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    Bandstand Stage

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    HYP is Hamilton’s first youth-focused spoken-word organization. It was created to give local youth a chance to have their voices […]

  • Imagination Station

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    Age / Grade 4-6 / Kindergarten 6-8 / Grades 1-3 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    Tune in for Ainara’s interview with 2021 TD Grade One Book giveaway winner Nadia Hohn. Grab a carnival mask and […]

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    Bandstand Stage

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    Join Arthur Slade for a preview of Dragon Assassin: Royal Blood; his tale of adventure and discovery. Meet  Carmon, a […]

  • Main Event

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    Schoolhouse Stage

    Age / Grade 0-4 / Early Years 4-6 / Kindergarten 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    In 6-Muarpat , or Six O’Clock, BECKY HAN takes us on a musical tour of her hometown; the beautiful community […]

  • Nature Tales

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    Blooms Stage

    Age / Grade 0-4 / Early Years 4-6 / Kindergarten 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    BECKY HAN introduces us to a story about a pesky little critter that chases her right across Nunavut, in her […]

  • Main Event

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    Jerseyville Stage

    Age / Grade 12-14 / Grades 7-8 14-18 / Grades 9+

    Get to know Ben Philippe; a French Canadian YA author, born in Haiti, raised in Montreal, now living in NYC!. […]

  • Nature Tales

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    Blooms Stage

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    Sponsored by… Cylita joins us from Royal Botanical Garden’s Hendrie Garden, to share stories from her very first kid’s book, […]

  • Nature Tales

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    Blooms Stage

    Age / Grade 4-6 / Kindergarten 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    David reminds us to listen and learn from our elders.  He shares his story of how a trip with his […]

  • Imagination Station

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    Age / Grade 4-6 / Kindergarten 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Join Hamilton’s own Ainara, of Ainara’s Bookshelf fame, as she interviews David A. Robertson about the inspirations for his latest […]

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    Schoolhouse Stage

    Age / Grade 0-4 / Early Years 4-6 / Kindergarten 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Join us for this fun and interactive presentation as Debbie shows us how to draw characters just like the ones […]

  • Main Event

    Virtual Event

    Jerseyville Stage

    Age / Grade 12-14 / Grades 7-8 14-18 / Grades 9+

    HYP is Hamilton’s first youth-focused spoken-word organization. It was created to give local youth a chance to have their voices […]

  • Celebrating Graphic Novels

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    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6 12-14 / Grades 7-8

    Learn from one of the masters of the graphic novel genre. J. Torres takes us through his process, sharing his […]

  • Imagination Station

    Virtual Event

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

     Book Launch – Stealing Home J. Torres returns to Telling Tales to answer Ainara’s “One Big Question” about what inspired […]

  • Nature Tales

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    Blooms Stage

    Age / Grade 0-4 / Early Years 4-6 / Kindergarten 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Illustrator Jennifer Faria will share tips on how to draw the characters she created for her very first picture book, […]

  • Main Event

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    Schoolhouse Stage

    Age / Grade 0-4 / Early Years 4-6 / Kindergarten 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Jon joins us to read the first of five short stories from his latest book, The Rock from the Sky. […]

  • Main Event

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    Jerseyville Stage

    Age / Grade 12-14 / Grades 7-8 14-18 / Grades 9+

    Join our host with the most – Josh Taylor. Josh is an award winning Hip-Hop and Street Dance dancer, choreographer […]

  • Imagination Station

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    Age / Grade 12-14 / Grades 7-8 14-18 / Grades 9+

    Kenneth Oppel shares his secret of where the idea for the Bloom Trilogy began, and gives us a preview of […]

  • Main Event

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    Bandstand Stage

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    Kevin and Basil are a parent-child author/illustrator dynamic duo. Join them for a preview of their debut collaboration, The Fabulous […]

  • Main Event

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    Jerseyville Stage

    Age / Grade 12-14 / Grades 7-8 14-18 / Grades 9+

    Laura Ellis shows how we create characters through Action Packed Acting. She’ll introduce us to a theatre game called “verbing” […]

  • Main Event

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    Schoolhouse Stage

    Age / Grade 4-6 / Kindergarten 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Lexy introduces us to a few of his prehistoric friends and their contemporary cousins through his hilarious Rap Dad beats.  […]

  • Main Event

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    Schoolhouse Stage

    Age / Grade 0-4 / Early Years 4-6 / Kindergarten 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    All aboard! Sing and dance and take a trip back in time with Mr. Ben and his trumpet tooting twin, […]

  • Nature Tales

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    Blooms Stage

    Age / Grade 0-4 / Early Years 4-6 / Kindergarten 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Dance and sing along as Mr. Ben and a special guest teach us their neato repeato “Grow Song”.

