Following the success of last year, the 2021 Telling Tales season will continue as a virtual festival with an all-star line-up of authors, illustrators and storytellers sharing their stories and engaging audiences both near and far. Attendees to the Telling Tales Virtual Festival can look forward to interactive video presentations from an award-winning, diverse line-up, whose unique backgrounds and experiences reflect those of our audience.
“When we reimagined our festival in March 2020 as a digital event, we had no idea what to expect.” says Susan Jasper, Telling Tales Executive Director. “We were delighted our fans embraced our new virtual offerings which allowed us to reach a much wider audience both locally and nationally. We can’t wait to welcome them back for the 2021 season”
The momentum continues in the fall when The Telling Tales Virtual Festival and Nature Tales Festival kicks off with over thirty presentations premiering September 21, 22, 23 and 29th.
No matter where they call home, classroom audiences, kids and their families are encouraged to take a virtual field trip to experience Telling Tales & Nature Tales. In keeping with the live event at Westfield Heritage Village and Royal Botanical Gardens, the festival will be set on four virtual stages, each featuring a program designed for specific ages and grade levels. Look for performances by Canada’s finest authors and illustrators; Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Arthur Slade, Basil & Kevin Sylvester, Thomas King, Vicki Grant, and Les Stroud, TV’s “Survivorman”!
Returning as the host of Telling Tales is Hamilton born and raised, Josh Taylor, an award winning Hip-Hop and Street Dance dancer, choreographer and storyteller. Josh will set the scene for each exciting day’s event, introducing the audience to the virtual locations and stages.