Shout Out 150! A Storytelling Celebration! Submission Call!

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I am working with the Jewish Community Centre in Windsor to bring storytelling to the forefront of our Canada 150 celebrations! Yes, Canada is 150 this year and we need to celebrate by sharing our stories about why we love this magnificent country and province!

We are accepting submissions for true stories and our jury will choose 10 storytellers to share their stories LIVE on stage at a fancy reception in May. OH, and the winners get $100! Submissions are to be written, but if chosen, the storytellers will tell their story live on stage – so it’s a two part party!

Here is all our submission information – please share it with everyone you know!

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We hope to hear from loads of people! Thank you for sharing!

Put Your Story Where Your Mouth Is!

The Love Edition Season Opener – Results and Photos!

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We were back at Villains Baestro for our season opener – The Love Edition – on February 16. What a wonderful night we had!

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Decorating the space is always a fun endeavour – we even had cinnamon hearts! The crowd showed up and we got the party started with our first musical guest Carmel Liburdi. She wooed us with her smart, witty, heartfelt lyrics and sexy smooth voice that made it impossible not to become super fans. Carmel started the show and got our hearts thumping then played to woo more storytellers to the stage…in the end, she shared her ‘cake’ song and made many connections. We’ll have her back, not to worry!

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Singer/songwriter Carmel Liburdi.

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Though at first we had only one storyteller signed up, as it happens, the magic started flowing, and in the end we had TEN storytellers!

To heat up the stage, professional storyteller and all-around-fabulous woman Dame Wilburn, our Guest Storyteller, brought us to laughter tears with her love story about a pet pig..and the tastiest bacon she ever did eat (yeah…you must listen to the podcast to hear the full story!)

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Storyteller Dame Wilburn.

Here are the outstanding storytellers…

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Storyteller Sarah bought a fancy red dress – just for her Mouth Piece storytelling debut!

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Storyteller Kristen shared a story about how her love of snow brought her on a mysterious walk.

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Storyteller Louisa – Carmel’s mom – was not afraid to wear her pajamas anywhere!

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Even the bartender was compelled to share a story! Storyteller Ian told us how love brought him back from the army.

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And the cake stories began with Storyteller Jeni. Oh, what she did for a piece of cake was pretty amazing.

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Storyteller Jodi, who was our Master Mouth Off in December, braved the stage once again with a story about…gentle stalking.

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Storyteller Kelly’s story brought us to Pier One….and a staff member’s unrequited love for someone she really looked like.

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Love hurts…and yet it makes you stronger. That was Storyteller Josh’s message.

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Music can change people, and that’s what storyteller Josh (yes, there were two!) reminded us.

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Storyteller Naali rounded out our stories with a sweetness that had us all blushing and being thankful.

And the Master Mouth Piece for the Love Edition season opener is:

Storyteller Kristen! 

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Storyteller Kristen moves on to our Master Mouth Off!

Thank you to all the storytellers – 9 of whom did NOT plan on sharing a story but were inspired and compelled in the moment! It’s magic I tell you! Thank you to photographer and sound engineer Lauren Hedges for the beautiful photos and for taking care of sound for our forthcoming podcast.

Super thank you to our forever sponsors, Suede Productions, and to our show sponsor Renaud Partners LLP.

Thank you to our audience without which we would not be able to choose a Master Mouth Piece – and…they did some very awesome doodles…

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Cake made an appearance!

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Some fun with our logo!

Our season opener was a LOVE-ly success! Thanks Villains for taking great care of us! We’ll be back on Thursday, April 20 for our second show – The Danger Edition! Our Guest Storyteller is journalist/writer Craig Pearson, and our guest musician is Brandon Scott Friel.

 

MOUTH PIECE STORYTELLING 2017 SEASON OPENER! THE LOVE EDITION!

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Our season opener is just under a month away! We’re super excited to get back into it – and with the them of LOVE…what better way to revive our storytelling chops! We’re headed back to where it all began at Villains Bistro in downtown Windsor. Thursday, February 16, 2017 – show starts at 7:30pm SHARP! Like a arrow to a heart, baby.

And we’re ecstatic to announce our special Sponsor for this event: Renaud Partners LLP!

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Since we all fell in LOVE with storyteller Daemon Wilburn at our Master Mouth Off Event, she’s back to woo us with a story about love.

This season, we’re adding a music element to all of our shows, so be prepared to hear some fantastic music before, during and after our storytelling! Please stick around! Our first musical guest is Carmel Liburdi, a fiery folksinger from Detroit.

Tell everyone! And get your Love Story ready.

