Ruth Stewart-Verger was born to a storytelling family,
thus learned her art in self-defense. Her first love
is for stories of people, their struggles and their
triumphs! She has told across Canada, from coast to
coast to coast, in the mountains, on the prairies,
throughout Ontario's woodlands, in schools, libraries,
community halls and festivals.
Ruth has fallen in love with tales of Canada's historical
heroines. In 2002 she delved into history and became
enamored with the story of Marie-Anne Lagimodiere.
Diving into the National Archives, the Manitoba Archives
and the Hudson's Bay Archives, bringing together information
from diverse sources Ruth created a storytelling tapestry
that was performed beneath a large painting of voyageurs
racing the rapids. People in the audience were wiping
away tears as the last words and the last notes faded
In 2003 Ruth performed the story of Emily Murphy
as part of the 11th Annual National Storytelling Conference.
Her setting was unique and appropriate. Beside the
Peace Tower, and the statues dedicated to the Famous
Five while rain fell and lightning cracked Ruth performed
her moving piece to a hundred storytelling professionals
from all across Canada.
She has since reworked and recorded both the Marie-Anne
Lagimodiere and Emily Murphy stories on CD's.
Besides the historical tellings, the literary stories
and the traditional tales, Ruth is also an accomplished
String teller. Ruth was inspired by author and folklorist
Camilla Gryski, and Jane Smith (a teacher and librarian)
through workshops, books, and research.
Ruth Stewart-Verger has taught hundreds of children
(grades 1-6) and adults the tactile pleasure of weaving
many figures into a tale.
As well as at festivals, professional conferences
and training conferences, and in schools, libraries,
community centers, Ruth Stewart-Verger has been asked
to perform for the Finnish Embassy in Ottawa, the
Yukon International Storytelling Festival and for
the Cape Breton Storytelling Symposium in Nova Scotia.
She tells stories to a wide range of audiences: from
University faculty and alumni, to professional groups,
to preschool children. Each audience requires a different
story and different approach. Ruth's repertoire is
divergent and eclectic.
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