EPISODE 3 of HOME OUT OF IT: Tonic Tales for Troubled Times is out now!

Our monthly Story Circle is an open mic event, now held live at Gower Street United Church. We invite storytellers of all backgrounds and experience share their stories. True, mythological, fictional, rhyming – all kinds of stories are welcomed! On any given night we enjoy tales that tickle our funny bones, invite us to be contemplative, and remind us of our resilience.

Please e-mail storytellingstjohns@gmail.com if you would like to share a story!

On Sept. 29, 7:30 pm Newfoundland Time, join in as Dave Paddon hosts some wonderful tales from The Big Land.

The show features Jean Crane, daughter of Gilbert Blake who guided Mina Hubbard across Labrador in 1905. Jean tells of her family’s role in guiding the Kyle to a safe anchorage at North West River.

Alex Saunders was born in old Davis Inlet and has a lifetime of stories of his own as well as some told to him by previous generations, such as the time an old woman defeated a hungry polar bear.

Sarah and Gilbert Baikie live in Rigolet and have seen many changes. Sarah demonstrates the traditional craft of grass basket-making and Gilbert relates a harrowing hunting trip.

Morris “Pop” Blake lives in North West River and was one of the “Mission Men”. They were a multi talented group of individuals who helped build and maintain the International Grenfell Association station in North West River.

All of storytellers experienced the massive cultural change from the hunter/trapper/gatherer era to the modern wage economy. It wasn’t always easy but they were, and they remain, resilient.

For all you story lovers out there, you won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to tune into these wonderful stories of life in Labrador – from the comfort of your own home.

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Wednesday, Sept 22

7:30 – 9:30 pm
Free!  |  On Zoom
Hosted by Ken Parsons

New Teller? Seasoned Raconteur? We have a no-pressure space for you to hone your craft. Our resident story coach KEN PARSONS will share tips, tricks, and techniques to make you a better storyteller.

Please e-mail us at storytellingstjohns@gmail.com to reserve your spot! Zoom link will be sent with your registration confirmation.

**Please note, this is not a performance event. And while we love our audiences dearly, this one is for tellers only!**



The St. John’s Storytelling Festival has long maintained that the act of sharing stories is, at its core, the art of recognizing in one another our humanity. It is the act of connecting across all manners of difference in the hopes of understanding one another. During times of political unrest, during times of revolution, it is crucial we listen to the stories of the oppressed. We must familiarize ourselves with the lives and histories of those suffering violence. And as we listen, we must listen with our whole hearts, and all the empathy that we can muster. We must right now listen to stories of Black people in Canada and the United States, so that we may understand, and join and support in their struggles.

With love and solidarity,

June 3rd, 2020 

Media Contact: gallery@easternedge.ca


We stand with Black communities against white supremacy, police brutality, and systemic oppression.

We, the undersigned, join with the artists of Newfoundland and Labrador in challenging systems of oppression and systemic racism that endanger members of the Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) communities. We acknowledge Ktaqmkuk as the ancestral homelands of the Beothuk and the Mi’kmaq, and Labrador as the ancestral homelands of the Innu of Nitassinan, the Inuit of Nunatsiavut, and the Inuit of NunatuKavut.

Events that are now unfolding across the United States demonstrate the extent to which Black communities face ongoing police-sanctioned violence. The same has long been true in Canada  and we must take action now. Collectively, we need to push towards meaningful change within our organizations both to combat these realities and to support anti-racism initiatives, including those that work against anti-Black racism.

Our organizations adamantly commit to the following:

  • Decolonizing systems of oppression through solidarity practices. We will ensure we have structures of accountability in place within our own communities. We refuse to prioritize or maintain cultures of white privilege that reinforce inequity and jeopardize human safety and freedoms in NL and beyond.
  • Promoting meaningful and tangible inclusion that addresses exclusionary economic policies impacting BIPOC  individuals.
  • Acknowledging and addressing existing social constructs that perpetuate racist worldviews that normalize inequality and police brutality. Ideologies of whiteness as default or norm contribute to the dehumanization of BIPOC individuals. We refuse to accept this status quo as it continually puts community members in danger and normalizes police violence on our streets.
  • Further increasing diverse publication, production, and programming through our respective fields while challenging ownership and appropriation of voice narratives, ventures, and organizations.
  • Using our platforms to dedicate space and uplift BIPOC artists and their stories.
  • Leveraging our resources to shift focus on and provide new professional, paid, and equitable opportunities for BIPOC artists throughout our province.

Black Lives Matter. Ending all forms of racism and violence against Indigenous, Asian, Migrant and Newcomer, Muslim, and Latinx people and communities matters. Ending Patriarchy, Islamophobia, Transphobia, Anti-Semitism, Ableism, and Sanism Matters.

These commitments cannot be realized alone. We need to dismantle white privilege, re-learn behaviours, re-imagine systems, and foster critical dialogue with BIPOC communities. We will hold ourselves and our organizations accountable in consultation with BIPOC communities. We will ensure that these actions are effectively implemented and maintained within our organizations.

We therefore issue the following challenge to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador:

  1. Join us in calling on all levels of government to condemn police brutality targeting BIPOC communities and to commit to work towards decolonizing and dismantling systemic racism and white supremacy embedded within our society.
  2. Join us in calling on all other organizations to do the same and to re-publish this statement and/or add their organization to the list of supporters.
  3. Join us in committing to hold, and calling on others to hold, anti-oppression workshops and discussions focusing on decolonization and combating racism within our organizations, and to offer free anti-oppression workshops that are open and accessible to all members of our communities.

We recognize that this is an ongoing process and are committed to furthering our knowledge, practicing accountability, and taking all necessary actions to dismantle white supremacy and other systems of colonial violence.

Signed in solidarity by the following creative sector organizations of Newfoundland and Labrador:

Eastern Edge Gallery

Riddle Fence

St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival

Artistic Fraud

Business and the Arts NL

Neighbourhood Dance Works

Lawnya Vawnya

Union House Arts

Persistence Theatre Company

St. John’s Storytelling Festival

St. Michael’s Printshop

Resource Centre for the Arts (LSPU Hall)

Wonderbolt Productions

Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador

Tuckamore Festival

Sound Symposium

Visual Artists of Newfoundland and Labrador

Association of Professional Theatre of Newfoundland and Labrador

Best Kind Productions

Winterset in Summer Literary Festival

The Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society

First Light St. John’s Friendship Centre

Eastern Owl

White Rooster Theatre


Black Lives Matter-NL:

Anti-Racism Coalition of NL:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/arcnl/        antiracismcoalitionnl@gmail.com

Black Canadian Studies

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