Storytelling Festival at Harbourfront Centre

Stories from around the globe shared at Toronto Storytelling Festival, April 9–10.

Photo Credit: Aaron Fisher

The 38th edition of Toronto Storytelling Festival has returned to Harbourfront Centre for a weekend full of worldly stories, April 9–10, co-produced with Storytelling Toronto and generously supported by TD Bank Group. This two day event, which is part of a larger 10-day festival, will feature Liars’ Contests and remixed fairytales, as well as some of the world’s finest storytellers, from First Nations elders to Afro-Canadian Anansi tellers.

Diana Webley, Harbourfront Centre’s Senior Artistic Associate, explains, “This year’s Toronto Storytelling Festival has a story from all corners of the earth. We are featuring storytellers from Haiti to England and Egypt to France. We have stories shared in Mandarin, French, Hindi, Creole, Swahili and many other languages. There is truly a story for everyone at Toronto Storytelling Festival.

Toronto Storytelling Festival Highlights:

• Storytelling Concert Gala: Hosted by Catherine Porter, four world-travelling storytellers weave an unforgettable tapestry of words, wonder and risk, featuring personal stories to tales of Arabian nights.
Storytellers: Tahir Shah, Chirine El Ansary, Ivan Coyote and Tuup.
• Storytelling Picnic (Teddy Bears welcome!): A fun, interactive storytelling gathering rhymes, stories, songs and movement. Hosted by Mariella Bertelli.
Storytellers: Sally Jaeger and Erika Jaeger
• Wondertales: Leslie Ogilvie shares Jack tales and fairytales filled with twists and turns and thrilling adventure.
• Liars’ Concert: The art of exaggeration and downright deception will be in full display as host Sandra Whiting invites audience members to tell their best whoppers.

Most events are Free. Some require tickets. For full festival details, visit or call the information desk at 416-973-4000.

Now that the Queens Quay revitalization is complete, please visit for updates on how to access the site.

Harbourfront Centre is a Canadian charity operating the 10 prime acres of Toronto’s central waterfront as a free and open public site. We celebrate the multiplicities of cultures that comprise Canada and enliven the city through the creative imaginations of artists from across the country and around the globe.

Past Storytelling Event - Photo Credit: Aaron Fisher

Storytellers 2016 Louis Bird - Photo Credit: Bruce Carmody
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