From September 24 – 29 come immerse yourself in story.

“Storytelling is an art form and a cultural tradition, but it’s so much more. It’s about connection. A good story transports you to another place and time. It’s an adventure and a delight, and along the way it helps us build empathy and understanding. The Storytelling Festival is invested in preserving local traditions, but we are equally excited about propelling the art of storytelling into the future. Our programming includes recitations, throat singing, and fairy tales alongside poetic soundscapes, string stories, and unique, contemporary voices that are pushing the envelope.”

~Kailey Bryan, Festival Administrator


What can we expect this year?

The St. John’s Storytelling Festival is thrilled to be hosting visiting tellers Shayna Jones (BC) and Sage Tyrtle (ON)  alongside the kind of high caliber local talent you’ve come to expect.

Photo credit: Louis Bockner

Shayna Jones, founder of We Are StoryFolk , is a professionally trained and passionate performing artist. With professional credits as an actor, singer, and dancer, she imbues her work as a Storyteller with craftsmanship, and precision. She trained at Trinity Western University (Langley, BC), apprenticed with Pacific Theatre (Vancouver), and has performed with the Arts Club Theatre Company, Stone’s Throw Productions, and the University of British Columbia to name a few. She has honed her skills working with acting and vocal coaches, performance workshops, and hours of dance instruction of various forms. As a Storyteller, her performance credits include regional festivals; regional library districts; elementary schools; highschools, community events, summer camps, private functions , and more!


Sage Tyrtle is a professional storyteller who tells stories all over the world (most recently in India). She has taught The Art of Storytelling at Second City and Seneca College. Her stories have been featured on NPR and CBC radio. She is a Moth StorySlam winner.


STAY TUNED for further details!

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