Presenters

Blundson

Robert Blunsdon

Music Stage
10:15 a.m.
For all ages



Robert Blunsdon is a teacher with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. During his summer break he is the Director of the Rotary Summer Literacy Camp at Cathy Wever School, a free literacy-based day camp for junior kindergarten to Grade 5 students. Robert is a long-time musician who plays the guitar and has entertained and educated countless children through his music. Come sing and dance along as Robert performs some entertaining classic children’s songs.

Boudreau

Hélène Boudreau

English: Jerseyville Railway Station
11:30 a.m.
For all ages

French: Early Settlement Area
2:00 p.m.
For all ages

Come listen to traditional Acadian songs and stories! Hélène Boudreau is the author of 14 books including Evangeline for Young Readers. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's epic poem Evangeline tells the story of two young lovers deported from Acadie and their lifelong search for one another. First published in 1847, the poem has been important to Acadian identity ever since. Hélène recounts this tragic story for a new generation. She will present the book in both English and French. Here’s a personal invitation from Hélène to attend the Telling Tales Festival!

Chan

Gillian Chan

Jerseyville Railway Station
12:45 p.m.
For ages 6 and up



Watch history come alive with Dundas author Gillian Chan. Always a child given to day-dreaming, she now transforms those day-dreams into stories. She has written fantasies and contemporary stories, and more recently historical novels. She prefers to see history through the eyes of everyday people and will discuss this in relation to her two most recent books in the I Am Canada series. Here’s a personal invitation from Gillian to attend the Telling Tales Festival!

Chantler

Scott Chantler

Tween Zone (Lockhart Meadow)
2:15 p.m.
For ages 9 to 12



If you love comics and adventure, then don’t miss this presentation! Scott Chantler is the award-winning creator of the graphic novels Two Generals and Northwest Passage, and the all-ages fantasy adventure series Three Thieves. He presents a crash course in visual storytelling for future comics creators young and old.

Creative Theatre Company

Creative Theatre Company

Tween Zone (Lockhart Meadow)
11:45 a.m.
For all ages

Teen Zone (Summer Stage)
2:30 p.m.
For all ages

The Creative Theatre Company directors Claudette Brundage and Jennifer Walton have been teaching talented young people since 1990. They offer extracurricular acting classes to students in grades 2-12, summer acting camp, workshops for schools and the community, and skill-building corporate workshops. Meet some of their students and alumni throughout the festival, playing characters from beloved children's literature. Join Jen and Claudette for interactive theatre game sessions where everyone gets to play!

HCC

Hamilton Children’s Choir

Music Stage
11:30 a.m.
For all ages



The Hamilton Children’s Choir (HCC) is an internationally-renowned and award-winning children and youth choir, sharing the joys and benefits of singing, and believing that “If you can speak, you can sing.” Boasting 190 choristers ages 5 to 18, the HCC offers vocal training and music instruction.

Puppeteers

Hamilton Public Library Puppeteers

Large Meadow Puppet Stage
10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m.
For all ages



The Hamilton Public Library Puppeteers are a talented group of youth services staff who perform classic puppet shows as well as some new ones. Don’t miss the fun – a perfect option for the entire family.

Journal Writing

Hamilton Public Library – Journal Writing Workshop

Tween Zone (Lockhart Meadow)
10:15 a.m.
For ages 8 to 12



Create a journal to reflect on your experiences as a Canadian in our sesquicentennial year. All materials and writing prompts provided by the Hamilton Public Library.

Song Writing

Hamilton Public Library – Song Writing Workshop

Teen Zone (Summer Stage)
2:00 p.m.
For ages 12 to 18



Are you an aspiring songwriter? Collaborate with other songwriters, get inspired, and find the hook you need to make your song perfect. Feel free to bring an instrument!

Tween Writting Workshop

Hamilton Public Library – Tween Writing Workshop

Tween Zone (Lockhart Meadow)
10:30 a.m.
For ages 9 to 12



Do you love to write?  Come to the Tween Zone to meet other young writers, learn more about the writing process, and complete a writing activity based on Mahtab Narsimhan's Mission Mumbai.

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Hamilton Youth Poets

Early Settlement Area
11:00 a.m.
For ages 9 and up

Tween Zone (Lockhart Meadow)
1:15 p.m.
For ages 9 and up

The Hamilton Youth Poets (HYP) have created a youth-focused spoken word community and a growing platform for youth to speak and be heard. Year ‘round HYP-lead friendly poetry competitions emphasize community and self-expression through hip-hop poetry, oral storytelling, and spoken word. It’s the art of telling authentic stories with the voices of young witnesses, celebrating their identity and finding a common ground through their narratives.

Jude

Jude Johnson

Bandstand
11:45 a.m.
For all ages



Jude Johnson’s “Silly Singin’ and a Swingin’ Show” is not to be missed! Sing-a-longs, originals and old family favourites get you clapping and having family fun in the autumn sun. Jude has released nine recordings for both children and adults. She’s Hamilton’s Music Ambassador and founder/director of the MAD Creative Arts School where children explore music, art and drama. Get your voices ready to sing and your dancing shoes on!

