Balado: The StorySave Podcast
Conversations with Canada’s Storytellers

E10 Telling and Tenderness in the Prairies: A Conversation About Marie Anne McLean

Episode Notes


This episode is an edited version of our StorySave Listening Party (think book club, but for CDs!) on Marie Anne McLean’s 2009 album “Stories from the Prairies”. Host Kathy Jessup leads the group in a conversation about Marie Anne, her album and her stories.

Produced by Erin Beaubien, Kathy Jessup, and Heather Whaley. Technical production by Tamara Filyavich. Music by Ian Tyson-Four Strong WInds-Acoustic Version.

Correction April 24-2023: Marie Anne McLean resides in Red Deer, Alberta.

Purchase ‘Stories from the Prairies’ CD by Marie Anne McLean on our website

Buy the digital album or listen to ‘Stories from the Prairies’ on Bandcamp

Watch Storytelling Alberta’s Tribute Tales with Marie Anne McLean ‘The Importance of Celebration’

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E9 Jan Andrews & Jennifer Cayley: What Are You Longing For?

Episode Notes

When Jan Andrews died in September 2017, storytelling lost an enormous talent and champion. Widely-recognized as a storyteller who touched her audiences with the depth and power of her work, Jan was a committed member of the Canadian storytelling community.

In this special episode of Balado: The StorySave Podcast, producer Marion Gruner visits Jan's partner, Jennifer Cayley at her and Jan's beautiful lakeside property, to talk about Jan, her life and work, and the folktales she loved which we can all learn something from.

As part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the StorySave Program that Jan founded, StorySave is also sharing a re-issued album of folktales recorded by Jan in the 1990's. Tales of Courage and Kindness is available now, on Bandcamp.

This episode was produced by StorySave Program Manager and Producer, Marion Gruner

About Jan Andrews Jan Andrews was an extraordinary teller and author, and StorySave was lucky to have recorded two albums of her work. Written in the Body in 2016, and Two Women of the Odyssey in 2014.

Acclaimed for her powerful telling, Jan traveled extensively, telling stories at festivals and in concerts across Canada, in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. A committed member of the Canadian storytelling community, she was one of the first presidents of Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada and founded the organization’s StorySave project. In 2017 she was appointed to the Order of Canada “for her contributions to Canadian culture as a children’s book author and as a pioneer of Canada’s storytelling movement.”

Jan told everything from folktales to literary stories, from epic to personal tales. She was also the author of classic books for young people. Always a groundbreaker, she was the first Storyteller/Writer in Residence at the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture at the University of Manitoba.

When the Wind Came, one of Jan’s last storybooks, was posthumously published this year by Kids Can Press. You can find it at Indigo, Amazon and many other retailers.

About Jennifer Cayley Jennifer Cayley has been a performance storyteller for more than three decades. While her repertoire includes literary, historical and personal stories, it is the traditional folk and fairy tales along with some of the world’s great epics that are the foundation of her work. She was, along with Jan Andrews, a co-founder of MASC where she is now thrilled to be on the artists’ roster. She has worked on the Ontario Arts Council’s Artists in Education roster, with Prologue to the Performing Arts, and the TD Canada Trust Canadian Children’s Book Week Tour.

Jennifer has toured with Jan Andrews to Rome, Australia, Wales, USA and southern Ontario; appearing at festivals across Canada and in Hawaii, and has made regular appearances at the Ottawa Storytellers’ Signature Series, telling some of the great epics of the world at Rasputin’s Café, the National Arts Centre and best of all on the shores of Taylor Lake in Lanark Co.

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E7 Oro Anahory-Librowicz: The Chain of Transmission

Oro takes us on a journey through the oral traditions that have inspired her life and work.

Episode Notes

With the release of her gorgeous new storytelling album, Being Born Is a Miracle, Oro talks about memory, exile and the jewish oral tradition that has inspired her all her life.

Hosted by Selina Eisenberg Produced by Marion Gruner Technical production by Amanda Klang

E6 Rosalyn Cohen: The Seeds of SC-CC

Storytellers of Canada co-founder, Rosalyn Cohen shares some early memories and the inspiration for SC-CC.

Episode Notes

In honour of SC-CC's 20th anniversary, founding member Rosalyn Cohen talks about what inspired Storytellers of Canada - Conteurs du Canada all those years ago.

Produced and hosted by Marion Gruner

E5 Rita Cox: The Gently Echoed Music

Iconic storyteller, Rita Cox talks about her extraordinary career, and the fascinating history of Caribbean storytelling.

Episode Notes

Iconic librarian, author and storyteller Rita Cox takes us on a journey from her childhood in Trinidad, to her legendary career in New York and Toronto, and discusses the fascinating origins of Caribbean folktales, the profound role of libraries, and how storytelling shaped her life.

Produced by Marion Gruner Technical production by Dawn Matheson Hosted by Kesha Christie

E4 Judith Poirier - Suivre le fil

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E3 Judith Poirier: Three Threads

Montreal storyteller, Judith Poirier's art is all about the everyday magic and history of her beloved city.

Episode Notes

Montreal storyteller, Judith Poirier's art is all about the everyday magic of her beloved city. In this podcast, she discusses her bilingual album Welcome to My Double Living Room, and explains how music, languages, and the life within Montreal's unique architecture ignite her imagination.

Hosted by Murray MacGregor Produced by Marion Gruner

E2 Comfort Ero: Come Quickly! I Have a Story to Tell!

Nigerian storyteller, Comfort Ero explains how she uses stories to teach and empower.

Episode Notes

Born and raised in Edo, one of Nigeria's most ancient and artistic places, Comfort Ero explains how she uses stories to teach and empower. With the release of her storytelling album, Tohio!, Comfort shares some of her magical memories of storytelling in the Nigerian village of her childhood.

Produced by Paulo Pietropaulo and Marion Gruner. Technical production by David Merleau. Hosted by Murray MacGregor.

E1 Louise Profeit-LeBlanc and the Wealth of Elders

Exploring the power of Indigenous orature, and why we need stories to survive.

Episode Notes

With the release of her album Honouring Their Stories, Indigenous storyteller, Louise Profeit LeBlanc explores the power of Indigenous orature, and why we need stories to survive.

Produced by Marion Gruner. Technical production by David Merleau. Hosted by Murray McGregor