Celebrating Canadian Stories in 2017

Illustrator, writer and broadcaster, Kevin Sylvester, officially kicked-off the 9th annual Telling Tales program! Telling Tales is a yearlong community initiative dedicated to promoting literacy and inspiring a love of reading. This campaign includes many fun and engaging initiatives for kids, teens, and families to get them excited about reading, writing and creating.

This year’s theme highlights the magic of books, because as we all know: Stories Take You Anywhere. Discover a new author, or a new favourite book from the amazing Telling Tales Reading List which features top titles from award-winning Canadian authors and illustrators. There is something for the whole family – babies, kids, teens, book lovers and even reluctant readers. Plus, teachers and students can win an author visit to their school just by reading a book from our list and being creative! We are offering our second annual School Contest where three lucky schools will win a visit from one of our amazing presenters.

New illustration celebrates Canada 150

Derek Douglas, an illustrator from Dundas created a fun and engaging illustration that celebrates Canada. It’s the perfect way to celebrate Canada’s 150th, and our ninth year.

New Board of Directors

There are many exciting new developments happening at Telling Tales as we enter our ninth year. “We are very proud to announce that Telling Tales is now incorporated, and we hope to receive our charitable status by the end of 2017,” explains Susan Jasper, Acting Executive Director at Telling Tales. “We have appointed an exemplary new Board of Directors who are excited to work on strategic development. Collectively this inaugural board brings award-winning experience in community outreach, school engagement, community building, governance and managing not-for-profits. We are poised for a great future!” Read about our new board here.

Our community outreach is constantly expanding

This year we will feature special new mini-Telling Tales events around the community: Heart of Ontario’s signature Canada 150 Event: Quilt of Belonging Peace by Piece: Stitching Together Canadian Stories, McQuesten and Rolston community hubs, and Westfield Heritage Village’s Ice Cream Carnival.

2017 Presenters

This year’s festival features over 30 award-winning Canadian authors, illustrators, storytellers, and musicians who promise to engage and delight over 7,000 children and their families.

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 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

Engage with the Telling Tales community to celebrate #TellingTales2017!