Tales From Near & Afar

Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
The Signal Hill Interpretation Centre

$15 at the door; cash only
Wheelchair accessible venue

Hop a train through India, share the magic of traditional Inuit tales, revel in contemporary throat singing, and be inspired by poetic prose in an incredibly unique evening of storytelling. Hosted by Fergus O’Byrne and featuring Gaurav Madan (India/NL), Tama Fost (NL), Daze Jeffries (NL), Ashley Savard (NU), Anne Glover (BC), and Shoshana Litman (BC), this night is a great opportunity to see how big and how small the world can be!

Check out the full festival schedule here:


Click attending on Faceboook to this event here:



Fergus O'Byrne is widely acclaimed for his musical legacy, as a member of Ryan's Fancy, Tickle Harbour, his long time partnership as a duo with Jim Payne, his appearances with his son Fergus Brown-O’Byrne and as a solo artist. He proudly celebrates the songs and stories of his adopted province, Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as Ireland, England, Scotland and the Maritimes in his performances. He has received many awards acknowledging his contribution to folk music including an ECMA Lifetime Achievement Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Folk Arts Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, and an NLAC Arts in Education award. Besides touring nationally and internationally, he works extensively mentoring young folk music enthusiasts and students throughout the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Tama Fost is first generation urban Inuk, born and raised in St. John's. She is a proud mother of her eleven year old boy who has been throat singing since he was a baby. She completed a Bachelor of Arts (English and Aboriginal Studies) in 2013; prior to joining the St. John’s Native Friendship Centre team, she was employed for five years with Nunatsiavut Government, and was an electoral candidate in the 2017 by-election for the Ordinary Member (Canadian Constituency) of the Nunatsiavut Assembly. With a strong passion for Inuit culture, language and traditions, Tama is honoured to facilitate Inuit specific programming as well as cultural support to all community members.

Anne Glover has made her living as a performer for most of her adult life. From Tofino to Tokyo, Hamilton to Honolulu, she enthralls audiences of all ages with her unique storytelling style and her unforgettable string figures. A natural communicator, Anne followed her love of languages and studied linguistics and languages at the University of Toronto, then Université Laval in Quebec City. She ended up teaching English as a second language to adults in Quebec, and happened into performing because she enjoyed telling stories to keep her students awake during class. When she moved to the west coast in the 1980’s, she widened her audience and began telling stories for children. She toured for several years with musician David Kaetz before finding her footing as a solo performer in 1998. Since then, she has toured extensively in Canada, the US, and more recently Japan and Hawaii.

In addition to entertaining in schools, theatres, festivals and folk clubs, Anne leads workshops and speaks at educational and parenting conferences. She has been a mentor to several teachers on the art of integrating storytelling across the curriculum.

Daze Jefferies is a multidisciplinary artist, poet, and Master of Gender Studies Candidate at Memorial University with interests in trans health, sex work, queer archives, and emotional geographies. Her ongoing critical-creative work explores trans-species (fishy) histories, poetics, and subjectivities in K'taqamkuk/Newfoundland.

Shoshana Litman has told insightful tales to audiences of all ages since 1997. She became Canada’s first ordained Maggidah (Jewish storyteller and teacher) in 2008, highlighting universal truths through participatory stories and songs. 

Shoshana performs regularly in BC and has participated at many festivals and story events including TALES: The Alberta Storytelling Festival in May 2017, the Forest Storytelling Festival in Port Angeles in 2016, the Nelson Storytelling Festival in 2013, the TD Canadian Childrens' Book Week Festival in Montreal in 2012, and a tour in New Zealand in 2013. Please visit www.maggidah.com for more information.

During the festival, Shoshana will be featured at various storytelling events, will visit schools and will conduct two workshops, the first for adults and the second aimed at youth.

Gaurav was born and raised in New Delhi, India, where he spent Nearly 25 years of his life before leaving in search of himself. He is a storyteller, writer, Global Peace Ambassador and loves to run ultramarathons. Still fresh in Newfoundland for his Graduate Research in Ocean Sciences and Climate Change at Memorial University, he has performed in Delhi, Montreal, Toronto and Kingston, that includes Montreal Intercultural Storytelling Festival. A facilitator for meditation and self-exploration workshops, he started his storytelling journey while running across the Indian subcontinent in pursuit of wisdom and sharing compassion. He shares all true stories from his life as a spiritual adventurer, researcher, and a kid who has refused to grow up.

Ashley Savard is a Inuk artist & storyteller from Iqaluit, Nunavut. Having grown up in such a rich storytelling culture, Ashley has always know the importance of sharing stories and most 
importantly, preserving traditional Inuit legends and myths that have been passed down orally for hundreds of years. Ashley has completed the acting essential program at Vancouver Film School and has done storytelling and acting workshops at the Labrador Creative Arts Festival 2017. Ashley has a passion for all mediums of storytelling, she is an aspiring film maker and is in the early stages of making her first short film.