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. Stories about a cursed house, a cursed grave, a cursed car, a cursed jewel and even a cursed wedding. For thousands of years, people in every culture have believed in the Evil Eye, and taken measures to protect themselves. So, are curses real, or just creepy coincidences?
You be the judge.
Cecilia Blanchfield is a speechwriter by profession and a lifelong history buff. She has been a member of Ottawa Storytellers since 2012 and has appeared at the Tea Party and other venues. For her performances, she looks for real stories of the unusual, the unexpected and the unbelievable – proving that truth really is stranger than fiction.
Colette Laplante’s storytelling style is filled with wonder and drama. Listeners feel the emotions and physicality of the people in her stories. She was last presented by Ottawa StoryTellers in March 2018 where she wowed the NAC audience with tales of Nordic Gods.
Colette is passionate about the stories she tells. She immerses herself into the stories and learns all she can about her chosen topic, the location and the people in the stories, whether they are real or mythical. She does this by consulting professionals, hearing other tellers, reading, and even visiting locations where the events took place – battle fields of the American Civil War, Isle aux Morts, NL to see the coastline where a major shipwreck took place and Iceland where she visited their museums and historical sites. She has entertained at community centres, coffee houses, the Bytown Museum, the Children’s Storytelling Festival and at various seniors’ centre. She's told campfire stories to children at the Billings Estate and the Tucker House Renewal Centre.