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But That's Another Story

monthly storytelling series comes to free times cafe

Next show:
December 1, 2019


DECEMBER 1, 2019

The monthly showcase of the best of Toronto tellers returns with stories for Celebrations!

We highly recommend you make a reservation to ensure a seat!


Hosted and co-produced by Christel Bartelse and Briane Nasimok, the evening features:

  • Sam Mullins

  • Rensia Melles

  • Eden Nameri

  • John Wing

  • Melody A Johnson

  • and a special appearance by Judy Perly

Canadian Comedy Award recipient Briane Nasimok and Canadian Comedy Award nominee Christel Bartelse have joined forces to showcase a wide array of Toronto's finest raconteurs, kicking off a monthly series "But That's Another Story" on September 8th, 2019 at 7pm at the Free Times Cafe.

Each evening will include a variety of styles (fables, indigenous tales, contemporary works, autobiographical observations, comic essays) from some of Toronto's most compelling tellers.  "But That's Another Story" will continue as part of the Free Times entertainment schedule on the first Sunday of October, November and December.

Show starts at 7pm

$10 cover (cash at the door)

Dinner reservations are highly recommended to ensure a seat.

We have been having to turn people away at the door!


Free Times Cafe

320 College Street (west of Spadina)



December Tellers:

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Sam is a two-time Canadian-Comedy-Award-winning writer and performer As a storyteller, he has contributed to This American Life, The Moth, CBC’s Definitely Not the Opera and the RISK! Podcast. His award-winning, critically-acclaimed solo shows Tinfoil Dinosaur, Weaksauce,The Untitled Sam Mullins Project and Grandma’s Dead have been performed all across North America.


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Rensia Melles started storytelling in 2017. She is a traditional storyteller who likes to tell stories that have a different take on things or an unexpected twist. Rensia is a member of the York Storytelling Guild and serves on the board of Storytelling Toronto.


In 1988, Eden Nameri accidentally signed up for a storytelling class and has been telling stories on purpose ever since. Whether telling Bible stories, Greek myths, medieval epics or Jewish folktales, she incorporates plenty of personal perspective and uncovers hidden aspects, such as queerness or the viewpoint of women. Eden often tells at the Toronto Storytelling Festival and at 1001 Friday Nights. 


John Wing is a standup comic, and a writer, based in Los Angeles.
He has appeared on The Tonight Show and America's Got Talent. 


Melody A. Johnson is an actor and creator for almost three decades. Melody originated many roles in the Canadian theatre canon and enjoyed work from the prestigious Stratford Festival to the iconic Toronto Second City mainstage. For 7 years Melody has enjoyed touring her solo show Miss Caledonia on both Canadian & UK tours. and was named Ontario Touring Artist of the Year in 2014. www.melodyjohnson.ca


One of Toronto’s most colourful and beloved Jewish food personalities. Nearly every Sunday for the last 23 years, she has hosted the “Bella, Did Ya Eat?” Sunday brunch at her restaurant Free Times Café.


Christel Bartelse is an actor, writer, producer, clown, teacher and comedian, known for her five solo shows which have toured across Canada, the US and twice to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  She is the creator of the Podcast all KIDding and cohost/coproducer of Chris and Christel’s Collection at the Peacock Pub. She’s terrible at updating her website but check her out at christelbartelse.com


Briane Nasimok is a Gemini-nominated writer, comedian, producer and the creator/performer of Fringe favourite, “Confessions of an Operatic Mute”. A current member of the Storytelling Toronto Board, his television credits range from YTV’s “Uh Oh” to MTV’s “Test Pattern”.  Briane had a previous career as a Canadian film star, which is why most people don’t know him.   He also has a website – brianenasimok.com.


NOVEMBER 3, 2019

Another SOLD OUT SHOW for his month's stories “By Women, About Women and For Women!" Thank you to everyone who came, especially those who had to sit in the back room and most of all to our lovely tellers: Tracey Erin Smith, Alex Dallas, Emily Poulin, Jean Bubba, Christel Bartelse, Natasha Charles, and Debbie Fein-Goldbach

OCTOBER 6, 2019

Another incredible show.  Thank you to all of the performers: Meryl Arbing, Steve Brinder, Donna Dudinsky, Elaine Gold, Anna Kerz, Norman Perrin & Zeb Pike.


Thanks for the great SOLD OUT turnout!

Saturday September 8th tellers L to R: Pat Bisset, Briane Nasimok, Paul Aflalo, Sarah Abusarar, Zeb Pike, Norm Reynolds, Christel Bartelse

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