An Honour and a Delight

Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada [SC-CC] is delighted to announce:
2011 STORYKEEPER Award Recipient Melanie Ray of Vancouver, BC

For Immediate Release
May 5, 2011 – Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada (SC-CC) is thrilled to announce that the winner of the 2nd annual STORYKEEPER AWARD/PRIX GUARDIENNE DES CONTES is Vancouver storyteller, Melanie Ray. The award will be presented to her, in front of her national peers, at the SC-CC conference in Yellowknife, NWT. The conference takes place from May 26th to 29th, 2011.

The award was created to recognize outstanding storytellers who not only delight audiences with great tales, but who, over the years, have worked to enlarge audiences, mentor other storytellers, support the SC-CC at local, national and international levels and have expanded the scope of the art.

Melanie Ray is a consummate storyteller. For more than a quarter century, she has entertained and inspired audiences of all ages in schools, festivals and other venues across Canada and beyond. Melanie has dedicated herself professionally to the art since 1984, building on a strong foundation of studies in theatre, voice and movement, which has resulted in her relaxed style and presence. She has told with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Rosalie Sorrels, Bill Richardson, Bob Bossin and Nan Gregory to name a few, and in almost every venue imaginable. We have also enjoyed her storytelling on television and CBC Radio.

Melanie’s extensive repertoire covers many genres and styles that display a full range of artistic abilities in telling and performing. In recognition of her unique collection and style, she has been awarded national and provincial grants to tour as a performing storyteller, sharing her skills and stories. Not only an active performer, Melanie has shared her expertise generously with beginning and experienced tellers, conducting workshops and one-on-one lessons with children and adults. She co-ordinates and participates in “Myths ad Memories”, an interactive art and therapy storytelling program for seniors’ groups and residents of seniors’ housing .

About Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada:
SC-CC is a national representative for those involved in maintaining and practicing the oral tradition of storytelling across Canada. They are dedicated to furthering the art form and bringing the diverse peoples of Canada together through story. SC-CC seeks to promote, support and contribute to the growth of storytellers’ work and to ensure storytelling’s continuing development as an integral aspect of Canadian culture.

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