Voyageur Storytelling in Ontario, Canada: Two Voices One Voice
Welcome to Good Food, Good Listening and Good Company


Voyageur Storytelling Lunar Loon

Thank you for visiting our site.

You are now poised to learn about

Voyageur Storytelling

Leslie Robbins-Conway and Paul Conway

located in Northern Bruce Peninsula (Ontario, Canada)

Charging the Batteries

of the Imagination

This web site: A Place to Ramble and Explore:

Storytelling Art in Performance ... Storytelling Art in Repertoire... Storytelling Art in Print and Other Media ... Canadian Storytelling Exposé ... Political Pages ...

The Voyageur Landscape on Bruce Peninsula ...

Final Weeks

of the

Final Season!

Revised August 17, 2016


You are now about to enter the Home of

Country Supper Storytelling Concerts

Unique-in-the-World Experiences of

Hospitality and Storytelling Art

Ending their 15-Year Run in mid-September

Please check Schedule for Changes!


What They Are and

How They Work

What You Can Hear

in the Current Season

(2016 Season (our 15th) now on display)

When You Can Hear It:

The Current Schedule

Check for Changes!

Click on the Whirligig to find the link. It will open on a new page.

2016 Gala-Finale

Once more into the breach dear friends, imitating the action of, if not a tiger, at least something reasonably determined. We have stiffened our sinews and summoned up the blood for one last go, which requires no great effort on our part, because we anticipate the company of friends, old and new, whom we have had the pleasure and honour of feeding and entertaining for so many years.


Now for the sad part. 2016 is going to be our last season, because we are getting too old to keep up the pace. That's a difficult reality for us, but there it is.

Our 2016 Concert:

Swan Song

We are using a new method to plan each evening's concert, whereby our guests choose most of the pieces from a menu. You can find out how this works on our 2016 Repertoire page. Click on the button above to get there.

A CHANGE FOR THE FINAL WEEKS:

We are almost fully booked for the rest of August, although a few places remain here and there. Check the schedule (button above) for details. September is more open.

For the evenings that are not yet booked, we will be quite reluctant to accept any bookings for less than 4 people. If one of the vacant ones is necessary for you, we recommend that you gather together a group of at least 4. Group rates apply for groups of 6 or more. Click on the button above to see precisely where the schedule stands.

Last year we received support from the Ontario Arts Council for our Stephen Leacock project, which included our "A Pocketful of Mariposies" concert. We remain grateful. The Stephen Leacock project continues in other media, primarily print and blog. See https://conwaybooks.wordpress.com/ https://mariposabyconway.wordpress.com/ .

We call ourselves "storytellers" because we tell stories. That is not all we do, and are, however. The full form would be: We are creators and performers of fine musico-literary vocal art entertainments with a strong narrative bent, for the hearing of which we prepare our audiences with hearty, convivial country dining.


Your Hosts: Chef-Storytellers

Leslie Robbins-Conway and Paul Conway

The face on the wall was created by Marnie Cheyne. We think Scott Parent took the picture.


Click on either picture below to find out more about them

Leslie

After starting as a teacher ...

and years as a Storyteller and Producer ...

her warm and unique presence lights up ...

Paul

After starting as an econometrician ...

through careers of becoming diversity ...

way led twistingly on to way to reach ...

Now, among all her other actvities, Leslie is working on two books: the Voyageur Storytelling Cookbook, and a memoir.
Paul now has his own web site, a very early work in progress: www.paulwconway.ca, where the parts of this web site that pertain particularly to him will eventually appear. His blogs are: www.paulwconway.wordpress.com

and

www.mariposabyconway.wordpress.com

The background image you will see frequently on this site is borrowed from Barnett Newman's Voice of Fire

now in the National Gallery, Ottawa. We like it because we are in the voice business, where fire is good.


So much for the basic, essential information.

From here on it's all about sauntering.

We Invite You to Unroll the Scroll to Discover:


What's a Story, in our storytelling world?

A story is a story, or a song, or a poem, or a passage, or a collage, or an anecdote, or a quick flip of words, but always itself, speaking to your self.
A concert is a bundle of stories, and its own story.
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.


People have been asking for our recipes.

The best have been posted on our web site for some time now,

but are not all that easy to find on this somwhat confusing page.

For easy finding, push this button:


Six Openings to Voyageur Storytelling

Click on an icon, either side, to enter that way.

For other ways, scroll down.

Storytelling Art in Performance

Two Storytellers: Leslie and Paul

Country Supper Storytelling Concerts (and Recipes!)

