Click here for this summer's VirtualiTEA 'n' Tales 2021

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On Wednesday, June 2 we celebrated the season with a two-hour event. It was a charming evening.  Such a rich ecelctic array of stories  - - -  folktales that prompted listeners to suspend belief as only a story can do, stories of family, memories, and mystery.. 
We welcomed celebrated tellers: Susan Boucaud, Jean Bubba, Elizabeth Matson, and June Brown. In addition, our own members Don Conibear, Brian Holstein, Rusty Dougherty and Jenny Q charmed us.

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Each monthj it was wonderful to welcome liosteners and tellers from far and wide.  Not to be trite, but the silver lining applies to the virtual world was evindent.  How, else but virtually, could we meet friends from Texas, Wisconsin, Australia, across the country, and more.

Now we welcome the summer evewnt - every Friday morning at 10:30 EDT. Click here.

Messages from listeners and guest tellers:


  • I'm so glad I got to hear your story Sya! As always, it was a special tale and you told it so beautifully.
    Thank you!
    ~ AK June 5, 2021
  •  Brian always seems to come up with something new and different that tickles the funny bone, touches the heart and gives us a glimpse into life in Australia as it used to be.
    ~ AK June 2, 2021
  • Hello Sya,
    Just want to thank you for extending an invitation to villagers to attend the telling last evening.   I enjoyed it very much!   Don's story about the Burghers of Calais picked me, and I’ve now repeated it to my son, an illustrator, who knows more about art than I do, and who wil be very interested in the story I’m sure.    I don’t see myself as a story teller, but I sure like to hear a good story so that was a great pleasure for me, and I am grateful!  🤓
    (LK (May 5, 2021)


  •  Sya, I just love the way you tell, the honesty in your voice and your choice of stories- you are awesome!. This week I found a link on Facebook to the Guelph Guild of storytellers and I was able to listen to you on YouTube. I was truly elated.
    ~ CD, Halifix.
  • "What a treat and a privilege to share the Guelph Story Teller’s stories tonight.  I enjoy as a listener each month. But at Christmas, and this Christmas especially, we all need to think of these wonderful stories from years past. So thankful."
    NC (Dec 23, 2020)
  • "Many thanks for the invite to tell in Guelph. I enjoyed the stories and meeting your group. Susan’s ending was perfect."
    JB (Dec 2, 2020)
  • ". . . Find it interesting and intriguing that there could be such a variety of stories.  Thumbs up! "
    DV (Dec 2, 2020)
  • ". . . Your evenings always have a lovely tone of peace, acceptance, and impressive tales. Thank you."
    AK (Nov 4, 2020)
  • . . . thanks for such a delightful evening last night.  I have the dates noted until Christmas.

    NC (Sept 3, 2020)

The GGS will continue its traditional monthly storytelling event, (first Wed each month), now moved to a virtual platform until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and we can return to the Civic Museum, our regular venue. 
New season begins on  SEPTEMBER 1, 2021.
Storytelling is a dynamic active interplay between the story, the teller and listeners, so virtual storytelling via Zoom is definitely second-best.  However, one positive by-product of the virtual world is that geography is no barrier.
We would be delighted to see you as a listener, or hear you at the open mic, as times allows.  Stories should be no more than ten minutes and may include any type of telling, but not reading. So if you have a ballad, a poem, a personal story, or folk/fairytale, come share it via Zoom.  You can e-mail here to discuss a telling or arrive early and let us know.
The telling begins at seven.  The Zoom room opens at 6:30 and will stay open after the program for casual socializing, just as we enjoyed at the Civic Museum, (but without the hot cider and cheese-crackers-grapes and sweets. sigh!).
But come early to visit, to discuss a telling, to work out any connection kinks.
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> > GGSs Celebrating Canada Day 2020 with Stories: CLICK HERE

Tea 'n' Tales 2020 

> > Click here to learn about the tellers confirmed before COVID-19



Our Story

Tea and tales openingThe Guelph Guild of Storytellers (GGS) was founded in 1984 by a small group of Guelph authors and tellers. Now, decades later, it continues to champion storytelling with the same spirit of love for the spoken word and desire to share stories to entertain, to engage, to inspire wonder, curiosity, and appreciation, to spark imagination, and to inform. From the beginning, the search was for adult audiences to share and nurture the ancient art and to encourage tellers of all levels. For years, members regularly got together to build and polish stories, often around a theme, to plan programs for the year, and to organize an events calendar. Currently, a core group of nine members stand on the shoulders of these originators and proudly continue the tradition of monthly planning meetings to organize group events. In addition, we're excited to offer regular monthly tutoring evenings, starting this fall, (Sept 2019), for *members. (annual membership $10) (for email inquiries.)   

