The Love Edition Season Opener – Results and Photos!


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


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!


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!)


Storyteller Dame Wilburn.

Here are the outstanding storytellers…


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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! 


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…


Cake made an appearance!


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.



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