Mouth Piece – The Food Edition – A Saucy Success!

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Where do we begin? We had turkey, toast, and buckets of blueberries. We had cheesies, calamari, and chilli on the floor. The stories shared on the Mouth Piece stage for the Food Edition were downright delicious.

The evening began with a packed-house – standing room only thank you very much! – at Rino’s Kitchen & Ale House. Infused with some (questionable) joke-telling by me (!), the evening went stupendously!

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Your host (me!), reading some food-friendly jokes. (No offence food.)

With DJ Cam on the tables and some Suede Productions volunteers setting up gear, it’s clear that everyone who comes to a Mouth Piece is guaranteed a great time! The energy was high and exciting!

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DJ Cam in da house.

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DJ Cam, Ken, and Nick (my hubby!), three parts of the Suede crew. A fun bunch, indeed.

Our youngest audience member, Miss Sylvie, had fun listening to the stories and playing with the wipe board. Maybe one day she’ll take the mic and share a story too! (Like her brave mama Cheryl!)

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We had 9 storytellers! I will say that again – 9 storytellers! Our goal of 10 is, I’m sure, going to be reached at the next event! You got this stortyellers! All you have to do is sign up and share. See how easy…

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Jonathan Pinto, our Guest Storyteller, told us a funny yet poignant story about Thanksgiving, politics, and folding one’s family traditions into another family whose traditions are quite different!

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Here are the amazing, brave and beautiful storytellers – each telling a true story that was heartfelt.

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Storyteller Michele. Ahhh…the blueberries!

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Storyteller Greg was back for more. Anyone have a can of spam?

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Storyteller Greg is the Master Mouthpiece from our kick-off event.

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Storyteller Cheryl. When the body becomes the food – a mother’s story.

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Storyteller Jodi. This was her first time up to a mic, but she doesn’t shy away from competition. Chilli! More chilli!

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See how much fun this is!!

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Storyteller Laurie taught us the correct way to butter toast and sugar cereal.

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Storyteller Ellie. World-traveller. Food lover.

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Storyteller Jan. There’s a first for every food experience.

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Yes, that’s squid, young lady.

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Storyteller Rebecca. Homegirl loves her cheesies.

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Storyteller Joe. That’s two turkeys. Two.

Once again, the storytellers were:

Michele, Greg, Cheryl, Jodi, Laurie, Ellie, Jan, Rebecca and Joe.

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Our audience, vibrant and enthusiastic, filled out their judging ballots, and with the mathematical genius that is our volunteer Claire, the Master Mouth Piece was determined to be…

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STORYTELLER JOE! This was Joe’s first time at Mouth Piece.

So glad he showed up and shared! Joe received a Master Mouth Piece gift package, and the bragging rights as Master Mouth Piece – The Food Edition.

Storyteller Joe tells a story about two turkeys - the one he kept and the one that got away.

Storyteller Joe tells a story about two turkeys – the one he kept and the one that got away.

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That’s a wrap! (Pun intended!) Special thanks to our volunteers: Claire, Ken and Nick; DJ Cam; photographer Emma Truswell of Blush Photography; Rino Bortolin and the Rino’s Kitchen & Ale House staff; CBC Radio Windsor Morning, The Windsor Star, and our sponsor Suede Productions Inc.. Thank you to everyone who donated books to the Raise a Reader project.

And, of course, thank you to our audience who support our storytellers and this series that continues to gain energy. Thank you to the storytellers – regular folks with stories to share. That’s you. That’s me. That’s community.

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OUR NEXT MOUTH PIECE EVENT:

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2015

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Mouth Piece – The Food Edition!

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It’s that time again! Our second Mouth Off is Thursday, September 10, 2015 at Rino’s Kitchen! It’s the Food edition! With special Guest Storyteller Jonathan Pinto from CBC Radio’s Windsor Morning. Jonathan knows loads about food; let’s call him a food-guru!

Jonathan hosts ‘Food With Jonathan Pinto‘ on CBC Radio’s Windsor Morning. The man knows food – and the stories that will warm your heart like a pie in an oven!

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Here’s a fancy poster with all the essential ingredients for the show.

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Don’t forget to bring new or gently used books to donate to the Raise A Reader program!

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

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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?

Two Weeks From Today! Kick-Off Mouth-Off!!

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Storytellers! Are you preparing your book-themed stories? Our Kick-Off Mouth-Off storytelling event is but two weeks away! We look forward to starting this culturally cultivating storytelling series in Windsor.

We’ll see you at Villains Beastro (256 Pelissier) on Friday, June 12, 2015. Doors open at 6:30pm. Sign-up starts at 7pm, and storytelling begins at 7:30pm.

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Shannon Cason, professional storyteller and comedic genius, will lead our storytelling, followed by 10 local storytellers. If you want to be one of the storytellers, you MUST fill out our form so we can put it in the basket and test your luck!

There will be a brief intermission after the first 5 storytellers. Each storyteller has 5 minutes to tell her story. No reading! No memorizing! And the story MUST BE TRUE!

For full storyteller info – CLICK HERE!

Yes, this is FREE EVENT and will continue to be a FREE EVENT because we at Mouth Piece believe that the oral tradition of storytelling is a given. We should be sharing stories with each other as often as possible. We’re here to foster this gift we can give to each other.

Of course, we couldn’t do this without our local supporters!

Each Mouth Piece event will take donations for the Raise A Reader program. Please bring in gently-used or new books – any genre, and we will promptly get them to the team!

As an added Kick-Off bonus, DJ Cam (was the DJ at Oishi back in the day!) will be spinning sick beats in between stories, during intermission, and after the Master Mouth Piece winner is announced. So prepare to stay and dance all night!

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SEE YOU THERE!