And the MASTER MOUTH OFF STORYTELLER IS…!

A heartfelt thank you and congratulations go out to all our competing storytellers who braved the stage at The Rondo and shared their souls at our First Annual Master Mouth-Off!

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Here she is! Our first Master Mouth-Off Winner – Storyteller Jodi!

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What a thrill it was to hand Storyteller Jodi the Master Mouth-Off microphone trophy! She is our first Master Mouth Off Winner – and she won our hearts again!

The evening was all that I hoped it would be – we had a full-house audience, entertaining and heart-felt stories followed by incredible live music!

Feast your eyes on the photos that show what I’m talking about! Thank you to our photographer, Lauren Hedges!

The evening’s stories began with a song. Guest Storyteller Satori Shakoor (not Shakira! #insidejoke) opened her mouth and let out a stirring, soulful, powerful anthemic prayer that had us all barely breathing and tearing up. She spoke of her journey into the life of an artist storyteller, and how she holds her passion and power for change on her sleeve right there beside her glowing heart.

Our competing storytellers were all nervous! Each of them did an outstanding job – those nerves didn’t win! The first storyteller was Joe who shared a very personal growing-up story about his family trips to Ottawa for the holidays. Joe shared with a courage that brought tears to our eyes. Thank you Joe!

Next up was storyteller Nathanya. Nathanya’s story was short and sweet, well-crafted, humourous and quite lovely. Her theme was Love. Storyteller Danah shared a holiday story about her scented licence, raw tarts and playdough filled gravy!

Guest Storyteller Dameon Wilburn had us gasping for air we were laughing so hard at her story about ‘Dark Vadar’. Both Dame and Satori took the stage and lit.it.on.fire!

Storytellers Jodi and Natasha rounded out our evening of stories, and shined a light on how human emotions – love, fear, and self-love – can move us to be our best.

In the end, our judges chose Storyteller Jodi as the first annual Master Mouth-Off Winner!

After a quick staging switch, the Soul Delegation blew the roof of the Rondo with their covers of hit funk songs by the greats like Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. Indeed, we could not control our dancing!

Thank you again to the ACHF grant, the Rondo family, our sound guru Scott, Lauren, DJ Cam, the Soul Delegation, Satori, Dameon, our storytellers and all their family and friends, and to our long-standing, couldn’t-do-this-without-you sponsor Suede Productions.

Stay tuned for the podcast of this first annual Master Mouth -off, and details about our forthcoming shows!

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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!