Sweet goodness I know it’s taken three forevers to get these podcasts up and posted, but by golly, we’re on a roll!

Here is Mouth Piece Storytelling – The Love Edition!

The Love Edition took place on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2015 at The Foundry Pub with special Guest Storyteller John Wing.

Click here for a blog post with photos about the incredible night!

The Master Mouth Piece for the Love Edition was Storyteller Natasha!


She will be competing at our Master Mouth-Off event on Sunday, December 4th, 2o16.

Please settle in and listen to our podcast for the Love Edition!

Click here for the Love Edition podcast! This podcast is posted via Soundcloud.

Thank you to our podcast guru Miss Lauren!


Mouth Piece Storytelling – The Road Edition



To honour and support National Poetry Month, our theme for the April edition of Mouth Piece Storytelling was ‘The Road’ (that was the theme of National Poetry Month too! #somethingborrowed) I’ll admit that this theme was chosen because your host (me! Vanessa) is a poet herself. I wanted to gather three very special poets together as Guest Storytellers to share their ‘road to poetry’ stories. They all said yes! Talk about cat’s pyjamas – I was thrilled to share the stage with Benny Alexander, host and poet at Toast Open Mic, Courtney King, Slam poet and rep for Windsor Poetry Slam, and Teajai Travis creator/founder of the Bloomfield House and Free Verse Poetry events.

Here we all are…as happy as can be!


Being goofy because…well, poets are, aren’t they?!


From left: Benny, Courtney, Me and Teajai

Each of these tremendous people had a chance to share their story, and they did with passion and conviction.

Benny was up first, represeting Toast Open Mic.


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Followed by the sweetly nervous Courtney King, representing Windsor Poetry Slam. Courtney also joined me at CBC to be on Windsor Morning to talk about slam poetry and storytelling. Thanks again Courtney!

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Teajai Travis, founder of Bloomfield House and Free Verse Poetry and Spoken Word, rounded out our Guest Storyteller ‘road to poetry’ story that literally took him across the country.


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After our Guest Storytellers spoke, I was completely inspired, and grateful for the hard work, passion and dedication to community that Windsorites live and breath each day. It’s a special road, it is, the creative road. But it sure is heartwarming and beautiful, ain’t it?

Soul Brother Stef did some of his wicked beat mixing and serenaded us with his sexy falsetto in between stories and during intermissions.

Here are the incredible and brave storytellers! Alex, Ashley, Joan, Hani, Frankie, Nathanya, Jay!

Storytellers shared intimate and comical stories about all kinds of different roads they took to things like self-confidence, graduation, self-love and, of course, the literal family ‘road’ trip!

Congratulations to our Master Mouth Piece – Nathanya!!


#familyroadtrips Oh boy! Nathanya and her family crammed into a vehicle…food, farts and more!

Thank you again to our sound guru Lauren H, our masterful music-magician Soul Brother Stef, photographer Katie Hawkins, The Foundry Pub staff, our guest storytellers, local media support, and our dedicated audience – all of whom give their time and hearts to keeping this little-storytelling-engine-that-could alive and well!


We’ll see you at the next one! Thursday, June 30, 2016 – The Music Edition!



Press! Monday, April 11 – CBC Windsor Morning!

Myself and Windsor Poetry Slam poet Courtney King will be on CBC Windsor Morning this upcoming Monday, April 11, 2016 to promote the next Mouth Piece event! For the first time ever, members from the trifecta of poetry groups (Toast Open Mic, Windsor Poetry Slam and FreeVerse) in the city will join together to share stories! It’s National Poetry Month and to show support, the theme of our show is ‘The Road’ – as is the theme for NPM!!

Tune in to 97.5FM at 7:40am to hear the LIVE broadcast!

Thank you Jonathan Pinto and Tony Doucette and the Windsor Morning team for you unwavering support of Mouth Piece Storytelling!




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!


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


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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


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.





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!

Thanks Snapd Windsor for covering the ‘Love Edition’https://windsor.snapd.com/event/919904

Thank you photographer Lauryn Bodde from Snapd Windsor for taking pics at our Mouth Piece the ‘Love Edition’! We appreciate your time and media support! #snapdwindsorrules!

Here’s the link!!

Don’t forget, our next Mouth Piece event in honour of National Poetry Month, ‘The Road’ is coming up on Monday, April 11 at The Foundry! Looking forward to hearing your stories about your journeys!

See you there!


Next Mouth Piece – The Road

We’ve confirmed that the next Mouth Piece Storytelling – The Road will take place on Monday, April 11 at The Foundry Pub (we kinda fell in love with the pub at our last event!). The theme is ‘The Road’ and is in honour of National Poetry Month, that also has the same theme. At this event, I have gathered the trifecta of leaders in Windsor’s poetry scene – namely: Toast – Open Mic host Benny Alexander, Windsor Poetry Slam’s poetry slammer Courtney King (representing founder Matt Loeb), and Free Verse host and creator Teajai Travis (also the genius behind The Bloomfield House). I’ve always wanted to get all of us together, and it seemed a perfect opportunity during National Poetry Month.

This will still be a storytelling event. Our Guest Storytellers will be sharing stories about their ‘road’ to poetry. This is a theme that, we believe, will garner some inspirational stories. Think about your life and the ‘roads’ you’ve taken in love, family, work, adventure, pain, illness, survival…This is a wide and broad area of human experience!

We look very forward to seeing you in the audience or on the stage!


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!


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!


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!


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!