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June 9, 2005
Storytelling series returns to enchant visitors at Colborne Lodge in High Park beginning June 12 at 2 p.m.
The Tales from the Four Winds storytelling collective, in cooperation with City
of Toronto Culture, Colborne Lodge, will return this spring with a brand new
series of tales to delight young and old. The series, entitled Tales from a
High Park Garden, takes place on the grounds of historic Colborne Lodge, the
late-1800s summer home of park founders, Jemima and John Howard. The Howards
were avid gardeners and their labours of love have been carefully
restored around their former residence. Visitors are invited to enjoy the
gardens and be entertained with whimsical tales on the following four Sunday

Sunday, June 12 at 2 p.m.
Talking Cats and Witch Canoes: Tales from a French Canadian Heritage
Storyteller Norman Perrin tells stories from the French half of his
French-Irish ancestry to celebrate Toronto’s Quebecois heritage.

Sunday, July 10 at 2 p.m.
Storyteller Hugo Extavour Sings with Anansi and Brer Rabbit: Tales from a
Trickster’s Garden. A Toronto storyteller and drummer, Hugo tells African
tales of Anansi and the Trickster resonating to the beat of his djembe drum.

Sunday, August 14 at 2 p.m.
First Stories from a First Nations Garden
When the immigrants of Europe came with their stories to the New World, they
came to a land already rich with ancient tales. (Storyteller TBA).

Sunday, September 11 at 2 p.m.
Tales from the Green Lady Harriet Xanthakos
Harriet Xanthakos, a Toronto storyteller, winds up Tales from a High Park
Garden with stories of gardens, animals and flowers to celebrate the restored
gardens of Jemima and John Howard.

Tales from the Four Winds is a storytellers’ collective dedicated to promoting
storytelling among Toronto's parks and historic houses. After each story,
visitors are welcome to stay and explore the gardens. Colborne Lodge will be
open for those who wish to take a tour of the historic house. Regular admission
will apply. The storytelling series and access to the grounds are free.

Colborne Lodge is located in the south end of High Park, just north of The
Queensway, on Colborne Lodge Drive. For more information the public may call
416-392-6916, e-mail
or visit the city website at

Media contact:

Cheryl Hart
Site Coordinator
Colborne Lodge



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