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But That's Another Story

monthly storytelling series
a Microphone on a stage under a spotlight

April Edition

Back at the Rivoli

APRIL 7, 2023

EDIT: This month's show is officially sold out! Thank you to everyone who has tickets, and we hope to see you all at the next show!

We are thrilled to announce that multi-award winning comedic performer, author, actress, writer, and producer Sandra Shamas will be our featured storyteller at our next monthly presentation at the Rivoli Theatre.


She is joined by storyteller, writer, drag performer, and percussionist, Rico Rodriquez; Podcaster and writer extraordinaire, Joanne O'Sullivan; and a comic storyteller who has been featured on Just for Laughs, and Kevin Hart's LOL Network, Ryan Dillon. 


Proceeds for the evening will be donated to the Toronto Wildlife Centre.

This show is sponsored by Writer's Tears Irish Whisky. Door prizes to be won!

Tickets are $15 online or $20 at the door (cash only). 

Show: Sunday, April 7, 2023; Doors @ 07:00 PM, show at 7:30PM

Rivoli - 334 Queen St West (East of Spadina)

** Book a dinner reservation and receive a 10% discount on your food.  For reservations call the Rivoli at (647) 494-4540.




But That's Another Story is a 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.

This Month's Tellers:



Writer, author, producer and storyteller, known for her performing her five, sold out, one-person shows that she has toured across Canada, Canadian Comedy icon, Shandra Shamas, will be taking the trek from her farm (yes she is a farmer as well) to join us at the Rivoli.
Her first show, My Boyfriend's Back and There's Gonna Be Laundry premiered in 1987 at the Edmonton Fringe got her invited to perform at the Old Vic in London. She has authored two books and been nominated for the Governor General’s Award and the Stephen Leacock Award for the Laundry trilogy. She won a Gemini Award for Best Performance in A Comedy in 1991 and the Best Theatre Award the Rivolie Award at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in March 2003.

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Rico is a storyteller and a teacher who specializes in Latinx tales and writing and telling personal and fictional stories. His stories are infused with equity and social change themes. He founded “Queers in Your Ears” a LGBTQI storytelling event. Rico has facilitated workshops on how to use the art of storytelling in educational settings, Community and Health Promotion Agencies.

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Joanne has worked in the live Canadian arts scene for over 15 years, across many genres, including stand-up and storytelling from Vancouver to Toronto. She has written and performed in three solo shows and her third, She Grew Funny, premiered to sold-out audiences at the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival, where it was the Factory Theatre Studio Patron’s Pick and one of Now Magazine’s Outstanding New Plays. She currently hosts the storytelling podcast, "Happy Funny Amazing"; available across most podcasting platforms.



Clever and charming with a self-deprecating wit, Ryan Dillon has quickly gained recognition from critics and peers as a comic to watch. 

Born in St. John's Newfoundland, Ryan got his start with the Canadian Improv Games in high school before moving to Toronto to pursue a career in comedy. In his first few months doing stand-up he was selected for the Tim Sim's Fresh Meat Showcase at The Second City. His one man show, "Collapse" earned him critical praise and awards and a sold out run at the Toronto Fringe Festival. He's been featured on JFL, Kevin Hart's LOL Network, a finalist for SiriusXM's Tom Comic at JFL42, Winnipeg Comedy Fest and more. His debut album "Violently Nice" went to #1 on ITunes & can be heard on the JFL channel on SiriusXM. 

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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

  • Anne Fenn

  • Anto Man-Ming Chan

  • Barry Avrich

  • Bethany Ellis

  • Beverley Eliott

  • Bruce Hunter

  • Bruce McCullouch

  • Bryce Fletch

  • Chachanna Simpson

  • Chantal Lim

  • 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

  • Dena Jackson

  • Devan Sandiford

  • Don Ferguson

  • Donna Dudinsky

  • Dwayne Morgan

  • Eden Nameri

  • Eddie McGinty

  • Elaine Gold

  • Elaine Kasket

  • Elvira Kurt

  • Emily Poulin

  • Eugene Clark

  • Eric Lehmann

  • Evan Carter

  • Gaurav Madan
  • Gavin Johnstone

  • Geoff Pevere

  • George Masserwhol

  • Gerard Harris

  • Grace Smith

  • Graham Isador

  • Helder Brum

  • Izzy Ferguson

  • James Gangl

  • Jean Bubba

  • Jean Paul

  • Jesse Bond

  • Joanne O'Sullivan

  • Joe Klocek

  • Johanne Pelletier

  • John Mostyn

  • John Wing

  • Jonathan Wilson

  • Judy Pearly

  • Julie M Baker

  • June Brown

  • Karen Blair

  • Keith Brown

  • Ken Green

  • Kenny Robinson

  • Kesha Christie

  • Laurie Malabar

  • Lynn Torrie

  • M.J. Kang

  • Marcel St. Pierre

  • Mark Breslin

  • Martha Chaves

  • Martin Dockery

  • Mary Jo Pollack

  • Matt Baram

  • Matthew McLaren

  • Melissa Reaves

  • Melody A Johnson

  • Meryl Arbing

  • Naomi Snieckus

  • Natasha Charles

  • Nastazja Palonka

  • Neil Muscott

  • Nick Miceli

  • Norm Reynolds

  • Norman Perrin

  • Ophira Eisenberg

  • Panagiota Vogdou

  • Pat Bisset

  • Patrick French

  • Paul Aflalo

  • Paul Bellini

  • Paul Hutcheson

  • Polly Esther

  • Rensia Melles

  • Richard Lett

  • Rico Rodriguez

  • Robin Duke

  • Ron James

  • Ronit Rubinstein

  • Ronna Levy

  • Sage Tyrtle

  • Sam Mullins

  • Sana Asad

  • Sandra Whiting

  • Sarah Abusarar

  • Sarah Boston

  • Sean Wellington

  • Selena Dhillon

  • Set Shuter

  • Shayna Jones

  • Simon Cotter

  • Stephanie Morin-Robert

  • Steve Brinder

  • Susan Ida Boucaud

  • Tabby Johnson

  • Ted Barris

  • Theresa Okokon

  • TJ Dawe

  • Tony Nappo

  • Tracey Erin Smith

  • Tracey Starin

  • Trevor Burnett

  • Will Weigler

  • Zabrina Douglas

  • Zebulon Pike

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