2016 Program

Saturday, June 11 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Kitchener Public Library – Central (85 Queen Street North)

Latitudes Storytelling Festival is taking over the Library! Join us for a day of performance and free workshops for all ages. 

Can’t find something? Ask one of our festival volunteers, who are wearing festival t-shirts.

Performances and times are subject to change.

Reading Lounge

Opening and Welcome

10:00 am

Performance by the University of Waterloo’s Aboriginal Student Association’s drum group. Welcome remarks to follow by Lori-Ann Livingston, the founder of Latitudes Storytelling Festival and Councillor Sarah Marsh.

Adwoa Badoe – African Storytelling & Dance

10:30 am

Mary McCullum Baldasaro and Judy Caulfield – Storytelling

11:30 am

Judy and Mary’s stories follow the threads woven by their grandmothers in the first half of the 20th century as they demonstrated the courage and ability to adapt.

Derek Brisland & Michael Kelly Cavan – Storytelling and Guitar

12:00 pm

Kevin White and Cameron Marcott – Piano and Spoken Narrative

12:45 pm

Cameron and Kevin met through a series of improv workshops, and later discovered a mutual interest in storytelling.  Music, math, drama, library… it all comes together in this exploration.

Black Earth by Fazil Say, with text by Asik Vessel.
A folk legend narrated to Sunken Cathedrals by Claude Debussy.
Wichita Vortex Sutra by Philip Glass, with poetry by Allen Ginsberg.
Embryons desséchés by Erik Satie.

Brad Woods – Storytelling and Music

1:30 pm

Because the Guid Nychburris (Good Neighbours) Festival in Scotland is only a week or so away, Brad has decided to fill his set with Scottish tales! Joining him will be multi-instrumentalist Murray Rodger.

A Walk in the Woods with Sarah Granskou – Music, Story and Puppetry

3:00 pm

Sarah Granskou (City of Kitchener Artist-in-Residence) and Amy Scott will take you on an adventure of trees and forests, near and far. Piano, eight-string fiddle and other traditional instruments provide a passageway for Sarah’s original lyrics, inspired by Norwegian tradition and her local experiences.

Closing Remarks

3:45 pm

Children’s Area

I’m a Puppeteer!
Kitchener Public Library Puppet Theatre

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Bring-your-own-puppet, or borrow one of the Festival’s puppets to put on shows with other kids or family members. Or, pull up a pillow and become part of the audience!

Puppet Craft Drop-in

10:00 am to 11:00 pm & 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Make a puppet at our craft station by the courtyard windows. After you’re done, put on a puppet play or join our puppet parade at 2:00 pm.

Storyteller Derek Brisland, with Frog and Toad

10:30 am

Storyteller Brenda Byers

11:00 am

Page-2-Stage Spoken Word Workshop: Dream Big!!

11:30 am to 12:15 pm

Join performance poet — Kevin Sutton, in a collaborative spoken word adventure! We’ll tap into our imaginations, weave our stories together, before stepping onto stage and performing our masterpieces for each other and the world! (well, at least whoever happens to be lucky enough to be hanging around)

Ages: 9+
Please register online.

Troll-Making Puppet Workshop
with Sarah Granskou, City of Kitchener Artist-in-Residence

12:30 to 2:00 pm

Come make a troll with bits of junk, with wool and felt, and love
Bring a knitted mitten or a stretchy glove,
Or if time is tight, just bring yourself.
Come make a sprite or a woodland elf.

Ages 5 and up. Children under eight must be accompanied by an adult.
Please register online.

Open Mic – Kids Read and Tell Stories
with host & storyteller Derek Brisland

1:00 to 2:00 pm

Tell a story, or read a story or poem you wrote, or put on a mini-puppet play.

First-come first-served signup starts at 10:00 am.

Parade of the Puppets

2:00 pm

Bring-your-own-puppet, or make a puppet in the children’s area during Latitudes Storytelling Festival. The puppet procession will begin in the courtyard, then wind through the library and end in the Reading Lounge

Head to the main Reading Lounge for an all ages performance

3:00 pm

Upper Level

Craft Drop-in
with City of Kitchener Artist-in-Residence Sarah Granskou

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Make a hand-felted leaf that will become part of a large tree marionette, using wool dyed with plants grown and foraged locally. Sarah will also be demonstrating how to make felted shoes, inspired by Kitchener’s Rumpel Felt Company.

Lower Level

Chronicles of Yarnia
with the Baden Storytellers’ Guild

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Drop by the Guild’s “storytelling station,” where members will be leading games and activities. Learn to tell your own stories, prompted by common household objects or story blocks, and make a set of story blocks to take home.

Artist-at-Work Alex van Gaalen

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Alex van Gaalen tells visual stories with portraits in oils. He tries to capture the essence of his subject: the freedom of sailing, the texture of a horse’s mane, evocative memories from another land. Bold colours and visible brush strokes are his trademark.

Artist-at-Work Sheila Diemert

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Sheila Diemert uses art as a communication tool. Her acrylic landscapes spin tales of power, beauty and harmony from the natural world. Currently, she loves to paint huge canvases of trees in bold colours. What stories do you see when you view her work?  


Spoken Word Showcase
with Kevin Sutton, Beth Murch and Bashar Jabbour

10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Dear Diary… what was I thinking?!

1:00 pm

Do you listen to the podcast, Grownups Read Things They Wrote As Kids? During the festival we’re hosting our own version of this popular format with local host David Yoon. Read snippets of your journal, or stories and poems you wrote as a child or teen on stage. Lots of fun!

Interested in participating? Send us an email to guarantee your spot, or take your chances and arrive that afternoon with material in hand.

Free Flicks: Jamland

2:00 pm

(running time: 45-minutes)

Jamland was filmed and produced in Waterloo Region by two local teachers. It’s about a grassroots music festival in the woods, with poignant human interest stories, a heaping helping of music, and surprising visuals.

Director’s Talk – Finding the Story
with documentary filmmaker, Robert Waldeck

2:45 pm

Documentary filmmakers record hours of footage about their subject.
Finding the story is where the editing begins.

Grace Schmidt Room of Local History

Voices from the Past – KPL’s Oral History Collection
with Joe Pavia

11:00 am

For the past year, GSR volunteer and radio personality, Joe Pavia, has been digitizing the library’s collection of oral histories. Drop by the Grace Schmidt Room to meet Joe and learn more about this project.

Kitchener Memory Project
with Ron Flanagan

1:00 to 4:00 pm

Are you looking for a way to preserve the memories of someone you love? Drop by the Grace Schmidt Room and learn how you can use the StoryCorps app on your smartphone or tablet to preserve and share your family’s stories.

Record your story on your own device or the festival’s iPods. Ron Flanagan will show you how. A Grade 8 teacher in a local Catholic school, he loves technology and uses it to tell stories. Tag and add your recording to the StoryCorps library. https://storycorps.org/