Monday 2 November 2009

NL Storyteller featured artist in ArtsSmarts annual report

ArtsSmarts is a dynamic approach to teaching, learning, doing and thinking that has been changing the lives of students, artists, educators, and entire schools and communities since 1998. ArtsSmarts generates and sustains innovative school partnerships centred around the arts to push the boundaries of learning, redefine the environment of schooling and re-imagine student success.

I've been involved with a storytelling ArtsSmarts project at Holy Cross Elementary, with fellow storyteller Mary Fearon, for the past 3 years, and for the 2008-2009 ArtsSmarts Annual Report, I was chosen as the featured artist! How cool is that?

Download the excerpt here:

Or the full ArtsSmarts annual report here:

Monday 10 August 2009

Dale Jarvis on the Voices of the Past Podcast

According to its website, "The purpose of the Voices of the Past netcast, podcast and accompanying website is to help inspire the advancement of heritage values in our society using the new form of communication called social media."

Director Jeff Guin writes: "With Voices of the Past, you will find a new type of journalism using the heritage preservation community as its focus. It retains the news gathering techniques and production values of traditional media as familiarized by six o’clock television news programs across the country. But it also integrates social media tools to help viewers understand how to communicate heritage values in the new Web 2.0 world."

This week, your friendly neighbourhood folklorist, Dale Jarvis, is the featured guest on the podcast, talking about how he uses social media for intangible culture heritage work and for storytelling.

Read the transcript at:

or go directly to the MP3 at:

Saturday 1 August 2009

Call For Proposals: July 2010 Storytelling Conference

Call for Proposals
International Perspectives on the Art and Tradition of Storytelling
Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada National Conference and AGM
Wednesday, July 28 to Sunday, August 1, 2010
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada

Join the Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada for a 5 day conference as part of the 400th anniversary of English settlement on the much-storied island of Newfoundland, with workshops, professional development, concerts, tours, story slam, and international symposium.
The 2010 Conference Planning Committee invites you to submit proposals for consideration in the following two categories:
1. Professional Development Workshop
2. Panel Discussion Participants

1. Professional Development Workshops (90 minutes)
Attendees at the 2009 SCCC conference listed workshops on Collecting Oral History, Newfoundland and Labrador Ballads, Stories behind the Storyteller (life stories and practical experiences of storytellers), Vocal Warmups, Storytelling and the Internet, and Storytelling in Education as their top choices for workshops for 2010. Other topics identified included Mask and/or Clown, Storytelling Techniques, Grant Writing, Press Release Writing, Stories with Music, Critiquing, Researching Stories, and Body/Movement workshops. The committee will be looking for innovative approaches, hands-on practical workshops for storytellers at different levels of their careers and workshops that will help tellers with the business of storytelling: addressing marketing, technology, and other tools for working storytellers.

Who May Apply:
We welcome proposal submissions from anyone. Presenter does not need to be a member of Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada(SC-CC). Non-members are strongly encouraged to join SC-CC if their proposal is accepted. Workshops will be funded to a total of $300 per workshop, and presenters are responsible for their own travel, accommodation, and conference registration costs.

2. Panel participants - International Perspectives on the Art and Tradition of Storytelling
As part of the 2010 Conference, one day will be devoted to panel presentations on international perspectives on the art and tradition of storytelling. The morning will focus on the oral tradition of storytelling, while the afternoon will focus on contemporary performance, art and use. We are seeking representatives of national, regional, state, or provincial storytelling organizations and academic programs who would be willing to address issues of current focus or concern to their organizations or areas.

Who May Apply:
We welcome proposal submissions from anyone, though official representatives of established groups are preferred. Presenter does not need to be a member of Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada(SC-CC). Non-members are strongly encouraged to join SC-CC if their proposal is accepted. Panel participants will be given an honorarium of $50, and participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation, and conference registration costs.

Please include • a one-two paragraph description of your proposal
• a copy of your recent CV or artists profile
• complete mail, telephone and email contact information

Send to:
Deadline for submissions is September 30, 2009. Only successful applicants will be contacted, by mid November.

Tuesday 14 July 2009

Ghost Story Panel: Coast to Coast Ghosts

John Adams (Victoria, British Columbia) and Pearl Ann Gooding (Wainwright, Alberta) join host Dale Jarvis (St. John's, Newfoundland) for a spirited discussion, recorded live in front of an audience of storytellers and lovers of a good spooky tale on Friday, 10 July, 2009, at the Storytellers of Canada - Conteurs du Canada 17th Annual Conference in Victoria, BC. All of these fine storytellers specialize in collecting and sharing true ghost stories; and both John and Dale have published some of their tales.

John Adams founded a company that conducts ghost and history walks in the City of Victoria. He is an excellent speaker and is at home in both formal and informal settings. His natural, lively, humorous and clear style makes his stories a memorable experience.

Pearl-Ann Gooding has been telling stories and recognized professionally since 1995. She travels extensively telling stories and teaching seminars on a variety of storytelling related subjects nationwide. Pearl-Ann runs the Wainwright Haunted Hike, and also has received grants from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts for support on a storytelling project for her hometown's 100th birthday, "A Walk Of Heroes."

Host and moderator Dale Jarvis is a performer who has been telling stories since 1992. Dale is the owner of the St. John's Haunted Hike in St. John's, Newfoundland, and has been running the popular ghost tour since 1997.

Streaming Audio:

Download the mp3 at:

Friday 15 May 2009

Toronto Festival of Storytelling Podcast

Rachel James of radio station CIUT interviews three storytellers as part of the Toronto Festival of Storytelling, 2009: Howard Kaplan, Dale Jarvis, and Kathy Jessup. Howard Kaplan is a storyteller, musician and webmaster for 1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling in Toronto. Dale Gilbert Jarvis is a storyteller, author and folklorist living and working in St. John's, Newfoundland. Kathy Jessup of Edmonton spent ten years as a broadcast journalist with CBC radio, before deciding to explore her "closet passion": writing and telling children's stories.

CIUT 89.5 FM is Toronto's preeminent, listener-supported presenter of leading-edge music and spoken-word programming since 1966. Firmly rooted in the University of Toronto community, CIUT's programming reaches and represents the community at large and encompasses a wide panorama of styles and expressions.

Download the podcast here.

Thursday 5 March 2009

Town Cat and Country Mouse... in Clarenville!

On the evening of Wednesday, March 4th, I was invited to give an address on intangible cultural heritage for the Clarenville Heritage Society’s annual general meeting. I started off with a folktale about names and naming that I had learned from a past resident of the area, and spoke on the folklore of naming and some of the possible origins of the name “Clarenville” itself.

You can listen to the folktale "Town Cat and Country Mouse" and the rest of the address here.

Saturday 31 January 2009

Storytelling in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador


Storytelling is an art. One that won't be lost if Dale Jarvis can help it. He's a storyteller who's touring schools in Labrador. It's part of the School Outreach Program with the St. John's Storytelling Festival. Each year it sends storytellers to different schools in the province. Queen Of Peace Middle School was one of them. Reporter Tara McLean dropped by for a session with Dale Jarvis, earlier this week.

→ Click here to listen to the CBC podcast

Monday 5 January 2009

Notes from the Fairy Path: The Woodcutter

What follows is a bit of an experiment! I've been toying with the idea of recording some short little local fairy stories, on the sites where they happened. This is the first attempt, using a little story from North River, Conception Bay, and told on an old, overgrown and little used path that leads down to North River itself.