Telling Tales Teen Book Talk with

author Erin Bow

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Westdale Secondary School, 700 Main Street West, Hamilton

ErinBowDoors Open at 6:30 pm

Presentation 7:00 pm to 7:40 pm

Doors Close at 8:15 pm

Light refreshments courtesy of Tim Hortons

Admission is Free

Event organized by Westdale Secondary School Council.

Funding provided by Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grant

Past Events

McQuesten Canada 150 Celebration: Heritage Harvest

Join us for a multi-cultural celebration for Canada’s 150 at the McQuesten Urban Farm!


McQuesten Urban Farm
785 Britannia Ave, Hamilton, Ontario L8H 6P7
Saturday, June 24th
Telling Tales Presenters: Melanie Florence @ 2:30 p.m. and Derek Douglas @ 3:30 p.m.

With family friendly activities through the day, storytelling with the Telling Tales Festival, tours of the McQuesten Urban Farm, a BBQ, live music from Ratwolf, an interactive community art project, camp fire and fun community partner-led activities throughout the day.

Saturday June 24th 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. @ the McQuesten Urban Farm East parking lot. Rain or shine


ArcelorMittal Dofasco Canada Day Picnic

Canada Day Employee Family Picnic 

July 1st
Stoney Creek, ONCommunity - FH Sherman - Canada Day

ArcelorMittal Dofasco welcomes approximately 10,000 people to our Recreation Park to celebrate Canada Day. The day’s activities focus on children’s entertainment with a sprawling offer of bouncy castles, water games, face painting, live music, food and more. The day ends with the region’s most renowned firework show.

Peace By Piece: Stitching Together Canadian Stories

Quilt of Belonging –Telling Tales Tuesday Mornings at The Cotton Factory


July 11th – August 15th
270 Sherman Ave North, Hamilton, L8L 6N4

quiltCelebrate Canada’s 150th and share the stories that make Canada special with the Quilt of Belonging exhibit. In addition to the Quilt of Belonging this five week exhibit will showcase interactive programs, talks, workshops, displays, concerts and much more.

Quilt of Belonging was begun in the fall of 1998 by artist Esther Bryan. The dream of making this artwork was born as she recognized that everyone has a story to tell, each culture has a unique beauty and that the experiences and values of our past inform who we are today. In this textile mosaic, each person can experience a sense of belonging and find a place in the overall design – there is “A Place for All”. Together they record human history in textile, illustrating the beauty, complexity and sheer size of the human story.

Join us Tuesday mornings to celebrate Canadian stories! Each week we will bring you a talented Canadian author, illustrator or storyteller to entertain children and families. Participate in interactive literacy activities with staff from the Hamilton Public Library, then sit back and enjoy a performance from one of the presenters attending the 9th Annual Telling Tales Festival this fall.

 July 11: Creative Theatre Company

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Today’s presenter is The Creative Theatre Company. Directors Claudette Brundage and Jennifer Walton have been teaching talented young people how to tell stories through acting since 1990. Join Jen and Claudette for interactive theatre game sessions where everyone gets to play!

July 18: Chad Solomon
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Today’s presenter is Chad Solomon. Learn about First Nations history, cultures and traditions from author and puppeteer Chad Solomon, and come on an adventure with his characters Rabbit and Bear Paws.

July 25: Jean Assamoa
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Today’s presenter is French storyteller Jean Assamoa. Jean is the founder, CEO and artistic director of Akwaba Cultural Exchange, and he will entertain guests with bilingual music and storytelling.

August 1: Derek Douglas
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Today’s presenter is Derek Douglas. Derek is an illustrator from Dundas and created the beautiful illustration for this year’s Telling Tales Festival. Join him for a fun and interactive demonstration of children’s art.

August 8: Itah Sadu
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Today’s presenter is Itah Sadu. Her love for storytelling has taken her to schools around the world where she has developed stories that have a special appeal for children. Enjoy listening to traditional African and Caribbean stories from this award-winning storyteller and children’s author.

August 15: Paul Covello
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Today’s presenter is Paul Covello. Paul is an illustrator, designer, and motion graphics artist from Toronto. Join Paul as he presents from his books Canada ABC and Toronto ABC, and takes you on a tour across the country using numbers and letters to explore all of the incredible things about Canada!

Westfield Heritage Village – Ice Cream Carnival

Telling Tales Presenter Paul Covello will be in attendance August 6 at 2 p.m. and Derek Douglas August 7 at 2 p.m. 

1049 Kirkwall Rd, Rockton, ON L0R 1X0Jaden-Dilda-with-Ice-Cream-Cart
August 6 – 7, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Celebrate summer with the sweet taste of ice cream at this lively family event. Enjoy Edwardian carnival foods, games, amusements and music. Hand cranked real ice cream making demonstrations and samples throughout the day.  Don’t miss this delicious and festive family outing!



Telling Tales Storytelling Workshop

November 3, 2017

10 AM to 12:30 PM (Doors open at 9:30 AM)

Boys and Girls Clubs of Hamilton, 45 Ellis Ave. Hamilton, Ontario L8H 4L8

Discover your own storytelling powers at our new creative workshop that focuses on telling stories through writing, illustration, drama, poetry and music. This FREE workshop is for families and kids in Grades 1 to 8.


Learn improv and dramatic storytelling from the Creative Theatre Company, hear traditional African storytelling and musical tales from Jean Assamoa, express your creative side with drawing tips from illustrator Kevin Sylvester, learn about writing during a hands-on writing workshop with author Melanie Florence, and discover spoken word poetry with the Hamilton Youth Poets.
Spend your PA Day with Telling Tales. Spaces are limited and smaller workshops are available on a first come, first serve basis.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Storytelling-Poster-RGBCreative Theatre Company

10:00 AM to 10:40 AM (Gymnasium)

Interactive theatre game sessions where everyone gets to play.

Melanie Florence

10:45 AM to 11:25 AM (Computer Room)

Develop your writing skills.

Jean Assamoa

10:45 AM to 11:25 AM (Gymnasium)

Musical storytelling through drumming.

Kevin Sylvester

11:30 AM to 12:20 PM (Gymnasium)

Learn how to turn scribbles into great art.

Hamilton Youth Poets

11:30 AM to 12:20 PM (Games Room)

Youth-focused spoken word poetry.

Kids’ Lit QuizTM Hamilton Heat

Challenge Your Literary Knowledge: Compete in the Sport of Reading

HamiltonHeat-PosterThis literary challenge is for students in grades 5 to 8.

(Students must be 10-13 years old as of July 1, 2018)

Schools can enter up to 3 teams of 4 students

Compete Against the All-Star Author Team proudly sponsored by Telling Tales

Gillian Chan             Linda Granfield             Joanne Levy             Aimee Reid

When: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Where: Hillfield Strathallan College, 299 Fennell Ave. W., Hamilton


Telling Tales is also proud to sponsor the Spirit Award

Show your literary team spirit for a chance to win an author visit for your school

Test your children’s literary knowledge with the special edition Telling Tales Kids’ Lit Quiz!

Download and share our poster with your school.

Telling Tales Teen Book Talk with

scrimger_2015author Richard Scrimger

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Westdale Secondary School, 700 Main Street West, Hamilton

Doors Open at 6:30 pm

Presentation 7:00 pm to 7:40 pm

Doors Close at 8:15 pm

Light refreshments courtesy of Tim Hortons

Admission is Free

Event organized by Westdale Secondary School Council.

Funding provided by Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grant