Presenters

JeanAssamoa

Jean Assamoa

Early Settlement Area
10:15 a.m.
For ages 8 and up

Early Settlement Area
12:00 p.m.
For ages 8 and up

“Akwaba” or “welcome” to an introduction to African culture. French storyteller Jean Assamoa is the founder, CEO and artistic director of Akwaba Cultural Exchange. Jean is Canadian but was originally was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He has been teaching, performing and presenting for over 20 years in Africa, Europe, the United States and Canada. His presentation will be in French, and he will focus on imaginary discovery within a platform of storytelling. 
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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 Progam 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.

BenBowen

Ben Bowen

Music Stage
2:15 p.m.
For all ages



Mr. Ben has been working with children for over 20 years, and since 2011 has been sharing music and songs with little ones of preschool age as both an early childhood music educator and an engaging children's entertainer. With his guitar in hand and a childlike enthusiasm and energy, his mix of folk and original kids' songs grabs audiences' attention, draws them in, and has them singing and moving along regardless of age. Here’s a personal invitation from Ben to attend the Telling Tales Festival!
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Paul Covello

Jerseyville Railway Station
10:30 a.m.
For ages birth to 8

Music Stage
12:45 p.m.
For ages birth to 8

Paul Covello is an illustrator, designer, and motion graphics artist from Toronto. He is the author and illustrator of the bestselling picture books Canada ABC and Toronto ABC. He is launching his new book Canada 123 at the Festival! Join Paul as he presents from his books, and takes you on a tour across the country using numbers and letters to touch upon all of the incredible things about Canada! Here’s a personal invitation from Paul to attend the Telling Tales Festival!
DerekDouglas

Derek Douglas

Cathcart Schoolhouse
10:30 a.m.
For ages 4 to 8

Jerseyville Railway Station
12:45 p.m.
For ages 4 to 8

Get ready for possibly the most exciting, the most exhilarating, the most electrifying demonstration of children’s art you’ve ever seen! Derek Douglas, illustrator of Canada: Our Road to Democracy and Canada: Our Home and Native Land, will need YOUR help to demonstrate the differences between creating art with pixels and with paint. Full of ninjas, messy painting and naughty rogue pixels, this demonstration is sure to be super-fun and interactive. Here’s a personal invitation from Derek to attend the Telling Tales Festival!
MelanieFishbane

Melanie J. Fishbane

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



Melanie J. Fishbane is the author of MAUD, a historical fiction YA novel inspired by the life of L.M. Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables. Melanie will talk about why she loves historical fiction and will take you through the process of writing about one of Canada’s most celebrated authors. Here’s a personal invitation from Melanie to attend the Telling Tales Festival!
ErinBow

Erin Bow

Teen Zone (Summer Stage)
11:15 a.m.
For ages 12 and up



Erin Bow is a physicist turned poet turned children’s novelist – and she’s won major awards in all three roles. On the fiction front, she’s the author of the acclaimed middle grade fantasy Plain Kate, the YA horror Sorrow’s Knot, and the hit new Prisoners of Peace duology: The Scorpion Rules and The Swan Riders. Erin lives in Kitchener with her husband James Bow – also a novelist – and their two young daughters.
EmmaDonoghue

Emma Donoghue

Tween Zone (Lockhart Meadow)
12:30 p.m.
For ages 8 to 12

Bandstand
2:15 p.m.
For ages 8 to 12

Born in Ireland, Emma Donoghue has lived in London, Ontario since 1998. Best known for her novels for adults – including the international bestseller Room, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange prizes – she is also a playwright and screenwriter. Academy-nominated for her script for Room the film. The Lotterys Plus One is her first book for young readers. Here’s a personal invitation from Emma to attend the Telling Tales Festival!
LisaDalrymple

Lisa Dalrymple

Early Settlement Area
2:00 p.m.
For ages 8 to 12



Lisa Dalrymple is a wandering, wondering, dabbling, babbling, addle-brained author. Often her travels lead to new adventures she can share with young readers. Ever wonder what it’s like to eat a piranha before it eats you? To come back later and go swimming in the same river? Or to canoe across an anaconda-infested swamp? We’ll read Tate’s adventures in Jungle Jitters and find out about some of the stories behind the stories. Here’s a personal invitation from Lisa to attend the Telling Tales Festival!
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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! Here’s a personal invitation from the Creative Theatre Company to attend the Telling Tales Festival!

