• Aimee Reid

    Aimee Reid is an author with a background in education and editing. She taught high school English, Music, and Special […]

  • Ainara Alleyne

    We’re really excited here at Telling Tales because we’re teaming up with Ainara who hosts the amazing Instagram page Ainara’s Bookshelf, where she […]

  • AK – HYP

    AK is a Nigerian born poet/rapper living in Vaughan, Ontario. When he isn’t studying Economics at McMaster University, he’s dedicating his […]

  • Alisa Siegel

    Alisa Siegel makes radio documentaries for the CBC, for which she has won many international awards. Her docs have covered […]

  • Almost Epic Squad

    Introducing The Almost Epic Squad — a new multi-author, middle-grade series about ordinary kids who develop some very unusual superpowers. […]

  • Andrea Curtis

    Andrea Curtis is the award-winning author of A Forest in the City, a nonfiction picture book about how trees make […]

  • Andrew Larsen

    Andrew Larsen is the author of many books for children, including Me, Toma and the Concrete Garden; A Squiggly Story; […]

  • Andy G and Friends

    Andy G and Friends bring to the stage a whole bunch of fun, singalong, danceable, toe-tapping tunes in their children’s/family […]

  • Angela Misri

    Angela Misri is an award-winning Toronto journalist and author who writes detective fiction inspired by her birth country, Great Britain. […]

  • Annie Webber

    Annie Webber is an animator and educator living and working in Hamilton, Ontario. Her works come from environments created and […]

  • Anoosha Syed

    Anoosha Syed is a Pakistani-Canadian illustrator and character designer for animation, based in Texas. She graduated with a BFA in […]

  • Arthur Slade

    Arthur Slade was raised on a ranch in the Cypress Hills of Saskatchewan, completing his first novel when he was […]

  • Ashley Spires

    Author and illustrator Ashley Spires grew up in Tsawwassen, British Columbia and after stints living in Toronto and Saskatoon, she […]

  • Barbara Reid

    Barbara Reid is one of Canada’s most renowned and well-known illustrators. Her unique clay modelling technique is known around the […]

  • Basil Sylvester

    Basil Sylvester is an author, student, sort-of editor, bookseller, and occasional backstage person in community theatre. Their debut book The […]

  • Becky Han

    Becky Han is an Inuk singer-songwriter who grew up in the small and beautiful community of Ikpiarjuk (Arctic Bay) in […]

  • Ben Philippe

    Ben Philippe describes himself as a “Black French-Canadian writer. Basically, the guy across the hall if your life was a […]

  • Britt Wilson

    Britt Wilson is an Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated letterer, cartoonist and illustrator. She works on various comics and series, including […]

  • Burlington Student Theatre

    Burlington Student Theatre is a community-based program for youth that provides opportunities in performance study, technical development, leadership, social skills, […]

  • Cale Atkinson

    Cale Atkinson is an illustrator, writer and animator living lakeside with his family in Kelowna, British Columbia. Cale is constantly […]

  • Carmen Mok

    Carmen Mok is an award-winning illustrator with prior experience in product design, hand-lettering and graphic design. She made the 2019 […]

  • Chad Solomon

    Chad Solomon is a member of the Henvey Inlet, First Nation. As a child, he and his family would visit with […]

  • Charlene Chua

    Charlene Chua grew up in Singapore and immigrated to Canada as an adult. They have illustrated almost twenty picture books, […]

  • Chief Lady Bird

    Chief Lady Bird is a First Nations (Potawatomi and Chippewa) artist from Rama First Nation. Her Anishinaabe name is Ogimaakwebnes, […]

  • Cornelia Li

    Cornelia Li is a Chinese-born illustrator currently based in Toronto. She is intrigued by narrative woven into daily interactions between […]

  • Cylita Guy

    An experienced science communicator, Dr. Cylita Guy spent ten years working as a Host at the Ontario Science Centre. She […]

  • Danielle Daniel

    Danielle Daniel is an award-winning author and illustrator whose journey into art making and book publishing has gone hand in […]

  • Darcy Whitecrow

    Darcy Whitecrow is Ojibwe and Dakota; he is a member of the Seine River First Nation band in Northwestern Ontario, […]

