Special Performance Jan. 22 at Streetcar Crowsnest


To celebrate the opening of Crow’s Theatre’s new east end performance space, Mosaic Storytelling Festival is putting together a special performance with three storytellers — audience favourites from previous seasons of Mosaic  — to create a blockbuster afternoon of storytelling!

the Open Door East End Arts Collective and Crow’s Theatre present

an afternoon with Mosaic Storytelling

Joanna Chapman-Smith, Hugh Cotton, and Ruhksana Khan

 Sunday, January 22

at 3 pm

at the Streetcar Crowsnest – 345 Carlaw Avenue (Dundas and Carlaw)

pay what you can (suggested $5 per person)

for ages 5 to 95

for more information: 416-466-3142


NOTE: The rest of the Mosaic Storytelling Festival 2017 season will be in the parish hall at St. David’s Anglican Church (at 49 Donlands — across from Donlands subway station) as usual. Only this one performance is different. See here for details of our regular 2017 season.


About Our Storytellers:


Joanna Chapman-Smith (January 22) is a Toronto-based and award-winning singer-songwriter and storyteller. Inspired by folklore from the USA, New Zealand, Italy, Canada — all countries where she has roots — Joanna has performed in music and storytelling festivals worldwide. She recently released a new CD titled, Elon & The City of Stone, a large-scale work that showcases Joanna’s unique ability to blend story and song. Passionate about arts education, Joanna is also the founder of the Songbirds Travelling Music School, which delivers private lessons and workshops to aspiring and professional storytellers and musicians.




A good story, well told creates a deep connection between teller, hearers and story.  That connection is the reason Hugh Cotton (January 22) loves being a storyteller. He has told stories in schools, markets, cafes, forests and festivals from Brantford to Brazil. He tells to listeners of all ages and audiences from 500 to 1.  Telling everything from short and funny, to epic and mythical – with old, mysterious tales having a special place in his heart.



Rukhsana Khan (January 22) is an award-winning author and storyteller. Born in Lahore, Pakistan, she immigrated to Canada at the age of three. Now the author of eleven published books, with more on the way, Rukhsana has appeared on television and radio; has been featured at international conferences in Denmark, Mexico, Singapore, Italy, and South Africa; and has presented all across Canada and the US. Rukhsana tells the traditional tales of India, Persia and the Middle East, as well as her own stories. She is a member of SCBWI, The Writers Union of Canada, CANSCAIP, and Storytelling Toronto. She has four grown children (three girls and a boy) and seven grandchildren and lives in Toronto with her husband and family.