Story: The Butcher of Rawdon

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in Recordings, Story, Uncategorized | Posted on 25-07-2020

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For the past few months, I’ve been working with English Community Organization of Lanaudière, which is a local community organization in the Rawdon/Mascouche area  to develop the True Crime story about Thomas Nulty: the Butcher of Rawdon.

I researched, wrote, and performed this True Crime story, which was directed and recorded by Mathieu Desbiens. We shot the telling of this story at the courthouse in Joliette (Qc) where Nulty was tried and hanged, and in a cemetery in Rawdon where some of the Nulty family are buried.

And so we present you the tragic story of Thomas Nulty, the Butcher of Rawdon.

New Decade, New Story for Peace

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in Story | Posted on 08-01-2020

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This morning, during my walk to work, I recorded a new story and threw it together on my lunch hour.
In this time of great conflict, we need to remember that working towards peace is a choice each of us must make. If you like this story, please share it widely.
 

Haunted Pub Crawl 2020

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in Haunted | Posted on 27-12-2019

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I will be updating this page with my Haunted Montreal (http://hauntedmontreal.com/) tour dates as I receive them.

If you want to book me for one of these tours, contact Haunted Montreal and ask for The Professor. Once I get the minimum number of people registered (10+) and we find the right date, I can give you the tour!

Also, if you want to reach me directly, we can pick the right date and make arrangements with Haunted Montreal.

January 2020

5th – Haunted Pub Crawl at 3pm
19th – Haunted Pub Crawl at 3pm

February 2020

2nd – Haunted Pub Crawl at 3pm
16th – Haunted Pub Crawl at 3pm

March 2020

1st – Haunted Pub Crawl at 3pm
29th – Haunted Pub Crawl at 3pm

 

A story of mourning and healing

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in Recordings, Story | Posted on 21-08-2019

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One year ago today, I lost a friend, a brother, a fellow Stag King. When I mourned my friend, I struggled to find a story that described this process, and then I found this one.

I recorded it this morning. I’m still a bit congested, so I apologize for the odd sound of my voice.

As I remember my friend today, remember that you are not alone.

Storyteller Personas

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in Blog, Haunted | Posted on 17-06-2019

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ScaredGirl_v2Over the years, I have developed a few personas that allow me to bring the gift of story to the Steampunk and Pirate communities.

  • Professor Taelstrum (Facebook): The Professor has graced the highways and bi-ways of the Steampunk world, bringing his tales of wonder and adventure to life. Ever dogged by the Council who seek to curb his enthusiasm, the Professor refuses to submit to their will! The stories must be told! Currently, he is exploring the more haunted areas of Montreal, leading thrill seekers to discover the paranormal sites, testing their courage.
  • Victor Maelstrum (Facebook): Victor is the Bard of the Eighth Sea! They might tell you there are only 7 seas, but they would be wrong. The Eighth Sea is where the stories come from, and once Victor discovered it, he gathered up as many stories as he could so that he can share them with the scallywags of the world.
  • JD Hickey (Facebook): this is my main storytelling Facebook site.

Haunted Tours, 2019

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in Haunted | Posted on 03-04-2019

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I will be updating this page with my Haunted Montreal (http://hauntedmontreal.com/) tour dates as I receive them.

If you want to book me for one of these tours, contact Haunted Montreal and ask for The Professor. Once I get the minimum number of people registered (10+) and we find the right date, I can give you the tour!

Also, if you want to reach me directly, we can pick the right date and make arrangements with Haunted Montreal.

ScaredGirl_v2May 2019

May 11th – Haunted Mountain at 8:30pm

June 2019

May 27th Haunted Griffintown at 6:30pm

July 2019

July 26th – Haunted Griffintown at 8:30pm
July 27th – Haunted Mountain at 8:30pm
July 28th – Haunted Pub Crawl at 3pm

September

September 8th – Haunted Pub Crawl at 3pm
September 13th – Haunted Griffintown at 8:30pm
September 27th – Haunted Griffintown at 8:30pm
September 28th – Haunted Mountain at 8:30pm

October 2019

October 6th – Haunted Pub Crawl at 3pm
October 8th – Haunted Griffintown at 8:30pm
October 9th – Haunted Mountain at 8:30pm
October 11th – Haunted Griffintown at 6pm (private)
October 13th – Haunted Pub Crawl at 3pm
October 18th – Haunted Griffintown at 6:30pm and 8:30pm (new)
October 19th – Haunted Mountain at 8:30pm
October 22nd – Haunted Griffintown at 8:30pm CANCELLED
October 23rd – Haunted Mountain at 8:30pm
October 25th – Haunted Griffintown at 8:30pm (new)
October 26th – Haunted Mountain at 6:30pm (new), 8:30pm
October 27th – Haunted Pub Crawl at 3pm
October 31st – Haunted Griffintown at 8:30pm

