Ottawa Children's Storytelling Festival

Ottawa Children's Storytelling Festival

Thank you for attending the 27th Ottawa Children's Storytelling Festival!

If you missed it or want to listen to your favourite storytellers again, check out the Ottawa Public Library's YouTube channel. You can also find many French stories, some interpreted in QSL, on the website of our partner the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE). The stories will remain available for 12 months. See you at the next edition of the festival!

Our Guests of the Week

 Headshot of Alexandre Matte | Portrait d'Alexandre Matte

Alexandre invents stories with children across Canada. He loves stories with unique animals.

   Headshot of Anna Kerz in front of a microphone | Portrait d'Anna Kerz en face d'un microphone

Anna Kerz is an accomplished storyteller with a wide repertoire of tales that touch the heart and tickle the funny bone. She will make you giggle, groan or send a shiver up your spine.

Headshot of Anthony Audin | Portrait d'Anthony Audin

Anthony is a teacher, actor, singer, and writer described as: “a gentle bear of a storyteller!”

   Headshot of Bernard Paquet holding his cat in his arms | Portrait de Bernard Paquet avec son chat dans les bras

Bernard Paquet is an animal-loving storyteller who will take you from reality to an imaginary world filled with adventure and animals. Often his black cat Timoon accompanies him!

   Headshot of Bethany Ellis with sunflowers in the background | Portrait de Bethany Ellis avec des tournesols en arrière-plan

Bethany likes to bake cookies, dance with her cat and tell stories that make children laugh, but not all at the same time!

   Headshot of Camille Deslauriers Ménard | Portrait de Camille Deslauriers Ménard

Boum, cric, crac, Camille tells a tale without intermission. Get ready to make noises and sounds, because there's never a dull moment with her sweet and spooky stories.

Headshot of Catherine Wright | Portrait de Catherine Wright

Catherine lives on the large island of Newfoundland. She’ll take you on a magical journey to places both near and afar. You might meet a giant, eel pout, squid, fairy or a boy named Jack.

Headshot of Chantal Chagnon | Portrait de Chantal Chagnon

Chantal Chagnon is a Cree Ojibwe Métis Singer, Drummer, Artist, Storyteller, Actor, Educator, Workshop Facilitator, Social Justice Advocate and Activist with roots in Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan. 

Headshot of Claude Garneau in front of a barn, leaning on a stick | Portrait de Claude Garneau devant une grange, appuyé sur un bâton

Claude is an experienced storyteller that has told his original stories to over 50,000 children of all ages.

Headshot of Daniel Richer looking over his shoulder | Portrait de Daniel Richer regardant par-dessus son épaule

Abenaki and Dakota by heritage, Senior Town Crier par excellence and the only fully bilingual one in North America, Daniel is a storyteller, actor, MC and former history teacher.

Headshot of Diana Tso outside in a forest | Portrait de Diana Tso à l’extérieur dans la forêt

Diana is a storyteller, actor, playwright, theatre faculty member of George Brown College. She’s the founder of Red Snow Collective empowering the stories of women and co-founder of Birds of a Feather storytelling collective

Headshot of Dolores Contré | Portrait de Dolores Contré

With her drum, Dolorès, a franco-anishinaabeh Métis, tells the stories of her culture through the art of her voice.

Headshot of Gail Miller Jordan | Portrait de Gail Miller Jordan

Gail tells stories about SPIDERMAN!! And we're not talking about Peter Parker or Miles Morales. We're talking about THE FIRST Spiderman. His name… ANANSI!

Headshot of Heather Whaley | Portrait de Heather Whaley

Heather is a musical storyteller and singer, songwriter who loves bringing both traditional and personal stories and songs to life with props, homemade instruments, and guitar!

Headshot of Jacqui du Toit | Portrait de Heather Whaley

A storyteller, actor, writer, business woman, Jacqui never sits still. She invites you to jump right in and join her story

Janet LeRoy holding a small puppet in the shape of a mouse | Janet LeRoy tenant une petite marionnette en forme de souris

Janet likes all kinds of furry creatures. She enjoys watching mice scurry, moles crawl, and bunnies hop!

