Rising from the Deep Sleep

Bloomsday Festival, MontrealIt looks like everyone is accepting this idea that we’re coming out of the pandemic enough to have festivals and conferences again. I’m pleased to see that people are still motivated to hire their favorite storyteller! It’s only February  and my roster is filling up quite quickly!

Here’s a list of my current Spring/Summer projects/events:

  • March 3-6, 2022 — Wild Wild West Con, Tucson Arizona (Prof. Taelstrum)
  • March 16th, 2022 — MWCN St. Patrick’s Day Concert (myself)
  • May 13, 2022 — Hudson Valley Pirate Festival, NY State (Victor Maelstrum)
  • June 11, 2022 — Fort Town Steampunk, Ontario (Prof. Taelstrum)
  • June 26, 2022 — Tall Ships, Brockville Ontario (Victor Maelstrum)
  • August 5-6 2022 — Coldwater Steampunk Festival, Ontario (Prof. Taelstrum)


Storyteller Personas

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.

Epic Summer Plans

I don’t know what’s going on. Normally, summer is the quiet time for storytelling, but 2016 is turning out to be super busy! I’ve already got a dozen shows scheduled, so I’m going to post them here just to keep reminding myself that this isn’t a dream!

  • DONE — April 27th: Blood and Bones (Montreal) — Facebook event
  • DONE — May 4th (my birthday!): Voix de Ville (Montreal) — Facebook event
  • DONE — May 7th, 4pm: PorchFest (Montreal) — Facebook event
  • CANCELLED — June 18th, 6pm: Mythic Invasion of London with Professor Taelstrum (London, Ontario) — Facebook event
  • July 8th, 9th: Botanical Gardens (Montreal)
  • August 5th, 6th: Botanical Gardens (Montreal)
  • August 12th: Botanical Gardens (Montreal)
  • August 26th, 27th: Botanical Gardens (Montreal)
  • September 23rd-25th: Grand Canadian Steampunk Exposition (Niagara, Ontario)

Steampunk Storyteller!

I’m very excited to announce that I’m going to be performing at the Grand Steampunk Exposition at Fort George in Niagara on the Lake in September!

Last year, I created a steampunk storyteller persona called Professor Taelstrum and he’s made a few brief appearances here and there, but this will be the most prestigious by far! The good Professor will be performing on the Sunday of the Exposition, so I hope to see you there!