November 2019

November 2nd – Haunted Mountain at 8:30pm

December 2019

December 8th – Haunted Pub Crawl at 3pm
December 22nd – Haunted Pub Crawl at 3pm

New season of Haunted Walks 2018

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in Events | Posted on 20-07-2018

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I’m very excited to announce that I have been booked for another season of Haunted Walks with Montreal’s Haunted Tours. These are the dates I’m currently booked for, but I’m sure more dates will get added as the season progresses:

  • DONE – Friday, August 31st @8:30pm – Haunted Griffintown
  • DONE – Saturday, September 1st @ 8:30pm — Haunted Mountain
  • DONE – Friday, September 7th @8:30pm – Haunted Griffintown
  • DONE – Friday, September 14th @8:30pm – Haunted Griffintown
  • DONE – Saturday, September 15th – 8:30pm — Haunted Mountain
  • DONE – Friday, September 28th @8:30pm – Haunted Griffintown
  • DONE – Saturday, September 29th – 8:30pm — Haunted Mountain
  • DONE – Friday, October 5th  and 8:30pm – Haunted Griffintown
  • DONE – Friday, October 12th 8:30pm – Haunted Griffintown (maybe @6:30pm too)
  • DONE – Friday, October 19th @6:30pm and 8:30pm – Haunted Griffintown
  • DONE – Tuesday, October 23rd @8:30pm – Haunted Griffintown
  • DONE – Thursday, October 25th @8:30pm – Haunted Mountain
  • DONE – Friday, October 26th @6:30pm and 8:30pm – Haunted Griffintown
  • DONE – Saturday, October 27th, @6:30pm and 8:30pm – Haunted Mountain
  • Tuesday, October 30th @12pm  – Haunted Griffintown (private tour)
  • Wednesday, October 31st @ 8:30pm – Haunted Griffintown (private tour)

If you want to book a haunted walk, visit the Haunted Montreal website and book your spot, but do it quickly because there are a limited number of tickets available per tour!

If you cannot make any of the dates listed on the site, but you still want a private tour with me, you can contact Haunted Montreal with requested dates and if I’m available, we can make it work. Send an email to info@hauntedmontreal.com.

Devil’s night at the Mariposa

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in Story | Posted on 09-03-2018

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Café Mariposa‘s Open Mic night ends with a story about the Devil. Jeff Deeprose on fiddle.

Cafe Mariposa’s Open Mic night is every Thursday evening at 6pm.
5434 Côte Saint Luc Rd,
Montreal, QC H3X 2C5
Villa Maria metro

Montreal Haunted Walk 2017

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in Events, News | Posted on 29-09-2017

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I am pleased to announce that I have been booked as an official Guide for Montreal’s Haunted Tours. My first haunted tour will be of Griffintown on September 29th, 2017. I will also be giving haunted tours of the Mountain in October.

My haunted tour schedule is as follows (list will be updated as needed):

  • September 29th, 20h30: Haunted Griffintown (sold out!)
  • October 13th, 20h30: Haunted Griffintown (sold out!)
  • October 14th, 21h00: Haunted Griffintown (private tour)
  • October 20th, 20h30: Haunted Griffintown (sold out!)
  • October 21st, 20h30: Haunted Mountain (sold out!)
  • October 25th, 19h30: Haunted Griffintown (sold out!)
  • October 27th, 20h30: Haunted Griffintown (sold out!)
  • October 28th, 20h30: Haunted Mountain (sold out!)

If you want to book a haunted walk, visit the Haunted Montreal website and book your spot, but do it quickly because there are a limited number of tickets available per tour!

If you cannot make any of the dates listed on the site, but you still want a private tour with me, you can contact Haunted Montreal with requested dates and if I’m available, we can make it work. Send an email to info@hauntedmontreal.com.

UPDATE: The Montreal Gazette did a report on the Haunted Walk featuring yours truly as the tour guide! You can watch the video reporting piece by clicking here.

Storytime with Sophie and Jack

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in Story | Posted on 31-08-2017

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Back in 2009, I was telling stories at an elementary school in Montreal and I told a story that I originally heard from Priscilla Howe called The Ghost with One Black Eye. It has remained one of my more beloved stories to tell to 3 to 6 year old children.

I was visiting a friend recently and over breakfast, her son Jack and his friend Sophie asked me to tell them a story. I told them this ghost story, and to my great surprise, Jack’s mum Deirdre later showed me a video of these two kids retelling the story.

With their parent’s permission (thank you Agnes, Deirdre, and Jean), I can now share their telling of this story. Enjoy!