Celebrating Canadian stories at the 9th annual Telling Tales Festival

Discover stories about family, friendship, adventure, and Canadian history at this year’s Telling Tales Festival. Plus, find out what inspires authors to write, learn drawing tips from illustrators, and listen to musical tales.

Join us this fall for amazing presentations for the whole family – kids, teens, families, book lovers and even reluctant readers. This year’s festival features over 30 award-winning Canadian authors, illustrators, storytellers, and musicians who promise to entertain and delight families.

We are thrilled to welcome Emma Donoghue, well known for her international bestselling book Room. She will be presenting her first children’s book The Lotterys Plus One. Also for tweens and teens, author Erin Bow will talk about her hit books The Scorpion Rules and The Swan Riders while Kevin Sylvester transports tweens to a planet filled with action, adventure, and warfare in his MINRs series.

Ted Staunton will stretch children’s imagination with characters in his new book Harry and Clare’s Amazing Staycation. Andrew Larsen delights children with his tales and is launching his latest book Goodnight, Hockey Fans. Melanie Florence writes about Indigenous themes and characters, and is introducing a new picture book at the Festival titled Stolen Words. Storytellers Itah Sadu and Jean Assamoa will share their diverse stories that celebrate multiculturalism.

Many of the talented Telling Tales presenters are located right here in Hamilton. Enjoy interactive children’s art demonstrations with illustrator Derek Douglas, dance along with music by Jude Johnson, hear funny stories with author Joanne Levy, and enjoy a special reading and activity from author Nicola Winstanley as she launches her latest book A Bedtime Yarn.

To celebrate our nation’s milestone birthday, we have a special Canada Stage which will feature Canadian presenters and their Canada-themed books. Elizabeth MacLeod will look at highlights from Canada’s fascinating history in her book Canada Year by Year while Paul Covello will take guests on a journey across the country as he launches his new picture book Canada 123.

2017 Presenters

This year’s festival features over 30 award-winning Canadian authors, illustrators, storytellers, and musicians. Plan to be entertained by these talented presenters:

Jean Assamoa

Robert Blunsdon

Erin Bow

Ben Bowen

Judy Brunsek

Paul Covello

Creative Theatre Company

Lisa Dalrymple

Emma Donoghue

Derek Douglas

Melanie J. Fishbane

Melanie Florence

Linda Granfield

Joyce Grant

HPL Puppeteers

Hamilton Youth Poets

Naseem Hrab

Jude Johnson

Andrew Larsen

Joanne Levy

Elizabeth MacLeod

Evan Munday

Mr. Chris and the  Gassy Bubbles

Sandra O’Brien

Gillian O’Reilly

Itah Sadu

Chad Solomon

Ted Staunton

Kevin Sylvester

Nicola Winstanley

Kari-Lynn Winters

Click here for full presenter bios and schedules.

Engage with the Telling Tales community to celebrate #TellingTales2017!

The 9th Annual Telling Tales Festival takes place on Sunday, September 17th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Westfield Heritage Village in Rockton, Ontario. Admission is FREE. There is free parking at the Rockton Fairgrounds and our free shuttle service will bring you right to the festival. Please note: there is no parking at Westfield during the festival. Visitors are welcome to bring their children in strollers and are reminded to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and umbrellas to join in the fun – rain or shine!