmers’ market, stay for the banquet, and hear an evening concert featuring four of the world’s finest storytellers.

Accessible: Yes

Audience: Daytime - Family, evening - 14 +

Solar Stage Theatre

Title: For Younger Ears

Description: Two of Toronto’s best-known children’s theatre companies join local and international storytellers for a program of highly participatory storytelling for the youngest ears. Older ears welcome, too!

Audience: Family

Time: 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Title: Dutch Storytellers Get Silly

Description: Two of the most animated storytellers in Holland get silly for Toronto’s youngest listeners. Featuring international guests Eric Borrias and Sahand Sahebdivani.

Audience: Very young

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Title: Firefly Tales with Theatre Direct

Description: Since 2013, Theatre Direct has been gathering and dramatizing stories in Kindergarten classrooms all over the city as part of The Firefly Project. Come celebrate the incredible imaginations of young children as selected stories are brought to life by professional actors and a musician in the Firefly Theatre. Co-produced with Theatre Direct.

Audience: Very young

Time: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Title: When We Were Young

Description: We all started as storytellers. Award-winning children’s theatre company Solar Stage presents an ensemble of professional artists performing stories they wrote when they were children. Including writers, actors, directors and other professional theatre artists. Co-produced with Solar Stage.

Audience: Very young

Time: 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM

Title: How the Drum Came to People and other creation stories from around the world

Description: Festival guest Jamie Oliviero and Toronto teller Sashoya Shoya Oya join forces to take listeners on a tour of folktales and creation stories from around the world.

Audience: Very young

And

Time: 7:30 PM ­ 10:30 PM

Title: Storytellers in Concert

Description: The festival brings together storytellers from South Africa, New York, the Yukon, and Toronto in a celebration of the art of storytelling. Featuring: Anna Kerz, Gcina Mhlophe, Laura Simms, Sharon Shorty and Duane Gastant’Aucoin. Host: Dan Yashinsky.

Audience: 14 +

And (Choose 1 of 2)

Time: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Location: Dutch Dreams Ice Cream

Address: 36 Vaughan Rd.

Title: Eric Borrias tells Ice Cream Stories

Description: An intimate and bi-lingual performance by great Dutch storyteller Eric Borrias. Dutch Dreams is one of Toronto’s best-loved ice cream parlors.

Accessible

Or

Time: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Location: Queen of Persia Restaurant

Address: 672 St. Clair Ave. West

Title: Sahand Sahebdivani tells Persian folktales.

Description: Sahand Sahebdivani mixes personal and traditional stories to reflect on his own experience as an immigrant from Iran to Holland. The newly-opened Queen of Persia has quickly become known as one of the city’s finest Persian restaurants.

Accessible

Audience: 14 +


Sunday March 25

Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: Toronto Reference Library

Address: 789 Yonge St.

Title: Story Jam

Description: 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.

Accessible: Yes

Audience: Family

Producers: Toronto Public Library and Storytelling Toronto

Sponsor: TD


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