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,┬áit’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 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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Mouth Piece Makes the News!

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Thank you to the Windsor Star, writer Beatrice Fantoni and photographer Tyler Brownbridge, for this incredible article on Mouth Piece Storytelling!

Click here for the article!

It was a wonderful process from start to finish! And we had some good laughs, Tyler and I, when he came to the house to take a photo. There were four kids, the dog and, ahem, absolutely no blank walls! We made it work! As silly as it feels to be in front of the camera (mama’s favourite is behind it!), Tyler snapped a sweet shot.

Thank you Windsor Star for covering local news – and helping cultivate this much-needed oral tradition!