MelanieFlorence

Melanie Florence

Teen Zone (Summer Stage)
1:30 p.m.
For ages 12 and up



Melanie Florence is a writer of Cree and Scottish heritage. She was close to her grandfather as a child, a relationship that sparked her interest in writing about Aboriginal themes and characters. She is the author of Missing Nimama, which won the 2016 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award and is a Forest of Reading Golden Oak Finalist. Her other books include Righting Canada's Wrongs: Residential Schools and the teen novels He Who Dreams, The Missing, One Night, and Rez RunawayHere’s a personal invitation from Melanie to attend the Telling Tales Festival!
LindaGranfield

Linda Granfield

Jerseyville Railway Station
11:30 a.m.
For ages 8 to 12



Linda Granfield has written over 30 books that connect young readers and stories from Canada’s past. This year, for Canada 150 and the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, she has a new book: The Vimy Oaks: A Journey to Peace. Discover how a handful of acorns planted in Ontario in 1917 have sprouted into a terrific story about a soldier, nature and peace-time in 2017.
JoyceGrant

Joyce Grant

Mountsberg Church
12:00 p.m.
For ages 6 and up

Cathcart Schoolhouse
2:45 p.m.
For ages birth to 8

Join Joyce Grant to play some word games! In Joyce’s picture books, Gabby puts letters together to make words and you’ll get to do it too in this fun presentation. Using stuffed fabric letters — held by kid-volunteers — the audience will try to figure out what the letters spell, by mixing up the kids and rearranging the letters. There will also be a fun, interactive reading of Gabby, the first book in the series. It’s going to be a giggling, spelling, laughing-good time! Perfect for beginning readers, beginning spellers and anyone who loves words! Here’s a personal invitation from Joyce to attend the Telling Tales Festival!
HPL Blackout Poetry

Hamilton Public Library – Blackout Poetry

Teen Zone (Summer Stage)
10:15 a.m.
For ages 12 to 18



Celebrate Canada 150 by creating new poems using the words on page 150 of Canadian teen novels with the Hamilton Public Library.
HPL Canadian Trivia

Hamilton Public Library – Canadian Trivia

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



How well do you know our country? Test your knowledge and learn some surprising facts about Canada with the Hamilton Public Library!
Journal Writing

Hamilton Public Library – Journal Writing Workshop

Teen Zone (Summer Stage)
12:45 p.m.
For ages 8 and up



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.

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.

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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.

NaseemHrab

Naseem Hrab

Cathcart Schoolhouse
2:00 p.m.
For ages 4 to 8



Naseem Hrab is a writer, former librarian and the author of the laugh-out-loud picture book Ira Crumb Makes a Pretty Good Friend. Making new friends doesn’t have to be hard, does it? It can be fun! Join Naseem for a collaborative reading from her book and a hands-on activity where kids will discover what makes each of us a pretty good friend. Here’s a personal invitation from Naseem to attend the Telling Tales Festival!
Jude

Jude Johnson

Bandstand
10:15 a.m.
For all ages



Jude Johnson is a singing and swinging for another year here at the festival! She is the founder/director of the MAD Creative Art School and has 10 recordings released for adults and children. She is Hamilton’s Women of the year in Music and Art’s Education. Let’s all have some fun clapping and dancing to her upbeat performance. Carl Horton is with her again this year.
Andrew Larsen

Andrew Larsen

Bandstand
11:00 a.m.
For ages 4 to 8

Cathcart Schoolhouse
12:30 p.m.
For ages 4 to 8

Award winning author Andrew Larsen is delighted to be returning to Telling Tales. He will be launching his newest book: Goodnight, Hockey Fans at this year’s Festival. Andrew will also be presenting from his picture book: A Squiggly Story, which explores how worlds are opened up when children begin to read and write. Hear Andrew share his stories and perhaps you will be inspired to share one of your own. Winters, you'll find Andrew on the ice.
JoanneLevy

Joanne Levy

Tween Zone (Lockhart Meadow)
11:00 a.m.
For ages 8 to 12



Get ready to laugh! Joanne Levy is the author of funny books for tweens, Crushing It and Small Medium At Large. She can usually be found at her computer, channeling her younger self into books, writing the friends she wishes she had as a kid. Joanne lives in Hamilton with her husband and many pets. Her presentation will be on writing funny stories, will include a short reading, and there will be time for Q&A.
ElizabethMacleod

Elizabeth MacLeod

Jerseyville Railway Station
1:30 p.m.
For ages 8 to 12



Elizabeth MacLeod loved writing Canada Year by Year because she’s a proud Canadian and she’s very nosy! She really enjoys finding out why people do the things they do. Did you know that Elizabeth Arden was Canadian and her real name was Florence Nightingale Graham? Or that the gas mask was invented by a Newfoundlander? During her presentation, she’ll talk about some of the most incredible things she discovered while writing Canada Year by Year.
Meet the publishers: Judy Brunsek, Sandra O’Brien, , Gillian O’Reilly

