Stories of Ours

An evening of diverse storytelling presented by Stories of Ours & Firefly Creative Writing


This is a storytelling show unlike any other.

Stories of Ours is a Toronto institution. For years, it has been gathering storytellers of all backgrounds to gather and share in an environment fueled by hope, inspiration and authentic connection.

In the words of their founder, Erin Kang:

Stories of Ours aims to go beyond cross-cultural dialogue and create a place were we can lean into, support, and grow a culture of pluralism and solidarity. We create bridges between humans through the power of story to bring challenging conversations to the fore and tackle the systems of oppression that inform our daily lived lives.

How? By complicating the narrative with different voices as much as we can.

On December 13th Stories of Ours will be at the Firefly studio with a special storytelling evening featuring writers who have participated in Firefly’s Exploring Our Racialized Identities workshop. As well as the feature readers, audience members who self-identify as racialized will be invited to share stories, up to 5 minutes or 800 words. We’ll be talking names of potential readers at the door, and will fit in as many as the evening allows.

Hosted by Stories of Ours founder Erin Kang and Firefly Coach Jenna Tenn-Yuk, this promises to be an evening of laughter, connection, truth and depth.

This evening will be perfect for you if:

  • You love the idea of celebrating new, BIPOC voices and stories.

  • You’re delighted (and slightly terrified by) the idea of reading your work in front of a crowd…. Or you just want to listen and support.

  • You want to slide out of your day-to-day to connect with other people who love words.

  • You’re curious about our studio and want to spend some quality time inside its walls connecting with neighbours and Fireflies.

  • You don’t need a drink in your hand or a lot of leg room to have a great time.

This won’t be a great night for you if:

  • You want to share a piece that’s longer than 800 words.

  • You’ll be heartbroken if you can’t get your name on the list. (Signups will be first-come-first-served and we won’t be reserving any slots in advance.)

  • You’re looking for feedback on your work. (Check out our workshops or our coaching packages for that.)

  • You don’t identify with the heading: “Nicest people in Toronto.”

  • You don’t have a sitter. (Since we can’t control the content being shared, we don’t recommend it for kids.)

  • You don’t have a ticket! Tickets go on sale in November.

All the details:

We’ll be at our beautiful studio, 1898 Danforth Ave, unit 2. It’s fully wheelchair accessible and a short stroll from the Woodbine subway station.

We are selling tickets for this event, they will go on sale in November. Get on our mailing list if you don’t want to miss the date.

See you there!