Telling Tales Community Events

As our year-round programming grows there are many opportunities for children and families to discover their reading superpowers. Telling Tales will offer unique programming at a variety events throughout the year including:

March 1, 2019: Storytelling Workshop at Boys and Girls Clubs of Hamilton

Discover your own storytelling powers at our creative workshop that focuses on telling stories through writing, illustration and poetry. This FREE workshop is for families and kids in Grades 1 to 8. Join us on March 1, 2018 for a special program.

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December 7, 2018: Storytelling Workshop

9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Boys and Girls Clubs of Hamilton
45 Ellis Ave., Hamilton

Discover your own storytelling powers at our creative workshop that focuses on telling stories through writing, illustration and poetry. This FREE workshop is for families and kids in Grades 1 to 8. Spend your PD Day with us! Children/youth must be accompanied by an adult. Spaces are limited. 

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  • Chad Solomon
  • Hamilton Youth Poets
  • Heather Smith

Empowerment Squared and Telling Tales

Telling Tales is proud to announce we recently received a Multicultural Community Capacity Grant from the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. We are collaborating with Empowerment Squared to offer a special new series of workshops tailored for the families and children of their Homework Club at the Immigrant Workers Centre.  For more information about this exciting new initiative contact


School Literacy Events

An increasing number of schools and school councils are hosting special Telling Tales Family Literacy events for the elementary, middle and high school. It’s a trend that we find very exciting. Schools use parental engagement funds to bring in a Telling Tales author or illustrator for an amazing, one-hour literary experience.  


Past Events

June 30-July 2: Rotary Oh Canada Ribfest in Waterdown

Telling Tales will be joining the exciting line-up of activities this year at the Rotary Oh Canada Ribfest at Memorial Park in Waterdown, bringing stories and fun into the Family Fun Zone.

June 30 @ 3:30 pm: Creative Theatre Company
July 1 @ 1 pm: Lana Button
July 1 @ 3:30 pm: Jennifer Mook-Sang
July 2 @ 3:30 pm: Mr. Ben

July 1: ArcelorMittal Dofasco Canada Day Picnic

Once again Telling Tales will be at the Canada Day Picnic sharing stories with AMD employees and their families. 

August 5-6: Westfield Heritage Village Ice Cream Carnival

Telling Tales is excited to be participating in the Ice Cream Carnival at Westfield Heritage Village again. Come and see a Telling Tales presenter each afternoon – and sample some old-fashioned ice cream at the same time!

Sunday, August 5 @ 2 pm: Paul Covello
Monday, August 6 @ 2 pm: Jennifer Mook-Sang

September 16: Telling Tales Festival

The 10th Annual Telling Tales Festival is a celebration of stories in all forms – written, illustration, storytelling, drama, song and poetry – and is for kids of all ages. Listen to authors tell the stories behind their stories, discover drawing tips from illustrators, learn about different cultures from diverse storytellers and tap your feet to tales through music

Join us for Canada’s leading children’s literary festival! The Telling Tales Festival showcases award-winning Canadian authors, illustrators, storytellers, and musicians at our free festival held at Westfield Heritage Village in Rockton, Ontario. Readers of all abilities, families, and literacy supporters are entertained by engaging presentations, hands-on workshops, a giant book swap and shop, presenter autographs, historical and literary characters, creative activities, exhibitors, and a historical village. Be sure to take advantage of the convenient, free shuttle service operating from neighborhoods in Hamilton. Free admission.

September 23: Teen Tales

This is an afternoon for teen readers held at the Hamilton Public Library, Central Library. Join us for an afternoon of inspiring presentations and creative writing workshops designed just for teens. View the full schedule and presentation descriptions on our Teen Tales page.

Vikki VanSickle: 2:00-2:30, Hamilton Room
Hamilton Youth Poets: 2:40-3:10, Hamilton Room
Heather Smith: 2:40-3:10, 4th Floor
Richard Scrimger: 3:20-3:50, Hamilton Room
Melanie Florence: 3:20-3:50, 4th Floor