Ottawa StoryTellers: Swindles, Scams, and Snake Oil

… the opening show of its new season at the NAC’s 4th STAGE (53 Elgin Street)
On Thursday, December 13, 7:30 p.m., doors open at 7:00
featuring Kathryn Hunt, Tom Lips, and Mary Wiggin

Swindles, Scams, and Snake Oil is a very funny show of stories and songs about fictional and real-life swindles and rackets, wandering through the shady realms of schemes to get rich, take advantage, and, of course, come out on top.

Tickets: $20 (seniors and student discounts), available at NAC box office or (614-991-2787), 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:00.

For more information, contact:
Caitlyn Paxson, Managing Artistic Director
[email protected]

Tom Lips is a gifted singer and songwriter as well as a creative and dynamic teller of traditional and original stories. Described by Christine Lavin as “a masterful singing storyteller,” Tom writes in an eclectic mix of styles. His songs have been described as “poignant outpourings of emotion”, but his wry sense of humour is never far away. His CDs, “Made of Sky” and “Practical Man”, have won many friends. Tom has been an active storyteller for two decades, with numerous performances in the “Stories from the Ages” epic series and the Fourth Stage storytelling series, as well as appearances at Ottawa museums and the storytelling festivals of Ottawa, Toronto, North Bay, and Westport. Visit Tom’s website at

Renowned for her exquisite sense of language, Mary Wiggin is a subtle master of all types of tales. Her wit flashes with quicksilver humour; her insight unveils hidden truths in poetic turns of phrase; her mischievous sense of humour is delightfully suited t for tales of fraudsters. Mary’s delivery is always spot-on, a perfect foil for the scams she will reveal. Mary has entertained numerous audiences at the Stage, the Tea Party, the Shenkman Arts Centre, the Billings Ghost Walk, conferences, workshops and adult education programs.

Kathryn Hunt made her poetry performance debut at 14, when she featured in the CBC Atlantic Airwaves radio-play production of her children’s book Darktalk. She has been published in two anthologies and a number of journals, and is the recipient of the Lillian I Found and George Johnston Prizes for poetry. She has been a featured reader at several Bywords Quarterly Journal launches, at the Soundings launch, with the Kymeras at the New Stalgica reading series, and in a solo show at Voices of Venus, where she presented her “Chasing Boudicca” cycle of poems. Kate is also an avid rock climber.