Ontario's busy capital is home to many annual festivals. Storytelling is no exception. This long-running tradition so rich in history has, in the past, been enjoyed by both young and old. It has certainly made a place for itself in the big city. Read on to learn more about the Toronto Storytelling Festival (TSF) and why you may want to clear your calendar to attend (it begins Friday!).
The TSF was launched in 1979. With small beginnings, it has since grown to become one of North America's largest celebrations of storytelling, both traditional and contemporary. In its first year, the Festival was held on April 1st and storytellers welcomed the Spring season with their intriguing tales. Since then, by tradition, it has continued to occupy this same time every year.
The TSF begins March 28th to 29th with Storyfire, which consists of a series of storytelling held at various city venues. March 30th will follow with the family and adult storytelling at the Gladstone Hotel. April 3rd will see a Storytellers' Symposium as well as the annual Lahmer Lecture. This is being undertaken by Jack Zipes at the Lillian H. Smith Library with readings by Richard Wagamese at the Toronto Reference Library.
On Friday, April 4th, workshops will be held on the topics of “Playback Theatre”, “Neighbourhood Bridges”, “Oral History” and “Praise-Songs”. That evening there will be a book party celebrating recently-published works by storytellers and 1001 Friday Nights at the Festival.
April 5th to 6th will feature many international storytellers, including Tololwa Mollel, Madeline Fox, Hugh Lupton, Bonnie Logan and Anita Best. They will be participating in events like Saturday Afternoon Storytelling, Sunday Storytelling Brunch and more (see the Festival website for a full schedule).
Date, Times and Tickets
This festival begins on Friday, March 28th and runs until Sunday, April 6th, 2014. Timing varies according to scheduled events. A weekend pass is available online for April 5th and 6th for $62.49. Individual tickets, ranging in price from $5.00 to $25.00, are available for those who wish to attend one, or several, specific events. Workshops, held with professionals, range in price from $40.00 to $120.00.
Funders, Supporters and Partners
The TSF could not happen without the support, partnership and assistance of a number of city organizations. This year's funders include the Toronto Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Canadian Heritage.
Some of the festival's partners and supporters include Daniels, Artscape, the Art Gallery of Ontario, ArtHeart Community Art Centre, the Gladstone Hotel, the Toronto Public Library, Prologue, the Japan Foundation, Red Pepper Spectacle Arts, Toronto Community Housing, Regent Park Community Health Centre and many more.
Thursday, 27th March 2014, 09:22pm.