Headshot of Jean-Luc Boutin | Portrait de Jean-Luc Boutin

Janlutin collects stories from all over the world and tells them in a joyful way, inviting you to sing along.

Headshot of June Brown | Portrait de June Brown

June is an accomplished teller who has been telling folktales and personal stories most of her life. June tells stories to audiences large and small, young, and old. Her favorite stories include audience participation and humor.

Headshot of Lorraine Jeansonne | Portrait de Lorraine Jeansonne

Since 2001, Lorraine, a storyteller, has been illustrating French-Canadian culture combined with the environment, all wrapped up in humanism and universality.

Headshot of Louise Profeit-LeBlanc | Portrait de Louise Profeit-LeBlanc

Louise's name in her language is “T’se Däna” which means Beaver Woman. Louise is a mother, a grandmother and a StoryKeeper. Louise tells stories of her family.

Headshot of Mariella Bertelli and Mela Pietropaolo | Portrait de Mariella Bertelli et Mela Pietropaolo

10-year-old Mela loves listening to stories and now, loves telling them. Mariella loves to tell stories with her granddaughter. Most of all she enjoys the clapping rhymes and games.

Headshot of Rhonda Donais with a big teddy bear | Portrait de Rhonda Donais avec un gros ours en peluche

Rhonda is an Indigenous storyteller from Saskatchewan. Rhonda has been a passionate children's entertainer and storyteller for over 35 years.

Headshot of Maurice Bélanger | Portrait de Maurice Bélanger

Born on a farm in Mirabel, Maurice wrote his first story at the age of 7, entitled Une vraie peur bleue. He has a little dog named Poupou, who loves apples and who would like Maurice to write him a story...to be continued

Mireya Bayancela standing on a stage storytelling for a group of children | Mireya Bayancela debout sur scène qui raconte des histoires pour un groupe d’enfants

Arrived in Montreal in 2004, Mireya brings us the stories of her country, Ecuador. She brings us the character of a storyteller that she always keeps in her memory, the secrets of the Amazon, the mountains and the ocean.

Headshot of Myriame El Yamani | Portrait de Myriame El Yamani

Myriame strolled on several continents in search of this mixture of cultures and dreams of humanity, which she shares with you.

Capitaine Bonnefemme in front of a ships wheel and holding a long sight in her hands | Capitaine Bonnefemme devant un gouvernail et tenant une longue vue dans ses mains

Her years of experience on Canadian Coast Guard ships and in the maritime environment have fueled her fertile imagination. Now retired, Capitaine Bonnefemme writes and tells her own stories. 

Headshot of Norman Perrin | Portrait de Norman Perrin

For many years, penny whistle in hand, Norman has been an entertaining teller of musical, traditional and original tales that delight the eyes and ears.

Headshot of Rachel Dunstan Muller | Portrait de Rachel Dunstan Muller

Rachel loves storytelling! She’s the author of four children’s novels, countless articles and stories for grown-ups, and two podcasts: Hintertales and Sticks and Stones and Stories.

Headshot of Rob Malo | Portrait de Rob Malo

Rob Malo, also known as TiBert le Voyageur shares his joy in life through storytelling, comics, juggling and music.

Headshot of Robert Payant | Portrait de Robert Payant

For the past 25 years, Robert, the man of a thousand tales, has been giving a future to our past. This true village storyteller brings back to life images trapped in time to the delight of children from 7 to 77 years old.

Headshot de Cécile Boudreau Pagé | Portrait de Cécile Boudreau Pagé

Cécile, a Micmac Acadian by birth, has been a storyteller for many years. She wants to pass on tales to children and keep the tradition of the old language of her Acadian ancestors alive.

Headshot of Erica O'Reilly | Portrait de Erica O'Reilly

Erica is one of the 2021 participants in the Ottawa Storytelling Mentorship Program. Erica is excited to reacquaint herself with her storytelling roots.