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.

 

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Mouth Piece – The Love Edition – Photos!

Our apologies for taking a bit longer than usual to post these wonderful photos taken by the talented Emma Truswell of Blush Photos, but here they are! (It’s my fault, by the way, Emma gave me the photos a few days after the event! I’ve been busy!!)

I can still feel the powerful words of all the brave storytellers who shared at our Love Event…sticking to me like the best kind of smooth skin cream! Let’s let the photos tell a story now, shall we?

It’s  important to set the scene! Finding things to show ‘love’ was a fun endeavour. We tried out a new ‘sharing’ system – anonymous love notes – and it was a hit! Definitely going to continue this extra way of telling stories.

Your hostess-with-the-mostess Vanessa (that’s me!) gets things started. (Her/my sincerest apologies for the slew of bad words that proceeded to come out of my mouth during the show! I’ll work on that.)

Guest Storyteller John Wing (aka. comedian extraordinaire, and published poet! His new book of poetry ‘I’ll Be There Soon’ launches on April 5th! Details here!) shared the story of how he met his wife. Picture comedy shows, long drives, deserted hotels, dirty bedsheets…and true love in the making! Thank you John!

For the first time, we had 10 (yahoo!) brave people who shared their stories. Our goal is to have ten storytellers a show, so I hope we can keep the numbers up! Whether you were in the audience or on the stage though, you could feel the powerful love emanating from each storyteller!

Here are the Love Edition storytellers!

STORYTELLER KAREN 

The first one up, Karen shared the story of how her hubby proposed. In the backyard. After he peed! 

STORYTELLER MICHAEL

There are lessons to be learned from fish. Love lessons.

STORYTELLER JORDAN

Note to self: hanging out in front of the place the person you like works…might not be the best way to get her to like you.

STORYTELLER NATASHA

Natasha said what we all need to hear – that our love story with our selves is truly the most important. Thank you Natasha.

STORYTELLER BRYAN

One’s history, and the storytellers within it, can set a course of action in our lives. That’s what Bryan’s story taught us.

 STORYTELLER SAM

On saying ‘I love you’. Storyteller Sam shared a story filled with wisdom about the first time someone told her he loved…and, goats. There were goats in this story.

STORYTELLER ALEXANDRA

Featuring an ex-girlfriend…and a cat. Was there a goat in this story too?

STORYTELLER HANI

His was a broken heart love story. A necessary story on the theme of love. Thanks for being courageous and sharing Hani! (He was super nervous!!) *He also writer for The Lance student newspaper and wrote a fabulous article about the event! Double thank you Hani!)

STORYTELLER ASHLEY

Storyteller Ashley told a Tinder story. Ah, Tinder. There were bus drivers and exes…and certainly adventures!

STORYTELLER BENNY

Love is love. That was Storyteller Benny’s main message. He made us laugh (bathroom in a gay bar experience), and he made us think deeply and shed a tear.

 

And the MASTER MOUTHPIECE is:

STORYTELLER NATASHA!

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Natasha won a fancy prize, and will move on to the Master Mouth Off later this year.

It’s true, we all have love stories, and these storytellers really opened their hearts to us. We are grateful! Everyone was so loving – the storytellers, the audience, the bar staff…It was truly a magical night. That’s the magic of storytelling, and why Mouth Piece exists. Let’s keep this love a flowin’! See you at the next event! Thank you the Foundry Pub family (we loved you so much, we’re going back for the next Mouth Piece!), DJ Cam, Emma and Ken, Nick,and my family,Suede (our sponsor!), and to our special sponsor Spotvin Creative!

Mouth Piece Storytelling – The Love Edition – Photos to Come!

The truth is I’m still feeling the love and emotion that exploded at Mouth Piece Storytelling – The Love Edition. From John Wing’s heartfelt and honest ‘how-I-met-my-wife’ story to goats and cats to self-love and Tinder (and everything in between!) the event was truly extraordinary!

Our gracious photographer Emma (check out her website here!) is working on all the photos she took. As soon as I get them, I’ll post them to the site!

The Master Mouth Piece of the Love Edition is storyteller Natasha G! Telling a comedic yet completely moving story about self-love, Natasha captured and squeezed all of our hearts!

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Photo taken from Natasha’s FB!

