The Tale of a Town – Canada is a site-specific theatre and media project that is capturing the collective community memory of our country’s main streets, one story at a time, while preserving local heritage and promoting neighbourhood culture. It is initially developed in 2014 in partnership with the National Arts Centre, but the project has since grown to include interviews with more than 3000 Canadians in over 150 communities across the country.

Touring in our storymobile (a.k.a recording booth on wheels) we’ve been gathering stories in small towns and big cities alike through scheduled and impromptu interviews with independent business owners, local heroes, community stakeholders, and neighbourhood residents. These stories inspire performance installations that take place in site-specific downtown locations created in collaboration with local artists and in partnership with presenting partners from across the country.

After touring to each province and territory, this national venture culminated in a live multi-platform celebration of the country’s main street culture, to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017 - including a four-month residency at Ottawa's Inspiration Village and a nationally-touring show.

Browse through the pages below to find galleries, artists, and information from of our past Tale of a Town productions, and visit our Tale of a Town website for our interactive storymap, and updates on where to find us next.

2014 - Present


Interviews conducted
3300 +

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Communities visited

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Artists engaged

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