About Us

Birds of a Feather started in 2013 as part of the Storyfire series at the Toronto Storytelling Festival. It was created to preserve the tradition of oral storytelling and founded by Rubena Sinha, Diana Tso, Justin Lauzon and Sang Kim. The name reflects gathering the people together at a storytelling nest, inviting both professional and amateur tellers to share stories and build community with a specific theme per storytelling event. Their stories can be spoken, danced or sung as both Rubena and Diana’s storytelling aesthetics are rooted in cultures that involve movement and music. For each storytelling event we send a call out for storytellers via email or social media, with particular themes such as, “The Greatest Gift” , “Celebration of International Women’s Day” etc. Prospective storytellers send us a three-line submission of what their story is about and we listen to their story in person or by phone and choose seven storytellers for the program. We arrange a place and time to perform, and invite the public to come and experience these stories together. The event has been pay-what-you-can, and the turnout has been on average about 20 participants at each event. We have had some events at the Toronto Storytelling Festival’s Storyfire and in the past couple of years we have a found a nest at Jumblies Theatre a community based centre whom Diana has worked with. We’ve met many wonderful storytellers from Toronto, and witnessed delightfully diverse forms of storytelling performances. In our journey, we have opened our eyes to the incredible amount of stories we all carry within us.

 


OUR TEAM

Ruby Sinha

Diana Tso

Justin Lauzon

Janeen Yusuf

Natalie Abdou