For the Love of George In Story and Song


FUNDRAISER/CONCERT Presented in partnership by Durham Storytellers and Club Carib

Come celebrate the extraordinary life

of Dr. B. George Blake

through story and song


Sat., May 12th, 7:30 p.m.  (doors open 6:45)

Club Carib

600 Wentworth St. E., Oshawa



Host, Artistic Director, singer/storyteller Heather Whaley

Singer Shaundell Parris and Kalalu

Oshawa Sounds of Steel

Durham Storytellers

Storyteller Dianne Chandler

Poet Daniel Healy

Storyteller Rita Cox


Tickets $20

Online: Eventbrite

Reservations to pay at door contact Heather Whaley

Call or text 289 688-1492



Accessible        Parking on premises     Refreshments


Proceeds to create and preserve a legacy audio and video

archive of George’s pre-recorded stories.

Please note: this is not a Memorial, but rather a concert in George’s honour.


Dr. B. George Blake had a past to be proud of. He served in the RAF in World War II, became a clinical psychologist, a Buddhist monk, an accomplished photographer and an outstanding performance storyteller. In more recent years he had settled on sharing his roots, remembering the stories he heard as a child in Jamaica, using authentic idioms and phrases often accompanied by interesting trivia but always in that deep rich voice that resonates in the memory.  He was a fascinating, model human being in that he lived story – he WAS story.  George gave so much of his talent, time and expertise to thousands of people throughout his life. 


World Storytelling Day occurs on March 20. We presented at various dates across the region - please scroll down for public events.

Toronto Storytelling Festival celebrates local, national and international storytelling. Preview weekend is from March 2 to 4 and the Main event is from March 19 to 25. For more details, visit                                 

Storytellers of Canada Annual Conference will be held at Trent University in Peterborough from July 4 to 8. This event occurs in a different province every year. Since it will be nearby, be sure to add it to your calendar. For further details, visit 


Annual Events
ANNUAL EVENTS: Please check for full details closer to the date.

World Storytelling Day an Annual Global Storytelling Event

March 20th (or there about)               

WSD 2018

  Durham Storytellers present

 "Wise Fools"

World Storytelling Day across the region! 

Brooklin Guides on March 7 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Faith United on March 9 at 2:00pm to 3:00pm Public 1778 Nash Rd, Courtice, ON L1E 2L9 Contact Enid Decoe 

Northview Community Centre on March 15 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm Public Kathleen Smyth NOTE:  This will be a special World Storytelling Day program with featured storytellers at our new time, 7:00 pm, at Northview Community Centre, Oshawa (adults) during our regular monthly storytelling gathering. There will be an open mic following. Come Listen, Come Tell, Catch the Magic!

The Port Perry Villa on March 20 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm Public 15987 Simcoe St, Port Perry, ON L9L 1N5. Contact Dianne Chandler

Brooklin Guides on March 21 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm (follow-up – they tell us stories!!!)

Ajax Library March 28 at 10:30 am to 11:30am

Traditions of Durham on April 6  at 1:00pm to 2:00pm Public 1255 Bloor St E, Oshawa, ON L1H 0B3. Contact Enid Decoe 

Thank you Storytellers of Canada for our 2018 WSD grant funding! 

Summi Siddiqui at Port Perry Villa. WSD 2015

 Marion Dell at Port Perry Villa  WSD 2015

Heather Whaley, Ajax Library School Visit  WSD 2015


Lucy Brennan at Blue Heron Books WSD 2012 



Irene Johnston, Nancy Bone, George Blake and Heather Whaley Brooklin Library WSD 2012 

Banner designs by Dianne Chandler WSD 2012


Kathleen Smyth, Doris Cherkas, Nancy Bone, Irene Johnston and Enid DeCoe at Traditions WSD 2012

For list of Participating Storytellers (click here)

 We gratefully thank all sponsors and particpants for their support in making World Storytelling Day 2012 a special event across Durham Region!

WSD 2012 Committee: Dianne Chandler, Doris Cherkas, Enid DeCoe, Marg Kropf and Heather Whaley




October (third week)

Summi Siddiqui, Enid Decoe, Heather Whaley, Irene Johnston,
Marg Kropf and Dianne Chandler


Food Bank and monetary donations greatly appreciated.



November 4th

CSN-SNC  is a time to gather for stories at the turn of the year, a companion event to World Storytelling Day in March.

The 6th Annual Canadian Storytelling Night

The theme for Canadian Storytelling Night – Soirée nationale du conte in

2017 is FEED THE FIRES: Stories That Warm Us     

  Let the Fur Fly! Teachings from the Animals St. Francis Centre, Ajax 2015.


 Kim Michele, Summi Siddiqui, Enid De Coe, Irene Johnston, Doris Cherkas, Kathleen Smyth & Heather Whaley

What's happening in Toronto? Storytellers of Toronto web site

The 2018 Toronto Storytelling Festival runs March 2-4 and March 19-25.
Programming information will be available mid-September.

 1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling


What are storytellers across Canada doing and where are the festivals and performances each month? Check Events on the main Storytellers of Canada website at  Editor: Heather Whaley

Our annual community service performance for children and families of Simcoe Hall Settlement House. Simcoe Hall Settlement House is a not-for-profit community resource centre dedicated, since 1935, to assisting less advantaged children, families and vulnerable adults . Please contact Heather Whaley if you wish to attend this event at 905 419-2174


World Storytelling Day is on March 20th. It is a global celebration  of the art of oral storytelling. It is celebrated every year near the  spring equinox in the northern hemisphere, the first day of autumn  equinox in the southern. On World Storytelling Day, as many people as  possible tell and listen to stories in as many languages and at as many  places as possible, during the same day and night.


Club Carib Lydia Francis my 905-728-4293