2019 Roster of Tellers

Tea 'n' Tales 2019:
These are the featured storytellers on Friday mornings in the Enabling Garden. What a pool of wonderful talent!!  They come from Elora, Kitchener/Waterloo, Brampton, Toronto, Burlington, Mississauga, Bowmanville, and even the state of Wisconsin, along local members of the Guelph Guild of Storytellers. While many tellers return to Tea 'n' Tales each year, 2019 will see the debut appearance of four high profile entertainers. No wonder that over the eleven years the event has grown in popularity to audiences that sometimes exceed 150 people on a given Friday. Tellers are listed in calendar order.

James Gordon

James Gordon

  ~ June 28 ~        Acclaimed local troubadour James Gordon returns to Tea 'n' Tales 2019 with his songs of local folks and history, as well as his sometimes stranger-than-fiction tales about being on the road, travelling the continent to entertain. Learn more about...

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Brian Holstein

Brian Holstein

 ~ JUNE 28 ~        Brian is a much-loved, celebrated storyteller in Guelph and beyond.  He has entertained and captivated Tea “N” Tales audiences since its launch more than a decade ago. He charms his listeners with an eclectic array of tales collected and shaped...

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Michael Williams

Michael Williams

  ~ JULY 5 ~        We look forward with anticipation to hear acclaimed professional storyteller, Michael Williams at his first Tea "N" Tales appearance. Originally from Hamilton, Michael spent the past 30 years living in Scotland where he worked as a teacher and...

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Tim Campbell

Tim Campbell

` ~ JULY 5 ~   Tim makes his first-time appearance as a storyteller at Tea 'N' Tales.  Tim is renowned as a leading Digital Marketing Strategist and Public Speaker. He's known as a fun and lively speaker at workshops, seminars, conferences, keynotes and retreats and came...

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Lynn Torrie

Lynn Torrie

 ~ JULY 12 ~      Each year Lynn travels from Toronto to Guelph for the three-day Hillside Summer Festival and in 2018 she began the weekend as the featured teller at Tea 'n' Tales. Listeners were charmed!!  We are delighted to confirm that Lynn returns...

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Ellen Webb

Ellen Webb

 ~ JULY 12 ~  Ellen wears many hats ranging from puppeteer to face painter to actor to storyteller, at times successfully incorporating one or all of these skills into one entertaining package. Ellen is generous to a fault, sharing in a number of ways and...

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Susan McBride

Susan McBride

 ~ JULY 12 ~   Susan was born into an Irish family of great yarn spinners in Windsor ON. She states," I was #4 of 6 children and not sure if that's significant, but I inherited the story bug in spades." Over the years she's written a...

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Brad Woods

Brad Woods

 ~ JULY 19 ~        Brad Woods has told stories to all ages at festivals, theatres, conferences, prisons, churches and pubs all over North America and the UK. He tells traditional tales, literary classics and personal stories. His stories have been featured in...

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Judy & Paul Caulfield

Judy & Paul Caulfield

 ~ July 19 ~     Back by popular  demand, Judy and Paul will be return guests on July 19. Judy has been telling stories for over three decades.  From school settings, to libraries, to festivals, and to informal song and story circles, Judy delights in...

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Donna McCaw

Donna McCaw

 ~ JULY 26 ~          Donna McCaw has been telling stories since 1994 to a wide variety of audiences from preschoolers to elementary / high school students, to senior citizens. She's delighted listerners at Harbourfront, the Story Barn at Baden, and the Victoria Festival...

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Laura Bird

Laura Bird

 ~ JULY 26 ~          We're excited to have Guelph songstress Laura Bird as one of our feaured tellers on July 26.  Laura draws inspiration from a mosaic of early folk roots and bluegrass music, to old jazz standards. She writes with...

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Jan Sherman

Jan Sherman

 ~ August 2 ~     Jan Sherman is a much beloved, respected First Nations teller, an Anishinaabe woman, mother, culture keeper, storyteller, drummer, singer, and spiritual guide. Through Jan's thoughtful, captivating storytelling, we learn to appreciate and honour Indigenous ancestral earth teachings and we learn, not only about those...

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Rusty (Mike) Dougherty

Rusty (Mike) Dougherty

 ~ AUGUST 6 ~  Michael is an active member of GGS and an admired teller. He was born of The Irish, raised in Montreal, schooled in Montreal, Toronto and Edmonton.  A proud father of the two most intelligent, independent and coolest daughters on earth. Grandfather to 5...

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Sarah Abusarar

Sarah Abusarar

   ~ AUGUST 9 ~      Tea"N" Tale fans will be delighted to know that Sarah Abusarar is coming back on AUG 9!!  Sarah lives in Mississauga, is an educator and member of Storytellers of Toronto. Her repertoire includes traditional, historical, literary, and original works.  Sarah comes...

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Jenny Q

Jenny Q

 ~ AUGUST 9 ~  Jenny came to the open mic at GGS events about five years ago, expressing a keen interest in the art of storytelling. Jenny has become a regular teller, transporting listeners into the wrold of  folktales using her expressvie style. JennyQ has participated...

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Kait Taylor

Kait Taylor

 ~ AUGUST 16 ~      Kait Taylor of Kitchener combines the energy of Red Fraggle, the silly of Gilda Radner, and a peppering of thoughtfulness, and empathy from Mary Poppins... and you end up with Kait’s tales. Kait's mission, as stated on her Fecbook, is...

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Heather Whaley

Heather Whaley

 ~ AUGUST 16 ~   Heather is known for weaving and interspersing song, spoken word, rhyme, and chant with traditional and original stories, and for her passion in finding stories behind traditional ballads, folk roots, blues, and jazz tunes. A consummate performer and animator for...

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Elizabeth and Beve Matson

Elizabeth and Beve Matson

   ~  AUGUST 23 ~  We are thrilled that this mother-daughter team will share the mic at Tea 'N' Tales on August 23.  A wonderful pair of tellers. Beverly enjoys telling personal stories and adopting folktales. She loves the connections that storytelling creates with an audience....

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Adowa Badoe

Adowa Badoe

 ~ AUGUST 30 ~        Adwoa Badoe is a storyteller extraordinaire, using a fun, interactve approach to African oral tradition. She was a physician in her native Ghana before imigrating to Canada and moving to Guelph. Here she evolved into an African Griot contributing her multiple talents...

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Sya VanGeest

Sya VanGeest

  ~ AUGUST 30 ~  Sya is an avid, veteran storyteller, comfortable telling to all ages. She's a regular volunteer in schools, children's groups, senior homes, church groups, special events, and a teacher of the craft of story telling. Sya's stories may come from her life experience...

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