House Concerts and Other Events

Our 2013 Concerts are now available in our Repertoire section, next below.
Storytelling Art in Repertoire

This Year's Concert Repertoire

Past Years

The Art of Repertoire

This section is now complete from the beginning to 2013.
Storytelling Art in Print and Other Media

Chapbooks

Prose, Poetry, Plays, Webscripts, Artifacts

This Web Site!

Steady as she goes. No new releases since 2011. Maybe in 2013.
Canadian Storytelling Exposé

Ideas and Controversies

Tellers and Groups

Festivals and Events

Data are current for Spring 2012 with a few more recent additions; we will up-date in 2014.
Paul's Political Pages

A Storyteller's Political Manifesto

Integrating the Mindscape

Building on Events

These pages are up for overhaul this Fall, and conversion into a blog, perhaps with its own site.
The Voyageur Landscape on Bruce Peninsula

One Hundred Acres: Landscape and Wordscape

Waulfing on the Waulf Course, Links and Labyrinths

A Storyteller's Geography: Sense of Place

The on-site part of this section is now complete for the time being. Regional parts are to come.


Nine Ways to

Sneak In the Back Way

(You don't have to enter by a Principal Opening)

and

Nine Ways to

Wander Off

(We hope you will come back)

Country Supper Storytelling

Concerts

2016 Concert Season and Schedule Country Supper Recipes Storytellers of Canada ~ Conteurs du Canada Grey Bruce Cultural Network Bruce Peninsula Society of Artists
Performances in Print Canadian Storytelling Festivals and Events A Storyteller's Political Manifesto Beautiful Bruce Peninsula

Catch your

Breath!

=Bruce County

=Grey County

=BruceGrey

Simcoe

Bruce Peninsula Environment Group
Land Conversation Natural Happenings

on the Voyageur Landscape

Voyageur

Bestiary

including the Ferndale Bears

Beth Ezekiel Synagogue

in Owen Sound

Polymath

Classicist

Canadian Canoe Museum

A Voyageur Shrine

The banners above are made from illustrations in

Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management, c.1910 Edition

And a Matrix of Recapitulation

We invented Country Supper Storytelling Concerts, and perform them each summer in our home on Bruce Peninsula;
We enjoy good company and conversation, essential to the Voyageur Storytelling Experience, as we hope this web site amply demonstrates ...
We have done other things, and still know how to do them, when we get the chance ...
Our Repertoire consists of both stories (broadly defined) and storytelling concerts, and we like to talk about our work, not only to tell stories, but to theorize about them, and particularly about Canadian Storytelling as a genre in its own right ...
We perform other forms of storytelling concert when invited, or when opportunity arises ...
We live on 100 acres of productive (at least for walking and talking) land on Bruce Peninsula, of which we try to be good stewards ...
We live with a dog and a cat (an old dog and a very old cat) of whom we take pictures and about whom we occasionally write ...
Leslie teaches Hebrew and Jewish Life and helps to lead services at Beth Ezekiel Synagogue in Owen Sound, and pursues her life-long interest in Jewish stories, culture, and values ...
Paul has agreed to coordinate the next steps for the House Concert Network of Storytellers of Canada, a project that will take three years ...
Leslie volunteers with the Canadian Cancer Society ...
We are politically active, but not as much as before: Leslie is taking a break, and Paul, who refuses to join any party (finding both merit and flaws in all of them) by personal political agitation ...


We are no longer young, not yet old. We are reasonably healthy for our years, although a bit creaky here and there. We have children and grandchildren in distant and not-so-distant places. We have a widely scattered extended family. We live in a beautiful place. We have good neighbours, and many friends. For many years we had a truly excellent dog, named Crab, and a geriatric cat, both sadly now departed. We now have a dog named Lady, a rescue. We have enough to get by. We keep busy in interesting ways. Life is good.

Thank you for your interest.

We hope you enjoy exploring our site.


Sincerely,

Leslie and Paul


Your Hosts: Leslie Robbins-Conway and Paul Conway

56 Brinkman's Road, R.R. 1

Miller Lake , Ontario N0H 1Z0 Canada

Tel: (519) 795-7477

E-Mail: voyageur@bmts.com


This site will be wound down after this summer and the contents moved to other sites or media or simply archived.

Problems? Send us an e-mail.

Note: if you are rambling around this site, and run into pages that don't work, or images that are missing, or broken links, or other apparent oddities or irritations, please send us an e-mail, tell us about the problem, and we'll fix it. Our apologies for any inconvenience. If you are wondering why this web site is designed the way it is, then you may be interested in our Explanation.


Voyageur Storytelling 2016

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