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But That's Another Story

monthly storytelling series
a Microphone on a stage under a spotlight

Festival Edition

live at TISF 2023

MAY 7, 2023

Join us for our May Edition of But That's Another Story LIVE at the 2023 Toronto International Storytelling Festival!

Take note! We're in a different venue this month, and have a later start time - Theatre Passe Muraille (Queen and Bathurst) at 8:15pm

This month’s line up features Chris Gibbs, Joanne O'Sullivan, Laurie Malabar, and Paul Aflalo.

We're excited to be sharing our proceeds this month with the Covenant House.

Tickets are $20 online or at the door. 

Hosted by

Christel Barelse and Briane Nasimok

Show: Sunday, May 7, 2023; Doors @ 08:00 PM, Show @ 8:15 PM

Theatre Passe Muraille - 16 Ryerson (1 block north east of Queen and Bathurst)


But That's Another Story is a (formerly monthly, now bi-monthly) storytelling event to bring people together during these challenging times.

Canadian Comedy Award recipient Briane Nasimok and 99-Second Story Slam Grand Champion Christel Bartelse have joined forces to showcase a wide array of Toronto's finest raconteurs!

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" is presented on the first Sunday of every month.

Last Month's Tellers:



Robin began her career writing and performing comedy at Second City Theatre in Toronto.  Since then she has written and performed on television’s SCTV and SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE creating memorable characters and sketches, The Whiners and Mr and Mrs T’s Bloody Mary Mix.

Robin continues to write with, perform and co-produce the all-woman comedy troupe, WOMEN FULLY CLOTHED. Her awards include, a Star on Canada’s Walk of Fame for her work on SCTV, an Emmy nomination for writing on Saturday Night Live and the David Broadfoot Comic Genius Award.



Helder Brum is a comedian, storyteller and host. He produces hit live shows such as Fireside Tales, The Garage Show and Helder Brum & Friends: Variety Show! Helder was also the co-host of Discovery Channel's Blood, Sweat & Tools. 



Anne Fenn is a Toronto-based writer, story editor, teacher and former TV development executive with 25+ years' experience writing comedy for film, TV, radio, stage and print. She recently co-founded an online comedy school for women (, wrote a main stage musical (“Voiceless: The Musical”), and continues to work as a story editor and development consultant in the film & TV industry.



Neil Muscott is a comic improvisor, photographer and novelist. For two decades he earned his living providing talks and workshops on humour to hundreds of companies and organizations across Canada. He is working hard to get a second novel published by this fall. He also dove back into improv comedy, doing classes and performing in shows at the So Cap Comedy Theatre on the Danforth

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Pat discovered the magic of storytelling through working with children. She can enchant adult audiences as well. Her repertoire includes world myth, folk and fairy tales, and historic stories.
She was closely associated with The Buffalo Jump Artists’ Collective, booking and arranging storytellers and musicians every National Aboriginal Day. She is also a member of Storytellers for Children, Storytelling Toronto, and The Backseat Balladeers.

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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



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 –


Thank you to all of But That's Another Story's past tellers. We could quite literally not have done it without you!

  • Alex Dallas

  • Ali Hassan

  • Andre Nogueira Gropo

  • Andrew Shelffo

  • Andy Nulman

  • Anna Gustafson

  • Anna Kerz

  • Anto Man-Ming Chan

  • Barry Avrich

  • Bethany Ellis

  • Beverley Eliott

  • Bruce Hunter

  • Bruce McCullouch

  • Bryce Fletch

  • Chachanna Simpson

  • Chetter M Galloway

  • Chris Gibbs

  • Chris Rosati

  • Colin Mochrie

  • Collette Micks

  • Dan Rosen

  • Dan Yashinsky

  • Danny Adhim

  • Darlene Chrissley

  • David Archer

  • David Shore

  • Dawn Xankin

  • Debbie Fein-Goldbach

  • Devan Sandiford

  • Don Ferguson

  • Donna Dudinsky

  • Eden Nameri

  • Elaine Gold

  • Elaine Kasket

  • Emily Poulin

  • Eugene Clark

  • Gauray Madan

  • Gavin Johnstone

  • Geoff Pevere

  • George Masserwhol

  • Gerard Harris

  • Grace Smith

  • Graham Isador

  • Izzy Ferguson

  • Jean Bubba

  • Jean Paul

  • Jesse Bond

  • Joanne O'Sullivan

  • Joe Klocek

  • Johanne Pelletier

  • John Wing

  • Jonathan Wilson

  • Judy Pearly

  • Julie M Baker

  • June Brown

  • Karen Blair

  • Ken Green

  • Kenny Robinson

  • Laurie Malabar

  • Lynn Torrie

  • M.J. Kang

  • Martha Chaves

  • Martin Dockery

  • Mary Jo Pollack

  • Matthew McLaren

  • Melissa Reaves

  • Melody A Johnson

  • Meryl Arbing

  • Natasha Charles

  • Nastazja Palonka

  • Nick Miceli

  • Norm Reynolds

  • Norman Perrin

  • Ophira Eisenberg

  • Pat Bisset

  • Patrick French

  • Paul Aflalo

  • Paul Bellini

  • Paul Hutcheson

  • Polly Esther

  • Rensia Melles

  • Richard Lett

  • Rico Rodriguez

  • Ron James

  • Ronna Levy

  • Sage Tyrtle

  • Sam Mullins

  • Sana Asad

  • Sandra Whiting

  • Sarah Abusarar

  • Sarah Boston

  • Sean Wellington

  • Set Shuter

  • Shayna Jones

  • Simon Cotter

  • Stephanie Morin-Robert

  • Steve Brinder

  • Susan Ida Boucaud

  • Tabby Johnson

  • Ted Barris

  • Theresa Okokon

  • TJ Dawe

  • Tracey Erin Smith

  • Tracey Starin

  • Trevor Burnett

  • Will Weigler

  • Zabrina Douglas

  • Zebulon Pike

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