Voyageur Storytelling in Ontario, Canada: Home of the Leacock Re-Tour
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of the Literary and Musical Kind

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Voyageur Storytelling

Leslie Robbins-Conway and Paul Conway

located in Northern Bruce Peninsula

(Ontario, Canada)

This year weaving Garlands of Mariposies

and Unsolved Riddles across western Canada

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Revised May 4th, 2017

Leslie and Paul contemplating

"My Discovery of the West" —

for Stephen Leacock a First Discovery

for us a Re-Discovery after long familiarity

photo by Karen Bell 2016

You are now about to enter the Home of

Stephen Leacock's "My Discovery of the West"

Re-Tour 2017

A Canadian Sesquicentennial Celebration

More good food, good listening and good company

but in different forms and places

Stephen Leacock toured from

Port Arthur-Fort William (Thunder Bay) to Victoria

November 1936 to January 1937

We will Re-Tour from Orillia to Victoria

October 20th to November 28th 2017

The Leacock Project



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For events in each Port of Call see table of links immediately below.

The Re-Tour in 2017


October 11-15

Orillia (Launch)

October 20-21

Thunder Bay

October 23-24

Sioux Lookout

October 25


October 26-29


October 31-November 2


November 3-6


November 7-10


November 11-13

Medicine Hat

November 14-15


November 18-20, 26-28


November 21-25

What is the


What You Could Hear
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Outlining Stephen Leacock's 1936 Tour which we are re-tracing

The Concerts and Prgrammes we will bring with us

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Exploring Conundropia

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Leacock Project

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Partial Explanations

(for more detail see the pages whirligigged above)

Why a Tour?

During all those years (2001-2016) when we were hosting Country Supper Storytelling Concerts we dreamed of touring. We even did some of it — in Grey-Bruce (the Chautauquas of 2007), in southern Ontario (the Chordelle concerts of 2008) — but other commitments got in the way, and the time to organize properly for the country-wide touring of our dreams simply was not there. Now we are ready to try again.

Our style of storytelling has always been, on the whole, quite literary and musical, using the music primarily to enhance people's enjoyment of the literary tales.

Stephen Leacock helps us enormously, because some of his works perform so well, either spoken or sung. And besides, he is a fascinating Canadian literary character: a good storyteller, and a good story.

Why Stephen Leacock?

Most people identify Stephen Leacock as a humorist closely associated with Orillia, or even living there. He was in fact a summer and Christmas-holiday resident, although abidingly fond of the place. The rest of the year he lived in Montreal, and taught at McGill.

The "humorist" part of his reputation is more problematic. He was one, famous in his day and beyond, also a political economist with a strong concern for social justice, a commentator on a wide range of public issues, and a diverse man of letters.

He set out to "Discover the West". We set out to discover him, by following his footsteps. All of them.


We will tell stories by and about Stephen Leacock, which we call "Mariposies" and "Unsolved Riddles", respectively.

We tell the great classics, and some surprises. He wrote over 1,400 pieces and lived a most interesting life, which gives lots of scope.

Leslie and Paul

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After starting as a kindergarten teacher ...

and years as a Storyteller and Producer ...

her warm and unique presence lights up ...


After starting as an econometrician ...

through careers of becoming diversity ...

way led twistingly on to way to reach ...

the Voyageur Experience

The Voyageur Experience is about to change, and this whole web site with it. What we stand for artistically, however, will not change.

What will Leslie do, when not touring?

Some knitting and quilting no doubt. Some grandmothering beyond question. The long-awaited Voyageur Storytelling cookbook perhaps. And her teaching at the synagogue in Owen Sound continues.

What will Paul do? Projects!

Writing, composing, publishing.

Building, maintaining, repairing.

Making trails, walking them, observing.

Keeping up his personal web site and blogs:,


We call ourselves "storytellers" because we tell stories. That is not all we do, and are, however.
The full form would be: We are creators and performers of fine musico-literary vocal art entertainments with a strong narrative bent.

The background image you will see frequently on this site is borrowed from Barnett Newman's Voice of Fire

now in the National Gallery, Ottawa. We like it because we are in the voice business, where fire is good.

What's a Story, in our storytelling world?

A story is a story, or a song, or a poem, or a passage, or a collage, or an anecdote, or a quick flip of words, but always itself, speaking to your self.
A concert is a bundle of stories, and its own story.
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

People have been asking for our recipes.

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Six Other Openings to Voyageur Storytelling

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Storytelling Art in Performance

Two Storytellers: Leslie and Paul

Country Supper Storytelling Concerts (and Recipes!)

House Concerts and Other Events

Our 2016 Concerts are now available in our Repertoire section, next below.
Storytelling Art in Repertoire

This Year's Concert Repertoire

Past Years

The Art of Repertoire

This section is now complete from the beginning to 2016.
Storytelling Art in Print and Other Media


Prose, Poetry, Plays, Webscripts, Artifacts

This Web Site!

Much work will be done here in 2016 and 2017.
Canadian Storytelling Exposé

Ideas and Controversies

Tellers and Groups

Festivals and Events

Data are current for Spring 2012 with a few more recent additions; we will up-date in 2014.
The Voyageur Landscape on Bruce Peninsula

One Hundred Acres: Landscape and Wordscape

Waulfing on the Waulf Course, Links and Labyrinths

A Storyteller's Geography: Sense of Place

These pages will disappear into Paul's web site.

Your Hosts: Leslie Robbins-Conway and Paul Conway

56 Brinkman's Road, R.R. 1

Miller Lake , Ontario N0H 1Z0 Canada

Tel: (519) 795-7477


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Note: if you are rambling around this site, and run into pages that don't work, or images that are missing, or broken links, or other apparent oddities or irritations, please send us an e-mail, tell us about the problem, and we'll fix it. Our apologies for any inconvenience. If you are wondering why this web site is designed the way it is, then you may be interested in our Explanation.

Voyageur Storytelling 2017

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