Tellers-World Storyteller Day Marhc 20, 2023Storytellers who entertained a full house of 60 engaged listeners.

Photo by Renata Mares. 

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"By Word of Mouth", an exciting World Story Day event



A collaboration between the Guelph Civic Museum and the Guelph Guild of Storytellers.

Monday, March 20 at 7 pm at the Civic Museum. 

  The roster of tellers:  in presenting order - Robert Munch, Brian Holstein, Brad Woods, Adwoa Badoe, Beve Matson, Sarah Abusara, Norman Perrin, and Rusty Dougherty. (With Susan McBride, Guild Treasurer, Membership, and refreshments.)

What is World Storytelling Day 2023? 
World Storytelling Day is a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling. It is celebrated every year on the March equinox, on (or near) March 20. On World Storytelling Day, as many people as possible tell and listen to stories in as many languages and at as many places as possible, during the same day and night. Participants tell each other about their events in order to share stories and inspiration, to learn from each other, and create international contacts.


 Tales From the Hill 2022-23: in-person at the Guelph Civic Museum


 We are honoured to have Robert Munch as the Patron of the Guelph Guild of Storytellers 


Second Thursday- April 13  - 7:00 to 8:30 - The museum door opens for us at 6:30 for casual socializing.  Come early for hot cider, light refreshments, and casual socializing.

(Masks are not required, but appreciated)  

"Themes" for suggestion only - Tellers choice.

Second THURSDAY of each month

April 13:  ~ Tellers and Host: (TBA) Theme "Growing"
Sarah Abusara, a beloved guest teller from Mississauga.



May 11:  Jay Wilson ~Host: Brian  Theme: "Promises, promises" 

Jay Wilson promises to give us a taste of one of his JayWalking inspirations. Something to look forward to with anticipation. 
Meanwhile, buy your ticket for one of Jay's inspirational tours and learn one of Guelp's deep secrets. Click here.



June 8: ~



museum logo2022/23 - past events:  "TALES FROM THE HILL"

Brad WoodsMarch 9: ~ Host: Sya   Theme "Legends"

March was delightful.  It featured Brad Woods. one of Guelph's celebrated, much-loved storytellers.

In addition, Robert Munch, the Guild's Patron, and Guelph's icon storyteller charmed us with two of his stories. One the beloved, The Paperback Princess.  Always a wonderful delight.

Our Guild tellers, Brian and Beve, and the newest member Larry Gibbs, rounded out the program. 
Last-minute regrets, from three booked tellers, had each teller share a second story.  A record audience of 60, warmly applauded and shared their positive comments.
Many came early, met the tellers, mixed and mingled and enjoyed hot cider, brought by Susan and Irish bread baked by volunteer Pearl Robinson and Rita Hyde's famous cupcakes.


February 9, 2023  ~Host: Rusty - Theme: "Love - family- friends"  Pleased to announce guest teller:  Larry Gibbs, with guild members, Brian, Sya, Rusty, and Beve.  

Rober Munch charmed us with his telling of an all-time favourite, "Love you Forever".  Listener softly joined him in singing the familiar chorus.  Robert's telling and memories of family sharing left a few moist eyes.

This was the beginning of an excellent evening of stories.  Larry Gibbs engaged us with his family stories, followed by our GGS members, each of whom was on the top of their game.

(Larry is an actor, singer, and author of various genres, including his first love, poetry.  Hear Larry interviewed on CBC as a finalist for the Canada-wide CBC short-story writing contest in 2019.)

Delighted to end with Jay Wilson outlining his exciting JayWalking 2023 season. Read Jay's blog here.


January 12, 2023:    ~Host: Brian. Theme: "New Beginnings" 
We were delighted and honoured to welcome Sarah Abusarar and Norm Perrin as guest tellers in addition to Guelph Guild members JennyQ, Brian, Sya, and Rusty. It was a delightful evening of "new beginnings" to 2023.


December 14, 2022:    ~Host: Don. Theme: "Celebration"  Guest teller:  Jay Wilson with Patron Robert Munch and Brian, Don, Sya, Rusty, and Beve


November 9:   ~Host: Beve.   Theme: "Memories"

Robert Munch, GGS Patron,  excited us with an offer to tell at the open mic.  - -  a moving story of a lived experience.

 Judy and Paul Caulfield, popular, beloved Guelph guest tellers, and members of Baden Storytellers were our special guests.  They brought to life two historical events and moved us with their telling.
GGS Tellers: Sya, Rusty, and Brian


October 12 :   ~Host:  Sya.  Theme: "Colours" with Guild tellers Beve, Rusty, Brian, and Don

                       A special welcome to the Guest teller: Gordon Stubley of the Baden Storytellers.            
                       Robert Munsch becomes the Patron of the Guelph Guild of Storytellers.

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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 October to May, every second Wednesday from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. The room opens at  6:45 for casual socializing and hot cider/goodies.

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 events. 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 warmth.  

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

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, engage, 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 continues the tradition of monthly planning meetings to organize group events. In addition, we offer tutoring evenings.

Annual membership is $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, fall/winter/spring in a museum (Guelph Civic Museum). summers in an outdoor setting (Enabling Garden),

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.)

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~ 2022 - Friday mornings10:30 to 11:30.

Guelph Guild of Storytellers (GGS) and the Enabling Garden were proud to announce the 2022 Tea 'n Tales back in-person, a free summer-long Friday morning storytelling series of performances, held in the idyllic setting of the Enabling Garden in Riverside Park. Over the 13 years, the event has grown in popularity, with audiences that exceeded160 people as it did on July 1st with James Gordon and Brian Holstein and one of the Family-friendly events with Robert Munch over 200.  

 We have an excellent sound system, (thanks to free-will donations and a grant) so that even listeners in a stopped car had their windows down and listened.

Click here for details and the exciting roster of 2020 tellers
Press Release at posted on Guelph Today.
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GGS links with local groups that 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 second Wednesday evening of each month at 7 pm for a featured teller and an open mic.   We're back hybrid in the 2022-23 season   -in-person Oct, Nov., Dec. - -  virtual on Zoom platform Jan., Feb, March - -  back in-person April and May.

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

 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
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You can connect to Zoom from a computer, a tablet, a smartphone, or a regular phone.


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