  • David A. Robertson

    David A. Robertson is the award-winning author of books for young readers, including When We Were Alone, winner of the […]

  • Debbie Ridpath Ohi

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi is the author of Where Are My Books?. Her illustrations also appear in Sea Monkey and Bob, […]

  • Deborah Falaye

    Deborah Falaye is a Nigerian Canadian young adult author. She grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, where she spent her time […]

  • Deborah Kerbel

    Deborah Kerbel is the critically acclaimed, award-winning author of several books for young people of all ages. Deborah was born […]

  • Dirk McLean

    Dirk McLean was born in Trinidad and came to Toronto as a teenager. He is the author of a series […]

  • Dom Pelletier

    Dom Pelletier started drawing cartoons at a young age and has never put his crayons down. While working as a […]

  • Elizabeth MacLeod

    Elizabeth MacLeod is the author of many Canadian nonfiction titles including the Canada Close Up series titles Canadian Government, Canada’s […]

  • Eric Walters

    Eric Walters has written over 120 books that have been translated into 15 languages and won over 100 awards. He […]

  • Erin Alladin

    Erin Alladin is an editor, writer, and ecology enthusiast who is always looking for ways to combine her passions. Born […]

  • Erin Bow

    Erin Bow is a physicist turned poet turned children’s novelist—and she’s won major awards in all three roles. Erin is […]

  • Etienna Moostoos-Lafferty

    Etienna is a member of the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation in Treaty 8 territory in the province of Alberta. She has […]

  • Etienna Moostoos-Lafferty

    Etienna Moostoos-Lafferty is a member of the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation in Treaty 8 territory in the province of Alberta. […]

  • Gabe Crimeli

    Meet “Iron Gabe” Crimeli. After a 3 and a half year fight #irongabe can finally say he completed his 3.5 […]

  • Godfrey Nkongolo

    Godfrey Nkongolo is a doctoral student in political science with extensive experience working in international and community development in Tanzania. […]

  • Hachey the MouthPEACE

    Jason Hachey, aka Hachey the MouthPEACE, is a Beatboxer from Hamilton, Ontario. Every sound in his music comes from one […]

  • Hamilton Children’s Choir

    Hamilton Children’s Choir makes a difference in the lives of children and youth within the greater Hamilton community by providing […]

  • Hamilton You Poets

    Hamilton You Poets are a community grounded in the belief that all people have important stories to tell. HYP includes […]

  • Hamilton You Poets

    Hamilton You Poets (HYP) was created in 2012 to give our community’s youth the opportunity to develop their creative skills […]

  • Heather Kuzyk (AGB)

    Heather Kuzyk is a versatile and creative visual artist. She is a graduate of the esteemed Sheridan College in both […]

  • Heather M. O’Connor

    Heather M. O’Connor is an award-winning children’s author and freelance writer based in Peterborough, Ontario. She first learned about Ojibwe […]

  • Helaine Becker

    Helaine Becker is the award-winning children’s author of over 80 books, including Hubots, Monster Science, Zoobotsand The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea. Helaine […]

  • Irene Luxbacher

    Irene Luxbacher is an illustrator, children’s book author, and a graduate of Queen’s University and Emily Carr University of Art […]

  • Ishta Mercurio

    Ishta Mercurio is an author and actor. Originally from Cincinnati, Ishta now lives in Brampton, Ontario, where she films and […]

  • J. Torres

    J. Torres won the Shuster Award for Outstanding Writer for his work on Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Love […]

  • Jael Richardson

    Jael Richardson has presented to audiences of all ages across Canada and is also the author of The Stone Thrower, […]

  • Janet Wilson

    Janet Wilson is an author, illustrator, and artist. Janet’s latest book, Our Rights: How Kids Are Changing The World, shows that […]

  • Jay Odjick

    Jay Odjick is an artist and writer from the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Algonquin community,  just outside of Maniwaki, Quebec. He […]

  • Jen Sookfong Lee

    Jen Sookfong Lee was born and raised on Vancouver’s East Side, and she now lives with her son in North […]

