Reading Lounge

Opening Ceremony with Elder Jan Sherman
Anishnabe culture keeper, storyteller and spiritual guide

10:00 am to 10:30 am

Welcome remarks by Lori-Ann Livingston, the founder of Latitudes Storytelling Festival, followed by a traditional welcome ceremony by Elder Jan Sherman, Anishinaabe Métis mother, culture keeper, storyteller and drummer. Begin your festival experience with ancestral teachings about spiritual, emotional, mental and physical journeys on Mother Earth.

The Measure of a Moment
with Mary McCullum Baldasaro and Judy Caulfield

10:30 am to 11:30 am

A duet in storytelling. Judy and Mary examine fleeting moments and how our lives are measured and influenced across time. A variety of stories explore this theme using songs as a bridge between the stories.

Caravan of Dreams: Sufi Reflections
with Ali Okan

11:45 am to 12:15 pm

Travel ancient routes of love and spiritual enlightenment. Ali will be reciting a selection of Sufi poems in Persian and English, accompanied by the kanun, which is a type of zither that is famous for its unique melodramatic sound.

Artist-at-Work Sheila Diemert

11:00 am 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?

Piano, Poetry and Story
with Kevin White and Cameron Marcott

12:30 pm to 1: 15 pm

Poetry and short stories are brought to life through recitation with live piano accompaniment. Returning to the Latitudes Festival for the second time, Cameron Marcott and Kevin White bring together narration and music with pieces they selected and paired together to create a rich storytelling experience.

More Than One Story
Facilitated by Engin Sezen, Intercultural Dialogue Institute

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

More Than One Story is a unique and powerful card game which builds bridges between people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures.

Note: To participate, join us around the large oak table in the Reading Lounge, across from Hacienda Coffee.

Teatro Lambe Lambe
with Chilean puppeteer Roberto Sainz de la Peña

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

We are delighted to welcome Roberto Sainz de la Peña once again to Latitudes, all the way from Chile! He will be performing with his handmade miniature puppets for an audience of one-at-a-time. If you’re looking for an intimate storytelling experience, this is it.

Singin’ the Blues
with Dan Walsh

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Canadian singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dan Walsh has added his signature style to more than 40 albums and toured across North America, Europe and Australia. In the past few years, he’s performed more than 800 shows as a solo artist. Walsh will be sharing his original work, along with tales of life on the road and sharing the stage with the likes of Willie Nelson, Little Feat, Fred Eaglesmith and Willie P. Bennett.

Children’s Area

Recycled Book Art

10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Give an old book a new life! Redraw, rewrite and embellish stories in a discarded book using markers, craft supplies and googly eyes.

Family Storytelling Circle
with Elder Jan Sherman
Anishnabe culture keeper and storyteller

10:30 to 11:00 am

Stories are not only entertaining, they help us learn about tradition and problem solving. Elder Jan has been gathering wisdom from grandmothers and aunties from around the world. Let’s listen to what she has to share.

Teatro Lambe Lambe
with Chilean puppeteer Roberto Sainz de la Peña

10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Chilean puppeteer Roberto Sainz de la Peña performs with handmade miniature puppets for an audience of one-at-a-time. If you’re looking for an intimate storytelling experience, this is it. (Suitable for all ages)

Children’s Storytelling
with Derek Brisland

11:30 am to 12:00 pm

From his time as a child actor performing in BBC radio dramas and listening to stories in air raid shelters during WWII, story has been part of Derek’s life.

More Than One Story – the kids’ edition
with the Intercultural Dialogue Institute

12:00 to 12:45 pm

More Than One Story is a unique and powerful card game which builds bridges between people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures.

Campfire Stories

1:00 to 1:30 pm

Join us around our indoor campfire for songs, games and spooky stories.

Children’s Storytelling
with Derek Brisland

2:00 pm to 2:30 pm

From his time as a child actor performing in BBC radio dramas and listening to stories in air raid shelters during WWII, story has been part of Derek’s life.

Grace Schmidt Room of Local History

Digitization Day

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Tell your story with digitized photographs. Join us in the Grace Schmidt Room and learn how to use our equipment and software. Bring a jump drive or have your email address handy for photo transfer. Maximum 10 photos per person.

Upper Level

Imagine! Create! Tell!
with the Baden Storytellers’ Guild

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Join members of the Baden Storytellers’ Guild at their Story Station as they guide you through interactive forms of story creation. For all the makers, create your own set of story blocks and share the fun of crazy story creations with your whole family!

Lower Level

The Blanket Exercise
Facilitated by Mary McCullum Baldasaro

12:00 pm to 1:45 pm

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history we’re rarely taught. Developed in response to the 1996 Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, which recommended education as a step toward reconciliation, the Blanket Exercise covers over 500 years of history.

Limited space. Please register for this free workshop: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-blanket-exercise-tickets-5891727315?aff=ehomesaved

The Blanket Exercise
Facilitated by Mary McCullum Baldasaro

2:00 pm to 3:15 pm

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history we’re rarely taught. Developed in response to the 1996 Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, which recommended education as a step toward reconciliation, the Blanket Exercise covers over 500 years of history.

Limited space. Please register for this free workshop: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-blanket-exercise-tickets-35695767000?aff=ehomesaved