IT’S OFFICIAL! THE DATE OF THE MASTER MOUTH-OFF
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018
Yes, I know, that’s the start of the long weekend (for us Canadian folk) but not everyone will go away!!! Right?! Right! Indeed, please mark your calendars for this momentous storytelling event where all the WINNERS AKA MASTER MOUTH PIECES FROM our 2017 season for TOP HONOURS AS THE MASTER MOUTH-PIECE.
Each storyteller will tell a five minute story. Our Guest judges will do the judging. And one storyteller will win a FANCY AWARD TROPHY and bragging rights as Windsor’s BEST STORYTELLER.
Come on. That’s totally cool.
So, the details are as follows:
DATE: FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018
WHEN: 7PM – 10PM
WHERE: VILLAINS BAESTRE, 256 PILETTE, DOWNTOWN WINDSOR
WHAT: SIX storytellers compete to win the Master Mouth Piece title
Guest Judges: Teajai Travis and Jodi Nelitz (the current Master Mouth-Off champion)
Guest Musicians: Bosco, and The Miceli Twins
Please share the date!
Here is the Facebook event page:
See you there!
THE CHILDHOOD EDITION!
The Childhood edition of Mouth Piece Storytelling was Cabbage Patch doll-sniffing awesome! We gathered together on a mild December evening to share stories about our childhoods. By golly is that ever a vast and wild place where stories live! With an inspiring start by Guest Storyteller Janice Smith and musical power by Guest musician Allison Brown (that’s with two ‘L’s not one!), five storytellers braved the Villains’ stage and had us laughing, gaffawing, shocked and stunned!
To get our storytelling juices flowing, musician Allison Brown, who tells incredible stories in her songwriting and singing, also shared personal stories about her musical life.
Thank you to the five storytellers who took to the stage to travel back in time to their childhood’s to share stories:
Our eager and supportive audience cast their heartfelt votes and the Master Mouth Piece for the Childhood Edition is:
Thank you to everyone who shared a story and to our wonderful audience who continues to show up, participate, spread the word, and support storytelling!
The Childhood Edition was the season (2017) closer. We ended the year with a beautiful bang! Though we had less events this year than previously, we ended up with the same amount of Master Mouth Pieces who will compete in our grand Master Mouth-Off this year.
Here’s what’s going to be a bit different though…
This year, at least in the beginning, we will not be having any competitions. We are awaiting the call for the next Arts, Culture & Heritage Fund grants to open so we can apply for a grant to plan and have our Master Mouth-Off. Because we are a small team (sometimes only one!), we need to take some time to plan our big event and plan it well. We are always looking for sponsors, which would help tremendously in the frequency of events, so if you know a company who you think would be happy to donate or sponsor Mouth Piece Storytelling, please let us know!
In the meantime, we’ll be preparing for the grant, writing and submitting the grant, then planning our Master Mouth-Off. We do appreciate your patronage and support thus far – we are not ending (NEVER!), but we’re taking a bit of time to prep for our grand event.
To give you a timeframe, the ACHF grant closes March 2018 – so that means we’ll hear about whether or not we get the grant after that – which also means that our Master Mouth-Off will likely happen in April or May.
If you are itching to continue to share your stories and/or get on stage, please check out one or all of the many open mics for music and poetry, for karaoke and more…that happen in our grand city and in Detroit and Ann Arbor.
Interested in knowing who will compete at the Master Mouth-Off? Here are the winning Master Mouth Pieces’!
Storyteller Kristen from our Love Edition
Storyteller Geoff from our Danger Edition
Storyteller Dorothy from our Secrets Edition
Storytellers Peter, Alicia & Geoff (again!) from our Special Flood Edition
Storyteller Ian from our Childhood Edition
Stayed tuned for more information regarding our Master Mouth-Off. It will be held at Villains Baestro.
Please check out our podcast on Soundcloud as well – all stories, all the time!
Thank you for putting your story where you mouth is!
Join us at our season closer for the Childhood edition! Featuring Guest Storyteller Janice Smith and Guest Musician Allison Brown. Stories and music will begin promptly at 7:30pm. Regular competition rules apply: tell a TRUE, PERSONAL STORY about your childhood up to 5 minutes in length. Audience votes will choose a Master Mouth Piece who will continue to the Master Mouth-Off Event (TBA!).
