I’d like to let you know about a performance opportunity for GTA-based storytellers at the 2015 Toronto Storytelling Festival.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE SEND YOUR PROPOSALS
FOR STORYFIRE OR FESTIVAL STORYTELLING TO
WITH SUBJECT LINE: festival proposal
We look forward to hearing from you.
Director, 2015 Toronto Storytelling Festival
The festival celebrates great local storytellers from March 19 – 22. Then we welcome storytellers from across Canada and around the world from March 22 – 29. Our featured storytellers include 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, Leigh-Anne Kehler, Jan Andrews, Michael Parent, as well as invited local artists.
The Festival will also be offering our first-ever Storytellers’ Camp from Wednesday, March 25 – Friday, March 27. The camp is led by internationally-renowned storyteller Bob Barton, Brazilian storyteller/arts educator Regina Machado, and dancer/teller Nicole Fougère. Each day is packed with creative explorations of storytelling, oral history, social justice, First Nations traditions, and much more. Presenters include Katherine Govier (The Shoe Project), Arthur Frank (Letting Stories Breathe), Dinny Biggs (Village of Storytellers: Regent Park), Jean-Pierre Makosso, Michael Parent, Jo Radner, Sage Tyrtle, Ron Evans, Richard Wagamese.
The festival is proud to partner with Aga Khan Museum, Ismaili Centre, YWCA, Native Earth Performing Arts, Toronto Public Library, Daniels Corporation, Toronto Community Housing, Central Neighbourhood House, Regent Park Community Health Centre, and Paintbox Bistro.
We thank our supporters: City of Toronto through Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage.