Mike Burns

BioSpectaclesBio Irlandais d’origine, Québécois d’âme, né dans une famille de conteurs, Mike Burns puise à l’imaginaire de son peuple et à cette corne d’abondance qu’est le conte irlandais. Il a été publié dans l’anthologie des conteurs canadiens Ghostwise (Dan Yashinsky Editor). Soulignant ses cinquante années de carrière, le projet Storysave. Voices of Canada’s Storytellers l’invitait à enregistrer le conte « Mac an Iascaire » sur trois CD, en versions gaélique, anglaise et française. Il a créé les contes de trois courts-métrages d’animation de Scott MacLeod : La Saga de Murdo MacLeod, L’Abenaki et L’Irlandais. Le Regroupement du conte au Québec soulignait « à l’encre d’or », en 2012, ses cinquante ans comme conteur et, en 2013, le festival Le rendez-vous des Grandes Gueules lui décernait...


BioPerformancesBio Born to Guyanese parents and raised in London, TUUP has been a professional storyteller since 1981, when he joined Ben Haggarty to form the West London Storytelling Unit. Truly an elder of the storytelling revival in Britain, his style is one of total improvisation, unbounded charisma and alarming spontaneity. His fabulous capacity for mimicry and ear for a wild story is outstanding. Performances À voir sur : See the Jaguar: Stories of the Rainforest October 21 Tales of Transformation October 21 In the Eye of the Storm: Stories for a Broken World October 21 Mouth Open, Story Fall October 22 The King and the Corpse October 25

Ivan Coyote

BioSpectaclesBio Ivan Coyote is a seasoned stage performer and long-time road dog, and over the last two decades has become an audience favourite at festivals around the world. The Ottawa Xpress once said that "Coyote is to Canadian literature what kd lang is to country music: a beautifully odd fixture." Ivan often grapples with the complex and intensely personal issues of gender identity, as well as topics such as family, class, social justice and queer liberation. Spectacles À voir sur : If and When October 25 Stories from Tomboy Survival Guide October 27 Workshop: Telling Personal Stories, October 28

Chirine El Ansary

BioSpectaclesBio Chirine El Ansary a fait des études à l’Université Américaine du Caire, à l’Opéra du Caire, à l’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, à Paris, et à Goldsmiths College, à Londres. Elle a aussi suivi des entraînements intensifs en danse et en yoga. Son attention se porte particulièrement sur le travail du corps et de la voix, ainsi que sur l’utilisation de l’espace. On dit d’elle que sa voix, comme les vagues, ondule à l’infini, que ses images et ses sonorités se succèdent en continu… Spectacles À voir sur : Territoires, spectacle d’ouverture du Festival le 20 octobre Conférence : Raconter en corps dominé, le 21 octobre In the Eye of the Storm: Stories for a Broken World le 21 octobre Mahmoud, porteur d’eau le 22...

John David Hickey

BioPerformancesVideoBio John David Hickey has been telling tales for over 20 years. He has won numerous awards and has been featured in several festivals in Quebec and Ontario. He has published three audio CDs of his live storytelling performances. He currently hosts Slamtastique, Montreal’s only bilingual storytelling competition, now in its fifth season! Visit his website at Performances Performances: Slamtastique Story Slam October 25 Video

Brian Katz

BioPerformancesVideoBio Brian Katz is an internationally acclaimed Canadian guitarist, pianist, composer, improviser, recording artist, Dalcroze Eurhythmics specialist (a method of music and movement education) and adjunct professor of performance and music education currently teaching at the University of Toronto and York University, Toronto. As a performer and composer, he draws on jazz, classical, Jewish and various world music traditions to form his personal sound. Brian has travelled with various storytellers over the years, providing sonic compliments... and good road stories. His relationship with storyteller Dan Yashinsky goes back over three decades, when the two of them first jammed music and story at Gaffers Café in Kensington Market. More recently, Brian wrote music for Dan’s epic story, Talking You In, and the two of them have...

Roman Pylat

BioPerformancesBio Roman Pylat is a Montreal storyteller who has been telling tales for more than 15 years. He enjoys the old, ancient stories, the myths and legends of world folklore, as well as literary and contemporary tales. As he tells, he loves to watch the story’s images visibly unfolding in the eyes and hearts of his listeners. Performances Performances: Opening Night Gala October 16

Marta Singh

BioPerformancesBio Marta has performed regularly at the Fourth Stage of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and has been a featured teller at Canadian storytelling festivals since 2005. In 2010, she debuted in her native Buenos Aires, where she has performed at schools, concert series and book fairs. In 2011, Marta created Landscapes of Silence, developed thanks to the Emerging Artist Grant awarded to her by the City of Ottawa. As well as performing, Marta works with organizations to help them find that critical backbone of story that enables them to provide information in meaningful and compelling ways. She also works with community groups and students to help them discover the power of narrative as an effective and creative thinking tool. Performances Performances: Opening Night...

Robert Seven Crows

BioPerformancesBio Robert Seven-Crows Bourdon is of mixed native blood, Métis/Mi’kmaq. For Robert, stories and songs are a way to show the rich oral tradition of his people. Robert has shared his stories and songs in many festivals on four continents. He is a member of the Kumik Elders Lodge at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and works with First Nations men at La Macaza Federal Institution. Performances Performances: The Métis Meet the Mi’kmaq October 24

Dan Yashinsky

BioPerformancesVideoBio A Toronto-based storyteller, teacher, author and animator, Dan founded the Toronto Festival of Storytelling in 1979, and 1,001 Friday Nights of Storytelling in l978. He has been a featured performer and teacher at festivals in Austria, Germany, Israel, Ireland, Wales, Holland, England, Sweden, Singapore, Brazil, the U.S.A. and throughout Canada. He is the author of Suddenly They Heard Footsteps – Storytelling for the Twenty-first Century, which received the 2007 Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award. In l999 he received the Jane Jacobs Prize for his work with storytelling in the community. He is currently the Storyteller-in-Residence at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care. His latest book is Swimming with Chaucer – A Storyteller's Logbook. Performances Performances: In the Eye of the Storm: Stories for a Broken...