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Storytelling Open Mic

  • Buddies in Bad Times Theatre 12 Alexander Street Toronto, ON, M4Y 1B4 Canada (map)

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From Bi Arts Festival website (

Everyone has a story to tell! Bring your sweet, angry, bold and curious self to our first storytelling Open Mic. First time tellers are particularly welcome. (We are also running a workshop on September 11th for those new to storytelling, see for details on how to join us!) Our special guest storyteller is E.C. Marcon, who will share an excerpt from their longer work, Shrill Kessel's Menagerie: Tall Tales From The Urban Jungle. One dark and stormy night, an overweight raccoon was sprinkled with magic hot dog water and transformed into an overweight lady and Shrill Kessel was born. Armed with a raccoon's knowledge of Toronto oddities and the ferocious lip-sync and storytelling skills of a faux-queen, Shrill is here to celebrate and share the truly bonkers history of our fair city. In Shrill Kessel's Menagerie, writer, podcaster, and performer E.C. Marcon will take us on a journey through Toronto's turbulent history with its urban wildlife. From the thrilling escape of the High Park capybaras to the enduring mystery of the Queen's Quay whale, Shrill will tell tall tales of white squirrels, dead raccoons, and badly behaved trumpeter swans through lip-syncs, monologues, and woefully inept interpretive dance.

Buddies is fully accessible to audience members, and our cabaret stage is also accessible to performers. Seating is flexible and this workshop will be set up with individual tables and chairs for one to one conversations. The entrance from the street is accessed by ramp for all patrons. Washrooms are located on the lower level, which can be reached by attendant-operated elevator. Some stalls are equipped with bars and provide extra space, though patrons with larger mobility devices may find it a tight fit.** NB the washrooms are being renovated this summer and we will update this information when the building reopens. Washroom facilities are not designated by gender and all patrons are free to use the washroom of their choosing. Please join us in creating a scent-free environment for this and all Bi Arts Festival events. Check out Peggy Munson on being fragrance-free ( & Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha on how to achieve this and why it matters (

Earlier Event: September 21
Bi Visibility Day Pre Funk!
Later Event: September 23
Bi Visibility Day Party!