Find a Storyteller

Some Guild members are available for hire. One of them might be perfect for your special event. Fees vary according to experience and qualification.

To hire a storyteller, contact them directly, or email badenstorytellers1 _at_ gmail.com, and we will ask our members. Many of our tellers are not listed here. Also, we can recommend tellers with specialized experience, or more availability, who may not be guild members. (Emails are disguised to reduce spam.)

Storytelling Toronto and Storytellers Canada – Conteurs du Canada also have directories.

Mary McCullum Baldasaro Mary McCullum Baldasaro

Mary McCullum Baldasaro’s love of language, voice, and story find natural expression in teaching (French as a second language), storytelling, acting, and playwriting. She is a regular teller at Stories Aloud in The Story Barn and has performed in schools, libraries, at the Toronto Storytelling Festival, Latitudes Festival, and Heart & Hand Festival.

Contact Mary at storygirl _at_ hotmail.ca .

Derek Brisland Derek Brisland

From his time as a child actor performing in B.B.C radio dramas and listening to stories in air raid shelters during World War 2 to that of a Deacon preaching in the Roman Catholic Church, story has been part of Derek Brisland’s life. His roles as engineer, family man and volunteer in the community gave him fodder for the stories he tells now in his vocation as storyteller, which began in earnest after his retirement in 1991.

A member of Storytelling Toronto, The Baden Story Tellers Guild, Derek has shared his talents at the Bon Soo Carnival and other venues in Sault Ste Marie. In the K/W area he has performed at Steckly Heritage Farm, and Joseph Schneider Haus Museum. He also tells in schools, for community groups and of course for his grandchildren.

Contact Derek at foxtales _at_ rogers.com.

Brenda Byers

brenda byers

Brenda Byers, Artistic Director of Storywyse, tells folktales for all ages full of wit, wisdom, trickery and fun. She has performed at storytelling festivals throughout Ontario on the adults’ and children’s stages. Blending tales with music, Brenda tells stories through songs and interactive play. She arranges concerts featuring fantastic storytellers and musicians in a variety of venues. Her storytelling programs in schools bring to life historical events, lend a way to listen to the environment, promote literacy and engage students in empathy and awareness in the classroom. Join in the sharing of a tale!

Contact Brenda at brenda _at_ storywyse.com or www.storywyse.com .

Judy Caulfield Judy Caulfield

As a teacher/storyteller, Judy Caulfield has used storytelling extensively in school settings for over two decades. Judy has presented workshops on becoming a storyteller and using storytelling with students. She has told in a variety of venues from The Storytelling Festival of Toronto and Goderich’s Celtic Roots Festival, to conferences and classrooms. Currently, she teaches Language Arts to student teachers at OISE/UToronto.

Contact Judy at judycaulfieldstory _at_ gmail.com .

Stephen Van Vugt VanVugt_web

Stephen is a singer and storyteller who enjoys telling traditional fairy and folk tales to children of all ages as well as personal and historical stories to adults. He has enjoyed annual local performances for non-profit organizations at heritage sites and churches.

Contact Stephen at stephen.vanvugt _at_ sympatico.ca

John Wesselson

John Wesselson has been telling stories since 2003.  His favourites were written in the late 19th century and he tells them as written, bringing the author’s words to life again.  He loves causing a listener to fall into a story so deeply that afterwards, they remember what sights and feelings it brought to them more than who told it.

Contact John at jwesselson _at_ gmail.com .

Carolyn WilkerCarolyn Wilker

Carolyn Wilker is a freelance writer and speaker from Kitchener, Ontario. A former preschool teacher who loved story time as much as her students, and a Toastmaster experimenting with storytelling, she came to the Baden Storyteller’s Guild to experience the art more fully. Her repertoire includes folk tales, poetry, and stories from her pen and her experience. She tells at Open Story Night and in the wider community.

Contact Carolyn at cari.edit _at_ rogers.com.  Carolyn’s web page for speaking and storytelling is http://www.carolynwilker.ca/speech.shtml

Storyteller BarbBarb Vollick

As a retired educator and her work with the elderly Barb has seen the power of a good story and has used stories to engage and touch the hearts of her listeners. She has told in schools, conferences, retirement homes, churches and long term care facilities. Barb’s love of stories, sense of fun and desire to help folks smile spills over onto her audiences. You never know when an interesting prop or some music will appear. Barb would be delighted to create a program that best suits the interests of your audience.

Contact Barb at barb.vollick _at_ gmail.com .


Also check our Friends and Fellow Tellers page. Several of the storytelling groups have directories of tellers.