So childhood…we’ve all got stories from childhood that stick with us through adulthood! Sift through your memories and bring out the big-gun stories! Did you have to wear a ridiculous snowsuit? Did your parents cut your hair in a terrible style? Who was your first crush? First kiss fiascos? This part of our lives is ripe with stories – so think about what you’d like to share and come on down to Villains Baestro!
Here’s more details on how to be a storyteller!
Congratulations to our Master Mouth Pieces of the 2017 season! Will you be the next one?!
The Special ‘FLOOD’ Edition of Mouth Piece Storytelling took place on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at Villains Baestro.
It was a hot, sunny, beautiful day! Although we had a small crowd, it was the perfect crowd! We settled in and listened to musician Dominic Carlone sing us some wonderful ‘water’ songs.
We had six incredible storytellers sharing stories dealing with all sorts of floods!
Storyteller Stefan – it was his first time up at the mic but he’s a total natural!
Storyteller Tammy shared a story about some leaky bladders. Construction bladders! It was her first time at the mic as well – and she rocked it!
Storyteller Karen told us about her grandmother’s beautiful flood home care and love.
Storyteller Geoff, a past Master Mouth Piece, made us laugh to tears with his Istanbul story.
Storyteller Peter had a load of a story. #shitty! Check out his facial expressions – a born storyteller!
Storyteller Alicia, also a first-time Mouth Piecer, gave us one powerful story of the flooding of the blood.
Because of the generosity of several local businesses, we were able to give each storyteller a gift for braving the stage, and AWARD THREE PRIZES FOR MAST MOUTH PIECES!
THANK YOU TO OUR FABULOUS DONATING FRIENDS AT
DeZenio Hair Salon
The Mouth Piece Family
The generous audience filled out their forms and voted on three storytellers as the winners or the MASTER MOUTH PIECES.
Congratulations to storytellers….GEOFF, PETER AND ALICIA!!
Each storyteller will advance and continue onto our annual Master Mouth-Off!
Oh, and did we mention that CBC NEWS was at our fancy little event? Indeed, they did! Journalist Chris Ensing came to cover our show – and we made the news!
Thank you for your dedication and support of storytelling!
We’ll see you in November for the CHILDHOOD edition – featuring Guest Storyteller Janice Smith.
THERE HAS BEEN A THEME CHANGE FOR OUR NEXT EVENT!
PLEASE JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL STORYTELLING EVENT WITH A NEW THEME:
the water, the wet, the gutting, the moving, the cleaning, the sweeping, the dumping, the remembering, the laughing, the generosity, the laughing, the LOVE –
FLOOD us with your flood stories.
SAME DATE: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2017
SAME PLACE: VILLAINS BAESTRO, 256 PELISSIER
SAME TIME: 7PM DOORS, 7:30PM MUSIC & STORIES
MUSICAL GUEST: DOMINIC CARLONE
*note: we come together in a safe, supportive space to share stories that affect our lives. this is not a place for political agendas and/or political apple-boxing. *
Instead of voting on one Master Mouth Piece – we will award prizes to the
TOP THREE STORYTELLERS!
WE WILL HAVE SPECIAL ‘FLOOD’ PRIZES TO GIVE AWAY!
Here is our Facebook event page – let us know you’re coming!
We will resume our CHILDHOOD edition in November – featuring Guest Storyteller Janice Smith!
CHILDHOOD STORIES WANTED!
Our next Mouth Piece Storytelling event will take place at Villains Baestro (256 Pelissier) on Thursday, September 21, 2017. We will feature guest storyteller Janice Smith, a laughter yoga instructor with a mouth not just for laughing but for sharing incredible stories! On guitar, Dominic Carlone, a major staple of Windsor’s music scene, will bring us original and cover tunes.
So childhood…we don’t know about you, but come September when the scent of Crayola and new running shoes is in the air, we get crazy nostalgic. Do you feel an aching need to buy a new lunch bag? Me too!
What are your childhood stories? Is there a back-to-school moment you just can’t forget? How about a bad haircut or an outfit you just can’t forget? Maybe you built a fort or took a trip that is forever in your storytelling repertoire? Whatever it is that you’ve lived through in childhood – we know there are countless stories you can unload on us!
We hope to see you there! Bring your memories wrapped in a childhood story! We are all ears!
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