About the Festival

Replay Storytelling (Canada), in collaboration with the Mezrab (The Netherlands), The Story Collider (United States, Canada, England, and New Zealand), and Bodies of Stories (Canada) are bringing the world together for 24 hours — sharing all-true personal stories from every corner of the globe, all online.

The 24-hour True Storytelling Festival was founded in March 2020, after the declaration of the global pandemic, and as governments around the world imposed self-isolation.

This is an online gathering of storytellers from around the world, sharing personal stories, without any notes, to a live audience over twenty-four hours, all online.

The inaugural festival will take place from Saturday, June 13th to Sunday, June 14th. The theme is: WHEN THE IMPOSSIBLE BECOMES POSSIBLEtrue personal stories of unexpected surprises, human resilience, and coming through on the other side.

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Our team

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Paul Aflalo is a storyteller and documentary producer. He creates narrative-driven pieces for film, radio and podcasts. His work has been featured on CBC Radio, SiriusXM, and presented at film festivals around the world, including the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Paul is also the artistic director of Replay Storytelling. His focus has always been to help others share the stories that need to be told.

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Misha Gajewski is a freelance journalist, educator and senior producer and co-host for The Story Collider Podcast. Her work has appeared on Vice, CTV News, and the BBC, among others. She also writes a popular real-estate column for BlogTO, and is a script writer for the award-winning YouTube channel SciShow, which has over five million subscribers.

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With over 30 years of experience working in theatre, television and film, Zebulon Pike is familiar with the power of storytelling. 10 years ago, he went to a live storytelling show and hasn’t looked back. Since then he’s been performing and working with other storytellers on their craft. Zebulon’s stories have been featured on CBC Radio, and he has performed at storytelling shows around the world. Zeb is a producer at Replay Storytelling.

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Emily Poulin is a storyteller, writer, improviser and comedian in Toronto. You can find her performing at various shows around the city. Emily is also a producer at Replay Storytelling. Aside from writing and performing, she loves hanging out with her kids, Winston and Murphy. Winston being a perfect bulldog, and Murphy being a flawless tabby cat. She loves them both, very much.

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Brune Smith is a storyteller, and the founder of Bodies of Stories, an international online storytelling show, with the feel of your cozy living room. She was born in France and moved to Canada, where she went to her first true storytelling show. Brune strives to make this art form accessible beyond venues, cities and borders, and also helps other producers host their storytelling shows online. She enjoys diving into the whys and hows of true-story-making, through video interviews with storytellers and story producers.

When the Impossible, becomes Possible

June 13th to June 14th, 2020

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