  • Jennifer Faria

    Jennifer Faria is an illustrator, painter and graphic designer who studied at Central Technical School and George Brown College in […]

  • Jennifer Maruno

    Jennifer Maruno is a long-time educator and author. Her debut novel, When the Cherry Blossoms Fell, was shortlisted for the […]

  • Jess Keating

    Jess Keating is an award-winning author, cartoonist, and zoologist, whose work has been featured in the New York Times, CBC, […]

  • Jing Jing Tsong

    Jing Jing Tsong is a mom, musician, and surfer whose grown-up job is drawing pictures. Her technique, which layers colour […]

  • Jo Storm

    Jo Storm is a writer currently living in Sudbury, Ontario. She grew up in Muskoka, and makes frequent pilgrimages back […]

  • Joanne Robertson

    Joanne Robertson is AnishinaabeKwe and a member of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek. She received her Fine Arts degree from Algoma University and […]

  • Jodie Callaghan

    Jodie Callaghan is from the Mi’gmaq First Nation in Gespe’gewa’gi (Quebec). She started writing stories when she was 8 years […]

  • Joel A. Sutherland

    Joel A. Sutherland is the Silver Birch and Hackmatack Award-winning author of numerous Haunted Canada books and the Red Maple […]

  • Johnnie Christmas

    Johnnie Christmas is a #1 New York Times bestselling graphic novelist. Best known for co-creating the series Angel Catbird with […]

  • Jon Klassen

    Winner of the 2010 Governor General’s Award for English-Language children’s illustration, The Caldecott Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal, Jon […]

  • Jon-Erik Lappano

    Jon-Erik Lappano’s debut picture book, Tokyo Digs a Garden, illustrated by Kellen Hatanaka, won the Governor General’s Literary Award and […]

  • Jonathan Auxier

    Jonathan Auxier is a NYT Bestselling author of strange stories for strange children. His first novel, Peter Nimble and his […]

  • Josh Taylor

    Hamilton born and raised, Josh Taylor is an award winning Hip-Hop and Street Dance rooted dancer, choreographer and storyteller. He […]

  • Jude Johnson

    Jude Johnson is one of Canada’s finest vocalists and has been performing for both adults and children for over 40 years. Jude began […]

  • Karen Bass

    Award-winning author Karen Bass is an avid reader who found her passion for writing while working at her local library […]

  • Kate Moss Gamblin

    Kate Moss Gamblin’s Canadian identity springs from our delightful Earth – from toes in the waters of Muskoka to facing […]

  • Kathy Kacer

    Kathy Kacer is the award-winning author of over twenty books about the Holocaust, including The Secret of Gabi’s Dresser and […]

  • Kenneth Oppel

    Kenneth Oppel is the award-winning author of the Silverwing trilogy that has sold over a million copies worldwide and was […]

  • Kevin Sands

    Since escaping from university with a pair of degrees in theoretical physics, Kevin Sands has worked as a researcher, a […]

  • Kevin Sylvester

    Kevin Sylvester is a fan favourite at Telling Tales! He wears many hats both literally and figuratively. In addition to […]

  • Krista McNaughton

    Krista McNaughton is an actor, stand-up comedian, and writer from Hamilton. She is a graduate of the Theatre Arts Performance […]

  • Lana Button

    Lana Button’s picture books have been recognized as Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Bets and the IBBY Outstanding Book for […]

  • Laura Ellis

    Laura Ellis is an award-winning actor, director, writer and arts educator in the theatre and film industry. Over the past […]

  • Lawrence Hill

    Lawrence Hill is perhaps …best known for the award-winning and internationally bestselling author of The Book of Negroes, which was made […]

  • Lesley Livingston

    Lesley Livingston is an award-winning author of teen fiction, including the Wondrous Strange trilogy, which was named one of the “100 young adult […]

  • Lexy the Rap Dad

    LLexy the Rap Dad is a children’s author and rapping dad from Ajax, Ontario. The creator of Friendly Fables (add […]

  • Lisa Pijuan-Nomura

    GirlCanCreate is Lisa Pijuan-Nomura. A multidisciplinary artist and creativity coach, Lisa has been interested in spreading the good word of […]

  • Mahtab Narsimhan

    Mahtab Narsimhan is an award-winning author with numerous critically acclaimed books including The Third Eye, which won the Silver Birch […]

  • Maika Harper

    Maika Harper is a Canadian actress, model, and author born and raised in the Arctic. She starred in APTN’s hit […]

  • Megan Kearney

    Megan Kearney is a Toronto-based cartoonist. Her work has appeared in publications from Dark Horse, Bedside Press, Fairylogue Press, and […]

  • Melanie Florence

    Melanie Florence is a writer of Cree and Scottish heritage. Her close relationship with her grandfather sparked her interest in […]

  • Mélanie Watt

    Author and illustrator Mélanie Watt is the bestselling creative genius behind many beloved picture books for children, including the Scaredy […]

  • Melodie Campbell

    Melodie Campbell is the award-winning author of over two hundred publications, including a hundred comedy credits, forty short stories and […]

  • Michael Hutchinson

    Michael Hutchinson is a member of the Misipawistik Cree Nation, north of Winnipeg. He is the author of the Mighty […]

  • Mireille Messier

    Mireille Messier is a Montreal-born, Ottawa-raised, and now Toronto-based author, freelance writer, and voice-over artist with a background in theatre […]

  • Mireille Messier

    Mireille Messier is a Montreal-born, Ottawa-raised and now Toronto-based award-winning children’s writer and voice over artist. Before becoming an author, Mireille […]

  • Monique Gray Smith

    Monique Gray Smith is an international speaker and award-winning author. She wrote When We Are Kind to prompt a dialogue […]

  • Mr. Ben

    With his guitar in hand and a childlike enthusiasm & energy, Mr. Ben’s signature blend of folk & pop grabs […]

  • My Friend Christopher

    My Friend Christopher performs original songs that explore family life from diverse perspectives—parent and kid, cat and dog. His debut […]

  • Nadia L. Hohn

    Nadia L. Hohn is a writer and educator. Her first picture book, Malaika’s Costume, won the Helen Isobel Sissons Canadian Children’s […]

  • Naseem Hrab

    Naseem Hrab is a writer and storyteller, and the author of the Ira Crumb series and Weekend Dad. Her comedy […]

  • Nathalie Vachon

    Follow Nathalie as she spins original and classic tales that will engage, inspire and tickle the funny bone. Her performances […]

  • Nicola Winstanley

    Nicola Winstanley has always believed in the power of stories to bring comfort. She is the author of The Pirate’s Bed, […]

  • Patricia Storms

    Patricia Storms is a writer and illustrator with over twenty years’ experience. Her work has been featured in Chirp and […]

  • Paul Covello

    Paul Covello is an illustrator and art director, and the nationally bestselling creator of Canada ABC, Canada 123 and Everyday […]

  • Qin Leng

    Qin Leng is a designer and illustrator. She grew up surrounded by paintings, and it became second nature for her to […]

  • Richard Scrimger

    Richard has written more than 20 books for children and adults, been translated into a dozen languages, and won more […]

  • Rina Singh

    Rina Singh has published several critically acclaimed books for children inspired by her Indian Canadian heritage, including Diwali Lights, Holi […]

  • Roselynn Akulukjuk

    Roselynn Akulukjuk was born in Pangnirtung, Nunavut, in the Canadian Arctic. In 2012 she enrolled in the Toronto Film School […]

  • Ruth Ohi

    Ruth has been a long time friend and presenter at the Telling Tales Festival and we are looking forward to […]

  • S.K. Ali

    S.K. Ali is a teacher based in Toronto whose writing on Muslim culture and life has appeared in the Toronto Star. […]

  • Salma Hussain

    Salma Hussain grew up in the UAE and immigrated to Canada when she was 13 years old. Her short stories […]

  • Sarabeth Holden

    Sarabeth Holden lives in Toronto. Sarabeth grew up between Nova Scotia, Nunavut, New Brunswick, and Ontario. She is now the […]

  • Sarah Raughley

    Sarah Raughley grew up in Southern Ontario writing stories about freakish little girls with powers because she secretly wanted to […]

  • Sharon and Bram

    Sharon, Lois, and Bram are some of Canada’s most popular and loved children’s performers, with fans across the world. Every […]

