Festival

Poster design by Graham BlairThis year’s Storytelling Festival will be held
Friday, October 3 – Friday, October 10th, 2014.

Bios of Storytellers, hosts and musicians are posted here.

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE – 2014

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2nd
PRE-FESTIVAL BOOK LAUNCH!
Jack, the King of Ashes by Andy Jones,
and published by Running the Goat Books and Broadsides
From 5 – 7 PM
Before the Festival begins, join Andy Jones and Running the Goat Press for the launch of Andy’s newest Jack tale – Jack, the King of Ashes.   “Jack is a robber, and he’s about to make away with your heart!” ~ Lisa Moore, author of Caught and February.
There will be treats, tunes from Emilia Bartellas and Aaron Collis, and of course, a reading by Andy.
Where: LSPU Hall – Cox and Palmer Second Space – 3 Victoria Street

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3rd
8 PM
GRAND OPENING CONCERT
Where: Signal Hill Interpretation Centre  $12/$8
We launch the festival proper from Signal Hill – looking outward across the ocean to Ireland, and back down to our beautiful island, and onward toward the Mainland. It will be a wonderful evening of tales and songs from acclaimed storytellers and singers – Jan Andrews (Ontario), Jack Lynch (Ireland), Bev Kane (Renews, NL), Ellen Power (St. John’s), and Andy Jones (St. John’s).
Admission: $12 –  Adults and $8 – Over 65 or under 18

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4th
11AM – Noon
TALES IN THE TENT
Sample some stories in our tent at the St. John’s Farmers’ Market. Featuring local tellers Stella Mair Evans, Chris Brookes and Gary Green.
Where: Lions Club – Bonaventure Avenue, St. John’s
Admission: Free

1 – 4 PM
STORYTELLING WORKSHOP: Putting Your Personal Stamp On Traditional Tales with Bob Barton
Where: Rocket Bakery Performance Space – 3rd Floor, 272 Water Street
Carefully crafted retellings, as opposed to rehashings, demand that the storyteller, care for and give proper weight to each character and action. In this workshop we will probe the delicate tension between reproduction and invention using a familiar traditional story. By means of physical theatre and role play we will pop out of the linear to explore themes, extend meanings and create opportunities to hear the nuances and intonations of different.
Admission: $25
Please preregister at: storytellingstjohns@gmail.com – space is limited.

2 PM
A STORYWALK IN MUN BOTANICAL GARDEN
The beautiful MUN Botanical Garden is home to all kinds of stories. Stroll along with us as with Jack Lynch and Caitriona Ni Chonaola (both of Ireland), and Catherine Wright and Tony Power (of Newfoundland) tell tales of nature’s magic and enduring power.
Cost: included with admission to the MUN Botanical Garden

8 PM
SIX MINUTE SATURDAY
A cabaret of stories, music and song featuring: Jean Hewson (Host), Dave Paddon, Charis Cotter, Gerry Curnew, Tony Power, Eleanor Dawson and Jim Thomson. A fast-paced cabaret of stories, songs, and recitations, hosted by the wickedly funny Jean Hewson and featuring performers seasoned and new – Dave Paddon, Charis Cotter, Gerry Curnew, Tony Power, Eleanor Dawson, and Jim Thomson.  Fabulous musician Ilia Nicoll rounds out the roster of what will be an unforgettable night!
Where: Rocket Bakery Performance Space – 3rd Floor, 272 Water Street
Admission: $12 –  Adults and $8 – Over 65 or under 18

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5th
2:00 PM
FAMILY FUN DAY
Bob Barton tells stories for all ages and from many traditions. Join him for an hour of stories that kids of any age can enjoy.
Where: The Rooms
Tickets: $5 available at The Rooms

2 PM
CONCERT in TORS COVE
Margaret Bennett (Scotland) and Jack Lynch (Ireland) bring tales of their homelands to beautiful Tors Cove and the intimate surroundings of the Five Island Art Gallery. The perfect excuse (did you need one?) to head up the Shore for an afternoon.
Where: Five Islands Art Gallery, Tors Cove
Admission: $12 Adults, and $8 over 65 or under 18

