Toronto International Storytelling Festival 2022

Friday, 06 May 2022 00:00 – Sunday, 15 May 2022 00:00
Location: Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Category: Festival


Storytelling Toronto Announces Programming for the 43rd Annual Toronto International Storytelling Festival

May 6-15, 2022

Storytelling Toronto is proud to reveal the programming for the 43rd Annual Toronto International Storytelling Festival (TISF) which will return May 6-15, 2022 for a hybrid festival with events online and in person at Tranzac Club. Select events will also be available for on-demand viewing. The Toronto International Storytelling Festival celebrates live storytelling, traditional and contemporary, and promotes the sharing of values and cultures that bring us all together.

The 2022 Toronto International Storytelling Festival will host stories for everyone with exciting highlights including: The Opening Ceremony on May 6, with Otsistohkwí:yo Eliott leading a traditional Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address followed by a bannock bar; Queers in Your Ears on May 7, with founding members Rico RodriguezClare Nobbs and Jeffrey Canton as well as Theresa CutknifeTJ Banate and musician Robbie Ahmed; and African-American: Keeping Heritage Alive on May 9, featuring master storyteller Sheila Arnold with stories written, told or passed down through the African-American culture.

Toronto International Storytelling Festival will also include an exciting cross section of storytelling styles with: Comedy Night on May 7, featuring Ali Hassan (CBC), Denise B. McLeod (Manifest Destiny's Child), Tamara Shevon (JFL42), and Hisham Kelati (2022 Juno nominee for Best Comedy Album); Spoken Melodies on May 13, where spoken word artists including Charlie Petch and Hannah Flores work with a musician to find the musical nuances of their stories; and the Gala Concert: Stories for Everyone on May 13, where Sheila ArnoldRaphael RodanIsaac MurdochAlton ChungDevon Sandiford, and Andrea Thompson weave together a rich tapestry of stories and storytelling styles.

Family programming at Toronto International Storytelling Festival is free and will take place in the morning on both festival weekends including the Teddy Bear Picnic on May 15, where children and their teddy bears are invited to a rollicking time with storytellers Sally Jaeger and Mariella Bertelli.

The 2022 Toronto International Storytelling Festival invited five Curators to program artists throughout the 43rd Annual Festival. The 2022 Curators are Paul Aflalo, Mariella BertelliDonna DudinskyDwayne Morgan, and Janet Marie Rogers.

Storytelling Toronto is a not-for-profit organization that promotes and teaches the art of oral storytelling. It is one of the world’s largest and oldest urban celebrations of live storytelling, oral traditions, and cultural diversity. 

The 43rd Annual Toronto International Storytelling Festival
May 6-15, 2022
Online and In Person
Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
Full schedule, and Festival passes and tickets available at: