Latitudes Storytelling Festival

Festival 2013

June 22-23, 12:30-5:30 p.m.

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If you remember the Rheostatics and Moxy Fruvous, make sure you don't miss this year's festival! Dave Bidini, author and former front man for the Rheostatics, and Mike Ford, a founding member of Moxy Fruvous, will bring a whole new meaning to "story" this year.

Now in its eighth year, the festival is free to the public and is held in Victoria Park near Heins Avenue, on the same weekend as the K-W Multicultural Festival. Bidini is best known as a founding members of the Rheostatics, which performed its final concert in 2007. His new BidiniBand released their first album, The Land is Wild, last year. He has also authored 10 books on music, sports and Gordon Lightfoot.

Ford is known to many for his former life in the folk/rock/vaudeville Moxy Fruvous, selling over a quarter-million albums. A Juno-nominated Franco-Ontarian solo artist, he has released four acclaimed albums of Canadian history-inspired songs, toured as a swing member of The Arrogant Worms, created an ever-growing repertoire for his Canada Needs You School tours. There will also be performances by, among others:

  • The Baden Guild of Storytellers
  • The Funky Mamas
  • Andrew Too Tall Queen
  • Kevin Sylvester (Neil Flambe and the Marco Polo Murders, Gold Medal for Weird)
  • The Kitchen Situation, featuring Alice Lee Munroe, Syd Ursa and Sam Dlugokecki
  • Liv and Kris MacQueen

Don't forget the festival's Latitudes and Longitudes digital storytelling project, a downtown digital tour called Made in Kitchener: Personal Stories From Our Industrial Past. Ten sites around downtown Kitchener accessed by smart phones.

Latitudes Storytelling Festival believes in sharing stories for adults and children alike, through a variety of media, including theatre, spoken word, image, music and traditional forms.

In partnership with the KW Multicultural Festival

Online Story

Listen to a story online: Jack and the Dancing Trees, from Susie Minto (3.4 MB - requires Flash).