CALL for proposals for the 2015 Toronto Storytelling Festival
I’d like to let you know about two (2) performance opportunities for GTA-based storytellers at the 2015 Toronto Storytelling Festival.
1) Storyfire, March 20 – 21
This program celebrates the riches of our local storytelling community, with storytellers bringing self-produced shows, in venues of their choice, to the festival.
In 2014, there were Storyfire performances in galleries, libraries, cafes, museums, and the Japan Foundation. The total audience was close to 500, with many people coming to a storytelling event for the first time.
In 2015 Friday, March 20 is World Storytelling Day, and I invite individual tellers and storytelling ensembles to consider running events that evening and in the morning/afternoon of Saturday, March 21.
The Festival will: publicize your performance, list your event on the Festival site, provide artistic support (if asked), and comp you to the Festival brunch on Sunday, March 29. Storytelling Toronto may also be able to help you raise money from your venue/partner by using our status as a registered charity. It is your choice whether to charge for your event, pass a hat, or offer your storytelling for free. You keep your own box office sales or cash-in-the-hat donations.
Storyfire is an unjuried program, with the goal of encouraging high participation by GTA-based professional and recreational storytellers. Please send a description of your event, including:
- Venue (wheelchair-access is ideal);
- Bio(s) and digitized photo(s) (minimum 1024 x 768 pixels);
- For ensembles, contact information for a designated lead artist/producer;
- Full details of location, time, venue/partner (including logos), recommended audience, ticketing/reservation process (if applicable).
Deadline: January 15, 2015.
IF YOU OR YOUR STORYTELLING GROUP WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS THE STORYFIRE PROGRAM, PLEASE WRITE TO: email@example.com.
2) Festival Storytelling on Sunday, March 22
I am choosing, with co-curators Celia Lottridge and Donna Dudinsky, storytelling performances for adults and young people in the afternoon and evening of Sunday, March 22 (tentative location: the Gladstone Hotel at Dufferin and Queen). We are looking for proposals for solo tellings between 15 – 30 minutes and ensemble performances up to 55 minutes. The Festival will be offering honoraria based on the Canada Council for the Arts recommended rates for solo, duo, and ensemble performances at literary festivals. Storytellers are welcome to propose more than one performance.
Proposals must include:
- A short description of the story/stories, including title and intended audience (e.g. general family, adult);
- Short bio(s) and digitized photo(s) (minimum 1024 x 768 pixels);
- For ensembles, contact information for a designated lead artist.
- As well as the above program for adults and young people, the festival is partnering with Storytellers for Children to produce a program for family audiences, also on March 22 (location to be determined). To be considered for this program, please send us
- A short description of the story or stories you’d like to offer, including title, length (15-30 minutes for solo tellers, ensembles up to 55 minutes), and a note on the age range of your intended listeners;
- Short bio(s) and digitized photo(s) (minimum 1024 x 768 pixels).
Deadline: October 15, 2014.
On the second weekend, March 27-29, the Festival will hand the Talking Stick to a number of storytellers from away, among them (tentatively) Ababa Tesfaye (Ethiopia), Elizabeth Laird (England), Emma Donoghue, Ron Evans, Arthur Frank, Jean-Pierre Makosso (Congo/BC), Regina Machado (Brazil), Sergio Pererê (Brazil), Richard Wagamese, Joan Bailey, Columpa Bobb, Michael Parent, as well as invited local artists.
The Festival will also be offering a Storytellers’ Camp from Tuesday, March 24 – Friday, March 27. The camp will include workshops, field trips, and storytelling salons. Look for more information on these opportunities and on registering for them on the Festival website in the fall.
The Toronto Storytelling Festival, at thirty-seven years, is still very much a work-in-progress. Your ideas, observations, and suggestions are most welcome as we try to shape a celebration that builds new audiences, welcomes new and emerging voices, honors our elders, discovers storytellers at the most grassroots and neighbourhood level, and brings the world’s greatest storytelling artists to Toronto to share our “speakable” feast.
PLEASE SEND YOUR PROPOSALS FOR STORYFIRE OR FESTIVAL STORYTELLING TO
firstname.lastname@example.org WITH SUBJECT LINE: festival proposal
We look forward to hearing from you.
Director, 2015 Toronto Storytelling Festival