Category Archives: Past Events

PowellsWood Storytelling Festival 2012

Mark your calendars now for the PowellsWood Storytelling Festival 2012. It will be held at PowellsWood in Federal Way, Washington http://www.powellswood.org/a-northwest-garden/ July 13-14. Workshops on Friday, July 13 by Donald Davis and Eth-Noh-Tec. Telling on Saturday by Donald Davis, Eth-noh-tec, … Continue reading

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World Storytelling Day 2012

Check out all of the details by clicking on World Storytelling day on our main menu.

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Embracing Diversity -Workshop for Beginners

Comfort Ero and Jennifer Ferris are doing a workshop on storytelling for beginners as part of the Puente Theatre symposium on Embracing Diversity and the Practice of Inclusive Theatre in a Changing Society. 17-21 Nov 11. For more details go … Continue reading

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The Practice of Story: Building Community in a Storytelling Circle

The Practice of Story: Building Community in a Storytelling Circle – (Nov) TAEA2660 Date: Weds, Nov. 2, 16 , 30, Dec 14, 2011 Facilitator: Margo McLoughlin www.margostoryteller.net Length: 4 evenings Times: 6:30pm – 8:30pm Cost: $80 + applicable taxes The … Continue reading

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October Stories at Fern Review

The October 17 meeting of the Victoria Storytellers’ Guild was hosted by Lee Porteous and featured seven tellers. Margo McLoughlin’s story “Hugging the Corners”, a  family saga of father’s car racing and mother being the family photographer to capture all … Continue reading

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After Grimm: Fairy Tales and the Art of Story Telling 6-8 Sept 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS by 31 Jan 2012 2012 is the bicentenary of the publication of the first volume of the Kinder- und Hausmärchen [Children’s and Household Tales] by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. As this groundbreaking collection moves into its third … Continue reading

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Esquimalt Children’s Festival 2011

October 1  from 10:30 – 1:30 At the Esquimalt Branch Library. Peg hasted, Faye Mogensen and Jennifer Ferris are telling.  

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September Stories at Fern Review

Our warm host on Monday evening, September 19, 2011 was Anne Forester. Margo McLaughlin provided gentle music on her Hang drum between stories.Jacquie Hunt led off with a Spanish story told in the first person so effectively that we felt … Continue reading

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Storytellers Conference in Yellowknife, NWT

It was my great privilege to represent the Victoria Storytellers Guild (VSG) at the recent 19th Storytellers Conference in Yellowknife, NWT called Story North. Here are a few of the highlights. As the Air Canada flight began it’s decent into … Continue reading

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VSG ANNUAL SUMMER PICNIC Sunday August 7, 2011

The countdown is on towards the VSG annual summer picnic for Guild members and their guests. WHERE? The home of Andrea and Richard, 3910 Finnerty Road (We’re about 150 yards from UVIC. (250 294 5790) WHEN? August 7, Sunday, from … Continue reading

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VSG ANNUAL SUMMER PICNIC Sunday August 7, 2011

The countdown is on towards the VSG annual summer picnic for Guild members and their guests. WHERE? The home of Andrea and Richard, 3910 Finnerty Road (We’re about 150 yards from UVIC. (250 294 5790) WHEN? August 7, Sunday, from … Continue reading

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VSG Founder Barbara Hutcheson Passes Away

Storytelling in Victoria and the establishment of the Victoria Storytellers Guild began thanks to the work of Barbara Hutcheson and Margaret Toakley. They were senior in the Central Library’s Children’s Department. Twenty-two years ago they brought in tellers ‘from away’ for … Continue reading

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Storytellers Conference in Yellowknife, NWT

It was my great privilege to represent the Victoria Storytellers Guild (VSG) at the recent 19th Storytellers Conference in Yellowknife, NWT called Story North. Here are a few of the highlights. As the Air Canada flight began it’s decent into … Continue reading

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June Stories at Fern

Our host, Dianne Gilliland, who presided over a full house and a full slate of tellers, opened with a surprise poem setting a fine example of humour and good storytelling before introducing the first teller of the evening. Lee Porteous’ … Continue reading

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Kim Weitkamp featured in Monday Magazine

Check out the good news about Kim Weitkamp’s concert Penny Candy Love on Saturday June 4 featured in Monday Magazine. A big enthusiastic crowd enjoyed the show. Kim was amazing!