MONDAY, OCTOBER 6th
EVENING HOUSE CONCERT
Andy Jones is one of Newfoundland’s finest storytellers & Margaret Bennett is said to embody the spirit of Scotland. An evening spent with the two of them is sure to be sheer magic! Don’t miss your chance to share in this special night, held in a private home, with complimentary desserts. SORRY, THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

STORYTELLING AT ADMIRALTY HOUSE
7 PM
Nausicaa and Penelope: Two Women of The Odyssey – Jan Andrews (Ontario) shares stories of two of the women of Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey in this early evening event, hosted by the Association for the Arts in Mount Pearl.
Admission: Free

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7th
7 PM
YOUNG VOICES, NEW STORIES
Storytelling performances from the young and emerging storytellers in our midst.
Where: Rocket Bakery Performance Space – 3rd Floor, 272 Water Street
Admission: $5

EVENING HOUSE CONCERT
Two acclaimed storytellers from two very different traditions – Jack Lynch (Ireland) and Jan Andrews (Ontario); both Jack and Jan have a wealth of stories to draw upon and are consummate performers. Another magical evening of stories and treats in an intimate setting. Book your spot soon.
Tickets will be available at the evening concerts on Friday, October 3rd and Saturday, October 4th, or by email at: storytellingstjohns@gmail.com
Admission: $25

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8th
7 PM
ENGAGING EVENINGS
Margaret Bennett brings stories of Scotland to share in this installment of The Rooms’ popular Engaging Evenings series.
Where: The Rooms

9 PM
STORY SLAM at the SHIP
Host Mack Furlong will have his hands full with this storytelling competition. Each teller gets just 5 minutes to spin a tale of on the theme of “Thanksgiving and/or Gratitude”; audience judges decide which tale they’re most grateful for and the winner walks away with $150. Acclaimed musician Bill Brennan will help Mack keep the evening moving along. Offered in partnership with the Folk Arts Society
Where: The Ship Pub – 265 Duckworth Street
Admission: $5

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9th
2:30 PM
COFFEE AND CULTURE
A relaxed afternoon of craic and stories with Irish storyteller Jack Lynch. Jack is sure to have you laughing and learning. Offered as part of The Rooms’ Coffee & Culture series.
Where: The Rooms
Admission: Included in the price of admission to the Rooms

6:30 PM
A DOWNTOWN STORYWALK
Early evening Storytelling Walk – Within hours of war being declared in September 1939, the first German ship captured in North American waters was seized in Botwood.  A few days later the crew was interred in the Seaman’s Institute on Water Street in St. John’s.  In mid October, the captain escaped.  Based on the available records, the walk will follow a route likely used by the captain.  Your storytelling guide, Gary Green will tell tales related to historic places along the way.
Meet in front of the War Memorial on Water Street.
Cost: Free

8 PM
BOB BARTON PERFORMANCE
One of the co-founders of the Toronto School of Storytelling, Bob is the consummate storyteller.  We’re giving him his own evening to shine as he tells stories of all kinds at the Rocket Room.
Where: Rocket Bakery Performance Space – 3rd Floor, 272 Water Street
Admission: $12 –  Adults and $8 – Over 65 or under 18

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10th
3:30 PM
STORIES AT THE AC HUNTER LIBRARY
Jan Andrews doesn’t just tell very complex stories for older listeners – she has written and told great stories for children as well. On the last day of the festival, she’ll share stories for children of all ages at the AC Hunter Library.
Admission: Free

8 PM
GRAND FINALE CONCERT
This year’s festival ends in style with a concert hosted by Pete Soucy, and featuring Margaret Bennett (Scotland), Bob Barton (Ontario), Mary Fearon (St. John’s), and Tom Dawe (CBS).
Where: Rocket Bakery Performance Space – 3rd Floor, 272 Water Street
Admission: $12 –  Adults and $8 – Over 65 or under 18

Past Festivals

2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004