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Mary telling stories at the local library.Mary Hays is teaching and performing all over the province of Alberta, and across Canada. She taught storytelling at SAIT Polytechnique, Library Information Technology Program for 20 years. She trained 300 storytellers through that program! She wants to bring the wealth of her experience to you and your group! Call Mary at 403-556-2818 to talk about creating a storytelling training program for your group or work place. Private coaching can be individualize to meet your needs.

Mary is currently performing with Alberta storytellers Karen Gummo, Betty Hersberger, and poet, Marie Bryce. Their travelling performance, "Wise and Wilful Women", transports you to 1935. This story gives voice to Lady Isabella Lougheed, Mary Scott Widner, and Nellie McClung, three historical characters dedicated to social justice.

See the schedule below for dates, or Contact Mary for your own performance.


Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 8 pm
At The Loft, 535 - 8th Avenue SE, Calgary

For World Storytelling Day, a St. Patrick's Day storytelling contest to determine whom will become the court jester! Mary will compete with the Icelandic story of Grettir the Strong. Tickets are $25 and available from Doreen at 403-816-6002.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 11:15 am
Irricana Public Library

Broadcast to libraries in the Marigold Library System

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 7:30 pm
Ken & Maddie Warnke's home (Contact Mary for address)

Theme: Journey with story, song, and music. Featuring Mary Hays in partnership with PoorBoy, Audrey Gross, Bob Etcheverry, and Don Gowan. PoorBoy is an acoustic/roots trio that has been performing since 2014. With guitar, mandolin, harmonica, dobro and vocals, they play straight-up, home grown music. Both original compositions by Audrey and 'toe-tapping' old favourites. Mary will be telling personal and family stories mingled with traditional tales to take you on a journey to the sky country and home again. Tickets $20 - Please RSVP to Ken at 403-391-4120.

OUR LEGACY, OUR STORY (2 performances)
Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 1 pm in Uptowne Olds
Sunday, July 1, 2018 - 2 and 3 pm at Olds Centennial Park Gazebo

Friday, July 6, 2018 - Time TBA
Storytellers of Canada, Peterborough Ontario

Theme: The Transformative Power of Stories. Telling with Doreen Vanderstoop. Please check back for details.

You can also find Mary Hays at these events with TALES (The Alberta League Encouraging Storytelling):

  • Tellarounds. Tellarounds are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 7 - 9 pm at Loft 112, 535 - 8 Ave SE Calgary. Suggested donation: $5.00. Everyone welcome.

  • Storytelling Cafes. Held at 7 pm at Shelf Life Books, #100, 1302 - 4 Street SW, Calgary. Suggested donation: $10.00. Everyone welcome.
    • At the April 25th Storytelling Cafe, the theme is "Song of the Sea", with hosts Leona Sudom and Mindy Woolcott. Mary will tell the story of Asspipattle and Mester Stoorworm, the great sea serpent.
Mary tells Stories of the Blackfoot.
Mary has studied the Blackfoot stories for many years with her mentor, Louis Soop - Black Plume. She tells the story of creation and the story of the Sundance which provide the foundation for Naapi, the Trickster and his stories that teach lessons for all of creation.

Mary is involved in a travelling performance called Wise and Wilful Women.
Mary is currently performing with other Alberta storytellers in a travelling performance, "Wise and Wilful Women". This story gives voice to Lady Isabella Lougheed, Mary Scott Widner, and Nellie McClung, three historical characters dedicated to social justice.


Tales of Remembrance, Renoir Manor
Tales from the Living Tree, Calgary Inter-Mennonite Church
First Nations Storytelling, Msgr Neville Anderson School
See Olds First, Summer Oldstice
Stories that Transform a Nation, Didsbury Canada 150
Tales and Tunes about Strangers in a New Land at the Lido Pop-Up Library in Kensington
"Run, Run as Fast as You Can", Irricana Library
Legislative Assembly of Alberta Gallery
Edgemont School - Blackfoot Stories
Heritage Park - Yellow Otter Tipi
Heritage Park - Nellie McClung House
Lougheed House Museum
Garrison Green Seniors
St. Albert Elementary School
Penhold Junior - Senior High School
Mountain View Arts Festival, Didsbury
Siksika Outreach High School
Siksika Young Parent Program
TALES Storytelling Festival - Edmonton
Spine Tingling TALES - Edmonton
Alberta Culture Days - Olympic Plaza, Calgary
World Storytelling Day - Olds Municipal Library

Mary speaking at the Didsbury Canada 150 Storytellers event in June 2017.
At "Stories that Transform a Nation", a Didsbury Canada 150 event. Photo by Carolyn Harley
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