  • Main Event

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    Schoolhouse Stage

    Age / Grade 0-4 / Early Years 4-6 / Kindergarten 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Nadia reads from the latest in her series about the adventures of a little girl named Malaika. In Malaika’s Surprise, […]

  • Imagination Station

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    Age / Grade 4-6 / Kindergarten 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Naseem returns to Telling Tales along with a special guest. We will learn a few words in Farsi and hear […]

  • Nature Tales

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    Blooms Stage

    Age / Grade 0-4 / Early Years 4-6 / Kindergarten 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Roselynn joins us from her home in Iqaluit to share her latest story. In Little Moar and the Moon, we […]

  • Nature Tales

    Westfield Heritage Village

    Blooms Stage

    Age / Grade 0-4 / Early Years 4-6 / Kindergarten 6-8 / Grades 1-3 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    Nature educator Christie joins us from RBG to show how we can appreciate the outdoors by creating our own “sit […]

  • Imagination Station

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    Age / Grade 12-14 / Grades 7-8 14-18 / Grades 9+

    Sarah joins us with Bones of Ruin, the first in a trilogy set in an alternate 1880s London,  featuring an […]

  • Nature Tales

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    Blooms Stage

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    Sponsored by: You know him from TV’s Survivorman series, now let’s experience nature with Les as he presents his latest […]

  • Main Event

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    Jerseyville Stage

    Age / Grade 12-14 / Grades 7-8 14-18 / Grades 9+

    Susin shares the story of how she became a writer and gives us a preview of her latest novel, Tremendous […]

  • Main Event

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    Bandstand Stage

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    Sponsored by… Thomas shares his recollection of what inspired him to write Borders. Written in 1993, the short story about […]

  • Main Event

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    Jerseyville Stage

    Age / Grade 12-14 / Grades 7-8 14-18 / Grades 9+

    Tell Me When You Feel Something, Is Vicki Grant’s latest Y.A. thriller. She joins us to answer questions about the […]

  • Main Event

    Virtual Event

    Age / Grade 12-14 / Grades 7-8 14-18 / Grades 9+

    This session is for teens and adults who have dreams of publishing their own children’s book. We are going to learn from authors and illustrators who have just been published, others that are well established and some who work in the industry.

  • Imagination Station

    Virtual Event

    Age / Grade 12-14 / Grades 7-8 14-18 / Grades 9+

    Join Tanaz Bhathena, Hamilton Youth Poets and Josh Taylor if you’re interested in becoming a writer. We’ll learn about creating and telling stories using different methods like slam poetry and rap! Join our friends at the Art Gallery of Burlington to learn more about self publishing your own book.

  • Nature Tales

    Virtual Event

    Age / Grade 4-6 / Kindergarten 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Join Suzanne Del Rizzo, Patricia Storms, Andrea Curtis, Ladybird Fancypants and Mr. Ben to learn about what we might find when we look up, down and all around us! Explore a forest in the city and sing a song about slowing down and looking around. We’ll have a look at some amazing sculptures at the RBG and make a cool craft with our friends at the Art Gallery of Burlington, using objects from nature.

  • Main Event

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    Age / Grade 4-6 / Kindergarten 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Join Aimee Reid, Anoosha Syed, Naseem Hrab, Charlene Chua, Sherry Lee, My Friend Christopher and Annie Weber as we explore neighbourhoods, talk about families and friendships. Our friends from the AGH will also help us create a very special piece of art.

  • Imagination Station

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    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    Join Jennifer Maruno and Sylvia McNicoll to learn some writing tips from the masters of mystery! We’ll learn how to structure a story and how to imagine and describe historical settings in which our characters can interact.

