Monday, May 22, 2017

WTF Karma

WTF: What the Folk 

Unplugged open mic

Friday, May 26, 2017 

7-9 pm (6:30 seating)

Spencer House

5596 Morris Strett, Halifax

"What goes around... comes around"

One of the most interesting concepts that we all stumble across in our lives sooner or later is that of KARMA. In fact, Karma is such an important teaching tool that it features in many of the world's major religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism and Taoism. 

*Karma essentially means that this happened because that happened. 
In other words... karma is the law of cause and effect. 
Karma can also be neatly defined through Newton's third law: 
every action has an equal or opposite reaction.

Join Guest Host JIM SMITH as we sing songs and tell stories wherein the protagonists get what they give. If they're mean... they get bad karma ~ bad things willhappen. If they're kindly and nice... they get good karma ~ good things willhappen. You might also want to consider songs or stories wherein karma is deserved but has not yet been doled out. And if you are completely stumped... you can always go with songs and stories featuring cars and/or dear old ma.

According to the great philosopher Mick Jagger...

 "You can't always get what you want but... if you try sometimes... you might find you get what you need." 


No need for revenge.

Just sit back & wait. 

Those who hurt you 

will eventually screw up 


& if you are lucky... 

God will let you watch.

courtesy of

Xo Margo

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WTF! is an artistic outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. 
Now in its 8th year, WTF!
 is primarily an acoustic unplugged open-mike session for performers of all ages in the traditional & folk music vein... singers, instrumentalists and storytellers in particular.

Co-hosted by the ever-jovial Cindy Campbell-Stone & Margo Carruthers with occasional guest hosts, WTF!
meets every second and fourth Friday of the month at Spencer House Community Centre, 5596 Morris Street in Halifax where sing-a-longs are known to spontaneously erupt and laughter is always a given. 

Come anytime after 6:30pm. Entertainment starts around 7:00
 and goes until 9:00ish. As always... admission is by free-will donation 
towards the Society's work. All proceeds from the sale of baked goods and beverages from the Spencer House kitchen will go to help support the operation of Spencer House.

Parking is available on site behind the building after 6:00pm, and on some of the neighbouring streets. Avoid areas displaying Permit Parking signs.

Helen Creighton, Folklorist

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Storytellers Circle of Halifax - Tales of the Night Manager with Pat Dickson

As night manager of a downtown Halifax hotel, Pat Dickson met them all: 
...the good, the bad and the ugly, the brides and bridezillas, the barber shoppers, the naked men, the drunks, the gamblers, the hookers and the boas.  And the strange questions!  Pat survived them all and will tell you all about them. Her lips are not sealed. 

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Tales of Heart, Hope, and Humour - Jun 3

Best open mic in town!

WTF:What the Folk-unplugged open mic.
The second and fourth Friday of every month.
At 7pm (6:30 seating)
Spencer House
5596 Morris Street
Cost: Free Will Donation toward the Helen Creighton Folklore Society's work.

Folksongs, Folktales, Folklore

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Storytellers Circle of Halifax presents "Drumsong Stories"

The Storytellers Circle of Halifax presents "Drumsong Stories"
Featured teller: Joanna Jarvis, accompanied by her husband Pat, African Drum Carver/Drummer
Followed by Open Mic (10 min stories)
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Spencer House, 5596 Morris Street, Halifax
Free admittance - donations will be gathered.
Stories begin at 7PM but come early and enjoy homemade treats and coffee/tea.
For further information phone Pat Dickson, 902-434-6055

Joanna Jarvis is originally from Ottawa and moved to Nova Scotia in 2007. 
She is a Professional Storyteller, part-time Library Clerk at the Digby Library, a member of the Storytellers Circle of Halifax,  Storytellers of Canada,  and founder of the Weymouth Storytellers Circle (Unfortunately on hiatus due to time constraints).  Combining music, singing and puppetry Joanna delights in spinning original stories, folk tales, historical, humorous,  mysterious and chilling tales for schools, seniors, fund raisers, churches and other venues. She also provides storytelling workshops.  Together with her husband Pat Jarvis( African Drum Carver/Drummer) she tells Drumsong Stories as well as performing drumming or assisting him with Drum Workshops.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Storytellers Circle presents Liz Newkirk April 20, 2016

Please note  this is a departure from our our regular 2nd Thursday of the month
because of the way Easter falls this year. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Storytelling Workshop - Book Your Spot!

Storytelling Workshop

Professional Storytellers in partnership with the Storytellers Circle of Halifax

The Storytellers Circle of Halifax strives to preserve the long established tradition of storytelling in Nova Scotia. It promotes the art of oral storytelling by nurturing and inspiring both seasoned and novice tellers, and by providing opportunities for tellers and listeners of all ages, cultures, and communities to come together to share and experience the power of stories.

Workshop:  A Touch of Magic:  The Art of Telling Folktales

This 4-hour workshop is designed for those who have had some experience telling tales in the oral tradition and would like to discover more about telling folktales, wonder tales, legends, myths, etc. 
As a participant, you will have the opportunity to 

explore the rationale for including folktales and world tales in your storytelling repertoire

learn how to select the “perfect” tale for teller, audience, and occasion

become aware of cultural sensitivity in telling world tales

develop skills to enrich and enhance your storytelling through full use of the imagination and the senses in both mastering and presenting your tale

refine and polish your presentation through awareness of such elements as gesture, intonation, facial expression, and movement

Please note:  The last two topics will develop skills of use in telling any type of tale (personal, family, historical, etc.)

Participants should bring a prepared five-minute tale to share.

Sunday, March 12         1:00-5:00p.m.     Spencer House, 5596 Morris St., Halifax  
$65 for non-members
$60 for Storytellers Circle of Halifax members

Presenter:  Liz Newkirk  

To reserve your place, or for more information, contact Liz Newkirk 
902 477-1474    or

Please register on or before: Wednesday, March 8

Liz is an experienced , professional storyteller and workshop presenter. She is a member of the Storytellers Circle of Halifax and Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada. She firmly believes everyone has a story to tell, and everyone can tell a story!