The Secrets Edition – Photos & More!

Mouth Piece Storytelling – The Secrets Edition! 

Thanks to Guest Storyteller Jeni De La O, the theme of secrets was uncovered! Right away, I knew it would be a wonderful theme for our little storytelling engine that could! Jeni is a Moth storyteller (she recently was on a main stage as a guest storyteller – this is a MAJOR storytelling accomplishment!), and she began her own bilingual storytelling series in Detroit called Relato! Detroit. This is Detroit’s FIRST bilingual – Spanish/English – storytelling event! Congratulations to Jeni for creating another wonderful space for storytelling.

At our Secrets event, Jeni shared a true, fascinating and love-filled story about her double life. Be sure to check out our podcast to hear her tell it! We were lucky to hear Jeni tell not one but two stories! Thank you Jeni!

A super thank you to all our Secret storytellers: Dorothy, Geoff, Ian, Kate and Steven.

AND CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MASTER MOUTH PIECE: STORYTELLER DOROTHY!

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Thank you to Villains – Geoff and Ian and the rest of the staff. Thank you to Suede Productions our forever sponsor, and Cypher Systems for our prize sponsorship. Thank you to Lauren Hedges for doing sound and taking these beautiful photos! Also, for keeping our podcasts alive and well! Thank you to Jeni De La O and her family. And, of course, thank you storytellers and audience – we can’t do this without you!

May the stories continue to flow and grow!

PUT YOUR STORY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS!

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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.

 

Next Event Announced! Tuesday, December 29, 2015

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Our next Mouth Piece Storytelling event will be held on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at

Vesta Pizzeria & Antipasto Bar! 

The theme is Home for the Holidaze.

Story ideas to contemplate:

Best Give Ever! Worst Gift Ever! What does home feel like? Family holiday traditions. Traveling home. Favourite holiday films. Buying gifts. Romantic holidays. Going away for the holidays. Midnight mass.

Tell us what home and the holidays mean to you!

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Mouth Piece Kick-Off Mouth-Off a total success!!

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Greg

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Linda

Maureen

Walter

Vanessa

Shannon

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What an outstanding event the Mouth Piece Kick-Off Mouth-Off was! Although at first the storytellers were a bit shy, they gathered their guts and stepped up to the stage to share honest, funny, heartfelt stories about BOOKS. Thank you!

Where do I begin? Villains Beastro was the perfect place to begin this storytelling journey. The staff was attentive and the venue was perfect! Stage? Check. Food? Check. Booze? Check! With over 50 people in attendance, there were cheers and hoorahs from the robust crowd. Many folks who are supporters of The Moth attended Mouth Piece to ‘see what it was all about’. And of course! We’re so happy you came! Social media and the *amazing* article in the Windsor Star promoting Mouth Piece did the job – got storyteller’s attention and attendance! Yahoo!

With the support of the Arts Culture & Heritage Fund grant Mouth Piece was granted, our kick-off Mouth-Off was a grand success! Storyteller Shannon Cason’s honest story about being a father opened the floor for more raw, heart-squeezing stories. We’re so thrilled Shannon came as our first Guest Storyteller! We are all fans! DJ Cam spun sweet music that kept us dancing in our seats…and a few brave souls even shook a booty on the dance floor as the scores were being tabulated (thank you Claire, Mouth Piece Math Goddess!!)

Thank you and high-fives to everyone who helped make this event so spectacular:

Villains Beastro, Shannon Cason, Suede Productions, Cameron Hucker, Corey Futko (the graphic artist who created our logo!), The Moth (our inspiration!), Cathy Masterson, Christopher Lawrence Menard, Arts, Culture & Heritage Fund, Grown Ups Read Things They Wrote as Kids family (Dan and Jenna!), Katie Hawkins (sound technician!), Claire Ferris, Emma Truswell (Blush Photography), DigiPrint, Marty Gervais, Sarah Jarvis (BookFest Windsor), Windsor Star, Beatrice Fantoni & Tyler Brownbridge, Raise A Reader, Nick, Jett & Miller Shields, and all the family and friends of the storytellers!

I bet you’re wondering, well, who the heck won this Mouth Piece event? Who is the Master Mouth Piece?!!

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The June Master Mouth Piece is Greg!!

And now…please scroll and enjoy this visual essay featuring photographs taken by the talented Emma Truswell of Blush Photography.

Thank you! Stay tuned for the podcast! For details on the next Mouth Piece storytelling event, see ‘Events’ or read this!

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What’s your story?