Erik

Jon-Erik Lappano

Cathcart School House
1:45 p.m.
For ages 4 to 12



Jon-Erik Lappano is an environmental educator, author, and creative professional with a curiosity and love for all things wild. Uncover the magic of nature that's all around us by listening to a reading of Tokyo Digs a Garden, an imaginative tale of urban environmentalism. Then take part in some hands-on activities where kids and other nature-lovers can create their own 'wild garden'. Jon-Erik lives in Guelph with his young and growing family. Here’s a personal invitation from Jon-Erik to attend the Telling Tales Festival!

Larsen

Andrew Larsen

Early Settlement Area
11:15 a.m.
For ages 4 to 8

Cathcart School House
2:30 p.m.
For ages 4 to 8

Award winning author Andrew Larsen is delighted to be returning to Telling Tales. This year Andrew will be presenting his newest picture books: A Squiggly Story, which explores how worlds are opened up when children begin to read and write; and The Not-So-Faraway Adventure that features characters who were first introduced in The Imaginary Garden. They discover that the best adventures are often found right outside your door. Hear Andrew share his stories and perhaps you will be inspired to share one of your own. Here’s a personal invitation from Andrew to attend the Telling Tales Festival!

Lukasik

John Lukasik

Early Settlement Area
10:30 a.m.
For all ages



Storytime is the best time! Don’t miss John’s super-interactive and fun story time. John is a children’s librarian with the Mississauga Public Library. He brings an excitement to stories that will put a smile on everyone’s face. Be prepared to sing, dance and have an amazing time!

Mattick

Lindsay Mattick

Cathcart School House
10:30 a.m.
For ages 3 to 8



Lindsay Mattick is the author of Finding Winnie, a new picture book which explores her family’s unique connection to the world’s most famous bear: Winnie-the-Pooh. As the great-granddaughter of Captain Harry Colebourn, Lindsay grew up thinking of Winnie as her own ‘great-grandbear’.  Listen to Lindsay read about her adventures in Finding Winnie.

Sheila and Denise

“Meet the Publishers” Talk

Mountsberg Church
2:45 p.m.
Ages 12 and up



Interested in becoming a children’s author? The publisher of Groundwood Books, Sheila Barry, and the marketing and publicity director at Scholastic Canada, Denise Anderson, will tell tales about their perspectives and goals in selecting and marketing the best children’s books. Moderator Vikki VanSickle is a presenting author, and is also the marketing and publicity manager at Penguin Random House Canada. She will introduce our guest speakers, and lead a Q & A session discussion. If you dream of becoming a published children’s author, or are just curious to explore this world - this is for you.

Narsimhan

Mahtab Narsimhan

Tween Zone (Lockhart Meadow)
12:00 p.m.
For ages 9 to 12



Explore diverse adventure stories with award-winning author Mahtab Narsimhan. She has two new books out this year: Mission Mumbai, a story about two boys who travel to India for a holiday, and her first picture book, Looking for Lord Ganesh. Mahtab lives in Toronto with her husband, son, golden retriever, and is deeply committed to representing diversity in her stories. Here’s a personal invitation from Mahtab to attend the Telling Tales Festival!

Ohi

Ruth Ohi

Bandstand
12:30 p.m.
For ages 4 to 8

Music Stage
2:15 p.m.
For ages 4 to 8

Come create with scribbles and your imagination! Join Ruth Ohi, author/illustrator of over 18 picture books. She’ll show us how to create characters and stories through an interactive brainstorming drawing demo featuring her latest books: Scribble and Fox and Squirrel the Best Christmas EverHere’s a personal invitation from Ruth to attend the Telling Tales Festival!

Oppel

Kenneth Oppel

Teen Zone (Summer Stage)
1:15 p.m.
For ages 9 and up

Bandstand
3:00 p.m.
For ages 9 and up

Kenneth Oppel is the award-winning author of numerous books including the Silverwing series (which has sold over a million copies worldwide) and the Airborn series, which won the Governor General's Award for children’s literature. His most recent books are The Boundless and The Nest which recently won the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award. During the festival Kenneth will be launching his latest captivating novel, Every Hidden Thing which is being described as Romeo and Juliet meets Indiana Jones! Don’t miss him read from this new book!

Peacock

Shane Peacock

Teen Zone (Summer Stage)
12:00 p.m.
For ages 9 and up

Bandstand
2:15 p.m.
For ages 9 and up

Not for the faint of heart. Listen to author Shane Peacock discuss his first Gothic horror novel The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim. Plus he has two more new books out this year: his first picture book The Artist and Me, a unique story about Vincent van Gogh being bullied by a child; and don’t miss Separated, a prequel to his books in The Seven Series appears in September. Here’s a personal invitation from Shane to attend the Telling Tales Festival!

Reid

Barbara Reid

Cathcart School House
11:30 a.m.
For ages birth to 5

Music Stage
1:30 p.m.
For ages birth to 5

Barbara Reid is one of Canada’s best known illustrators of children’s books. Creator of favourites: The Party, Welcome Baby and the bestselling Sing a Song of Mother Goose, her unique plasticine illustrations are recognized around the world, and her picture books have won dozens of awards. Barbara will share the stories behind the pictures from her books, including her newest Sing a Song of Bedtime. Please join the fun! Here’s a personal invitation from Barbara to attend the Telling Tales Festival!

