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33rd Annual Toronto Storytelling Festival
The Seventh Generation: Past, Present, and Future


TORONTO, ON (March 23, 2011) – Storytelling Toronto and the 33rd Annual Toronto Storytelling Festival bring you another year of the world’s best storytelling for adults, youth and children from Friday, March 25 to Sunday, April 3, 2011 (the final day of the festival, April 3, will be held at Harbourfront Centre). This year’s theme is The Seventh Generation: Past, Present, and Future– the First Nations’ philosophy that encourages us to consider the impact of our actions upon seven generations into the future.

Garry Sault is a Mississaugas of New Credit First Nation band member and part of the great Ojibway Nation. Using old legends, Garry recreates a magical time when the earth was new. Maureen Belanger, from the North West community of Ile-a-la Crosse, SK weaves together Metis history and traditions through her signature character, Elder Ernestine. Other appearances by Lee Maracle, Kehewin Native Dance Theatre, Spirit Wind, ANDPVA Youth Leadership Team, Melvin and Rosa John, Michaela Washburn and elders Dan and Mary Lou Smoke of the popular radio program Smoke Signals on CHRW 94.9 FM.

This year’s international guests are Peter Chand and Clare Muireann Murphy. Peter Chand (Great Britain) is of Punjabi descent and has been described as a bridge between two cultures and generations. Peter was one of four finalists selected by the British Arts Council to compete for a $10,000 prize in storytelling. Clare Muireann Murphy is one of the Republic of Ireland’s finest exports. Her graceful charm mixed with her love of mythology and folklore brings her stories vibrantly to life.

Come and join us for the festival launch (March 25), our gala concert (April 2), BGLS, Spoken Word concert (March 29), and stories for children at various venues throughout the city such as Harbourfront Centre (April 3), Lula Lounge, Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto Public Library branches, Na Me Res (Sagatay), Native Child and Family Services, Dodem Kanonhsa’, City of Toronto’s Historical Sites Museums and Trane Studio.

All programming made possible by the support of Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Canadian Heritage, Metcalf Foundation and Access Copyright Foundation.

33rd Toronto Storytelling Festival
Friday, March 25 – Sunday, April 3, 2011
Various locations throughout the city
(Harbourfront Centre April 3)
Tickets: Free to $20
www.torontostorytellingfestival.ca

For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit
harbourfrontcentre.com or call the information hotline at 416-973-4000.


ABOUT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE
Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on the 10-acre site it operates in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Toronto Storytelling Festival
Debra Baptiste
647- 882-5117
debrabaptiste@sympatico.ca

Harbourfront Centre
Althea Linton
416-973-4428
alinton@harbourfrontcentre.com








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