2023

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  • Sun
    15
    Jan
    2023

    Words of the Season

    2 pm

    ONLINE  Host: Heather Whaley POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

    WOTS featuring local writers. 

    Writer's Community of Durham Region WCDR.

    Organizer: Barb Hunt

  • Sat
    28
    Jan
    2023

    Family Literacy Day - Celebrate Your Heritage”

    10: 00 am

    Family Storytelling and Music - Peterborough Family Literacy Day!

    Peterborough Square

    40 George St N, Peterborough, ON K9H 7E8

    “Canada is a great diverse country full of different cultures. Take time to explore and learn about your heritage. Celebrate what you’ve found and share your culture with others. There’s no better way to learn about your family, than together as a family.”

     

  • Sat
    11
    Feb
    2023

    The Blendd. Performance

    8:30 pm

    Little West Indies Restaurant and Bar. Bowmanville, ON.

    Created by Judith Shaw (BlackCocobrown) and Heather Whaley (StorySong) The Blendd features a variety of seasoned poets, spoken word artists, musicians, and storytellers from all walks of life. 

    Eventbrite to information link:   https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-blendd-once-again-tickets-506770583457

  • Sun
    19
    Mar
    2023

    Together We Can. World Storytelling Day

    1 pm

    Guest with Durham Storytellers 1 - 3 pm

    Oshawa Museum. 1450 Simcoe St S, Oshawa, ON L1H 8J7

     

  • Thu
    23
    Mar
    2023

    Together We Can. World Storytelling Day.

    11 am

    Guest with Durham Storytellers.

    Ajax Public Library school visit grades 4 - 6

  • Fri
    28
    Apr
    2023

    Terrific Tales in Story and Song

    2 pm
    Durham Storytellers' public concert
    Terrific Tales in Story and Song,
    Faith United Church, 1778 Nash Road, in Courtice 
    2 - 4 pm
     
    Micki Beck, Heather Whaley, Marg Kropf, Graham Ducker, Kathleen Smyth, Enid DeCoe, Doris Cherkas, Daniel Healy, Dianne Chandler and Kim Michele will entertain the audience with stories and songs from all over the world. Our suggested donation is $10 per person for this 2-hour concert; however, it is a pay-what-you-can event. For more information, contact [email protected] Look forward to seeing all of you there!

  • Thu
    11
    May
    2023

    Ontario Association of Library Technicians Banquet.

    7:30 pm

    Private Event

    Guest performer with Durham Storytellers.

     

  • Sat
    13
    May
    2023

    Ontario Association of Library Technicians Workshop.

    Private Event

    Guest presenter with Durham Storytellers.

  • Tue
    25
    Jul
    2023

    Ajax Seniors Centre Without Walls.

    1:30 pm

    Private online Storytelling and Music.

    Durham Storytellers participant.

  • Sat
    05
    Aug
    2023

    Havelock Summerfest!

    10 am

    With Silvia DeCesare from Argentina! Details pending.

    Havelock, Ontario.

  • Fri
    11
    Aug
    2023

    Tea and Tales - Guelph Enabling Gardens

    10 am

    Tea ‘n’ Tales 2023. 

     “Out of the Blue Stories and Songs.” with Heather Whaley and Michael Dougherty, aka Rusty.

    Riverside Enabling Gardens 681 Woolwich St, Guelph, ON N1H 3Y8

  • Thu
    17
    Aug
    2023

    Imagination Storytelling!

    12:30

    Port Hope Parks and Recreation Summer Camp. Special Guest.  Three Groups 12:30 - 3 pm.

    Feed your Imagination through Storytelling with Heather Whaley.

    Programs are adapted to suit the age range in each group.

     Toddlers and Preschool / Kindergarten

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

    Toddlers and Preschool / Kindergarten

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

     

     School-age 

    Salt of the Earth: Nourishing environmental stories and songs from our sky, land, and sea!

    School-age

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

    Thank you,

  • Sun
    17
    Sep
    2023

    Sacred Storytelling

    4 pm - 6 pm EST Online Invitation - The Blossom Tree and personal memories. Honouring George Blake. Registration Link to follow. Free event. Artists Standing Strong Together "Artists Standing Strong Together (ASST, www.artistsstandingstrongtogether.net) offers 4 programs each month. On the 3rd Sunday of each month we present Sacred Storytelling, 4-6 pm ET/1-3 pm PT. This program has 3 purposes. 1) Presenting sacred stories. What is sacred? ASST believes that the concept of “sacred” is an individual decision based on experiences, beliefs, faith and history. 2) Honoring storytellers who are no longer with us in body, but remain in our hearts and ears. 3) Hear from a non-storyteller artist, allowing us to experience storytelling through a different genre and expanding our hearts and minds. Join us 3rd Sundays for a heart-refreshing afternoon/evening. "

  • Sat
    30
    Sep
    2023

    Tales and Tunes around the Campfire!

    6 pm

    Culture Days Family Campfire at the Hub! Oral Storytelling and Music: Family Friendly varied ages.

    Campfire Tales and Tunes with Heather Whaley. Interactive folktales, ghostly, and spooky tales.

    5325 County Road 10
    Port Hope, Ontario
    905-753-2230

  • Wed
    18
    Oct
    2023

    Words of Wisdom Stories and Songs.

    2 pm

    Canadian Storytelling Day with Durham Storytellers.

    CSD-JNC is a growing event supported by Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada, an opportunity to share Canadian stories, a time to gather at the turn of the year when the nights grow longer and colder, and a companion to World Storytelling Day in March. 2023 Theme is Wisdom.

  • Sun
    29
    Oct
    2023

    StorySwap Canada Host

    4 pm

    StorySwap Canada
    StorySwap Canada is attracting some wonderful tellers. Join us on Sundays to meet storytellers from across Canada and around the world!

    FREE Online Open Mic Storytelling
    Every Sunday!

    Join us https://tinyurl.com/StorySwapCanada

    1-3pm British Columbia
    2-4pm Alberta and Saskatchewan
    3-5 pm Manitoba
    4-6pm Ontario and Quebec
    5-7 pm Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI
    5:30-7:30pm Newfoundland

    StorySwap Canada

  • Sat
    18
    Nov
    2023

    Words of Wisdom CSD

    2 pm

    Traditions of Durham Retirement Home with Durham Storytellers.

    Canadian Storytelling Day 2023 - Theme: Wisdom.

    CSD-JNC is a growing event supported by Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada, an opportunity to share Canadian stories, a time to gather at the turn of the year when the nights grow longer and colder, and a companion to World Storytelling Day in March.

  • Fri
    24
    Nov
    2023

    Words of Wisdom CSD

    2:30 pm

    Port Perry Villa Retirement Home with Durham Storytellers.

    Canadian Storytelling Day 2023 - Theme: Wisdom.

    CSD-JNC is a growing event supported by Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada, an opportunity to share Canadian stories, a time to gather at the turn of the year when the nights grow longer and colder, and a companion to World Storytelling Day in March.

  • Sun
    03
    Dec
    2023

    Rotary Club Family Holiday Fun

    10 am

    PRIVATE: Children's Storytelling and Music with Heather Whaley, Lynn Torrie, June Brown, and Lori Malabar. 

    Marriott Hotel - Toronto

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

Judi McMillan, Librarian, Thornhill Library

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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