In addition, individual GGS members respond to requests for telling in senior homes, schools, churches, Scouts / Guides, birthday parties, community events, etc.  
Guelph is recognized for its vibrant, rich arts identity and diversity. GGS is proud to make a contribution to that rich tapestry. 

Currently, GGS continues its two main series during the year, summers in an outdoor setting (Enabling Garden), fall/winter/spring in a museum (Guelph Civic Museum). 

SUMMER: Tea "n" Tales continues its decade+ partnership with the Enabling Garden, a weekly Friday morning summer telling on the banks of the Speed River. (See Events for details.)

TnT crowd 2 2018

~ 2020 - Friday mornings10:30 to 11:30. June 26 to September 4 at Guelph Enabling Garden  

Guelph Guild of Storytellers (GGS) and the Enabling Garden were proud to announce the 2020 Tea 'n Tales roster. Sad that the COVID-19 pandemic has forced its cancellation. It would have been the the13th year of Tea ‘n’ Tales as a free summer-long Friday morning storytelling series of performances, held in the idyllic setting of the Enabling Garden in Riverside Park. Over the 12 years, the event has grown in popularity, with audiences that sometimes exceed 140 people on a given Friday, as it did on the closing event in 2019. 
Click here for details and the exciting roster of 2020 tellers
Press Release at posted on Guelph Today.
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 museum logoTales From the Hill

tales from Hill 2018 19Over the years GGS hosted tellings in various venues including The Boat House, Guelph Public Libraries, The Book Shelf - each with a legacy of fond memories.

GGS is delighted that the Guelph Civic Museum has become a permanent home for the free monthly evening storytelling from September to June, every first Wednesday from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. It's a privilege to be a part of the rich array of programs and services that the Civic Museum provides. 

Open mic is a regular feature at these monthly event. It's a warm, welcoming community of tellers and listeners, ideal for new tellers to test their wings. Guests are invited to register their story in advance. In addition, we end the evening with a social time around a table with light refreshments - cider, cheese/crackers and sweets add a warmth.  

GGS appreciates the collaborations, including the advantage of piggy-backing on the Enabling Garden and Museum's social media presense and their generous sponsorship that allows these storytellig events to be offered free of charge. (freewill donations gratefully accepted.).

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GGS links with local groups who also offer events, workshops, concerts, and directories of individual tellers. Some of these groups are: Storytellers Canada-Conteurs du Canada, Burlington Storytellers’ Guild, Storytelling Toronto

"In the same way that hammers and saws
are useful tools to build houses,

stories are useful as tools
for thinking about the world.
~The Cow of No Colour (N. Jaff & S. Zeitlin. Holt 1998).

About GGS

Please visit the About us for more information about who we are, our philosophy and to meet the talented individuals involved in both organizing the Guelph Guild of Storytellers and telling stories.

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We want to see you at our next event!

Every Friday morning at 10:30am throughout the summer we tell at the Enabling Garden at Riverside Park. Please join us for our hour of performances by local and invited tellers as well as several local musicians.

During the non-summer months, please join us at Guelph Civic Museum on the first Wednesday evening of each month at 7pm for a featured teller and an open mic.

For more information on these events, please visit our Events page.


Join Us

We would love to have you as a part of our Guild family. We are always looking for individuals to join us in any capacity. For more information click here or email us at

 There is a membership fee of $10.00. Members get personal business cards, are invited to participate in our monthly planning meetings and volunteer in operating tasks and events.

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Guelph Guild of Storytellers Scheduled Zoom meeting

Topic: "Tales From the Hill”

Time: 1st Wed each month
07:00 EST
06:30 Room opens

To join, click here
Meeting ID: 599 831 8888
Dial or one-tap mobile: 15873281099
You can connect to Zoom from a computer, a tablet, a smartphone, or a regular phone.


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