CSI Annex. 720 Bathurst Street, Toronto. Celebrating Canada 150.
Bernice Gei-Ying Hune
Telling Tales From Gold Mountain
Born in Toronto, Bernice Hune retells folklore from China and creates new stories from Canada’s recent past. She recalls elders speaking in Cantonese about the Head Tax, the Chinese Exclusion Act and their determination for social justice. Bernice shares this legacy of stories in performance. Fresh from university, she performed as an actor, and then co-hosted a CBC radio program. Her work in education as a visual artist and an arts educator is widely recognized, and it informs her storytelling.
The World Beyond My Village
Starting from a very young age, Njacko Backo has been curious about the world. He was born into a musical family in a rural village in Cameroon, well isolated from the rest of the world. Despite grave warnings from his family that he would be eaten by cannibals, he was inspired to leave home at the age of 17 to explore, play music, and find his way to Europe. 15 years later, he arrived in Canada with a young family and has built a career as an award-winning professional musician and cultural ambassador for school-aged children in the GTA and beyond.
Artistic Director, Heather Whaley. Co-directors, Backseat Balladeers.
Faith United Church 1778 Nash Rd, Courtice, ON (all ages),
For 2018, the theme is Wise Fools. With Durham Storytellers.
Stories with this theme aim to inspire those who may not believe in their own innate wisdom, and show them that they have the ability to change their self-belief. And of course some tales will simply add humour and chuckles to our day, while the noodles, jesters and the foolish of the foolish surprise us with their natural instinctive wisdom!
Faith United on March 9 at 2:00pm to 3:00pm with Durham Storytellers
Public 1778 Nash Rd, Courtice, ON L1E 2L9 Contact Enid Decoe [email protected]
Northview Community Centre on March 15 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm with Durham Storytellers
Public Kathleen Smyth [email protected] NOTE: This will be a special World Storytelling Day program with featured storytellers at our new time, 7:00 pm, at Northview Community Centre, Oshawa (adults) during our regular monthly storytelling gathering. There will be an open mic following. Come Listen, Come Tell, Catch the Magic!
Club Carib, Caribbean Cultural Centre, 600 Wentworth St E, Oshawa, ON L1H 3V9
Tribute Concet and Fundraiser. In celebration and honour of elder B. George Blake 1922 - 2018.
Coordinator and Artistic Director: Heather Whaley
For the Love of George In Story and Song
FUNDRAISER/CONCERT Presented in partnership by Durham Storytellers and Club Carib
Come celebrate the extraordinary life of Dr. B. George Blake through story and song
Sat., May 12th, 7:30 p.m. (doors open 6:45)
600 Wentworth St. E., Oshawa
Host, Artistic Director, singer/storyteller Heather Whaley
Singer Shaundell Parris and Kalalu
Oshawa Sounds of Steel
Storyteller Dianne Chandler
Poet Daniel Healy
Storyteller Rita Cox
Online: Eventbrite https://fortheloveofgeorge.eventbrite.ca
Club Carib Lydia Francis 905-728-4293
Reservations to pay at door contact Heather Whaley
Call or text 289 688-1492
Accessible Parking on premises Refreshments
Proceeds to create and preserve a legacy audio and video archive of George’s pre-recorded stories.
Please note: this is not a Memorial, but rather a concert in George’s honour.
Dr. B. George Blake had a past to be proud of. He served in the RAF in World War II, became a clinical psychologist, a Buddhist monk, an accomplished photographer and an outstanding performance storyteller. In more recent years he had settled on sharing his roots, remembering the stories he heard as a child in Jamaica, using authentic idioms and phrases often accompanied by interesting trivia but always in that deep rich voice that resonates in the memory. He was a fascinating, model human being in that he lived story – he WAS story. George gave so much of his talent, time and expertise to thousands of people throughout his life.
Alzheimer's Society Brain Wave Cafe Benefit of our clients with dementia.
Whitby – Games Café
Alzheimer Society of Durham Region Office
1600 Champlain Ave., Suite 202, Whitby
Third Thursday each month, 10 – 11:30am
(Apr 19, May 17. June 21, July 19, Aug 16)
I am taking the summer to update my website, work on new programming, record storytellers' voices and archive elder George Blake's voice for local museum and Storytellers of Canada radio.
Stay tuned ...
Two new programs are in the works to be performed in Durham Region and east of the city (GTA upon request).
From the Goodness of My Heart:
"Listen to My Heartstrings" for school age children
"Heart to Heart" for adults and older audiences.
These programs will be all about raising the spirits and lifting the heart with fun, humourous and heartfelt traditional and personal stories and songs. Heather will also tell you about her own journey with heart disease and how stories and music lighten the load and help relieve stress.