I’m so pleased and surprised to announce that Professor Taelstrum has been invited back to the Grand Canadian Steampunk Exposition 2015. Last year, I took the good Professor persona on the road and had a grand time. The crowds were small, but enthusiastic. I’m looking forward to bringing a whole new set of stories to the Tea Tent on the Sunday of the Exposition!
I also super-excited to see that Professor Elemental will be performing as well as Abney Park. I discovered both acts last year and became a huge fan of both.
On an unexpectedly snowy evening in March, I managed to pull together two fantastic musicians to join me for an evening of music and stories to promote my new CD Did You Hear That? We had a small, but enthusiastic crowd at the West End Well in Ottawa and had a lovely night.
My heartfelt thanks go to Jason Sonier and Ursa Meyer for forming the Taelstrum band and lending their musical talents that night. The stories went well, the music was perfect, and I sold many CDs! I need to book another show there… it was magical.
This past weekend, I was lucky enough to be invited to perform at the Grand Canadian Steampunk Exposition at Niagara-on-the-Lake (Ontario). I took this opportunity to debut my new Steampunk persona of Professor Taelstrum: Truth Teller and it was a huge hit! I managed to stay in persona most of the weekend, hob-nobbing with Professor Elemental, Abney Park, and Steam-Powered Giraffe, among many other talented entertainers.
The audiences were very receptive and generous, but my favorite show was in the Four and Twenty Blackbirds Tea Shop. It was cozy, intimate tea tent that could fit about 30 people and it was a full house for the show. I invited people to pick the stories from the Bandoleer of Legends, which made for great audience participation (although I’ll admit it was pretty nerve-wracking for me!).
I hope to bring Professor Taelstrum to more heritage and steampunk events in the future!
Well, it’s the end of the Montreal Fringe Festival 2012 for us at TaelStrum. Thanks to everyone who turned out to see us and gave us 100% positive reviews for “Delicious Lies“. It’s been a wild ride and we appreciate everyone’s support, especially the Montreal Fringe staff and volunteers.
But TaelStrum will continue to do shows after the Fringe has put away the chairs and swept the floors. To find out more about our shows, please Like our FB page.
More positive reviews about the Delicious Lies show (Facebook event)! Things are going swimmingly!
- Culture Plus: “… The stories were well told and the music deftly performed…”
- FRINGE-MOI: “Agréable.” — (initial review of Delicious Lies)
Our show is so good, it seems, that Al from BloodyUnderrated came back to see if the second show would be different, but just as good. He seemed to still be impressed!
MORE GOOD NEWS: The Netbuzz is starting to appear on our Fringe page and the reviews are starting to pour in! We seem to be striking a positive chord with folks!
May and June of 2012 is going to be frightfully busy for me in terms of shows and new projects! I think at the end of the marathon, when somebody asks me for a story, I might hand them a book instead.
- TaelStrum Fringe Fundraiser on May 11th at Shaika Cafe
- Last Open Mic Slam Telling on May 14th at Shaika Cafe
- June 5th: Performing with Concerto Della Donna (a 17-person choir) to tell a Norwegian folktale, complete with musicians and dancers.
- 12 Montreal Fringe Festival shows scheduled
- June 10th: Featured act at MadPoetix (sharing the stage with the ever-lovely Tashe)
- June 11th: Hosting the Final Slam Telling competition at Shaika Cafe
- June 13th: Judging tales at the Smut Slam (Fringe Festival)
- June 22nd: Competing in the Finals at Once Upon a Slam in Ottawa
- June 24th: Organizing the Story Save fundraiser which honors Mike Burns, Montreal-based Irish storyteller.
Yikes! I hope that you will attend at least one or more of these shows!