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Ottawa StoryTellers Presents the Following Events for June, 2011:


OST Presents the Following Events for June, 2011:

June 2
Ottawa StoryTellers Story Swap: Open Stage Night

7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Room 156.
Free admission
Ottawa StoryTellers offers Story Swap, an open stage night, on the first Thursday of every month at Library and Archives Canada (Room 156). This is an opportunity to experience the art of storytelling for the first time or for new storytellers to practice before an audience. The evenings also include stories by experienced tellers so that new tellers can learn the art. People are welcome to come and listen, but anyone wishing to tell a story should register on arrival with the evening’s host, and s/he will be given a time slot. Stories should be no longer than ten minutes and must be told, not read. They may be traditional stories, folk tales, literary stories, or personal stories.

 June 14
ecessity is the Mother of Invention
Donna Stewart, Ruth Stewart-Verger, Karen Niven
Stories and Tea
The Tea Party, 119 York St.
Pay what you can

June 16
Under the Gun: Stories Shot from the Barrels of History
Alan Shain, Marta Singh
7:30 pm, NAC 4th Stage, tickets at the NAC box office: $20/$12 students and seniors
The Bolshevik Revolution drove Alan Shain’s grandfather out of the Ukraine and delivered him to New York City. The Argentinean military junta delivered Marta Singh’s family from evil. These events remained shrouded in secrets and silence for many years, until two storytellers decided it was time to break the silence and show the world where their family stories and world history crossed paths.

June 28
Going to the Dogs

Kim Kilpatrick
Stories and Tea
The Tea Party, 119 York St.
Pay what you can

June 25
Once Upon a Slam

7:00 pm, Mercury Lounge Underground (aka Bar 56) 56 Byward Market, $7 cover charge for listeners (slam participants get in free)
Once Upon a Slam is Ottawa's new monthly story slam series! A story slam is much like a poetry slam, except for it features narrative stories of all kinds. Each performer has 5 minutes to TELL a story (and we do mean tell, no reading). Judges are randomly selected from the audience to give a score to each story. Highest score of the night takes home all the marbles. Fairy tales, ghost stories, personal stories, whatever kind of story you like, as long as you tell it in your own words. There are 8 spots available, doors open at 6:30PM. Tonight we have the story slam finals, where winners from the past 8 months compete for the ultimate title of Once Upon a Slam champion!

For more information on our programming, visit

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OST programming is supported by the City of Ottawa, the Ontario Arts Council, Heritage Canada and Canada Council for the Arts.

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