And so the story ends…

So just to be official:

Due to low-turnouts, the Slamtastique Story Slam is going to be going to sleep for now. Over the past five years, we’ve had some really great storytellers come out and share their tales with us. It’s been an incredible experience, but for some very practical reasons, we need to put this project on the backburner.

Thanks to everyone who supported this idea, shared their stories, lent us their ears, and helped me manage the whole thing (like timing the tellers (Susan Patrick!), collecting the money, and judging the tellers (Erika Wood).

But this is not the end! Like all good stories of transformation, we’ll be trying something new. Teaming up with Cafe Mariposa, we’re putting together a new show that features the best in stories and poetry, all within the comfort of the Mariposa.

Stay tuned to this website to find out more!

December: Poetry and Prose

Mariposa…le Café
5434 Cote St-Luc rd.,
Montreal, Quebec H3X 2C5
December 14th 2015, 7pm
Facebook Event

An evening of poetry and prose by some of Montreal’s best spoken word artists, hosted by storyteller JD “Hobbes” Hickey.

* JD “Hobbes” Hickey
* Hannah Franklin
* Selina Eisenberg
* Open mic

Unlike the Story Slam, the evening will feature poetry and stories and, although people are encouraged to perform their pieces from memory, their pieces can be read aloud. There is no competition: only an evening of art shared.

November 2015 Story Slam: Never Forget

Join us at Cafe Mariposa for an evening of awesome storytelling!

Tuesday, November 24 at 6:30pm
Mariposa…le Café
5434 Cote St-Luc rd.,
Montreal, Quebec H3X 2C5
Facebook event

For the month of Remembrance Day, the theme is NEVER FORGET. That doesn’t mean the stories have to be about Remembrance Day though: interpret the theme as you see fit. They could be about your first kiss, about some great adventure you had, or just a story that haunts your dreams. Be creative! You’re not obligated to stick to the theme, but you might get extra points if you do!

We’ve got room for 8 tellers. Who has a story to share? Remember that people who sign up early get the choice of an extra minute or an extra point!

Teller #1: TBA
Teller #2: TBA
Teller #3: TBA
Teller #4: TBA
Teller #5: TBA
Teller #6: TBA
Teller #7: TBA
Teller #8: TBA

Intercultural Festival Slam!

Exciting News: The Slamtastique Story Slam has been invited to take part in the 2015 edition of the Festival interculturel du conte du Québec ! Storytellers from all over Canada and abroad will be in attendance, so be sure to witness the most intercultural story slam ever! Visit the Facebook event

The Slamtastique Story Slam is the final event of this festival, so be sure to take in all the other events that precede it! You can learn more about this event at:

Exceptionally, October’s slam will be on a Sunday.

Sunday, October 25th
6:30pm – 9:00pm
Mariposa le Café
5434 Cote St-Luc rd.
Montreal, Quebec H3X 2C5

New Slamtastique 2015-2016 Season

The summer is just about done and it’s been a doozy! I’m sure you’ve all had great adventures, lived many stories, and you’re dying to tell us all about it.

The new Slamtastique season is just about to get started, so you need to join us on September 22nd for the first one! The theme is (predictably): HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION.

Are you on Facebook? Check out the event here.

We’ve already got two tellers signed up, but we have room for 6 more. How did you spent your summer vacation and are you allowed to tell us about it?

Slamtastique Story Slam
September 22nd, 2015, 6:30pm
Cafe Mariposa
5434 Cote St. Luc rd (metro Villa Maria)

Also, don’t forget that Slamtastique will be the last event at the Festival Interculturel du Conte du Québec 2015 (Facebook/Website). Storytellers from all over will be there. It is NOT to be missed!

Awesome show in February!

Congratulations to Kym Dominique-Ferguson for winning the February edition of the Slamtastique Story Slam! It was a perfect evening at our new location (Cafe Mariposa). We had six tellers, we were wooed by the dulcet tones of Sam Cave, and we had a surprise story at the end!

Next Story Slam is scheduled for March 25th, so don’t miss it!




Wednesday, February 18
6:30pm – 9:00pm

Cafe Mariposa
5434, Cote St-Luc
Montreal, Quebec
metro Villa-Maria


Join us at our new location at Cafe Mariposa for an evening of awesome storytelling!
Facebook Event

We’ve got room for 8 tellers. Who has a story to share? Remember that people who sign up early get the choice of an extra minute or an extra point!

Teller #1: Nancy Martel
Teller #2: Kym Dominique-Ferguson
Teller #3: Greg Stroll
Teller #4: Vivekanand Ian Gurudata
Teller #5: Laurent Castellucci
Teller #6: Katharine Childs
Teller #7: Magali Potvin Desjardins
Teller #8: TBA


New Story Slam in October!


We now have the dates for the 2014-2015 Slamtastique Season!

This year, we’re going to change the format a little bit. Instead of having 8 Slams during the year, we’re going to have one Slam per season, which works out to be 4 Slams. Here are the dates:

* October 16th, 2014 (Facebook event)
* January 15th, 2015 (Facebook event)
* April 16th, 2015
* July 16th, 2015

We’re still at Shaika Cafe in NDG (Red Velvet Cupcakes!), but we’re moving the Slam to Thursday nights, 7pm to 9pm.

April 2014 Feast of Fools

Facebook Event

March Madness was Mad!

We had a show last night and it was great! Thanks to everyone who made it out to the show and who promised to return in the following month. And you really need to come to April’s show because it will feature Ottawa’s Mad Teller: Ron Langton!

Because a few people asked about it, here are the details about the St. Patrick’s Day Concert I’m hosting this coming Sunday (March 16th, 2014):

Driving out the Snakes II: A St Patrick’s Day Celebration

Resto Griffintown
1378 rue Notre-Dame Ouest,
Montreal, Quebec H3C

Doors open at 3:00pm
Show begins at 4:00pm
$10 admission for adults
$5 admission for children
Facebook Event
Contact Aine Doan at

For the second year in a row, we are inviting you all to join us in driving out the snakes. The event will be MC’d by acclaimed local seanchaí John David Hickey. With live music by two wonderful Celtic folk bands, The Mudlarks and The Bombadils, and a performance of Irish dance by Richard Chalut, this is a celebration that is not to be missed!

—- About the Mudlarks:

The Mudlarks are a brood of misfits spawned in the ooze of the River Thames. They concoct a delicious musical stew drawing ingredients from traditional British Isles sources and a corpus of original work.

Ben’s original compositions draw their inspiriation from local history, including: the adventures of Quebec-bound immigrants who braved the perilous sea-crossings, the bitter memories of survivors of World War II’s Dieppe, and a moving interpretation of the Stan Rogers classic Barrett’s Privateers.

—- About the Bombadils:

The Bombadils are a “charismatic and kind-hearted bunch of rascals.” Their music features a bluegrass and Celtic-inspired voice that combines soaring melodic lines, tight rhythmic energy, and a decidedly contemporary sound.

Since the release of their first album, “Fill Your Boots!,” this band of four musicians have wandered cross-continent, performing in canoes on the Tobique River, skiing in the mountains of Sierra Nevada, and riding the VIA rails. They look forward to performing these songs, as well as a number of Irish classics, for this year’s mighty St. Paddy’s day celebration in Montreal.