Why tell stories? They start fires, so you have to be careful with them.
David Merleau, guest teller at the November 4 Canadian Storytelling Night evening at the Orillia Museum of Art and History, will give us an example.
It all started with a tale his grandmother told him. From this, he has crafted a story as part of a project supported by the Ontario Arts Council. “It’s self-revelatory, about how I came to storytelling,” Merleau says.
“She has Alzheimer’s, so my story tackles that issue. It’s personal, but it takes the form of a fantastical tall tale she is telling me. So, in fact, there’s ample entertainment.”
Storytelling Orillia is pleased to welcome back this gifted, masterful storyteller, who
last lit up OMAH with a squirrel story two years ago.
“It’s humbling, to me as a storyteller,” Merleau says about his grandmother’s tale, as he turns to a story from the heart for this year’s event.
This sixth annual Canadian Storytelling Night is meant to set hearts aglow, and start a few more storytelling fires.
Orillia musician Darrin Davis will warm up the audience with songs from his beautifully crafted album, ‘almost home’, which tells the story of his grandfather’s life.
Storytelling Orillia also welcomes Mark Douglas, who will speak to us from his heart. And Bob Graham and Tim Greenwood of Storytelling Orillia will feed the storytelling fires as well.
“My story for CSN is a new Cecil story,” says Graham. “It is from my heart and also his,” and is titled, ‘The Call of the Loon.”
Tim Greenwood promises, “a story about me, my Uncle John, the impact of the attention of an inspiring adult, a fight with a three-pound smallmouth bass and a special moment that made me feel more than an awkward 14-year-old boy.”
The theme of fire and warmth for this year’s event, now held nationally, comes from a journey around the medicine wheel as explained by Ojibwe Elder Mark Douglas’s traditional teaching.
Tickets are $10 and may be purchased from OMAH by calling 705-326-2159 or online
Doors open at 6:30pm