Artistic Name:
Heather Whaley
Heather Whaley
heather (at)
Phone number:
905 668-2174
Celular :
16 Rutledge Street
Whitby, Ontario

A variety of storytelling programs which include multicultural global stories, personal tales, humourous folk tales, thought provoking stories/ entertaining; Literacy - through original musical story songs, songs, poems, chants and storytelling games.


  • *Rhythm & Rhyme Time! Stories and Songs in rhyme / pre-school and primary
  • *A Bit of This and That and a Snap, Clap, Tap! schools/family
  • *Connecting Community Through Storytelling: We Are All the Same ... We Are All Different! schools/family
  • *"Tea & Toast Tales" folk tales, urban legends & Ghost stories for Older Kids/ teens
  • *Rattlings and Rythms. Folklore: historic stories, ballads, songs/ adult
  • *Stories Behind Songs. Blues, folk, contemporary /adult
  • *Musical Story & Song Theatre
  • THE NUTCRACKER: ADAPTATION of author E.T.A. Hoffman's The Nutcracker and the Mouse King 1815 THE NIGHTINGALE: ADAPTATION of Danish poet and author Hans Christian Anderson's The Nightingale 1843
  • *Instrumental in initiating and coordinating storytelling programs for the community and in facilitating educational workshops for youth, storytellers and teachers.
  • *Creative Arts Storytelling Workshops for Montessori teachers in Training and ESL and primary educators
  • *Finding Your "Voice", Gaining Confidence: ArtsSmarts Student Success for grades 7 -12
  • *Special Needs Storytelling designed for unique groups: developmentally delayed, physically disabled, autistic children and adults.

Heather is a musical storyteller singer-songwriter who thrives on reeling her audiences in to feel joy, togetherness and belonging. She loves sharing her universal programs through a mix of traditional and personal stories and ballads and songs individually designed for children, teens and adults. She brings them to life through participation, props, guitar and her unique, vibrant voice. Growing up with Scottish, Irish-Liverpudlian and Italian parents and grandparents, she relates intimately to difference and sameness in cultures, impressing on a positive attitude toward humanity. A popular guest artist at festivals, libraries and schools for Literacy Celebrations and community events, Heather has toured in Canada, and internationally in the US and Argentina. She is a recipient of Storytelling Toronto's Anne Smyth travel award and Alice Kane award in 2011 for an innovative project.

Heather worked as a Registered Nursing Assistant in the 70's on psychiatric, children's and chronic wards. She was a volunteer puppeteer, trainer, and coordinator for four years with KIDS ON THE BLOCK a troupe of disabled and non-disabled life-size puppets depicting developmental and social disabilities, and toured schools weekly. She worked part-time professionally as a Children's and Adult Fiction Library Assistant from 1989 " 2002 which involved storytelling programming, thus leading her to include freelance performances in schools and many venues since 1996.

Member of International Storytelling Network .
International Storytelling Network
International Storytelling Network
Author of:

Bit of This and That & a Snap, Clap, Tap. A compilation of stories and songs. Publisher Heather Whaley. Recorded M.A.R.S. Studio by IEP3 Students at Harris Institute for the Arts ISBN 978-0-9732610-0-4

ORIGINS OF HALLOWEEN. Publisher Heather Whaley. Recorded at Artist Development Studio, Bowmanville, Ontario. 2007. ISBN 978-0-9732610-2-8.

LET'S SING! This little tune together. (Storysongs and poems)Publisher Heather Whaley. Recorded at Artist Development Studio, Bowmanville, Ontario. 2007 ISBN 978-0-9732610-1-1.



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