Un (told) Series Act THREE: DISASTERS

Un(told) Series: A monthly Ottawa event featuring original stories told live

KateBenLizKimAmazonrachelmaxMaria From rock climbing adventures in the Adirondacks, to Grandma’s “fucking shoes right up”,  to eye patches and bonehead boyfriends, to revisiting the fall of Saigon, to 600 pounds of pure motorcycle break down, to Calgary’s catastrophic flood, to getting  covered in your cousins pee, and finally being introduced to the inner workings of an over accomplished douche, the new un (told) story tellers  (captured above)– put on by the Ottawa Story Tellers (OST) – took the audience down quite a exclusive path.

Disaster was the theme of this weeks un (told) series and although we all learned that a good disaster tale can be genuinely entertaining, we also all learned that it can be subversively profound and strangely relatable.

If you were unable to make it, or you were able to make it but would like a quick recap of the “disastrous” details you’re in luck. Our team recorded some of the details from the show and posted it here just for you.

1. Want to know where all the disastrous magic happened? Daily Grind

We were located at the Daily Grind: an art café where you can purchase anything from fresh-squeezed juice and Loose-leaf Teas to full-fledged breakfasts and dinners. Oh and did we mention everything at the Daily Grind is 100% gluten free with a selection of vegetarian and vegan treats as well? Can I get a HECK YES?

2. Want to know who hosted the “disastrous” evening? Ruthanne

None other than Ruthanne Edward; a professional story teller, story slam master and vintage fashion enthsiast.

3. Want to know more a little bit more about the disaster tales? KateScreen Shot 2014-05-04 at 11.18.53 PM BenScreen Shot 2014-05-06 at 8.11.05 AM LizScreen Shot 2014-05-04 at 11.40.15 PM KimScreen Shot 2014-05-06 at 8.33.34 AM AmazonScreen Shot 2014-05-06 at 8.39.01 AM rachel Screen Shot 2014-05-06 at 11.15.17 PM maxScreen Shot 2014-05-06 at 11.30.37 PM MariaScreen Shot 2014-05-07 at 12.14.34 AM

 

4. Care to see what 30% of the audience looked like all blurry and disaster faced?Audience

You’re in luck. I captured this beauty just for you… I would say approximately 30% of the blurry audience is represented here. You will just have to come to the next event if you are interested in seeing the other 70% (Note to other 70% please return)

CLOSING OFF… UNTIL NEXT TIME THAT IS

Well gang, what a series this was. Thanks for everyone coming out and a big thanks to all the story tellers who shared their disaster stories with us this evening. I can honestly say I feel a tad more tethered to you all now.

If you want to catch our next show we’ll be back at the Daily Grind on May 26th at 8:00. The theme will be THIRD BASE and we hope to see to there!

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This month’s story has been TOLD,

Sincerely,

Ottawa Storytellers,

Un (told) Series

P.S If I have misspelled anyones name I apologize, I just go with  what comes to me. Feel free to comment or send me a message if you would like anything changed!

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Un (told) Series Act Two: UNDERDOGS

Un(told) Series: A monthly Ottawa event featuring original stories told live From a paranoid dog, over to a Jam-Jamboree, through three sets of hurdles and on route to St. John’s just in time to meet a blind lamb survivor named Hattie, the new un (told) story series – put on by the Ottawa Story Tellers (OST) – took the audience on quite a journey. The theme of the night was underdogs and everything you have read up until now took place on stage the night of March 24, 2014 at the Daily Grind. If you were unable to make it, or you were able to make it but would like a quick recap of the night you’re in luck. Our team recorded some of the magic from the show and posted it here just for you.

SETTING THE STAGE Setting the stage for a good story night is key. It requires:

1. A Great Space Daily Grind We were located at the Daily Grind: an art café where you can purchase anything from lattes and beers to full-fledged breakfasts and dinners. Oh and did we mention the Daily Grind also bakes their own bread with locally milled natural flours. Can I get a whoop whoop?

2. A Great Host We had an incredibly entertaining and witty host for the evening who goes by the name of Ruthanne Edward. As you can probably tell, Ruthanne is not afraid to take things literally…. literally. Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 9.57.51 PM 3. An eclectic group of listeners AudienceCheck out these listeners… a story is nothing without listeners! OUR JOURNEY As was mentioned above, our audience members went on quite a journey thanks to five volunteer storytellers who made the night possible by sharing with us their best UNDERDOG stories. From paranoid dogs to blind survivor lambs, the night went a little something like this:

Story: Willow, my crazy collie & Storyteller: Ruthanne Edward

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Our host started the night off with quite a “trip” and by the end of said “trip” we were fairly confident that the participants walked away with a new found piece of advice and that was this: When throwing away your special brownies – in those rare cases where throwing out brownies is understandable – make sure to ensure you throw them someplace your dog can’t get into them. Unless that is you are up for leading a paranoid dog therapy session.

Story: Jam- Jamboree & Storyteller: Amazon SyrenST Amazon

Amazon Syren was up next. Her underdog story reminded us to never live an incompetent life as a result of someone else’s ego… even if it means taking on Mrs. Phillips, the English teacher, in the annual jam-jamboree.

Story: Because there was no chess club & Storyteller: Kate HuntST Kate

Kate Hunt took one for the team and shared an embarrassing, but incredibly endearing story about how she tried to make hurdles her portal to fitting in during grade school. You go girl – love MOM.

Story: Didn’t get my grant, how will I drink this year? & Storyteller: Glen Nuotio

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Glen’s tale transported us all the way over to St. Johns as he revisited a night he had at the Ol’ Ship Inn. What happens in St. John’s stays in St. John’s, right Glen? Well what if it involves stealing Jan Arden’s birthday cake… then what?

 Story: The unfortunate tale of Maggot head Hattie & Storyteller: Caitlyn Paxson

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Caitlyn (the artistic director of OST) was nice enough to let most of us finish eating our treats from the Daily Grind before closing the night with an unsettling yet reassuring story about a blind lamb named Hattie. A story that started with a dream of becoming a shepherdess suddenly transformed into a nightmare involving a blind lamb named Hattie and some maggots. But don’t worry, thanks to a new FB page that features top monthly lambs, Caitlyn has recently discovered that little Hattie is still kickin’ (and apparently winning awards!).

CLOSING OFF… UNTIL NEXT TIME THAT IS

From paranoid dogs all the way to blind survivor lambs, I think it is safe to say that the audience left the second un(told) series evening cheering for the underdog; the paranoid underdog, the jamboree underdog, the hurdling underdog, the Jan Arden cake thief underdog, and of course the little lamb Hattie underdog. Thanks for everyone who made the journey possible; the tellers, the audience, the great staff at the Daily Grind, and of course OST for hosting.

If you want to catch our next show we’ll be back at the Daily Grind on April 28th at 8:00. The theme will be DISASTERS and we hope to see to there! That's all folkds This month’s story has been TOLD,

Sincerely,

Ottawa Storytellers,

Un (told) Series

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The first (un)told open mic!

Our first ever (un)told open mic took place on February 24, 2014 at the Daily Grind! The theme was “firsts” and we had some really great stories!

Our charming host, Ruthanne Edward, sharing anonymous “firsts”…

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Lukayo Estrella tells a tale that explains how gender is like bamboo…

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Adam Casey recalls a brush with the law…

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Happy listeners…

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Check back soon for video of a few of the stories!

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