Things to share a story about…

anything you LOVE – people, a book, a song, a food, a job, a pet, a place, an action (ex. I love to brush my hair…here’s why) – any all things that have to do with YOU and LOVE – we know there are stories there! Be sure your stories are UNDER 5 MINUTES. Sign-up waivers will be available on site. Food and drinks a plenty at Villains.

Will YOU be the first Master Mouth Piece of 2017?

With love…yours Mouth Piece Storytelling!

And the MASTER MOUTH OFF STORYTELLER IS…!

A heartfelt thank you and congratulations go out to all our competing storytellers who braved the stage at The Rondo and shared their souls at our First Annual Master Mouth-Off!

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Here she is! Our first Master Mouth-Off Winner – Storyteller Jodi!

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What a thrill it was to hand Storyteller Jodi the Master Mouth-Off microphone trophy! She is our first Master Mouth Off Winner – and she won our hearts again!

The evening was all that I hoped it would be – we had a full-house audience, entertaining and heart-felt stories followed by incredible live music!

Feast your eyes on the photos that show what I’m talking about! Thank you to our photographer, Lauren Hedges!

The evening’s stories began with a song. Guest Storyteller Satori Shakoor (not Shakira! #insidejoke) opened her mouth and let out a stirring, soulful, powerful anthemic prayer that had us all barely breathing and tearing up. She spoke of her journey into the life of an artist storyteller, and how she holds her passion and power for change on her sleeve right there beside her glowing heart.

Our competing storytellers were all nervous! Each of them did an outstanding job – those nerves didn’t win! The first storyteller was Joe who shared a very personal growing-up story about his family trips to Ottawa for the holidays. Joe shared with a courage that brought tears to our eyes. Thank you Joe!

Next up was storyteller Nathanya. Nathanya’s story was short and sweet, well-crafted, humourous and quite lovely. Her theme was Love. Storyteller Danah shared a holiday story about her scented licence, raw tarts and playdough filled gravy!

Guest Storyteller Dameon Wilburn had us gasping for air we were laughing so hard at her story about ‘Dark Vadar’. Both Dame and Satori took the stage and lit.it.on.fire!

Storytellers Jodi and Natasha rounded out our evening of stories, and shined a light on how human emotions – love, fear, and self-love – can move us to be our best.

In the end, our judges chose Storyteller Jodi as the first annual Master Mouth-Off Winner!

After a quick staging switch, the Soul Delegation blew the roof of the Rondo with their covers of hit funk songs by the greats like Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. Indeed, we could not control our dancing!

Thank you again to the ACHF grant, the Rondo family, our sound guru Scott, Lauren, DJ Cam, the Soul Delegation, Satori, Dameon, our storytellers and all their family and friends, and to our long-standing, couldn’t-do-this-without-you sponsor Suede Productions.

Stay tuned for the podcast of this first annual Master Mouth -off, and details about our forthcoming shows!

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Season Opener – Date and Theme Announced!

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Our first competition of the season is on Thursday, February 16, 2017 on the theme of LOVE! Featuring Guest Storyteller Dameon Wilburn (we’re bringing her back!) and Guest Musician Carmel Liburdi

Following this, on Thursday, April 20, 2017 we welcome Windsor Star journalist and writer Craig Pearson to the stage as our Guest Storyteller on the theme of DANGER! 

Both events will take place at Villains Bistro in downtown Windsor. Mouth Piece Storytelling is a free storytelling event! Thank you to our forever sponsor Suede Productions!

Please mark your calendars! Don’t miss either of these events – be sure to think about your LOVE and DANGER stories – all true! – and share them with us!

Wondering how this works? CLICK HERE to find out how to storytell!

Stay connected and we’ll be updating with info about our musical guest for Danger edition!

If you are interested in being a musical guest, please contact me at shieldsvanessa@gmail.com!

Thank you – and may you Put Your Story Where Your Mouth Is!

@mouthstories!

The Music Edition – Podcast Posted!

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Thank you to our podcast guru Lauren – we are now up to date on posting all the podcasts from each of our Mouth Piece Storytelling events!

The Music Edition (and our 1 year anniversary bash!) was held on June 30, 2016 at Phog Lounge featuring local musicians and a load of brave storytellers! Our winner, Master Mouth Piece Jodi will be competing at our Master Mouth -Off today!

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Storyteller Jodi – our Music Master Mouth Piece!

We are in the middle of figuring out the best way to host our podcasts, so if you click on the link and have an issue, know that we’re working on it!

Listen up!

CLICK HERE FOR THE MUSIC EDITION PODCAST!