Listen to Steel City Stories Celebration of International Women’s Day 2016!


Steel City Stories is happy to present the audio from last year’s show in celebration of International Women’s Day, on March 4, 5 + 6, 2016. The event was hosted by Persian superstar Leila. These stories are the result of 6 weeks of workshops led by Izad Etemadi and Grace Evans.

Take a listen to the stories:


Friday, March 4 – CLICK HERE TO LISTEN!
Tamara Kamermans
Tricia Chambers-Ferenbach
Janice Blatz
Debbie Woolridge
Anne Kaewmongkol


Saturday, March 5 – CLICK HERE TO LISTEN!
Katharine Snider McNair
Sandy Reynolds
Lena Scholman
Kim Coffin
Sarah A. Leyenaar


Sunday, March 6 – CLICK HERE TO LISTEN!
Grace Evans
Colleen Gaffney
Layal Al-Haidari
Mary Ellen Scanlon

This workshop series is repeating this year, generously hosted by Good Shepherd Women’s Services and supported by the Hamilton Community Foundation. For more information about this year’s show in celebration of International Women’s Day on March 10 + 11 2017, click here.


Storytelling workshop for women

This winter, join some wonderful Hamilton women in storytelling. Over the course of January and February, women will meet weekly to work together with Grace Evans to develop and hone their storytelling skills. We’ll be practicing and learning together in a fun, supportive and inclusive environment.

Participating women will have the opportunity to share their stories on stage to celebrate International Women’s Day 2017 with two performances at Mill’s Hardware on March 10th and 11th, 2017. ** Please note the date change as it differs from the Women’s Storytelling Workshop Poster **

We are looking for women or women-identified folk from ALL backgrounds! No auditions and no acting experience necessary!

Join us for our information session:
January 12th at 5:30 p.m.
The Good Shepherd, 30 Pearl Street North

To register please contact Paula M. P., Good Shepherd Wellness Facilitator

905-523-8766 ext. 4232

Hear some of what last year’s participants had to say:

  • “At first I wasn’t going to perform but the momentum seemed to pick me up. It gave me a chance to prove to myself that I could do a talk without notes.”
  • “Great boost to my self-esteem.”
  • “I loved the program, and would love to participate in another!”
  • “Great camaraderie and support from fellow participants and facilitators. Happy to have met such lovely people and hear their stories!”
  • “I was nervous but it really forced me to know and work hard on my story. It also felt really good to have accomplished a performance and seen the whole thing through from start to finish.”
  • “Great experience! Would do this again. Inspirational women.”

Storytelling workshop series for women

Steel City Stories and Unveiled Productions are excited to announce Leila’s Girlfriends will be returning to Hamilton this year to Mill’s Hardware for an epic celebration of International Women’s Day 2016!

Leila's Girlfriends 2016 copy

This year we will feature 20 local Steel City Women sharing their personal stories about being a woman in the world. This raw and honest presentation will be hosted by Hamilton Fringe’s favourite Persian Superstar – Leila. Over the course of February, women will meet weekly to work with Izad Etemadi and Grace Evans to hone and develop their storytelling skills. The workshop component is generously being hosted by The Good Shepherd.

We are looking for women or women-identified folk from ALL backgrounds! No auditions and no acting experience necessary!

Join us for our information session:
January 19th at 5:30 p.m.
The Good Shepherd, 30 Pearl Street North

Workshop Schedule:
Tues. Jan. 26 – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tues. Feb. 2 – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tues. Feb. 9 – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Wed. Feb.10 – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tues. Feb.16 – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mon. Feb. 22 – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tues. March 1 – 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

To register for the workshop series please share your name, phone number and email address with Paula by Monday January 25 at noon.

Paula M. P.
Good Shepherd Wellness Facilitator
905-523-8766 ext. 4232

Participants will be invited to share their crafted stories at the following events:
Steel City Stories presents:
Leila’s Girlfriends 
In celebration of International Women’s’ Day

Steel City Stories on DNTO!


Photo credit: Terry Asma, DNTO/CBC

CBC’s Definitely Not the Opera came to town a few weeks ago, where Steel City Stories alumni Deirdre Pike told a powerful story about self acceptance. You can listen to the full broadcast and see more photos here.

After the live broadcast, you’ll get to hear Steel City Stories Alumni Robin McKee, recorded at the Steel City Stories’ Brushes with Greatness at Christ Church Cathedral on James Street North on the night of November 1, 2013, tells his story about finding unexpected greatness.


Photo credit: Terry Asma, DNTO/CBC


Happy New Year! We here at Steel City Stories are sure excited for what 2014 has in store…more storytelling – starting with our next event on February 1st!

We’re very happy that Steel City Stories: Roots is being presented as a part of the Winterfest festivities, and to be one of many exciting programs and events going on throughout the city during the first week of February. If you haven’t already, check out Winterfest’s website, here!

We’re also happy to announce that Roots is being produced in collaboration with Christ’s Church Cathedral; a portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the church in support of their meal ticket program.

And now, without further ado…

Steel City Stories Presents Roots
Saturday, February 1, 2013
Doors at 7 pm, event starts at 7:30
Christ’s Church Cathedral Sanctuary, 252 James Street North
Tickets are $8 in advance (available here!) or $10 at the door

Hosted by Jeff Goodes and including stories from:
Anne Cumby, The Cannon Coffee Co.
Lori Yates, Musician
Matthew Green, Freestyle Fitness
Klyde Broox, Dub Poet
…and more!


Thank you, Hamilton! Our event on Saturday was a smashing success! We were surprised as anyone that tickets sold out by 7:15 – we’re already looking for a bigger venue for our February event.

Besides our 6 fantastic speakers, we owe a huge thank you to our host for the evening, Steve Bunn. We also couldn’t have brought it all together without Ariane Klassen and Chris White, the masterminds who designed our logos; Dan Jelly who donated his time and supplies to make our buttons; Matt Jelly who made our swanky t-shirts; and the lovely and delicious Red Hill Coffee and Cake and Loaf who provided the evening’s refreshments.

And a big thanks to all our story-listeners! We so appreciate you supporting our event and are eagerly reading your feedback cards to help us bring Steel City Stories back, bigger and better, in February!

We’ll be posting more recaps from “Brushes With Greatness” soon…stay tuned!