Ottawa Storytellers Announce 2020-2021 Signature Series


Love stories? Think local! This year, Ottawa StoryTellers proudly presents a Signature Series season consisting of all local storytelling shows. From ghost stories and folk tales, to contemporary literary adaptations, autobiographical work, and Indigenous stories, there is something for everyone in this exciting season! By investing in local arts today, we all help ensure that our arts and culture sector will continue to grow and thrive in the future. Support the local arts scene and Ottawa-based artists by buying your tickets today!

Not in Ottawa? Not a problem! This season, in light of COVID-19 physical distancing restrictions, OST is offering a hybrid of live in-person performances and online broadcasts for each show. At this time, we plan to limit the capacity of our venue, the Blackbox Studio at Arts Court, to less than half its regular capacity. Audience members will be seated individually in seats spaced up to 2 metres apart, or can sit with people in their “bubble” at a shared cocktail table. The space will be sanitized prior to doors opening, and all audience members will be required to wear a mask at all times while in the building. In the event that physical distancing restrictions prevent us from offering a show with a reduced in-person audience, the show will still be broadcast live to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. We will update our performance plans as we approach the first show on October 22, and as necessary throughout the season.


All Performances begin at 7:30PM and take place in the Blackbox Studio in Arts Court in downtown Ottawa (2 Daly Avenue) and via live stream broadcast (so…the internet!).

Thursday, October 22 | David Brennan with David Brennan Ghosts You
“It’s a sheet. It’s a chain. It’s the breath on your window pane…” Award-winning comedian and storyteller David Brennan returns with a brand new collection of terrifying tales and freaky fun just in time for Halloween. BUY TICKETS

Thursday, November 19 | Beowulf in Afghanistan by Laurie Fyffe, featuring Laurie Fyffe and Axandre Lemours
When Literature Professor Louise Flynn receives a partly destroyed copy of Beowulf in the mail, she recalls her former student, Grant, who enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces and was posted to Afghanistan. The story of Beowulf begins to reveal parallels between the ancient tale and one soldier’s experience of modern conflict. BUY TICKETS

Thursday, February 25 | Shawn Anthony and Musician with Apse the Gate
Storyteller Shawn Anthony will transport you to a cozy Newfoundland kitchen table as he spins a yarn or two in Apse the Gate: Stories of Leaving and Finding Home. Accompanied by a musician, these beautiful stories are for anyone who has ever set out on a journey to define what “home” means to them. BUY TICKETS

Thursday, April 22 | Lucy van Oldenbarneveld with Me, Vivien Leigh and the Roller Rink
Broadcaster and storyteller Lucy van Oldenbarneveld recounts her adolescence growing up in Hamilton, Ontario. As she attempts to escape gritty, working class Steeltown, she discovers that her own plucky entrepreneurial spirit may be the key to never going hungry again. BUY TICKETS

Thursday, May 27 | Jacqui du Toit and Emily Marie Séguin with Journey: A South African & Anishinabeg Collaboration 
Storytellers Jacqui du Toit and Emily Marie Séguin honour those who came before them. Their stories, both South African and traditional Anishinabeg, focus on the themes of death and the spirit world. BUY TICKETS

Subscribe this season and get access to 5 live shows for only $75! Take advantage of a 25% savings off the single ticket price by purchasing your advance tickets for the entire Signature Series. Reserve your spot today to the city’s only professional storytelling series! You can access this savings by adding all 5 shows to your online checkout cart to prompt the discount.

Single tickets are $20.

Questions? Please contact [email protected] for information on group rates.