A breath of fresh air
A special edition of our Monthly Storytelling Circle in celebration of Canadian Story Night!
Hosted by Dave Paddon and Louise Moyes plus open mic
$5 cash at the door
“Air is the element associated with the fourth quarter of the medicine wheel that has been supplying themes for the event for the past three years. Earth, fire and water have each had their turn. Now we face north for the quarter of the medicine wheel that is associated with winter and air.
“The colour of air is white,” on the medicine wheel, explains elder Mark Douglas of Storytelling Orillia, which has chosen the theme for the event so far.
“We think about snow, we hunker down. It’s winter, barren and cold. It’s a time when we can have intimate time with our family and friends because we’re inside. But it’s a dark time, we can get kind of blue, and humour is good in the winter.
“Air is a symbol of all of this. It’s one of the four things we need, but it feels like there is barely any or there is too much of it. Wind and the north wind are part of it,” Mark says.”
~ From Storytellers of Canada, Canadian Story Night press release
We’re known here for the intensity of our wind and the sharpness of our wit, and our hosts for tonight are known for their humour and fresh perspectives – a perfect fit for this year’s Canadian Story Night! Retired pilot Dave Paddon brings hilarious recitations often situated well above sea level while Louise Moyes tells some tales of Florence Leprieur, who brought jigs and reels to life with her own breath – and was a breath of fresh air herself!
Got a tale to share? Any interpretation of the theme is welcome during our open mic! And if not well, what’s a story without an attentive audience?
Hop on over to The Ship afterwards for Folk Night! What more could you want on a Wednesday evening?
ABOUT OUR HOSTS
Dave Paddon is a retired airline pilot originally from Northwest River, Labrador. He grew up listening to the songs and stories of the trappers and attending many a late night “session” around many a kitchen table. In 1986 he married a Gander girl and subsequently became immersed in Island culture. As a result he accumulated a store of material which suddenly bubbled to the surface when he and Kim returned to Newfoundland and Labrador in 2005 after 20 years upalong. He wrote his first recitation in 2007 and has now written 25. Five of these have been published in handmade chapbooks and his work is available on a CD or through electronic download. His recitation “Ralph:Flying Hound” was recently released as an illustrated children’s book.
Dave lives in St.John’s and is a regular at festivals and fundraisers throughout the province.
Louise Moyes (St. John’s) performs and creates docudances; multidisciplinary and often bilingual shows working with the rhythms of voices and accents as if they were a musical score. Combining her work as dancer, storyteller, filmmaker, and sociologist, Louise has made shows on topics including the collapse of the Newfoundland and Labrador Fisheries,her neighbourhood – in Long’s Hill Walk (more coming in 2020), similarities between Québécois and Newfoundlanders, walking her dog, and the life of Franco-Acadian NL musician Florence Leprieur. She loves telling Jack tales. Louise has performed across Canada and in Germany, Italy, Iceland, New York, Australia, France and Brazil. Louise Moyes Docudance was awarded the Canada Council for the Arts Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Prize for Innovation in Dance. She was a Finalist for the ArtsNL BMO Artist of the Year Award 2017. www.docudance.com