“Meet the Publishers” Talk

Mountsberg Church
2:45 p.m.
For ages 12+



Let’s talk about the world of children’s publishing. Interested in becoming a children’s author? Come and hear this lively panel discussion. Judy Brunsek, director of sales and marketing at Owlkids Books, and Sandra O’Brien, editor of Canadian Children’s Book News will talk about the current trends in the industry followed by a Q&A session. Author, editor and Telling Tales Board of Director, Gillian O’Reilly, will moderate. If you dream of becoming a published children’s author, or are just curious about this world, this presentation is for you.
EvanMunday

Evan Munday

Tween Zone (Lockhart Meadow)
2:00 p.m.
For ages 8 to 12



Evan Munday is the author and illustrator of a series of novels for young adults: The Dead Kid Detective Agency. The first two books in the series were both nominated for the Silver Birch Award. His presentations involve mystery, Canadian history, and more than a little bit of drawing.
MrChris&gassyBubbles

Mr. Chris and the Gassy Bubbles

Music Stage
12:00 p.m.
For all ages

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

Mr. Chris and the Gassy Bubbles are a children's entertainment group based out of Cambridge. They have been delivering their brand of children and family music all across the province for nearly 12 years. The Bubbles program includes interactive puppetry, storytelling and a modern twist on children's music that will have the entire family dancing together. Keep an eye out for the Gassy Bubbles 4th album, Map of Icosahedron, which will be available June 2017. Here’s a personal invitation from Mr. Chris and the Gassy Bubbles to attend the Telling Tales Festival!
ItahSadu

Itah Sadu

Music Stage
11:15 a.m.
For all ages

Bandstand
1:30 p.m.
For all ages

Enjoy listening to traditional African and Caribbean stories from this award-winning storyteller and children's author. Itah’s love for storytelling has taken her to schools around the world where she has developed stories that have a special appeal for children.
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 and Rabbit to attend the Telling Tales Festival!

KevinSylvester

Kevin Sylvester

Bandstand
12:30 p.m.
For all ages

Tween Zone (Lockhart Meadow)
2:45 p.m.
For all ages

Kevin Sylvester is an award-winning illustrator, writer and broadcaster. He writes and illustrates everything from murder mysteries and science fiction, to books on sports and financial literacy. His sci-fi series MINRS is already a bestseller and has achieved critical success. His Neil Flambé Capers is now at six books and his second picture book, Super-Duper Monster Viewer, was released in 2016. Kevin’s non-fiction titles include: Basketballogy, Baseballogy, Sports Hall of Weird and Gold Medal for Weird.
TedStaunton

Ted Staunton

Bandstand
11:45 a.m.
For all ages

Music Stage
1:30 p.m.
For all ages

Ted Staunton has written many books, but he’s really excited about sharing his new picture book, Harry and Clare’s Amazing Staycation and his new middle-grade novel, Bounced. When not being bookish, Ted plays in a band so he’ll have his banjo and guitar along for some added musical fun! Here’s a personal invitation from Ted to attend the Telling Tales Festival!
TT-PressClub

Telling Tales Press Club Journalism Workshop

Mountsberg Church
12:00 p.m.
For ages 6 and up



Join author and journalist Joyce Grant for a special Telling Tales Press Club workshop. Become a junior reporter and learn all about what a journalist does. Joyce will walk junior reporters through a news story, how to answer the 5 W’s, and then send the new reporters out into the field to cover their own story!
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Nicola Winstanley

Cathcart Schoolhouse
11:30 a.m.
For ages birth to 8



Nicola Winstanley is a Hamilton-based children’s author. She will read her latest book, A Bedtime Yarn. She will also explain the story behind the tale about colours, dreams, and the connection between a little bear and his mother. Come and create a blanket mural in your favourite colours! Here’s a personal invitation from Nicola to attend the Telling Tales Festival!
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Kari-Lynn Winters

Cathcart Schoolhouse
1:15 p.m.
For ages birth to 8

Bandstand
3:00 p.m.
For ages birth to 8

Dr. Kari-Lynn Winters is an award-winning children’s book author, playwright, performer, and academic scholar. Twenty of her picture books, non-fiction, or poetry books have been accepted for publication. She is also an experienced teacher of writing, who has taught a range of students in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and in South Africa. Kari-Lynn currently works at Brock University, teaching teachers.