Upcoming | Archive: 2019
  • Wed

    OM Times Radio Musical Chairs Guest

    12:30 PM Wednesday March 20 @ noon With Lisa Berry and Eric Lambier http://omtimes.com/iom/shows/musical-chairs/
  • Sun

    WSD Legends and Lore of Lakeview Park with Durham Storytellers!

    1 - 4pm

    Oshawa Museum, Lakeview Park

    Legends and Lore of Lakeview Park Adults and ages 8 and up Come catch the magic, listening to the tall tales of Lakeview Park as brought to life by the Durham Storytellers. In honour of World Storytelling Day, legends and lore of the lakefront will be shared, inspired by the whimsical artwork created by local artist Eric Sangwine. Sangwine colourfully depicts the stories, and the talented Durham Storytellers will put their own spins on the stories, staying true to the oral traditions of storytellers. Tickets are $10/person; as the number of tour spots for each group time is limited, we urge you to purchase your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. Please be aware there are different start times for this event. Be careful when selecting your choice. Each tour is approximately 1.5 hours in length. 1450 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa L1H 8S8 Tickets $10 oshawamuseum.eventbrite.com Contact museum Tel. (905) 436-7624 [email protected] Storytellers, Dianne Chandler (Port Perry), Doris Cherkas (Oshawa), Enid DeCoe (Courtice), Daniel Healy (Oshawa), Sheila Ryan (Oshawa), Kathleen Smyth (Bowmanville), and storytelling songsters, harpist Kim Michelle ( Pickering) and singer-songwriter and guitarist Heather Whaley (Bowmanville) Curated by Kathleen Smyth and Heather Whaley.

  • Tue

    Feature Guest Performer ‘IT’S THAT KIND OF LOVE’ spoken word and song

    Doors 7:30pm, show at 8pm

    Burdock Music Hall, 1184 Bloor St W

    MAW: A Community Celebration of the Vocal Arts


    Ticket link: www.eventbrite.com/e/maw-a-community-celebration-of-the-vocal-arts-tickets-58987403913

  • Sat

    Queers in Your Ears There's Something in the Air:

    8 - 10 pm

    CSI Annex

    720 Bathurst Street

    Toronto, ON M5S 2R4

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    StoryFusion Cabaret! Season Five 2018 - 2019

    Queers in Your Ears
    There's Something in the Air:

    An evening of Queer Stories, Gay Tunes & Drag!

    Artistic Director: Heather Whaley and Backseat Balladeers 
  • Sat

    Storytellers of Canada Conference - Memorial Hour

    4:45 pm


    University of New Brunswick.  Room 331

    Storytelling: Weaving Baskets of Knowledge Akonutomahtimok: Askomiw Latokonasuwol Kcicihtuwakonol Le conte oul'art de tisser les fils de la connaissance
    SC-CC Conference 2019 |Des Nouvelles du congrès 2019 
    June 5-9, University of New Brunswick, Fredricton, NB

    Memorial Hour. We Remember Them. 

    Weaving Memories of members who have passed away.

    Facilitated by Heather Whaley

  • Fri

    Rhythm and Rhyme Time! Storytelling and Music.

    9:00 am

    Brooklin Mill Montessori School


    Rhythm and Rhyme Time  

    Join storyteller Heather Whaley in a fun morning of story and song! A highly participatory program that encourages recognition of rhyming and rhythmic beats in speaking and singing. Two separate sessions designed for tots and kindergarten ages.

  • Sun

    A Gallery of Stories: Live Storytelling and Musical Concert!


    The Robert McLaughlin Gallery

    72 Queen Street, Oshawa, Ontario

    Artistic Director: Heather Whaley.

    A storytelling tribute to launch the ‘Art and Culture in the Hall’ exhibit, showing from June to November, at the City of Oshawa, and honouring the life and legacy of Dr. B. George Blake, founder of Durham Storytellers. The concert will focus on the storytelling movement in Durham Region, which George started in 1990, and will include original Durham Storytellers elders Marg Kropf, Micki Beck, Ron Getz and Sher Leetooze. Music by Afiwi Groove djembe youth drummers, and award winning fiddler, Emily Yarascavitch. 

     In partnership with the Oshawa Public Libraries, City of Oshawa, Robert McLaughlin Gallery and Durham Storytellers. (Suggested donation). All ages.

