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March 23, 2009
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Real stories. Real people. Historic settings. Canada’s finest storytellers recount incredible tales from this city’s beginnings at Fabled City. Part of the 31st Annual Toronto Festival of Storytelling, March 28 to April 5, Fabled City takes place at the City of Toronto’s Historic Museums on Saturday, March 28 and Saturday, April 4.

Two stories kick off the Fabled City series on March 28. Inspired by the exhibit Lit City: Toronto Through the Eyes of Authors and Artists at the Market Gallery, talented teller Jim Blake spins a rousing story accompanied by a jazz trio from 11 a.m. to noon. Admission is free. At Mackenzie House, partake in a tale that seems recently familiar, but in fact occurred in 1984 when Ellen Halfpenny (storyteller Harriet Xanthakos) threw her shoe at William Lyon Mackenzie in court. She gives us her view of his tumultuous term as Toronto's first mayor in If the Shoe Fits, Throw It! From 1:30 to 3 p.m., $12 adults; $10 seniors; $8 children (+ GST).

On Saturday, April 4, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., join storyteller Mariella Bertelli as socialite Mary Austin. Reflecting on children, war, women's suffrage and the roaring twenties, she describes the changes of the new century while choosing entertainment for her next Toronto cultural event in Out of a Bustle and into the Boom. At Spadina Museum, $15 adults; $12 seniors; $10 children (+ GST).

At 175 years, Toronto has many stories to tell. Fabled City reflects on this city’s vibrant history and will continue with more city stories as part of Lit City - Toronto stories, Toronto Settings - March to May.

Pre-registration is required for paid events. For complete details on Fabled City, visit; for information and locations of all 31st Annual Toronto Festival of Storytelling events, go to

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Vanessa Higgs, Program Development Officer, Cultural Services, 416-338-0045,



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