2017 Festival

Mosaic Storytelling Festival 2017 – Tales from Around the World

Four Sundays of stories for ages 5 to 95


Welcome to the seventh season of Mosaic Storytelling Festival!

Mosaic offers multicultural storytelling performances every two weeks from Jan. 29 to Mar. 12, 2017 at 3:00 pm. All performances are one hour long.

Location: St. David’s Anglican Church, parish hall (at Donlands and Danforth, opposite Donlands subway station)

Admission: Pay what you can (suggested $5 per person)

For more information: 416-466-3142

The Open Door East End Arts Collective and St. David’s Anglican Church celebrate the diversity and creativity of our rich East End neighbourhood – and our world – through four afternoons of storytelling with tellers and tales from all across the globe.

2017 Schedule:

Diana Tso and Bernice Hune
Sunday, January 29 at 3:00 pm
Brave villagers and greedy emperors join dragon, tiger and mouse on magical adventures in the Chinese Moon Calendar.

Michael Etherington & Ruth Danziger
Sunday, February 12 at 3:00 pm
Two tellers new to Mosaic Storytelling Festival bring us sun stories, moon stories, snow stories, indigenous stories — and more! — to warm a midwinter afternoon.

Djennie Laguerre & Sharada Eswar
Sunday, February 26 at 3:00 pm
Djennie always dazzles with her own special blend of sweet song, dance and bilingual Afro-Haitian storytelling and Sharada will draw on her South Asian roots in shadow puppets and Indian classical music.

Kim Kilpatrick
Sunday, March 12 at 3:00 pm
What happens when a girl (blind since birth) starts to figure out that she is not quite like everyone else? Although she rides her bike like her friends, why does she run into jingling parking meters? Why can’t she colour inside the lines?  Where are the lines?

For information about the special January 22 storytelling performance at Crow’s Theatre, click here.

About Our Storytellers:


Ruth Danziger (February 12) is a Toronto-based storyteller and puppeteer, expressive arts therapist, and workshop leader/educator. She performs at storytelling gatherings and festivals, and has facilitated workshops for community groups such as Storytelling Toronto, Village of Storytellers, Spiral Garden, and Afrofest.  Ruth has been involved with The Parent-Child Mother Goose Program for over 20 years and has edited two story collections, Grandmother Spider and other Folktales to Tell and I Bring You a Story: Folktales That Have Travelled.



Sharada Eswar (February 26) performs in Toronto and internationally, drawing on her South Asian roots in storytelling, shadow puppetry and Indian classical (carnatic) music. She has told stories and led workshops for the Toronto Festival of Storytelling, the Royal Ontario Museum and the TDSB, among others, as well as working on story-based theatre projects with Theatre Direct, Jumblies Theatre, and the National Arts Centre. Sharada is also an author who is working on two graphic novels, The Close Alliance and Prince Rama and the Demon King, for Rubicon Publishing and has published a children’s book, Ram’s Caps, for Harcourt.



Michael Etherington (February 12) is a member of the Fort Albany First Nation, fortunate to have been raised (in Moosonee and North Bay) both on and off reserve, which gave him the opportunity to see life from both a rural and urban context. Michael’s storytelling is rooted in the land-based knowledge and the old Omushkego ways of his family and the stories he heard growing up. “I am a seed sown from my past, therefore I shall not be lost.” He is the Cultural Program Manager for the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto and volunteers as a storyteller with Passages to Canada, as well working in Aboriginal communities and at schools, colleges and universities across Canada as keynote speaker, workshop leader, trainer and facilitator.



Bernice Hune (January 29) is a storyteller, visual artist, actor, broadcaster, and arts educator who grew up in Toronto immersed in Cantonese songs and stories – elders sharing ancient folk tales as well as personal stories about the railway, the head tax, and the struggle for the rights of full citizenship. The recipient of a number of regional and national arts awards, Bernice leads workshops in art and storytelling and has performed at cultural centres and festivals from Atlantic to Pacific Canada, as well as at the Singapore International Storytelling Festival. Her historical stories have been highlighted at the Multicultural History Society of Ontario and the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax. Young audiences are particularly delighted and informed by her performances. Bernice has made over 900 visits to schools and libraries and recently toured Vancouver Island for TD Canadian Children’s Book Week.



Kim Kilpatrick (March 12) has over ten years experience as a storyteller and has performed regularly on the NAC fourth Stage since 2004, as well as at storytelling festivals in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, and Saint Mary’s. She is known for autobiographical material — humorous, entertaining, and engaging stories about living as a person who is blind, as well as folk tales and some historical material. Kim is also a paralympian and performs stories about her paralympic experiences. Kim is a MASC artist in schools and for seniors and also performs in cafes, pubs, museums, parks, and at story slams. Kim has performed frequently for Ottawa StoryTellers, at Stories & Tea, and she was one of the tellers featured in the OST & 2Women Production’s telling of The Iliad in June of 2014.



Djennie Laguerre (February 26) is a bilingual storyteller, actor, playwright, and dancer, who was born in Haiti, grew up in Canada, and studied and worked in New York — choosing after 9/11 to make Toronto her home. In addition to her busy acting schedule, Djennie has been inspired by motherhood to tour schools with her own style of Afro-Haitian storytelling. Her show Madame Great Adventures will be coming to schools and libraries in 2017–18. A Teaching Artist for the Ontario Arts Council for 11 years and for Young People’s Theatre (YPT) for 2 years. Djennie is proud to be creating dance, movement and theatre pieces with students inspired by the themes of community, anti-violence, environment, hope and love.



Diana Tso (January 29), performer, playwright, poet, and storyteller, is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in France. Author of the plays Red Snow, inspired by the survivors of the Rape of Nanking, and Comfort, written in honour of the comfort women in Asia during WWII and the resilience shown by women in war, Diana has worked for various theatre companies across the world for over 20 years, as well as as an artist in the schools in Ontario, helping to empower youth through artistic expression.

As a storyteller she retells Chinese folktales and performs her creation of Monkey Queen, Journey to the East, inspired by Monkey King in the Chinese 16th century novel, Journey to the West. She shares stories about the power of art and transformation in Chinese mythology and about those who dare and have their dreams come true.