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Tales and Tunes: Family Fun Day at the Library!


Schedule now available - click here!

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) invites you to “Tales & Tunes: Family Fun Day at the Library” on Saturday, July 7.

As a sequel to our highly-successful summer event last year, OPL is once again offering a free, family-oriented event with something for everyone to enjoy, including storytelling, music, dance and art workshops, crafts, an Escape Room, maker activities from OPL’s Imagine Space, face painting, balloon animals, games, a gardening station, and much, much more! A community mural project, hosted by CBC and House of Paint will also be a feature. Tales and Tunes offers activities that celebrate and highlight storytelling, community, and creation in unique and inclusive ways.

Many of these activities are inspired by the story of Stone Soup, a traditional folktale found in many parts of the world. In some versions of the story, the main character convinces people they can make soup from a rusty old nail or an axe, but whether it’s a stone or a nail or an axe, or whatever people have to contribute, the story helps us to think about the benefits of collaboration, creativity, and community.


Main stage acts include:

  • Fred Penner: Canada’s foremost family entertainer and winner of multiple Juno Awards
  • Mehdi Cayenne: Mehdi, a songwriter, musician, poet and actor who has performed across Canada, will be the Master of Ceremonies throughout the day
  • Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone: Multifaceted First Nations artist Aqua will perform a traditional opening ceremony to start off the afternoon.
  • Hey Buster: a lively, interactive performance of “wonkytonk-folk-a-rockabilly-booger-peedancing songs”
  • King Kimbit: spoken-word artist, singer, instrumentalist, and poet
  • Fredo le magicien: Quebec’s most entertaining and sought-after magician for youth audiences
  • Junkyard Symphony (Recycle Rock): a junk/percussion/comedy/circus show for all ages, Junkyard Symphony reuses found objects to put on a rocking show that will put a smile on everyone’s face.


OPL is pleased to thank FOPLA, the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association, for their generous sponsorship of the event, and to highlight the key contributions of our partners: Centrepointe Theatres and CBC Ottawa.  

Tales and Tunes will take place Saturday, July 7 from 12 from noon to 5 p.m. at Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive (and Nepean Centrepointe branch of OPL) – inside and outside, rain or shine.  The location is easily accessible by public transit, and adjacent to Baseline OC Transpo station. Everyone is welcome! Don’t miss it.


I can't wait to see Fred Penner for the second time this year, and I'm a grown adult.

We're definitely looking forward to it too! See you there :D

Is there a schedule available as to when the different stage acts will be that afternoon?

Hi there, you can click on the link at the top of this blog post - the schedule is included! We hope to see you there!


The schedule doesn't give details on when Fred Penner performs?

Good morning @jessica_lawson85 -- Fred Penner performs from 4 to 5 pm. You should be able to see it in the table of performers on the Main Stage. Hope to see you there! Let us know if there's anything more you need!

Would it be possible to get autographs from Fred Penner?

Would it be possible to get autographs from Fred Penner?

Hello Smileplz,
Fred Penner will have a merchandise table available after his show. It is possible he will be available for autographs, though we cannot guarantee it.