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Join us for the Ottawa Children’s Storytelling Festival!

Children telling stories

Nov 13, 2023

November 25th -- FREE in person with online option. 

The Ottawa Public Library is thrilled to partner with Ottawa StoryTellers to offer its 29th annual Ottawa Children’s Storytelling Festival!

One day, 8 tellers 

Join us at The Chamber at Ottawa’s Ben Franklin Centre (101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, ON K2G 0B5) from 10:30am to 4pm on Saturday, November 25th, 2023, and come listen to our story tellers from across Canada! There will be something for all tastes and ages in both English and French as well as various crafts, and a super-fun life-sized Candy Land board game to play!

Children ages 5 and under are sure to enjoy songs, rhymes, and stories with Janet Leroy and Brad Denys, and plenty of laughs with our French storytellers, Claude (Le Pére) Garneau, Mila Bercier, and Marie Victoria Robertson -- who will also be telling tales for Francophones ages 6 to 12 in the afternoon. For Anglophone children aged 6 to 12, Forest creatures with quirky personalities come to life through the animated tales of Laura Davidson Leet and Uchechi Ogbonna, and finally, Louise Profiet-LeBlanc will share stories that come from her Yukon homeland!

Click on the links below to find each storytelling session’s time, age range and language:

10:30 – 11:05 AM: Des histoires à rigoler!

11:15 – 11:50 AM: A Feast of Funny Friendship Stories! 

1:00 – 1:50 PM: Aventures magiques et légendes captivantes! 

2:00 - 2:50 PM: Stories from the Nacho Nyak Dän First Nation 

3:00 - 3:50 PM: Stories from the Forest 

… And so much more! 

If you can’t make it on Saturday, never fear! Starting at 6:30 pm on the 23rd of November, the Odawa Native Friendship Centre (815 St. Laurent Blvd, Ottawa, ON K1K 3A7) will be hosting storytellers from several First Nations communities. Louise Profeit-LeBlanc will be coming from the Nacho Nyak Dän First Nation (First Nation of the Big River People) in Mayo, Northeastern Yukon, Mary Gunner from the Cree community at Moose Factory, Ontario, and Doreen Stevens from Kitiganzibi, Quebec! Click here to find out more.

No matter your child’s age or their preferences, there will be something for them, so don't miss it! For more details about Ottawa StoryTellers and on the festival itself, visit the Festival’s webpage

If you can’t make it in person to either event, follow these links to watch the stories live on OPL’s YouTube channel.