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  Ottawa StoryTellers Newsletter     September 29, 2010  

In this issue:

note from the president
note from the newsletter editor

campfire stories (review)

weekend with Loki (review)
norse to the Shenkman (review)
Ottawa Storytelling Festival
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tea party
story swap
news and reviews
this season's fourth stage
sc-cc conference (review)
Shenkman shows
Dean Verger

Message from the President - September 2010

The days are ticking down to the Ottawa Storytelling Festival, 2010 edition. You can go directly to the Festival website from to get the details on the very full program. There are major evening concerts, late night performances, storytelling workshops, and much more. I've bought a pass for the whole festival as well as a couple of workshops, and I'm really looking forward to it all.

If you are a member of OST, and you move very quickly, you just have time to get the September-only discount price on the full concert package. Write to If you miss the September sale, you can still pick up a full concert pass that saves you money.

While you're at the festival website, click on the "Volunteer" button, and let Kim Kilpatrick know what you would be able to do. You get in free to events for which you volunteer, and you get a fabulous OST t-shirt! You can be the envy of all your friends! And if you don't have the time to volunteer, you can still buy the fabulous t-shirt while supplies last.

Finally, make a note of Sunday afternoon, November 28, 4 PM at Routier Community Centre, for an OST Town Hall meeting to discuss how our very first new-format festival went, and to trade ideas for 2011.
Phil Nagy


Note from the newsletter editor

The summer is usually a quiet time of the year, what with family get aways, and cottages, even travel, sending folks hither and yon. Somehow, Ottawa continues to have a thriving storytelling scene even in the months of holiday, and into this month. There were festivals, a conference, an event at the Shenkman Centre, the Billings Estate, storytelling retreats and weekends, and lots of planning. Rapidly approaching is the redesigned Ottawa Storytelling Festival. Even closer at hand, this very Sunday (October 3) Jan Andrews reprises her fabulous telling of the Stone Book, at the Shenkman Centre.

Once again, I am fortunate to have the help of a number of contributors. True, I do ask people to come forward with their own vignettes of their experiences, and we are the lucky ones who get to read all about it. Or in some cases, listen to the audio files. I moved away from the fancier flash software to the simpler mp3 format so that everyone can listen without worrying about compatibility.

So, once again, I invite you to read and enjoy. If you have something to add, please tell me, or drop me a line. If you are involved in a storytelling related event, please let me know how it went. And I will see you at the concerts.
Dean Verger



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