  • Sharon Jennings

    Sharon Jennings has written over seventy books for young people – picture books, chapter books, novels for reluctant readers, mid-grade […]

  • Shauntay Grant

    Shauntay Grant is an award-winning Canadian writer and multidisciplinary artist. A former poet laureate for the City of Halifax, she is the author […]

  • Sherry J. Lee

    Sherry J. Lee has worked in the book industry for many years, first as a bookseller and then in publishing. […]

  • Simon Frank

    Simon Frank is a Hamilton-based artist who utilizes the natural environment as the source of both raw materials and inspiration […]

  • Stagecoach Performing Arts

    Stagecoach Performing Arts Milton & Burlington is proud to offer high quality performing arts training to kids! Our aim is […]

  • Steven Hughes

    Steven P. Hughes is an award-winning Canadian illustrator whose clients include the Globe and Mail, Reader’s Digest and Scientific American. […]

  • Sunshine Tenasco

    Sunshine Tenasco is Anishinabeg, from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, Quebec. Seeing a drawing of an Indigenous child on a book cover […]

  • Survivorman Les Stroud

    Les Stroud’s work as a filmmaker, author, and musician has been celebrated around the globe. Credited with creating the survival […]

  • Susan Akglukark

    Susan Aglukark is Canada’s first Inuk artist to win a JUNO. She has also won a Governor General’s Performing Arts […]

  • Susin Nielsen

    Susin Nielsen got her start feeding cast and crew on the popular television series Degrassi Junior High. They hated her […]

  • Suzanne Del Rizzo

    Suzanne Del Rizzo has always loved getting her hands messy. She traded her job in scientific research for a career […]

  • Sylv Chiang

    Sylv Chiang is a middle grade teacher by day and a writer of middle grade fiction by night. She wrote […]

  • Sylvia McNicoll

    Ever since she was in grade four, Sylvia McNicoll has been writing stories. Now she has over 35 books published […]

  • Tanaz Bhathena

    Tanaz Bhathena is the author of The Beauty of the Moment, as well as the critically acclaimed A Girl Like […]

  • Tanya “Tee” Pineda – HYP

    Tanya “Tee” Pineda is an emerging Spoken Word poet from Hamilton, Ontario who has just begun her studies in Creative Writing at the […]

  • Ted Staunton

    Ted Staunton is the award-winning author of over forty books for young people, including Bounced and What Blows Up in […]

  • Thomas King

    Thomas King is an award-winning writer and photographer. His critically acclaimed, bestselling fiction includes Medicine River; Green Grass, Running Water; […]

  • Tory Woollcott

    Tory Woollcott is a cartoonist, writer, literacy educator and advocate who lives in Toronto. Her first graphic novel, Mirror Mind, was […]

  • Treasa Levasseur

    Treasa Levasseur is currently the Program and Community Engagement Manager at Folk Alliance International, as well as a JUNO-nominated songwriter […]

  • Valerie Sherrard

    Valerie Sherrard was born in 1957 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and grew up in various parts of Canada. Valerie’s sixth […]

  • Vicki Grant

    Vicki Grant is the author of seventeen books. Her books have consistently garnered her recognition from the American Library Association, […]

  • Vikki Vansickle

    Vikki VanSickle is the author of a number of acclaimed novels for children including The Winnowing, If I Had a […]

  • Wali Shah

    An alumnus of RBC’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrants, Wali Shah serves his hometown as Poet Laureate for the City of […]

  • Wesley King

    Wesley King is the author of the Edgar Award–winning OCDaniel, which Booklist praised as “complex and satisfying” in a starred […]

  • White Pine Dancers

    Join MEMBERS OF THE WHITE PINE DANCERS, Dan Secord, of Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation  AND OJIBWAY STORYTELLER AARON BELL, for a […]

  • Yolanda T. Marshall

    Yolanda T. Marshall is a Guyanese-born Canadian author. In 2015, after becoming a mom, Yolanda was inspired to write her […]

  • Zetta Elliott

    Calling all middle grade readers! Zetta Elliott is the author of over 25 books for young readers, including the award-winning […]