Tales from An All-Canadian Queer Childhood
“Tales from An All-Canadian Queer Childhood” is an evocative re-imagining of storyteller Jeffrey Canton’s growing up queer in the 60s and 70s. From his first recognition that he was a fairy during a performance of Peter Pan at 5 1/2, the ups and downs of first loves – Popeye the Sailorman’s muscles, soaring to the moon with Major Matt Mason and the excitement of the Land of the Giants – to his embracing his inner drama queen, Canton mixes music, wry humour and some interesting encounters with criminal elements to create a unique tapestry of a very Canadian queer coming of age.
The Montreal Intercultural Storytelling Festival celebrates the power of story
The Montreal Intercultural Storytelling Festival, which will take place October 20 to 29, 2017, asserts the relevance of this ancient art form to the 21st century and offers for its 14th edition a powerful and diversified program that explores contemporary issues to better speak to today’s audiences of all ages and origins.
More than 70 events and 75 artists will offer shows in forty venues in the city, exploring, interpreting and reinventing the great oral tradition in many different ways. Some artists will offer storytelling in its purest form, sharing stories from their various cultural traditions, while others find inspiration in literature and theatre, offering for instance stories inspired by Shakespeare, the Greek myth of Antigone or the writings of contemporary Martiniquais writer Patrick Chamoiseau. “This year, the Festival is offering modern stories that explore such contemporary issues as consumerism, LGBTQ realities and social injustice” says artistic director Stéphanie Bénéteau.
The Festival, which offers 11 events in English this year, launches the festivities with an exceptional evening on October 21 at the Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce entitled In the Eye of the Storm: Stories for a Broken World, which explores the power of storytelling in a fragmented world. The evening features internationally acclaimed storyteller and world music artist TUUP, of Guyanese descent now living in London. TUUP will also present The King and the Corpse, a modern retelling of a classic Indian enigma tale. As part of the LGBTQ theme, author, poet and storyteller Ivan Coyote explores the transgender experience in two powerful pieces presented at La Sala Rossa and Never Apart, and Jeffrey Canton presents Tales From an All-Canadian Queer Childhood. This year the Festival also partners with Confabulation, Montreal’s all-true storytelling series, to offer a unique evening of true stories called (Be) longing: Stories From the Outside, Looking In at the Phi Centre.
Several events for children and their families are also on the program, including See the Jaguar: Stories from the Rainforest at the Centaur Theatre and Mouth Open, Story Fall out at the Jewish Public Library.
The Montreal Intercultural Storytelling Festival presents a program that bears witness to the power of storytelling in the modern world and the relevance of this art form to modern audiences.