Opening and Welcome
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
Mary McCullum Baldasaro and Judy Caulfield – Storytelling
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
Kevin White and Cameron Marcott – Piano and Spoken Narrative
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
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
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.
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
Storyteller Brenda Byers
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)
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
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