Call for storytellers: Oral Storytelling Event 2023

Do you have a story to shout from the rooftops? A personal tale to entrance and delight?

Are you curious about how to spin a great yarn and have people hanging off your every word?

This fall, we are again hosting an oral storytelling event at the festival. Apply to be a participating storyteller at the festival’s oral storytelling event. Event details are below.

Storytelling Event application details:

  • The event will take place on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. Go to for tickets and event details.
  • Oral story submissions should be between two and four minutes long. There is no limit on the number of stories you can submit and it’s free to enter.
  • Submissions are accepted in written, audio, or video formats at the link below. Using your phone to record is just fine!  
  • Application deadline is midnight on September 25
  • Apply to Large files can be sent using WeTransfer  (free to use up to 2GB)

Word of Mouth: Telling Our Stories in the Oral Tradition with Tsawaysia Spukwus and Yvonne Wallace

Thursday, October 12, 2023, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. PDT | In-person at Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre or Online

Back by popular demand, a celebration of the art and tradition of oral storytelling features Yvonne Wallace (Lil’wat Nation) and Tsawaysia Spukwus (Squamish Nation), keepers of stories and songs indigenous to the shared Lil’wat and Squamish territory. To prepare local emerging storytellers, this year the festival hosted oral storytelling workshops to sleuth out Sea to Sky’s emerging storytelling talent. Local storytellers were mentored and chosen to share the stage with Yvonne and Tsawaysia. We are so excited to bring the entertaining, personal, and culturally diverse tradition of oral storytelling back to the festival again this year. Apply to


In preparation for this event, we’re looking for storytellers! Local storytellers will be paid $150 to tell their two to four minute story. Mileage is also available for those living outside of Whistler in the Sea to Sky Corridor. Stories should be memorized; however we will allow presenters a ‘reminder points’ cheat sheet if needed. 

Virtual Tickets: $22 | In Person Tickets: $27 |  Tickets on sale August 21

Tsawaysia Spukwus

Tsawaysia Spukwus

Yvonne Wallace

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