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January 24, 2003
Unique storytelling commissioned by the City of Toronto's Culture division as part of The 25th Annual Toronto Festival of Storytelling
  
In February, eight storytellers commissioned by the City of Toronto's Culture
division, will present their unique stories at The 25th Annual Festival of
Storytelling. Inspired by the City's museums, and based on archives, artifacts
and oral history, these storytellers will present each story at the City's
museums. Seldom-told tales of the city will illuminate our shared histories;
from the beliefs of the indigenous peoples who inhabited the land known today
as Spadina Museum, Historic House and Gardens, to the experiences of a young
domestic servant living in the Mackenzie household (Mackenzie House) in the
1860s.

"Developing modern stories inspired by Toronto's museums gives people a chance
to experience Toronto's past in a unique and dynamic way," says Karen Black,
the City's Manager of Museum Services. Jim Blake, Chair of The 25th Annual
Toronto Festival of Storytelling, adds: "We are delighted to partner with the
City of Toronto Museums and Heritage Services to commission eight of Ontario's
great storytellers. The partnership of storytellers and museum professionals
has developed new stories about the history of Toronto."

The following stories will be performed as part of The 25th Annual Festival of
Storytelling:

Saturday, February 15

Gibson House Museum: Ron Baker at 2 p.m.
The Gibsons - A tale of immigrants in a raw land of power, politics, intrigue,
insurrection, flames and exile. Who says Canadian history isn't exciting?
5172 Yonge Street, 416-395-7432

Mackenzie House: Mary Druce at 2 p.m.
A Servant's Tale - Explore the story of the Mackenzie family through the eyes
of Catherine Burns, the household servant.
82 Bond Street, 416-392-6915

The Market Gallery: Pauline Grondin at 11 a.m.
Louisa Robinson - What Tales She Has to Tell - Visit with Louisa Robinson, wife
of former Mayor of Toronto George Allan, as she speaks of everyday life in the
city in the mid-1800s.
95 Front St. East, 2nd Floor, 416-392-7604

Spadina Museum: Historic House and Gardens: Shannon Thunderbird
at 2 p.m.
Daughter of the Copper Shield - Since the beginning of time the souls of Native
people have been tied to the spiritual energy of the land. They know about the
intrinsic power of their mystical connection made sacred by song, ceremony and
the dedication of the whole being.
285 Spadina Road, 416-392-6910

Montgomery's Inn: Lorne Brown, storyteller and Sandy MacIntyre, fiddler
at 8 p.m.
If Rivers Could Talk - Bring the stories of Mimico Creek to life in the
historic tavern at Montgomery's Inn. Join them for a historic snack and pint,
or try an authentic historic drink. Cash bar; $5 cover charge: $4 for Friends
of Etobicoke's Heritage.
4709 Dundas Street West, 416-394-8113

Sunday, February 16

Colborne Lodge in High Park: Marie Troup at 2 p.m.
Stories from Colborne Lodge - A young visitor to Colborne Lodge offers frank
opinions of John George Howard. Glimpse into the life of this talented and
eccentric man in the house he built and lived in for many years.
Colborne Lodge Drive (at the south end of High Park), 416-392-6916

Historic Fort York: George Blake at 2 p.m.
John Graves Simcoe: The Man - This story honours Simcoe as a man of compassion,
loyalty, courage and innovative ideas. His promotion of the 1793 Act, made
importing slaves illegal in Upper Canada, and has attracted little notice
compared with his other contributions. In the context of subsequent history,
this insightful legislation strongly contributed to Toronto's contemporary
multicultural scene.
100 Garrison Road, 416-392-6907

Montgomery's Inn: Lorne Brown at 2 p.m.
Around the World in Montgomery's Inn - Inns used to be the centre of their
communities. Enjoy spellbinding folktales from the various communities around
Montgomery's Inn.
4709 Dundas Street West, 416-394-8113

Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre: Helen Carmichael
at 2 p.m.
The Two Strong Women of Helliwell House - The story of Elizabeth Bright, the
beloved wife of brewer William Helliwell, who gave birth to seven children
before she died at age 29. They shared their home at Todmorden Mills with his
powerful mother and partner, Sarah Lord. Located at the foot of Pottery Road
east of the Bayview extension, 416-396-2819.


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