The Spoke

true life spun.

The Live Event

The Spoke is Outside the March’s monthly storytelling event. Since 2012, The Spoke has featured a cross-section of people telling true stories from their lives, based around a common theme. We have run over forty editions of the live event, and featured almost two hundred storytellers, who span all ages, cultures, occupations and life experiences.

Hosted by Tony Cushman and Vanessa Smythe
Produced by Andrew Morris

 

Next Live Event

Wednesday Nov. 28th, 8pm

Mistletoe Mishaps and Other Festive Fumbles

The Ossington
61 Ossington Ave.

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Latest Episode

Falen Johnson's "The End of Miss July"

A story of domestic strife and confetti-ed pornography from our “Feuds and Grudges” Evening.

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The Podcast

As Featured on CBC’s PODCAST PLAYLIST!

In 2013, we launched The Spokecast, a free podcast of our favourite stories from the live event. There are dozens of episodes available for free download through iTunes. We’ve also recommended some choice picks below to get you started.

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Some of our Favourite Episodes:

Tony Cushman's "The Worry Box"

A story about the joys, worries, and unexpected challenges of teaching elementary school in the UK, from The Spoke’s Artistic Curator.

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Vanessa Smythe's "The Uh-Oh of Possibility"

The Spoke’s own Vanessa Smythe tells a story about the three most important letters in early 2000s High School love – I.C.Q.

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Gavin Crawford's "The Literal Closet"

A story of coming out and the aid of pre-internet pornography, from one of the star’s of This Hour Has 22 Minutes.

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Maev Beaty's "The Book Lover"

A story of personal (very personal) awakenings in and around the library, from one of Canada’s leading actors and OtM associate artist.

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Matt Johnson's "The Skull"

A story of Parisian grave-robbing and attempted grave-put-backing from this Award-winning Canadian Filmmaker (The DirtiesNirvanna the Band)

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Tony Nappo's "The Comedown"

A story of addiction, tearing it up and figuring it out from Canada’s one and only.

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Dr. Brian Goldman's "The Understanding"

A story of emergency response and breaking through language barriers from the host of CBC’s White Coat, Black Art.

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Antoine Yared's "The Punked"

A story about a prank for hire business’ biggest stunt from one of the Stratford Festival’s leading actors.

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Molly Jamison's "The Dala Dala"

A far flung story of personal discovery from a long time friend of The Spoke.

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Zoe Keefer’s "The Cocoa on the Gogo"

A story of coming out and the aid of pre-internet pornography, from one of the star’s of This Hour Has 22 Minutes.

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Jake Epstein's "The Question"

Jake Epstein, former cast member of Degrassi the Next Generation, tries to answer one of life’s universal, unknowable questions – “yo, ya know Drake?”.

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You can laugh or cry, it doesn’t matter, but this all happened

Tony Nappo (“The Comedown”)

The Spoke
2017-02-27T21:31:04+00:00

Tony Nappo (“The Comedown”)

And I should have specified that I would watch a non-pregnant cat

Kate Knibbs (“The Sweety Petey”)

The Spoke
2017-02-27T21:31:19+00:00

Kate Knibbs (“The Sweety Petey”)

I don’t know, we could hang out in your room and look…. at whatever’s around

Gavin Crawford (“The Literal Closet”)

The Spoke
2017-02-27T21:31:35+00:00

Gavin Crawford (“The Literal Closet”)