2020 Roster of Tellers (in progress)

Tea 'n' Tales 2020: (Work in progress)
GGS is excited with the promise of another exciting summer of storytelling in the renowned idylic setting of the Guelph Enabling Garden in Riverside Park (689 Woolwich St N). There's magic under the elderly Ash Storytelling Tree.  (There's a story to be told about that tree.)
Below are those 2019 tellers confirmed for 2020. We'll follow the same successful formula:. that is for eleven Friday mornings, June 28 to September 4, listeners will start gathering half an hour before the program starts at 10:30 - - to get their favourite rock or chair spot, chat with friends and neighbours and enjoy a free coffee, (compliments of Planet Bean), or cold drink in their own cup.  
What a pool of wonderful talent!!  They come from Elora, Kitchener/Waterloo, Brampton, Toronto, Burlington, Mississauga, Bowmanville, and even the state of Wisconsin, in addition members of the Guelph Guild of Storytellers.
Over thirteen years the event has grown in popularity to audiences that sometimes exceeded 140 people on a given Friday. 
Tellers are listed in calendar order.

James Gordon

James Gordon

 CONFIMRED ~ June 26, 2020 ~      Exciting that James is confirmed to launch Tea 'n' Tales 2020 on June 26. Acclaimed local troubadour James Gordon returns to Tea 'n' Tales 2020 with his songs of local folks and history, as well as his sometimes stranger-than-fiction...

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Brian Holstein

Brian Holstein

  CONFIRMED JUNE 26,  2020 ~        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...

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Heather Whaley

Heather Whaley

  CONFIRMED ~ JULY  3, 2020 ~   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...

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Tim Campbell

Tim Campbell

`  CONFIRMED ~ JULY 3, 2020 ~    Tim had his debut at Tea 'N' Tales last season and he's back by popular demand. His humour and honesty of his growing-up years were charming.  Tim is renowned in Guelph and area as a leading Digital Marketing Strategist...

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Judy & Paul Caulfield

Judy & Paul Caulfield

 CONFRIMED ~ July 10, 2020 ~     Back by popular  demand, Judy and Paul will be return guests on July 10. Judy has been telling stories for over three decades.  From school settings, to libraries, to festivals, and to informal song and story circles, Judy...

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Donna McCaw

Donna McCaw

  CONFIRMED ~ JULY 10, 2020  ~          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...

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Brad Woods

Brad Woods

 ~ Tentatively  CONFIRMED ~ JULY 19, 2020 ~        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...

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Lynn Torrie

Lynn Torrie

CONFIRMED  ~ JULY 24, 2020 ~      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...

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Jan Sherman

Jan Sherman

 CONFIRMED ~ JULY 31, 2020~     Jan Sherman is a much beloved, respected First Nations teller, an Anishinaabe woman, mother, culture keeper, storyteller, drummer, singer, teacher, volunteer, and spiritual guide. Through Jan's thoughtful, captivating storytelling, we learn to appreciate and honour Indigenous ancestral earth teachings and we learn, not...

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Sarah Abusarar

Sarah Abusarar

    CONFIRMED ~ AUGUST 14,  2020 ~      Tea"N" Tale fans will be delighted to know that Sarah Abusarar is coming back on AUG 14!!  Sarah lives in Mississauga, is an educator and member of Storytellers of Toronto. Her repertoire includes traditional, historical, literary, and original...

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Elizabeth Matson

Elizabeth Matson

    CONFIRMED ~ AUGUST 21, 2020 ~  We are thrilled that this mother-daughter team will share the mic at Tea 'N' Tales on August 21.  A wonderful pair of tellers. Beverly enjoys telling personal stories and adopting folktales. She loves the connections that storytelling creates...

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Michael Williams

Michael Williams

 Confirmed ~ August 28, 2020 ~        We're thrilled to announce that acclaimed professional, experienced storyteller and coach is returning to Tea "N" Tales 2020 on August 28. Originally from Hamilton, Michael spent the past 30 years living in Scotland where he worked as a teacher and storyteller. He...

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Jay Wilson

Jay Wilson

 CONFIRMED ~ AUG 28, 2020 ~  Like the age-old tradition of travelling troubadour, Jay has put to memory numerous poems and tales, delivering whatever suits the occasion. This “Elocutionist” has been a featured teller at Guelph’s annual Tea ‘n’ Tales and Tales on the Hill....

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Adwoa Badoe

Adwoa Badoe

 CONFIRMED ~ SEPTEMBER 4, 2020 ~        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...

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Sya VanGeest

Sya VanGeest

  CONFIRMED ~ SEPT 4, 2020 ~  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...

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Kait Taylor

Kait Taylor

 ~ AUGUST 16, 2019 ~      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,...

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Ellen Webb

Ellen Webb

 ~ JULY 12 , 2019 ~  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...

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Susan McBride

Susan McBride

 ~ JULY 12, 2019  ~   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...

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Laura Bird

Laura Bird

 ~ JULY 26, 2019 ~          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...

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Rusty (Mike) Dougherty

Rusty (Mike) Dougherty

 ~ AUGUST 6, 2019 ~  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...

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Jenny Q

Jenny Q

 ~ AUGUST 9, 2019 ~  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...

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