  • Wed

    Musical Storytelling at Tamarack Daycare

    9am - noon

    Scarborough, Toronto

    Four sessions of storytelling and music! Toddler, pre-school, kindergarten and school-age groups. 

    Toddlers and Pre-school

    BUGS IN YOUR EARS: Stories, finger rhymes, and songs about earth friendly bugs, butterflies and birds!

    Kindergarten and School age

    SALT OF THE EARTH: Nourishing environmental stories and songs from our sky, land and sea!

  • Mon

    Intergenerational Summer Camp!

    1 pm

    Private Faith based church summer camp. Whitby, Ont.

    Stories and songs about families, culture, nature, and tales of virtue with children and their grandparents. 

  • Wed

    Rock, Rattle and Roll. TD Summer Reading Program


    Toronto Public Library, Burrows Hall Branch

    1081 Progress Ave, Scarborough, ON M1B 5Z6

    Phone: 416 396-8741


    ROCK, RATTLE & ROLL: Nourishing environmental stories and songs from our sky, land and sea! Tales and tunes that will shake up the skies, rattle the ground, and make critters in the woods want to dance!

    I bring story stones and hand them out to the children, play guitar and percussion instrument, and invite singing, participation and action songs.  

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  • Wed

    Musical Storytelling at Tamarack Daycare

    9am - noon

    Scarborough, Toronto

    Four sessions of storytelling and music! Toddler, pre-school, kindergarten and school-age groups. 

    August 07

     Toddlers and Preschool

    SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL: Animal tales and tunes that will shake up the skies, rattle the ground, and make your pets want to dance!

     Kindergarten and School age

    BUCKETS OF STORIES and SONGS! a fun-filled multicultural storytelling journey of tales and tunes from Canada and around the world.

  • Fri

    True and Tall Tales From a Thunder Bay Girl

    10:30 am

    Guelph Enabling Garden ~ Riverside Park 681 Woolwich St, Guelph, ON N1H 3Y8

    ~ Friday mornings from 10:30 to 11:30.Guelph Guild of Storytellers (GGS) and the Enabling Garden are proud to announce this year's Tea 'n Tales roster. Now in its 12th year, Tea ‘n’ Tales is a free summer-long storytelling series of performances, held in the idyllic setting of the Enabling Garden in Riverside Park. Over the 11 years the event has grown in popularity, with audiences that sometimes exceed 150 people on a given Friday. 

What a sweet cd! I love what you do with ‘The Strange Visitor!” The dance motif is a perfect fit! You must have so much fun working with your audience!

Margaret Read MacDonald Ph.D, Renowned Storyteller, Folklorist Teacher, USA

Treat yourselves to an unforgettable storytelling experience. In the tradition of the best, Heather magically weaves her stories so that audiences are transported in time and space. Her music and lyrics are a delight. Heather is a real treat!

Carolyn Cardamis, Special Education Teacher, Martin Elementary PS, Tustin, California

You have such warmth and personality, and the ability to bring together a whole room full of people (adults) in a very comfortable way. Your young (Argentine) friend (Silvia De Cesare) mentioned that you inspired her to become a storyteller. I can see why.

Anna Kertz, author and storyteller

Thanks a ton for coming to our school, you were great as USUAL!! Everyone was a Buzz over the concerts and my class made some wonderful drawings of your story and songs…I can’t believe how many they could remember!!

Ellen Yeo, primary teacher Monk PS, Bracebridge, ON, and performer of children’s troupe, Jam Sandwich

Presentation had great variety of materials to enhance the ‘imagery’ of the program… (the junior and intermediate audience was) very attentive and keen to attend.

Joanne Blake, Teacher, CE Broughton PS

Heather’s storytelling abilities bring positive entertainment to children while instilling important values. Heather willingly catered her stories to accommodate our group’s religious needs and her sing-a-long songs, instruments and props were greatly enjoyed by our campers.

Natalie, Quest Day Camp

Excellent – well prepared, captivated kids… I would highly recommend Heather and hope we’ll have her again!

Judi McMillan, Librarian, Thornhill Library

I was impressed with Heather’s storytelling abilities. She adds music to her stories which definitely captivates her audience. I saw her presentation at a librarian’s meeting and I thought it was wonderful.

