Jane enjoys entertaining her audiences with real life adventures and episodes from our histories. Occasionally a fantastical fictional tale is thrown in. Jane has told at Confabulation in Montreal. As well she frequently tells at the Montreal Storytellers’ Guild venue at Westmount Library, where she is currently treasurer.
Stéphanie Bénéteau studied literature and education before discovering her true vocation as a professional storyteller, a career she has been pursuing full time since 1995. She has performed in English and in French in venues all over Québec, Canada, and abroad. She has received many grants from the Canada Council, the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec and the Montreal arts council to create and tour her shows which include the medieval legend of Tristan and Iseult, the Greek myth Perseus and her most recent show based on Arthurian legend. She won the Ours d’or for Coquettes et Coquines, a show of erotic stories from around the world. Her storytelling CD Dreaming Tall: Stories for Growing Girls won the Parents’ Choice Gold Award.
Stéphanie also performs and gives workshops for children and teen-agers. She has created a unique storytelling workshop that she presents in schools in disadvantaged neighborhoods and helps thousands of children and teen-agers in underprivileged neighborhoods discover the joys of the imagination and the power of language.
Stéphanie tells in a lyrical, feminine voice touched with humour. She brings ancient stories from the oral tradition back to life, with the goal of making them relevant to the twenty first century.
Journeys unfold with every story told by Montreal Storyteller, Selina Eisenberg. Her storytelling delights toddlers, children, adolescents, and the young-at-heart of all ages in Canada and the US. Selina skillfully adapts stories to suit her audiences, and draws them in from beginning to end.” In May 2013, she toured Alberta as the featured storyteller on the TD Canada Children’s Book Tour storytellingalberta.blogspot.com. Featured at the Storytellers of Canada 2014 P.E.I. Conference with a ‘Roots Tale’ of how her grandfather came to Canada from Eastern Europe and has recently told the story at the Quebec Intercultural Festival 2015 in “The Ties That Bind Us” and again in Ottawa in a solo show at the Tea Party in the Byward Market. In Fall 2015, Eisenberg was also a feature teller at the Ottawa Children’s Storytelling Festival including presenting a workshop on storytelling for children 7-10 years of age, featured at the Centaur Theatre Children’s Series, and a presenter at Limmud Ottawa. She has lead workshops for librarians and early childhood educators, and hopes to publish two children’s stories that she has written. One story is on the holiday of Chanukah and the other is for Autism Awareness from a child’s perspective. After only four short years of being a member of Storytellers of Canada, Selina is the current President of SC-CC.
John David “Hobbes” Hickey has been telling fables, folktales, and legends across Canada for over 15 years. He has won several storytelling competitions and his band TaelStrum was named as one of the top spoken word acts in Best of Montreal 2012. He currently hosts the Slamtastique Story Slam, Montreal’s only bilingual storytelling competiton.
David has an animated, energetic telling style that appeals to both children and adults. He performs in schools, libraries, pubs, cafes, and various festivals across Canada. He lives in Montreal, Quebec and tells tales mostly in English and sometimes in French.
David has published three CDs: Did You Hear That? (2014), The Bard’s New Hat (2010), and You Don’t Know Jack (2005).
Victoria was born in Trinidad, West Indies and immigrated to Quebec, Canada in 1975. She currently teaches Ethics & Religious Culture at a public high school on the South Shore Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Victoria is also a member of Ottawa Storytellers and Storytellers of Canada. When she not teaching, she can be seen telling stories in Montreal on Story Swap nights on the second Thursday of each month. As well, Victoria presents at the Ottawa Children’s Storytelling Festival held in November each year.
Victoria often uses storytelling to convey important messages on multiculturalism to her students. Many of the tales she tells are from her childhood upbringing in the diverse cultures of the West Indies. Her repertoire is rich in an abundance of multicultural stories for both children and adults.
At the age of five, Austrian-born Christine found the hidden entrance to fairyland, and has been telling stories ever since. Now, as a grandmother, she spins her yarn, weaving it around you, inviting you to enter her tales: tales of wisdom and wonder – the wisdom of laughter, the sheer wonder of being alive…. She tells in English, French and German wherever she’s invited.
Estelle Ross is a motivational speaker, writer and storyteller. When she retired from business a few years ago, she became involved in Storytelling in USA and Canada and later joined Toastmasters International where she fine-tuned her speaking skills. She is a member of Toastmasters International St. Laurent club, Quebec, and Boca Raton and she frequently presents educational seminars at Toastmaster clubs. She is also a member of the Montreal Storytellers Guild, Storytellers of Canada as well as the Florida Storytellers Association. Estelle is available as an “infotainer” for meetings, fundraisers, and celebrations
Native born Montrealer, Paola Tonelli has been fascinated by the magic of stories since her mother delighted her with the tale of Pinocchio’s adventures at the age of five. As an adult she discovered yet another way to enjoy a good story, by telling one! Having enthralled both young and old listeners with her well-told tales for many years, she found her true niche in the Montreal Storytellers Guild and has been a regular performer since 2002. Fluent in three languages (English, French and Italian), Paola‘s eagerness to learn and her many interests add depth and background to her recitals; while her vivacious style and lively enthusiasm form a bond with audiences of all ages, captivating their attention as time and time again she draws them into the enchanted web she weaves with words.
Molly enjoys telling personal stories, trickster tales and stories with unpredictable endings. She tells to all ages, from toddlers to seniors.
Patti Warnock, La Contesse
Over the past decade the Countess of storytelling has performed in both English and French in festivals throughout Quebec, Canada, the Antilles, France and Iran including a participation in the T.D. Canadian Children’s Book Week.
Her repertoire consists not only of traditional style tales evoking memories of long forgotten kingdoms and wisdoms, but also includes her own creations where reality and fiction walk hand in hand, and which are based on her own childhood in rural Quebec and in northern Canada.
Her Irish origins and her “undefinable” accent lend a certain uniqueness to her stories, a certain timelessness…to be discovered in both official languages.
Whether for children or adults her stories are for the young at heart of all ages.
Workshops available through the Culture in the Schools program. (W.R.I.T.E. ® Writing, Reading, Imagining, Telling, English).