Sands

Kevin Sands

Teen Zone (Summer Stage)
11:00 a.m.
For ages 9 and up



After escaping from university with a pair of degrees in theoretical physics, Kevin Sands turned his hand to uncovering the secret world of apothecaries. He is the author of the award-winning bestseller The Blackthorn Key, and its sequel, Mark of the PlagueHere’s a personal invitation from Kevin to attend the Telling Tales Festival!

Slavin

Bill Slavin

Jerseyville Railway Station
2:15 p.m.
For ages 3 to 7



If you love illustration, don’t miss Bill Slavin. Bill has illustrated over 100 books for kids, including the award-winning Stanley series, graphic novel trilogy Elephants Never Forget, and best-selling Transformed: How Everyday Things are Made. Join Bill for a fun session that includes a collaborative reading of his new picture book Who Broke the Teapot?!, plus a drawing demo where one lucky child will take home an original drawing! Here’s a personal invitation from Bill to attend the Telling Tales Festival!

Solomon

Chad Solomon

Early Settlement Area
1:00 p.m.
For all ages



Come on an adventure with Rabbit and Bear Paws. Learn about First Nations history, cultures and traditions from author/artist Chad Solomon, a member of the Henvey Inlet, First Nation. His grandfather Art Solomon was a traditional healer and justice activist. He taught Chad that no matter how old you become, you should always be young-at-heart and that laughter is the greatest medicine. This is the spirit behind the comical Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws series. Here’s a personal invitation from Chad to attend the Telling Tales Festival!

Sutherland

Joel A. Sutherland

Jerseyville Railway Station
10:45 a.m.
For ages 9 to 12



Be afraid – be very afraid! Join author Joel A. Sutherland for some scary ghost stories from his Haunted Canada series. Joel is a Children's & Youth Services Librarian for the Georgina Public Library, an award juror, and even appeared on the Canadian TV edition of Wipeout. He lives in southern Ontario with his wife and children. Here’s a personal invitation from Joel to attend the Telling Tales Festival!

Sylvester

Kevin Sylvester

Tween Zone (Lockhart Meadow)
11:15 a.m.
For ages 9 to 12

Bandstand
1:30 p.m.
For ages 9 to 12

Get ready for a presentation that’s out of this world! Join Kevin Sylvester, award winning illustrator, writer and broadcaster, as he talks about his new sci-fi series MINRs and shares amazing cartooning advice. He released two new books this year: the Neil Flambé Capers culinary mystery series Book #6: Neil Flambé and the Duel in the Desert, and his second picture book Super-Duper Monster Viewer. He will preview MINRs2 which comes out in October! Here’s a personal invitation from Kevin to attend the Telling Tales Festival!

Tankard

Jeremy Tankard

Bandstand
11:00 a.m.
For all ages

Music Stage
3:00 p.m.
For all ages

Jeremy Tankard is the author/illustrator (or, as he likes to call himself, “authorstrator”) of the successful Grumpy Bird and its sequel Boo Hoo Bird. This year he will be launching the newest book in the Bird series, Hungry Bird, at Telling Tales! He will speak about his journey from childhood doodling to successful authorstrator, do some drawings and read from some of his books. Here’s a personal invitation from Jeremy to attend the Telling Tales Festival!

Turkey Rubarb

TURKEY Rhubarb

Bandstand
10:15 a.m.
For all ages

Music Stage
12:30 p.m.
For all ages

Celebrate a Telling Tales tradition with the delightful music of TURKEY Rhubarb! The children's music trio from Hamilton includes: Dale Behnke, Gerry Dion and Paul Fralick. Get ready to clap, dance and sing along to their traditional English, French and Spanish tunes from all over the world! Don’t miss one of their final performances singing together as TURKEY Rhubarb.

VanSickle

Vikki VanSickle

Cathcart School House
12:30 p.m.
For ages birth to 8

Mountsberg Church
2:45 p.m.
For ages 12 and up

Vikki VanSickle is an award-winning author of novels and picture books for children. If I Had a Gryphon is a laugh-out-loud pet story with a twist, featuring magical creatures in realistic situations. Vikki will have her magical pet care kit, with clues to some of the creatures in the book. Children are invited to play pet detective before delving into the story.  Vikki is also the marketing and publicity manager at Penguin Random House Canada and will moderate our “Meet the Publishers” talk for ages 12 and up. Here’s a personal invitation from Vikki to attend the Telling Tales Festival!

Winters

Kari-Lynn Winters

Jerseyville Railway Station
3:00 p.m.
For ages 4 to 8



Get ready for a swashbuckling good time! Join Kari-Lynn Winters, award winning children's author, playwright, poet and performer, for a playful pirate tale from her books Bad Pirate and Good Pirate. Find out if it’s bad to be a good pirate, or good to be a bad pirate! Kari-Lynn has over 17 books published and nine in production. She’s an Associate Professor at Brock University, where she teaches drama and literacy to teacher candidates.