In the meantime, here are a few photos that I found. If you have photos you’d like to share, please send them to shieldsvanessa@gmail.com and I’ll get them here on the site!

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DJ Cam working his musical magic.

This was our first time at The Foundry Pub. It’s a match made in heaven! I hope that we can continue to hold our Mouth Piece events here!

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Hosting makes me feel alive. And the Love edition – the storytellers and their stories – was a spiritual awakening for all of us! Host included!

One of the main reasons I started Mouth Piece Storytelling is because I believe that we each have stories to tell – but it goes deeper than that. As human beings who are born to  live and love, it’s a necessary human act of being to want to share our stories. That Mouth Piece can offer a theme, a stage, and an audience that is supportive and loving, means that there’s a space for storytellers to experience that deep connection to their history, to themselves and to the humans in the room!

The stories shared at the Love Edition were extraordinary. The energy in the air was magical and unconditional. I’m grateful for everyone who came to share and support. Thank you!
For the first time in Mouth Piece Storytelling history, we hit our 10-storyteller goal! As well, each storyteller was a first-time Mouth Piece participant. Let’s make that happen again, shall we? Thank you to all ten brave, beautiful, honest storytellers! We love you!

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I was given this napkin quote at the end of the show! So perfect! What a proud moment!

Our next Mouth Piece Storytelling event is Monday, April 11, 2016. (Location TBA…with hopes that it’ll be at The Foundry Pub again!) The theme is ‘The Road’ – in honour of National Poetry Month (which has the same theme!). More details to come, but you should know that our Guest Storytellers represent the three main poetry collections in Windsor: Toast Open Mic, Windsor Poetry Slam and Free Verse. I’m so damn pumped to get this trifecta of poetic bliss together under one roof!

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As a reminder, all Mouth Piece Storytelling events are sound recorded. We are editing our December and February shows currently. Thanks for your patience regarding the podcasts!

Mouth Piece – The ‘Love’ Edition – Story Ideas

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All you need is love! Doo-do-do-do-do! Indeed, all you need is a story about love to participate in the upcoming Mouth Piece Storytelling event on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at The Foundry Pub. Our from-the-heart event features comedian and lover extraordinaire John Wing. Wing will wow us with his hot stand-up and maybe even woo us with some poetry from his upcoming poetry collection ‘I’ll Be There Soon’ (Black Moss Press). We will also be welcoming the team behind the editing and publishing of Wing’s new book, The Winglings.

As always, this event is free! We strongly believe that the sharing of stories should be free for all! The same rules apply for those of you lovebirds interested in sharing your story. And for the passionate folks in the audience, you’ll still be able to participate in scoring the storytellers, and help choose the Love Event’s Master Mouth Piece.  All stories will be recorded live-off-the-floor and turned into a podcast you can listen to and share over and over again.

So what story will you tell? Here are some lovely ideas…

how/why you fell in love with your partner

why you love your pet/pet love story

your first crush

your first kiss (French or otherwise)

losing your virginity

how you learned to love your ‘self’ 

why love hurts

why love is the best!

a place/food/job you love

unrequited love

a love poem/film/book that changed your life

a family member you love and why

a family member you lost

your first heartbreak

your first heart mend

a famous person you love (athlete/actor/politician/etc)

The truth is the theme of ‘love’ is vast and exciting, so dig deep and ask your heart what story you’d like to tell about love in your life!

We’d like to give some Mouth Piece lovin’ to the team at Spotvin Creative and Suede Productions for being our sponsors for this heart-warming event!

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LOCATION CONFIRMED! The ‘Love’ Edition Location is…

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We’re thrilled to announce that Mouth Piece Storytelling – The ‘Love’ Edition will be held in downtown Windsor at The Foundry Pub!

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The Foundry Pub is located at 459 Ouellette – in the heart of Windsor’s downtown. This gastropub boasts savoury beer and drinks, and delicious food so come with an empty belly and an open heart!

Like always, this event is FREE!

Parking is street and lot – so come a bit early to find a close spot!

The ‘Love’ Edition will be on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 featuring Guest Storyteller, poet and comedian John Wing!

Doors open at 6. Show starts promptly at 7:30pm.

See you there!

Put Your LOVE Story Where Your Mouth Is!