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May Stories at Fern

Molly Raher Newman as Emily Carr Sandra was our lively host while Margo once again provided brief, gentle interludes of music on her Hang (a Swiss instrument, pronounced “Hung”) for an evening that included visiting tellers who surprised and delighted … Continue reading

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Theatre SKAM Bike Ride, July 9, 10, 16 and 17

Storytellers from the Victoria Storytellers Guild are taking part in the Theatre SKAM Bike Ride in July. On Saturday July 9 from 3:30 – 8:30 p.m. and Sunday July 10 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., two talented sisters, Cat and … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Canadian Children’s Book Tour Teller : Shoshana Litman

It has just been announced that Shoshana Litman has been chosen to be one of the tellers during Canadian Children’s Book Week 2012. These tellers, who are members of SC-CC, are chosen by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre staff. Applicants are scored by … Continue reading

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April Stories at Fern

Photo of Margo McLoughlin by Katherine McGinnis Shirley Routliffe hosted another full house of listeners at Stories at Fern on April 18. We had the pleasure of hearing Margo McLoughlin play her Hang between stories, giving us time to let … Continue reading

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Consider Attending Story North

Just got the latest advert from StoryNorth, The annual SC-CC AGM and Conference. This year it will be in Yellowknife, NWT 26-29 May.  More info from Peg Hasted, Patricia Houston or Al Fowler.

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Award Winning Guild Member

Congratulations to Victoria Storytellers Guild Member, Sylvia Olsen, who won the Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing for her book, “Working With Wool: A Coast Salish Legacy and the Cowichan Sweater.” The B.C. Historical Federation’s annual award recognizes the best non-fiction … Continue reading

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Listeners of the World, Unite!

Photo by Katherine McGinnis “Listening to a story is not a passive experience. It is an action-filled colorful event in the theatre of the mind. Storytelling, by its nature, is an audience-involving art form. As the storyteller’s narrative, shared in … Continue reading

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For details of what’s happening at this year’s annual conference of the Storytellers of Canada- Conteurs du Canada, check out Al Fowler’s storytelling blog #yyjstoryteller.

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Kim Weitkamp in Penny Candy Love

SATURDAY JUNE 4th 2011 at 7:30 p.m.A humorous look at life, love and other quandries with:KIM WEITKAMP – HUMORIST, SINGER/SONG WRITER, STORYTELLER Grace Lutheran Church, 1273 Fort St. (Northeast of Moss St.)Tickets: Advance $15.00 and $20.00 at the doorTickets Available … Continue reading

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World Storytelling Day 2011 Summary

Photo by Katherine McGinnis of VSG VP, Lee Porteous, and Treasurer, Andrea Samuels, selling tickets to this sold out event. World Storytelling Day Concert at Intrepid Theatre Club Water, Water, WaterMarch 20, 2011Summary of Stories1. Pat Carfra – “The Selkie … Continue reading

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March 2011 Stories at Fern

Jennifer as host welcomed a full house of tellers and listeners, old and new. At the Membership table a box for donations to the Red Cross to bring aid to Japan following the recent series of natural disasters there, earthquake, … Continue reading

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Grants for Storytellers

The next deadline for Canada |council grants for professional storytellers is 15 April. Read the details at http://www.canadacouncil.ca/grants/writing/io127227335980156250.htm

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Story Fest 2011: Spring into Stories

Intrepid Theatre Club (Fisgard at Blanshard). Our kick-off event, World Storytelling Day (featured in the above photo by Penny Tennenhouse) was such a hit, we had to turn people away at the door. Our April, May and June concerts were … Continue reading

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Stories at Fern

FALL INTO STORIES IN OCTOBER Listen to and tell stories with the Victoria Storytellers Guild: MONDAY, October 17, doors open at 7:15 p.m. Stories start at 7:30 p.m. 1831 Fern St. (Park on Begbie.) Admission: $5.00 Students $3.00 (includes tea … Continue reading

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Water, Water Everywhere

Celebrate World Water and World Storytelling DayMarch 22, 2011, 10:30 a.m. Oak Bay Library, 1442 Monterey, Free. Registration appreciated: 250-592-2489Enjoy fun, participatory stories and songs for children aged 5 to 10 (all ages welcome). Explore rivers, oceans and mud puddles … Continue reading

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It’s Storytime Month at Tall Tales!

In honour of World Storytelling Day, Tall Tales Books (795 Fort Street) is hosting extra Storytime sessions this month. In addition to regular Wednesday Storytimes, the store added two Friday sessions with Shoshana Litman during Spring Break and a “Teddy … Continue reading

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World Storytelling Day: Water Water Water

Intrepid Theatre Club: 1609 Blanshard at Fisgard Sunday March 20, 2011 Afternoon concert for children and families: 2 – 3 pm Evening concert for adults and mature children: 7 – 9 pm Storytellers: Pat Carfra, Jennifer Ferris, Diane Gilliland, Peg Hasted, … Continue reading

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Your chance to tell:

Tell-Tales presents: TALL TALES, LOUD LIES – stories that only an April fool would take seriously. Friday, April l, 2011 7:00 pm At Serious Coffee – 230 Cook Street Village, Victoria, BC Come and tell a 5 to 8 minute story that … Continue reading

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Special Saturday Storytime: Teddy Bear Picnic!

