Corky Evans logged for twenty years, did politics for twenty years (elected 14) and now is learning to grow potatoes. His official title is “Formerly Honourable.”
Anne Glover has enchanted audiences for over two decades, inspiring a whole generation with her stories and string games. She has appeared at countless schools, festivals,and conferences across the continent,and has performed her original stories on CBC radio, in both English and French. Anne is a polished, engaging entertainer with a humourous wisdom and an infectious enthusiasm for life in any language. Weaving sign language and a dizzying array of string figures into the shows, she is known for fine audience rapport, a quick wit, and her ability to bring characters to life out of thin air. You’ve never heard a story told like this, and a simple shoelace will never look the same!
Barry Gray has been with the festival since its inception meeting in 1998. He has told every year, either at the main event or the occasional children’s festival we also sometimes had. He has also told stories in most West Kootenay schools. Barry is a founding member of the Nelson Storytelling Guild.
Kung Jaadee is a Haida singer, storyteller, and drummer. She has performed for hundreds of audiences across Canada and parts of the United States for nearly twenty years at festivals, schools, museums, aboriginal celebrations, and conferences.
She is originally from Haida Gwaii (formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, B.C.) and has most recently lived in Yellowknife, NWT and Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she served as Storyteller-in-Residence at the University of Manitoba Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture. She works as a primary school teacher, teaching Haida, and performs stories and songs.
Shoshana Litman began learning about storytelling from First Nations elders in 1977. Later she realized with delight that her own tribe had significant contributions to offer. Shoshana completed a two year study program with Maggid Yitzhak Buxbaum of Brooklyn, which lead to her ordination as a Maggidah, a Jewish storyteller, speaker and teacher, in May 2008. Shoshana’s storytelling, teaching and singing inspires listeners to awaken to the deeper joys of life. Her performances delight audiences of all ages. Her stories and songs, drawn from Jewish and world sources as well as her vivid imagination, have inspired diverse audiences since 1997. More about Shoshana…
Jaymie Matthews is an astrophysical “gossip columnist” who unveils the hidden lifestyles of stars by eavesdropping on “the music of the spheres.” Dr. Matthews is Mission Scientist leading the Canadian Space Agency’s MOST project, and a Professor of Astrophysics in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of British Columbia. He and his team are trying to revise the biography of our Sun – past and future – by studying its neighbours in our Galactic city, the Milky Way. Prof. Matthews is a world-leading expert in the fields of stellar seismology (literally using the surface vibrations of vibrating stars to probe their hidden interiors and histories), exoplanetary science, and astronomical instrumentation and time series analysis. Born in Chatham, Ontario, Canada, he obtained his B.Sc. degree at the University of Toronto, and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Western Ontario. Prof. Matthews is a frequent invited review speaker at meetings around the world, from Prague to Porto, Moscow to Mmbatho (South Africa), and Santiago to the Sunshine Coast. Prof. Matthews’ media adventures include frequent appearances on CBC TV and Radio, CTV, Global, CNN, CityTV, The Knowledge Network, Shaw TV, and Space: The Imagination Station.
Richard Rowberry is the administrator of The Nelson History Theatre Society and Artstic Director of The Nelson Theatre Company (TNT). He trained at The National Theatre School of Canada and has worked as an arts administrator, (E.D.A.M. in Vancouver and Theatre Energy in The Kootenays) actor, writer, and director throughout his life. He has written five plays based on local/regional history, including Frank And The Elephants which won the Sybil Cooke Award (Play for Young Audiences) at the 2004 Canadian One Act Play Competition.
Jowi Taylor is a multiple award winning writer, broadcaster, consultant and cultural entrepreneur. His groundbreaking series for CBC Radio, The Wire – The Impact of Electricity on Music, was the recipient of the prestigious Peabody Award, the Prix Italia, a New York Festivals medal and other international awards. Six String Nation, conceived in 1995, took eleven years to bring to life. Centered around a single acoustic guitar – nicknamed Voyageur and built from over sixty pieces of Canadian history representing different cultures, communities and characters from every part of the country – the project combines Jowi’s fascinations with music, media, community engagement, and the dynamics of Canadian history and multicultural identity.
Magpie Ulysses is a dynamic performance poet and storyteller known for charming and slaying her audiences with intense stage presence and thoughtful insight about humanity. Her “confessional poems hit hard and take the reader through intense visceral terrain, but never wallow” (Robert Priest, NOW magazine).
Magpie began performing poems at the age of 17 in Calgary, Alberta. She has performed across north America at hundreds of venues, is a veteran of the Vancouver poetry slam, where she was a member of two national champion Vancouver poetry slam teams and was the winner of Vancouver’s 2008 CBC poetry Face off. Magpie was recently named a Poet of Honour at the Canadian festival Of Spoken Word in the Fall of 2012.