# 65 – Kootenay Storytelling Festival — Gather Round…

# 65 – Kootenay Storytelling Festival — Gather Round…

Tales Told Round the…

Well, the poster has a campfire on it, so I just cannot get the image of campfire stories out of my head.


Magpie Ulysses and James Lamb

And I don’t think that’s too far from the vibe the Kootenay Storytelling Festival is giving off, either. Though it is being held indoors, in locations around Nelson, but primarily Hart Hall, the idea is definitely that attendees will be able to gather around some serious storytellers and hear tales that should leave you moved and inspired, September 18-21.

Handmade, grassroots, the Kootenay Storytelling Festival is put on by the Kootenay Storytellers Guild, who meet the first Sunday of every month at Booksmyth on Baker Street. The Guild is a “welcoming and safe environment for new and experienced tellers to share stories.” Nice.

Day Passes Still Available

Though full weekend passes are no longer available, you can still get tickets to the weekend events including:

  • Opening Night at the Capitol Theatre with Ivan Coyote and John Wood
  • Friday Night Concert at the Old Church Hall with Magpie Ulysses and Pauline Lamb with James Lamb
  • Saturday Festival at Hart Hall — All day from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
  • Saturday Evening at Hart Hall — 7:00 Festival Shorts
  • Sunday Festival at Hart Hall — All day from 10:00 to 4:30 pm
  • Sunday Evening at Expressions — Kootenay Storytelling Guild…Are you ready to tell your story?
Ivan Coyote

Ivan Coyote

The storytellers have credentials: Multi-award winning, multi-continent touring folks with years of experience. Storytellers for the adult crowd and for the kids, too. And the storytellers have soul: Ivan Coyote is described as being “to Canadian literature what kd lang is to country music: a beautifully odd fixture.” Lovely. The Friday night show “crosses the boundaries between spoken word, performance poetry and theatre with a reflective yet explosive eclectic electric soundtrack.” Yes.

Be There.

If you are in Nelson this weekend, try to make it to a few of the events. And if you are on Facebook, you can keep track of the festival there. The Nelson Star has done a wonderful job writing about the Storytelling Festival. You can read Will Johnson’s work on their website.

We hope you are able to visit Nelson for the festival. If you need a place to stay while in town, please visit our tourism website at Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism.



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