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Monday, February 20, 2017

Doing research or a project? Apply for a Grant

Every year, the Helen Creighton Folklore Society offers Grants In Aid to researchers or projects with a folk focus or interest. Check out the Grants In Aid information on the website or check out the link below:

DEADLINE: FEB 28, 2017 
Please, spread the word!

Folkcraft in Nova Scotia

In celebration of African Heriatge Month and Mi'kmaq Heritage Day, here is a link to an article about the craft of basketry in Nova Scotia:

Thursday, February 16, 2017

WORKSHOPS for Beginner and Intermediate Storytelling

Storytelling Workshops

Professional Storytellers in partnership with the Storytellers Circle of Halifax

The Storytellers Circle of Halifax strives to preserve the long established tradition of storytelling in Nova Scotia. It promotes the art of oral storytelling by nurturing and inspiring both seasoned and novice tellers, and by providing opportunities for tellers and listeners of all ages, cultures, and communities to come together to share and experience the power of stories.

Workshop 1:  Getting Started


This 3-hour workshop will introduce participants to the age-old art of oral storytelling.   Using examples, active participation, and helpful tips, we will explore 

selecting a tale that “fits” the teller, audience, and occasion, 
mastering the chosen tale through visualization and imagination
performing the tale so that it comes alive for listeners
pre-performance warm-ups and relaxation techniques


Sunday, Feb. 26         1:00-4:00 p.m.       Spencer House, 5596 Morris St., Halifax    

$55 for non-members

$50 for Storytellers Circle of Halifax members


Presenter:  Liz Newkirk  



Workshop 2:  A Touch of Magic:  The Art of Telling Folktales


This 4-hour workshop is designed for those who have had some experience telling tales in the oral tradition and would like to discover more about telling folktales, wonder tales, legends, myths, etc. 

As a participant, you will have the opportunity to 


explore the rationale for including folktales and world tales in your storytelling repertoire
learn how to select the “perfect” tale for teller, audience, and occasion
become aware of cultural sensitivity in telling world tales
develop skills to enrich and enhance your storytelling through full use of the imagination and the senses in both mastering and presenting your tale
refine and polish your presentation through awareness of such elements as gesture, intonation, facial expression, and movement


Please note:  The last two topics will develop skills of use in telling any type of tale (personal, family, historical, etc.)


Participants should bring a prepared five-minute tale to share.


Sunday, March 12       1:00-5:00p.m.   Spencer House, 5596 Morris St., Halifax  

$65 for non-members

$60 for Storytellers Circle of Halifax members


Presenter:  Liz Newkirk  



To reserve your place, or for more information, contact Liz Newkirk

902 477-1474   or


Please register on or before the following:

Workshop 1:  Wednesday, February 22        

Workshop 2:  Wednesday, March 8


Liz is an experienced , professional storyteller and workshop presenter. She is a member of the Storytellers Circle of Halifax and Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada. She firmly believes everyone has a story to tell, and everyone can tell a story!

Saturday, February 4, 2017


Hi folks,

There are a few upcoming calendar changes to our WTF! schedule due to Spencer House commitments conflicting with the second Tuesdays in both February and March therefore...

... please be advised that...
... Instead of February 10and 24th...

the February WTF! dates are February 17th and 24th

... Instead of March 10and 24th...

the March WTF! dates are March 24th and 31st

I will still be sending out the regular blurb one week prior to each WTF! night but I thought that if you knew in advance... you could mark these changes on your calendar right now so you don't end up at Spencer House in error. After all... there's nothing sadder than a drooling What the Folkie deprived of pie :)


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WTF! is an artistic outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. 
Now in its 8th year, WTF!
 is primarily an acoustic unplugged open-mike session for performers of all ages in the traditional & folk music vein... singers, instrumentalists and storytellers in particular.

Co-hosted by the ever-jovial Cindy Campbell-Stone & Margo Carruthers with occasional guest hosts, WTF!
meets every second and fourth Friday of the month at Spencer House Community Centre, 5596 Morris Street in Halifax where sing-a-longs are known to spontaneously erupt and laughter is always a given. 

Come anytime after 6:30pm. Entertainment starts around 7:00
 and goes until 9:00ish. As always... admission is by free-will donation 
towards the Society's work. All proceeds from the sale of baked goods and beverages from the Spencer House kitchen will go to help support the operation of Spencer House.

Parking is available on site behind the building after 6:00pm, and on some of the neighbouring streets. Avoid areas displaying Permit Parking signs.