The Toronto Storytelling Festival kicks off March 24th with over a week of storytelling events. Founded in 1979, this is one of the largest and longest running storytelling festivals in North America with over 40 events across the city in all manner of venues from libraries to museums and even churches. Here are some of the family friendly events.
What to do in Toronto
Saturday March 24, 11 am to 10 pm
A repurposed streetcar repair barn – is one of Toronto’s hidden treasures. Come for a day of great adult and all-ages storytelling, catch the lively farmers’ market, have lunch and supper at the amazing restaurants and cafes of St. Clair Avenue West, and hear an evening concert featuring four of the world’s finest storytellers.
Storyfire Storytelling at the Toronto Public Libraries
The Festival launches with Storyfire, two days of Fringe-style community-based storytelling in venues (predominantly local libraries) throughout the city. Storytelling by some of TPL’s finest librarian-storytellers at branches across the city.
Stories, Rhymes, And Songs … Oh My! at the Bata Shoe Museum – The BSM hosts an interactive and musical storytelling hour for families. Drop by the shoebox to entertain the little ones with engaging stories, amusing rhymes and charming songs.
StoryJam at Harbourfront
Storytellers are gathering around the campfire from Haida Gwaii, Japan, Ethiopia, Newfoundland, Haiti, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, the land of the birds, and even outer space. Kids get to hear stories, dance and swap riddles with a Shona storyteller. And the youngest can bring their teddy bears for a Storytellers’ Picnic.
Listening To Elephants, Birds, And Humans at the Ismaili Centre
This storytelling exchange exploring how human beings can and must learn to communicate beyond our customary bandwidth. Science and art and storytelling traditions from the West Coast of Canada come together in this first-ever encounter of a researcher, a musician, and a First Nations storykeeper.
Storytelling at the ROM
Featuring Kung Jaadee, Katherine Payne, Michael Pestel in performances and discussions about communicating with whales, elephants, birds, and Haida ancestors.
Celebrate literacy and storytelling starting today, by adding the festival to your list of what to do in Toronto.