Next Show – Weds April 11th for The Sunshine Eaters at OCAD’s Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St W)

21 Mar

To celebrate the show The Sunshine Eaters, come and hear a specially curated line-up of storytellers speak about nature and escaping the ills of the world, at this off-site show at OCAD’s Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St West)

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Weds April 11th @ 7 p.m.
True Stories Toronto
@ Onsite Gallery,  199 Richmond St. W.

Free event
Cash bar available

Inspired by themes in The Sunshine Eaters, storytellers share true, personal stories of their experiences with comfort through nature. Part of the True Stories (Told Live) Toronto event series. Organized and hosted by Storytelling Coach Marsha (of Yes Yes Marsha –

Storytellers are: Sage Tyrtle, Hisham Kelati, Keira Loukes and David Keystone.

The Sunshine Eaters is an original multi-sensory exhibition that highlights how artists and designers look to the land and its plants, flowers and trees as a means to imagine and conjure hope in the face of local and global crises.

Featuring work by: Shary Boyle, Nick Cave, Robert Holmes, Jim Holyoak, Brian Jungen, Jessica Karuhanga, Alexandra Kehayoglou, Nina Leo and Moez Surani, Tony Matelli, Alanis Obomsawin, Ebony G. Patterson and Winnie Truong. Curated by Lisa Deanne Smith.

Exhibition runs January 10 to April 15, 2018.

About True Stories Toronto –
True Stories Toronto is the city’s biggest free storytelling show. For five years, hundreds of Torontonians have enjoyed the format of four storytellers and one storytelling musician, making intimacy in a big room in West Toronto.

“Toronto’s best storytelling show. Still haven’t been to True Stories Toronto? DO IT”
– She Does The City

About Marsha Shandur –
Marsha Shandur is the producer and host of True Stories Toronto, and a Storytelling Coach. As the founder of, she shows professionals and entrepreneurs how to make an INSTANT emotional connection with their dream clients, through storytelling on stage and screen. She has been featured on Forbes, the BBC, Mashable

About Onsite Gallery –
Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Visit our website for upcoming public events.


Thanks – and SAVE THE DATE – Tues March 20th, next show (TSF)

11 Mar

Thanks to everyone who came along to our 5th bday party – and thanks to the Storytellers!

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Our next show is part of the Toronto Storytelling Festival, and is on March 20th @ The Garrison. It’ll be FREE ENTRY and we’ll have more details soon, or just turn up on the night!

More as it comes,


PS want to know more about how to tell powerful stories yourself? Tons of info on my website (that’s what I teach for my job!) at

Next show Feb 27th – TST 5TH BIRTHDAY SHOW!!

31 Jan

It’s our 5th birthday!! So we’re bringing back some of our favourite stories – and storytellers – from the last 5 years!

Tues Feb 27th @ The Garrison, Dundas @ Ossington.

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$10 advance

Tickets here:

Featuring stories from TST favourites Paul Hutcheson, Sage Tyrtle, Graham Isador, Rhiannon Archer, Zebulon Pike, Erin Rodgers, Kevin Breathnac, Marilla Wex and more! Plus SURPRISES!!!!!


See you on the 27th. Want to guarantee entry? Buy a ticket here:

Next show Tues Jan 23rd – this’ll be special!

16 Jan


We’re baaaack!

Tues Jan 23rd @ The Garrison, Dundas St West @ Ossington Ave.

Doors open 6.45pm, stories start 7.30pm sharp.
(latecomers admitted very quietly)
We’ll finish around 10pm


January’s show is always a little bit magical.


Sophia Apostol
Arlene Paculan 
Leona Burlew
Barry Godson 
Dan Curtis Thompson

Hosted by me, Marsha from

The show is a really lovely night, friendly and warm. There is a 20-minute interval, but quite a few people come on their own with a book or something, so if you fancy doing that, you won’t be the only one.

If you want to come early and grab some food, The Lakeview diner (est 1932) is a few steps away, with the best shakes (I love banana-vanilla) and sweet potato fries in Toronto.

See you on Tues Jan 23rd! 

Next show Jan 23rd – and would you like a story in your inbox every day in Dec?

1 Dec

Next show is Tues Jan 23rd – save the date and, if you’d like a reminder email, sign up to our (very infrequent) mailing list here:

In the meantime – would you like a different (true) story in your inbox, every day in December?
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Over on the website of my (teaching storytelling) day job,, I’m running my annual – free – Advent(ish) Calendar of Stories.

A different, true story in your email inbox, every day. Most by me, some by others.

Want to get that – for free? Sign up here:

See you in your inbox – or at the next live show, Tues Jan 23rd, 2018!



Tues Nov 21st – last show of the year!

8 Nov

Our final show of the year is almost upon us!

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True Stories (Told Live) Toronto

Tues Nov 21st @ The Garrison, Dundas St West @ Ossington Ave.

Doors open 6.45pm, stories start 7.30pm sharp.
(latecomers admitted very quietly)
We’ll finish around 10pm


Jo-Ann Blondin
Jeremy Bondy
Kari Reynolds
Making a VERY rare musical appearance, Graham Isador
And, all the way from Sydney Australia, Samantha Sutherland!

Hosted by Marsha from
See you on the 21st!

GHOST Stories Toronto – Tues Oct 24th!

6 Oct
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Ghost Stories Told Live Toronto
Spooky Storytelling Event Returns to The Garrison! 
Our wildly popular show GHOST Stories (Told Live) Toronto is back!

This fundraiser for free show True Stories Told Live Toronto features storytellers telling (mostly) true stories about eerie things that happened to or near them. Featuring some of True Stories Told Live’s previous favourites, and a few new faces. Plus the annual and ever popular Ghostbusters Theme Singalong!

Storytellers include:

– Dan Yashinksy (Director, Toronto Storytelling Festival)
– Sage Tyrtle
– Chris Graham
– Martin Perelmuter
– Rhiannon Archer



Tues Oct 24th @ The Garrison, Dundas St West @ Ossington Ave.

Doors open 6.45pm, stories start 7.30pm sharp.
(latecomers admitted very quietly)

$10 advance, $15 door. Tickets from

Hosted by Marsha from

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