Bringing Stories To Life
Durham Storytellers is an enthusiastic group that aims to keep oral storytelling alive, promote an awareness of storytelling and illustrate how stories fit in today's society. We convey each story without books or notes, and are considered part of the performing arts.
Our members are from all walks of life and at various stages in their storytelling journey. And we strive to inspire others to want to share and tell their stories.
We tell traditional folktales, fairy tales, myths, legends, literary tales, fables, ballads, recitations and poems. We also narrate non-traditional family and personal stories, songs, historical accounts and inspirational stories.
Durham Storytellers have storytelling gatherings as hybrid events. We gather together in-person at Faith United Church in Courtice, Ontario, and on Zoom simultaneously to tell and listen to stories on the third Thursday of each month from 7 pm to 9 pm ( on the CONTACT page, provide your info and request the Zoom link ). Our storytelling gatherings include Featured Tellers and an Open Mic session. Guests are always welcome.
When requested by the community, Durham Storytellers tell stories at libraries, art galleries, schools, museums, conferences, seniors’ residences, youth groups, day cares, meetings, banquets, luncheons, parties, churches, special events, concerts, and much more.
As an organizational member of Storytellers of Canada
– Conteurs du Canada (SC–CC), we are involved in activities and events that they organize, such as education, training, and professional development through conferences and workshops. ( For more information about SC–CC, view their website at www.storytellers-conteurs.ca )
Durham Storytellers Land Acknowledgement
Durham Storytellers acknowledge that the First Peoples have been telling stories on this land for millennia. We acknowledge with respect and honour, the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, the territory that is covered by the Williams Treaties, and the many Indigenous peoples living here.
Durham Storytellers are grateful and proud to tell stories on these ancestral lands, and to nurture the various cultural traditions of all individuals through storytelling. We express the hope that by listening to each other’s stories, we will find ways to live together in greater harmony, and to work together to respect and protect this land for future generations.