"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."

SPEAKING OUT 2017-2018

An eclectic selection of great professional storytelling to entertain and enlighten.

Join us as we journey through French-Canadian culture, Argentina under dictatorship, the African Diaspora, the Yukon First Nation, Ireland, the lands of fairies, and of Norse Gods, all without leaving the capital city.  more


Award Winning Volunteer

Ottawa StoryTellers volunteer, Pat Holloway, was named “Volunteer of the Year” at Ottawa Festivals’ Momentum613  on Friday, November 24.

Pat is pictured here with Carole Anne Piccinin – Executive Director of Ottawa Festival Network, Sean Wilson – President of the OFN Board of Directors and Artistic Director of the Ottawa International Writers’ Festival, and City Counselor Catherine McKenney. more


Join us for storytelling every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at The Tea Party Cafe, 119 York St in Ottawa's ByWard Market.

From 7 pm to 8:45 pm, stories begin on the hour and half-hour with breaks in between for treats and chatting. 

Stories & Tea is presented by Ottawa StoryTellers & The Tea Party Cafe. 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.

The next (un)told will take place January 21, 2018 at the Heart & Crown in the ByWard Market. The theme of the evening will be "Resolution Rethink." more

Landscapes of Silence

How far would you be willing to travel to claim the beauty of your own voice? Across what borders never meant to be crossed would you journey to story that which has no voice but yours?

Presented January 18 as a part of the Speaking Out Season. Written and Performed by Marta Singh. more

OST in the news!

Capitaine Bonnefemme and Janet LeRoy are featured on Daytime Ottawa, Rogers tv to discuss their connection to French Canadian culture, and the interweaving of fact and fiction in the show, The Adventurous: Stories of French Canada. The show opened our 2017-2018 Speaking Out Season. 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.