  • Imagination Station

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    Age / Grade 4-6 / Kindergarten 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    We're excited to welcome, Ainara as Telling Tales’ new Junior Ambassador. Starting this month she’ll be hosting interviews with BIPOC authors which will focus on Ainara's “One Big Question”.

  • Imagination Station

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    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    Join Jason “Hachey The MouthPEACE,” a world class beatboxer from Hamilton to learn some cool vocal tricks. Every sound in […]

  • Imagination Station

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    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6 12-14 / Grades 7-8

    Join Tara Bursey, Associate Educator at the Art Gallery of Burlington, as she shares information about the origin of zines, […]

  • Imagination Station

    Virtual Event

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    A brand new, never-been-seen-before Imagination Station workshop presented by author Joel A. Sutherland... “Cut to the Chase: How to Write Pulse Pounding Fiction”. During this workshop Joel will focus on writing thrilling scenes and his top five writing tips!

  • Main Event

    Virtual Event

    Age / Grade 4-6 / Kindergarten 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Join with us as we explore the themes of kindness and caring with our host Josh Taylor and his very special guests Monique Gray Smith, Ruth Ohi & Ted Staunton, Lana Button, Maika Harper, Gabe Crimelli, My Friend Christopher and crafting with Westfield.

  • Nature Tales

    Virtual Event

    Age / Grade 4-6 / Kindergarten 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Join Jess Keating, Etienna Moostoos-Lafferty & Joanne Robertson, Kate Moss Gamblin, Mr. Ben, and the White Pine Dancers to hear about all the ways we need to take care of our water and the land surrounding it! Visit the RBG to meet Salvadore, the Cart-Painted turtle. Participate in a fun water craft with our friends at the Art Gallery of Burlington.

  • Main Event

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    Bandstand Stage

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    Laura Ellis shows how we create characters through Action Packed Acting. She’ll introduce us to the first steps we take […]

  • Imagination Station

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    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    WATCH ON DEMAND Join Tory Woollcott as she walks you through four steps of making a comic. What's a comic? Drawing all things Playing with colour and sequence Bringing it all together

  • Imagination Station

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    Age / Grade 4-6 / Kindergarten 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Join Ruth Ohi, Paul Covello, and Charlene Chua to learn about drawing. We’ll get some tips on how to draw different types of animals and sing a song that will inspire us to draw some winter pictures!

  • Imagination Station

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    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    Join Joel Sutherland and Angela Misri to learn how to write scary stories! We’ll learn from the best---including an author and librarian who hunts ghosts at night. Watch today’s episode to listen to some beatboxing and make a bat craft.

  • Main Event

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    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    Join Jess Keating, Josh Taylor, Kevin Sylvester, Ted & Will Staunton, Elizabeth MacLeod and Ishta Mercurio as they talk about science, technology and fabulous facts! Take a visit to the apothecary at Westfield Heritage Village, and sing along with the Hamilton Children’s Choir. We’ll play with slime, ward off evil geniuses, discover some strange Canadian inventions and learn about a true Canadian hero.

  • Main Event

    Virtual Event

    Age / Grade 4-6 / Kindergarten 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Join Canadian children's authors Deborah Kerbel, Andrew Larsen, Sarabeth Holden, Paul Covello, Vikki VanSickle, also with special guests My Friend Christopher and Simon Frank for a virtual storytelling picnic.

  • Main Event

    Virtual Event

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    Join Kathy Kacer, Alisa Siegel and Krista McNaughton to hear about family stories---and about families who have had to leave home in search of a new one! Sing a song with the Hamilton Children’s Choir, watch two original compositions from members of the Hamilton Youth Poets and join us for some storytelling improv

  • Main Event

    Virtual Event

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6 12-14 / Grades 7-8 14-18 / Grades 9+

    Join Kevin Sylvester (Moderator), Kenneth Oppel, Jonathan Auxier, Sylv Chiang, Hamilton Children’s Choir and Krista McNaughton to explore the twists and turns of storytelling! Give the art of improv a try, use your voice to make sound effects to set the mood for a suspenseful story, and participate in a writing contest for the chance to win a prize!