"Storytelling is among the most ancient of arts. To hear a story is to be touched in heart and mind, in body and spirit. The storyteller gives the tale; the listener receives it, responding out of his or her own being. The story comes alive. It flourishes and grows."

OST's SIGNature series 2018/19

Ignite your imagination with live, professional storytelling. From the fantastical worlds of great literary artists, to hidden historical treasures, to extraordinary personal journeys, this season will delight and enlighten. Storytellers, both local and imported, present a show a month from September to April. more

Tell your story

(un)told is a monthly event featuring personal stories told live in a relaxed setting without notes, sets, or props. It’s the kind of night where everyone has something interesting to say.

After our Fringe edition, (un)told is on summer break. The next edition of (un)told, "A" for Effort, will be held on September 23rd at the Heart & Crown in the ByWard Market. more

Curses: Destiny or Delusion?

Just in time for Halloween, Colette Laplante and Cecilia Blanchfield bring you stories that will make you knock wood and clutch your rabbit’s foot. So, are curses real, or just creepy coincidences? Join us October 18th and decide for yourself. more


Stories & Tea is on break for the summer, and will resume on September 11 with Remembering Jan Andrews with Tales She Told. 

In the fall, join us for storytelling every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at our new venue, Bluebird Coffee in Ottawa's ByWard Market. more

workshop: Welcome to storytelling

A well-told story will draw listeners to you, whether your purpose is to entertain, educate, inform or sell a product or idea. 

Welcome to StoryTelling: 10 Things You Need to Know with Mary Wiggin and Kathie Kompass is back by popular demand! Join these two storytelling masters on Saturday, October 13 & 20 to develop your craft. more

Story Swap

Story Swap is open to all and free. It takes place on the first Thursday of every month (except for July and August). The next Story Swap will take place on September 6.

Stories are usually five to ten minutes long and are told from memory. We recommend stories that engage and entertain. more

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Whether the stuff of legends, or of everyday experiences, of family history, or present in the tales that teach us how to survive, stories are everywhere.

The well told tale is a universal expression of our humanity because it captures our desire to make the world a more creative and inspirational place.