Tales From the Hill

Tales From the Hill - Season launch - at the Guelph Civic Museum on October 12, at 7:00 pm 

Come early for hot cider, light refreshments, and casual socializing.


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Tea ‘n’ Tales 2022


From July 15 featured teller June Brown: "I was still riding high after the telling yesterday; it was such a rewarding experience as the setting was wonderful and the audience so receptive. The bonus was all the goodies we got afterward in our gift bag. The chicken tenders at Woolies were the best I have ever had and I spent my gift certificate and more at the book shop. ~ June July 16, 2022.

"Wonderful to have such a great turnout. We are so fortunate to have storytelling under the ash tree. It truly is a "Guelph thing"   ~ BW July 1, 2022

The summer storytelling event series is back IN PERSON with an added bonus!
Guelph Enabling Garden
& Guelph Guild of Storytellers is thrilled to invite you back to hear your favorite tellers share their tales.
1. 10:30 AM every Friday from June 17 – Sept 9, 2022

2.  FAMILY-FRIENDLY: 2:00 PM Saturday, July 23 and August 13.
Promises to be a fun and interactive hour for the whole family. Come and say hello to beloved Robert Munch. Followed by free lemonade.
($61.60 from 43 people)

"The Enabling Garden is a unique venue for gathering and sharing song and story. The natural amphitheater is inviting.  The listeners are welcoming and attentive.
It is the perfect place and you work [Brian and Trevor] to make it so.   ~ J&PC June 17, 2022

Click here to read news coverage of Tea "n" Tales including  Family Friendly  event

Click here to see the Rogers TV story at #Guelph Life about the Enabling Garden and the Guelph Guild of Storytellers (GGS) and the plans for the upcoming sixteenth Tea 'n' Tales 2022

Visit the Events page to see week-by-week tellers. Click here.

June 17, a beautiful Friday morning to launch Tea 'n' Tales
                   Guild member Don Conibear

Don on June 17

There's added excitement in leaving the virtual world behind this summer and returning to in-person storytelling in the renowned idyllic setting of the Guelph Enabling Garden in Riverside Park (689 Woolwich St N).

We've followed the same successful formula, expanded this year to thirteen Friday mornings, June 17 to September 9. The audience starts gathering half an hour before the program starts at 10:30 - - to get their favourite rock or chair spot, chat with friends and neighbours, be charmed by Guelph budding musicians, and enjoy a free coffee, (compliments of Planet Bean), or cold drink (bring your own cup), and sometimes a cookie treat brought by a listener.  Over sixteen years the event has grown in popularity to audiences that sometimes exceeded 140 people on a given Friday.  
Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted and shared 50/50 between the Enabling Garden and GGS.
What a pool of wonderful talent. Below are those scheduled 2022 tellers, listed in calendar order. They come from Elora, Hamilton, Kitchener/Waterloo, Brampton, Toronto, Burlington, Mississauga, Bowmanville, and even the state of Wisconsin, in addition to members of the Guelph Guild of Storytellers.
Masks are encouraged but not required.

Brenda Byers June 17, 2022

 Charmed by Brenda Byers on June 17, 2022


Schedule of Tellers 2022:
Click here, and scroll down 



Sep 9: Norman Perrin, Rusty Dougherty 







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Last year was virtual, but a great season of VirtualiTEA N Tales 2021

Guelph Enabling Garden and Guelph Guild of Storytellers were thrilled to present VirtualiTea ‘n’ Tales 2021. Many joined us from far and wide- - online this past summer to hear favorite tellers share their tales.
 ZOOM LINK was every Friday morning at 10:30 EDT

Click here and scroll down to see the ten-week schedule of tellers. for VirtualiTEA 'n' Tales 2021

VnT 21 poster

So many accolades about VirtualiTEA and Tales:

Thank you for a great season. Looking forward to the longer season next year.
~ Karen.  September 3, 2021

Incredible stories all season long. Thank you so much!! I have loved every story and every moment.
~ Keri. September 3, 2021

I am grateful for the online presence of this event, I am only able to attend because it is virtual. Thank you ever so much for all the hard work you put into it.
~ Stephanie. August 27, 2021

Wonderful Brian. A huge thank you to Trevor and the wonderful partnership. Thank you Teghan. What a great team. And to you wonderful listeners and tellers!!~
~ Sya. September 3, 2021
Wonderful stories Sya. Your telling transported me to another place of listening. Thank you from Ottawa.
~ Joan. September 3, 2021
As always your tales were spellbinding. Thank you Sya.
~ Anna. September 3, 2021

Such a heartwarming story, Brian. Many pieces I relate to personally, like fresh cheese, a ride on the back of a dirt bike. Many thanks. Bittersweet ending and all, truly special.
~ Stephanie. (September 3, 2021

Thank you so much for your stories today Sya and Brian. And thank you to everyone for a summer full of wonderful tales. I’ve so enjoyed my Friday mornings here!
~ Annemarie. September 3, 2021

What marvelous tales, June. Evocative and emotional. Thank you ever so much.
~ Stephanie. August 27, 2021
[June] "What a beautiful story. I love the way that you tied it to your own experience."
~ Lynn. August 27, 2021
June, every one of your stories was wonderful - I especially liked your reminiscence of your mother, and the handfish punch line made me laugh out loud!
~ Betty. August 27, 2021

Ahhh...lovely memory. Now, what happened to the black coat with the mink collar? 🙂
~ Brenda. (August 27, 2021

[Don} "Powerful tension between the excitement of seeing the puffins and the looming danger of the cliffs.
~ Lynn. August. August 27, 2021
Thank you, Brian, Teghan, June, Don, and everyone involved with the making of this incredible event. I look forward to it all week.
~ Stephanie. August 27, 2021

Wonderful stories, such good telling. Fabulous.
Listening from Ottawa

~ Joan. August 20, 2021

Such great storytelling. Loved the poems. Thank you, Jay!
~ Louise. August 13, 2021

Anna, I was glued to the screen during your tellings. What incredible stories.
~ Sheri. August 13, 2021

A wonderful program today from both tellers and our host Brian. Thank you so much!
~ Stephanie. August 13, 2021

June in Toronto. It was a wonderful morning - so enjoyable.
~ June. August 13, 2021

Fantastic! I loved seeing/hearing you tell together :)
~ 'Purple Vegan" August 6, 2021

Thank you for such compelling stories. This hour went by so quickly because the stories were so compelling. A benefit of zooming for storytelling.
~ Joan. July 30, 2021

Ladies, what a marvelous set of stories. All of them were beautifully told.
~ Anna. July 30, 2021

My first time coming to this event. Fabulous. Thank you.
~ Joan. July 30, 2021

Messages from listeners and guest tellers:

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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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Click here for Testimonials.  


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

Post-COVID-19 in 2021 the event pivoted to Zoom. The popularity and excellence abounded and it has been agreed that next year, 2022, there will be thirteen sessions, starting in June and ending on the first Friday in September.

During the non-summer months, join us at Guelph Civic Museum on the first Wednesday evening of each month at 7 pm for a featured teller and an open mic. Immediately upon COVID-19 in-person restrictions, we went virtual with the Zoom platform.

For more information on these events, 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 guelphstory@gmail.com.

 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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