Mirella Dobbin, Teacher / Librarian

Thanks to your unique and entertaining storytelling and singing, Pickering Nuclear’s first ever Tuesdays on the Trail was a huge success! The event was found to be both educational and artistic. It was super! Great fun!

Olwen Gover, Senior Communication Advisor, Pickering Nuclear Public Affairs

Heather was a delight to have Heather at the Library over March Break. We had approximately 120 people in attendance. The stories and songs she shared with the children were both engaging and fun, and it was a pleasure to watch the children being drawn into new lands and characters. We would certainly have Heather back to the Library again.

Laura Murray, Children’s Services Librarian Peterborough Public Library

Heather has not only sought to constantly improve her own performance as a storyteller and musician, she has also worked to provide workshops and events for her colleagues. Each performance has been carefully planned to suit the needs of an audience but as a consummate performer she also has the flexibility to deal with the unexpected and unknown.

Micki Beck, Folklorist and Storyteller, Jury Chair Storytellers of Canada, Coordinator for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre Tour

Heather is a well-respected storyteller and storytelling animator. My own recent experience with her was in a collaboration for the 2010 Nuit Blanche, where I hired her, through Storytelling Toronto, to be part of an ensemble of storytellers doing an experimental show titled “your story begins at the Barns.” She was a creative, professional artist to work with, and brings much dedication and passion to her work.

Dan Yashinsky, Storyteller and Author

For our summer program, we had two workshops (three hours each) with Heather for the children aged from 1½ to 12 years old. The children were fascinated with the variety of musical instruments. Heather’s presentation was excellent and well planned. Everything from music to storytelling was interactive, age-appropriate, and fun. I was very impressed with Heather’s sensitive and caring ways when dealing with children in different age groups. Great storytelling & song singing!

Rowena, Tamarack Day Care Centre

You really know how to engage the kids! Thanks very much again for coming out to our programs. In terms of their literacy, a visit from a storyteller was a benefit for the children who do not speak English as their first language and English is not spoken at home. The more they can hear the language and make connections to things, the better. Ideally this will lead them into reading more books and stories on their own, thus building their literacy skills. It looked like everyone was enjoying your songs and stories. It was a great treat for the kids and adults.

Ken Martin, Frontier College Literacy, Learning for Life

I had the pleasure of capturing Heather in action with a group of (grade 7&8) students, both on video and in stills. Heather’s joie-de-vivre and energy were truly enchanting – I found my camera pointed at the students to catch the joy and wonder in their expressions. Heather possesses the delightful ability to entertain, to educate and to connect to draw everyone around her into her stories – stories from her heart that are genuine and that are real. Heather will enlighten and delight children of all ages with her vibrant and active storytelling.

Will Prentice, Captura Photography and Imaging

In May, 2011, I was Heather´s interpreter at the International Storytelling Fest in Buenos Aires, where she conducted two workshops for over 50 people each. Her workshop was very well organized, there was relevant information and lots of practice, music and props and the activities were varied, and dynamic. People were eager to participate, and enjoyed the workshop very much. Heather also conducted a workshop for teachers of English in Mercedes (Buenos Aires). In this workshop, she introduced teachers to the art of storytelling and provided them with lots of follow up activites and songs to be used in the classroom. Teachers were thrilled and more than satisfied with this very useful workshop. Heather was very generous in giving teachers the tools to enhance their own school programs, and helping them gain confidence.

Heather is a thoughtful, responsible and well organized workshopist, she is open to participant’s comments and questions and is very sensitive to their needs

Silvia De Cesare

Our school initiative in the last two years has focussed on promoting reading and writing for our students. We were fortunate and thankful for Heather Whaley’s performances which were created for the different grades and age levels starting from Kindergarten to Grade 8.

“Mrs. Whaley provided a wonderful, participatory program blending music, laughter, rhythm and the art of storytelling to celebrate the gift of literacy. She provided an energetic performance geared to our school’s focus.

“It was wonderful to watch students and staff enjoy her interactive performance and the motivational level that was displayed in their follow up work in the classroom. We asked Mrs. Whaley to perform and work with our school community for the last two years.

Mrs. C. Rosario, Principal, Monsignor Leo Cleary CS