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But That's Another Story

monthly storytelling series comes to free times cafe

Next show:
December 1, 2019


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)



NOVEMBER 3, 2019

The monthly showcase of the best of Toronto tellers returns with stories “By Women, About Women and For Women”… and men. 


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

  • Jean Bubba

  • Nat Charles

  • Alex Dallas

  • Debbie Fein-Goldbach

  • Tracey Erin Smith

  • and Emily Poulin

November Tellers:

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Jean loves to tell the “old stories”:  wonder tales, epic and ancient legends, literary and biblical narratives that provoke the spirit and light a path for our lives.  She frequently presents at the 1001 Nights of Storytelling and at the Bach Vespers at Church of the Redeemer. 


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Natasha Charles’ first storytelling performance was at 6 years old, recounting Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox to her mom. Entering the realm of the Toronto Storytelling scene in 2014, she learnt the storytelling art by listening to the top storytellers in this community. Her varied cache of stories includes fairy-tales, myths, and tales from both living and dead cultures. She is especially drawn to dark twisted tales with inhabitants who exist in the gloomy realms of our worst nightmares. And cats, cats are generally running through her story choice. You can find her in the Storytelling Toronto directory.


Alex Dallas is a founder member of Sensible Footwear, a women’s comedy troupe that was touring world wide for 20 years . She then performed and wrote 3 one woman shows which toured internationally and to the Edinburgh Fringe . Horseface, her latest written as a her response to #Me Too got rave reviews at the Toronto Fringe 2019. Alex is a voice over artist of commercials , audio books and video games . She plays Queen Victoria in Assassin’s Creed and having performed at more than 150 Fringes is known as Queen of the Fringe.


Debbie Fein-Goldbach grew up in a family of storytellers but for many years she told stories only on the page, writing for magazines, newspapers and film. Since discovering Toronto’s prolific live storytelling community she has delighted in sharing her stories on stages such as High Stakes Storytelling, True Stories (Told Live), Confabulation and Raw Storytelling.


Tracey Erin Smith is an international award-winning director, solo performer and instructor. She is the Founder of and Artistic Director of SOULO Theatre in Toronto, New York City and Totnes, England. Tracey directs and performs Off-Broadway and is also the creator/director of the documentary TV series; DRAG HEALS(AmazonPrime)and She’s The Man (Air Canada). traceyerinsmith.com


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Emily Poulin is an improviser, comedian, and writer in Toronto, ON. She's a producer on the live lesbian talk show Casa Del Lesbo, and the the storytelling show Replay Storytelling. Keep up with Emily's shows on Instagram and Twitter by following @emilyrpoulin


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


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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