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Stories Aloud Open Mic Storytelling


I listen to a lot of open mic storytelling podcasts. Some of my favourite include: The Moth, Risk and Snap Judgement. I did not know until recently that on the second Friday of every month we have our very own open mic storytelling event.

Presented by the Baden Storytellers’ Guild

According to their website: Bring along $5 and a mug for hot apple cider. You are welcome to simply listen, or to share a tale. (Five minutes or less for beginners. Longer stories must be authorized by the host before stories begin.)

The Baden Storytellers’ Guild

The Baden Storytellers’ Guild is dedicated to nurturing and sustaining the development of emerging and established storytellers. The Guild seeks to promote excellence in our art, deepen our understanding of Story, and develop in the general public an awareness of and appreciation for storytelling, both in daily life and as a performance art.

The Guild seeks to promote, support and contribute to the growth of storytellers and to ensure the continuing development of the art of storytelling as an integral aspect of Canadian culture.


The Baden Storytellers’ Guild began in 1989 as one of the services offered by The Story Barn in Baden. It was a direct reaction to interest shared by participants in workshops offered by Mary-Eileen McClear, the the Founder and Director of The Story Barn.

While the preliminary objective was to have a time and place to develop storytelling skills, the Guild quickly began to accept and seek engagements which would certainly take storytelling right into the Community.

  • 2012 The Guild recorded Voices in The Trees cd.
  • 2011- present. Partnership formed with Waterloo Region Museum which welcomes Guild participants as part of March Break Programming and permits them to provide a World Storytelling Day performance in the Gallery’s Theatre.
  • 2002– present. The Guild offers storytelling at the Heart & Hand Festival, Joseph Schneider Haus, Kitchener.
  • Maycourt, Steckle Farm, Kids Link and various other area groups have invited the Guild to give performances.
  • The Guild has performed at the Toronto and St. Marys Storytelling Festivals.

In 2012 regional regulations made it no more feasible to keep The Story Barn going as a public venue. The good news is that the Waterloo Community Arts Centre, a.k.a. Button Factory Arts, in Waterloo, offered a terrific home.

  • Where:  Button Factory Arts, 225 Regina Road South, Waterloo, ON
  • When: January 12 2018
  • Time: 8pm-10pm

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