Special Saturday Storytime: Teddy Bear Picnic!Saturday March 12, 11:00am Bring your Teddy Bear (or other favourite stuffed friend) to Tall Tales Books for the Teddy Bear Picnic! Join us for a special Saturday Storytime with Peg Hasted as she presents … Continue reading

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Smoked Fish, Bannock and Indian Tea, Bringing the Stories Home

Richard Wagamese, an acclaimed Ojibway story teller, memoirist and novelist, will demonstrate the importance and value of storytelling in a performance he will give at Royal Roads University on March 9, 2011. Several of us were impressed by this tellers … Continue reading

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Stories At Fern – February

The following is courtesy of Anne Forrester and Janna   In keeping with the Valentine’s month Love theme, hosted by Sylvia Olsen, a large crowd of listeners tried out a new, theatre-style seating arrangement on which the Executive will appreciate comment from … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard

Scene + Heard is a project that connects the oldest form of storytelling with some of the most modern. CineVic: Society of Independent Filmmakers and Puente Theatre’s project is the next phase of a collaboration project between local filmmakers and … Continue reading

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ROOTING THROUGH THE ROOT CELLAR

VSG members are invited to visit the guild library of books, CD’s, DVD’s, tapes, magazines:   Monday, January 31, 2011 7:30 – 9 pm Jennifer Ferris’s house – 2811 Prior Street, Victoria  (north of Hillside, #4 bus) (Prior Street has … Continue reading

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Stories At Fern – January

Hosted by Shoshanna Litman, our January meeting once again filled the house, this time to be treated to stories that were “lighthearted and fun”. Shirley Routliffe took us back to the family fun her father used to create for the … Continue reading

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Fern St. – December 2010

 Hosted by Dorothy Tubman we had a literally full house of listeners and tellers for an evening of seasonal stories. Pat, accompanying herself on the guitar, led off with the sung ballad “Christmas in the Trenches”, recapturing the true story of … Continue reading

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VSG AGM and Pot Luck

Date:      Monday January 10, 2010 Time:      5:30 p.m. Location: Victoria Cownden’s houseFor more information, contact Victoria at      scownden@telus.net

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TEAM UP ! TELL IN TANDEM !

What is at the top of a storyteller’s wish list ?? A book about storytelling that will be a great read and widen the world of their chosen field of artistic expression. Such a book is TEAM UP ! TELL IN … Continue reading

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November Stories at Fern

Pat hosted the evening suggesting a “looseknit theme of Remembrance”. As a prelude to Pat’s telling of “Dunkirk – a Ballad ” by Robert Nathan, Janna set the scene by recalling wartime happenings on the Home Front in Southern England experienced … Continue reading

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“A Celebration of Chanukah in Story & Song”

Monday, December 6, 2010 @8:00 pm Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street Songs and Singalong with The Jewish Community Choir Also Featuring: Stories with Maggidah Shoshana Litman Greg Davidson, Piano & Josie Davidson, Soprano Menorah-Lighting (bring your menorah & candles) Refreshments Admission … Continue reading

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Congratulations to member Sylvia Olsen and thank you for the invitation to your book launch

Sono Nis Press invites you to a celebration and launch for Working with Wool A Coast Salish Legacy and the Cowichan Sweater by Sylvia Olsen • Sunday, December 5, 2010 7 pm to 8:30 pm at Art Gallery of Greater … Continue reading

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VSG Gift Certificates

Gift Certificates Available: The gift of story, a perfect little addition to a greeting card, admits one adult, valid indefinitely, on sale at the desk every Fern St. for just $5

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Royal Roads Storytelling

Narrative Bridges: Compassionate Storytelling for Healing Communities, Facilitated by Margo McLoughlin, Royal Roads University Continuing Studies, Saturday January 22, 2011, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Margo will introduce participants to the power of folktales as a vehicle for inspiring reflection and building … Continue reading

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Celebrate Hannukah with Story

Hanukah Program for Oaklands Elementary School with World Folk Duo, Kouskous (Gary Cohen and Amber Wood) and Maggidah Shoshana Litman, Wednesday December 1, 2010 at 12:45 p.m. Hanukah Concert and Stories with the Victoria Jewish Community Choir, lead by Jazz Vocalist, Carol … Continue reading

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Tall Tale Books

Storytime continues on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. with Shoshana Litman and special guests, Sandra Johnson and Peg Hasted, at Tall Tales Books, www.talltalesbooks.ca, 795 Fort Street, Victoria, B.C. Free. Fun, participatory stories and songs for children and plenty of pages for kids of all … Continue reading

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Don’t Miss the Story in Island Parent

Congratulations to Shoshana Litman,… the writer. With some guidance from Pat Carfra and Peg Hasted, Guild Publicity Director Shoshana had an article on storytelling published in this months Island Parent magazine. Click here to read the article (page 20):  “Sharing … Continue reading

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