News & Events

~ December 2021 ~

StoryFusion Cabaret! Making Images with Words

Storytelling Toronto presents this ground-breaking concert called Making Images With Words, we’ll hear the voices of community members telling stories, singing story songs, and carrying on a long tradition of telling the truth, making things up, and adding to the cultural richness of our world. In this 90-minute event, we’ll hear from a half dozen performers. In story and song, we’ll be taken on journeys, and invited to reflect.

Thursday, December 9, 2021 – Wychwood Theatre | 76 Wychwood Ave, Toronto


~ September 2019 ~

Invited Guest at 2019 The Word on the Street, Toronto Festival

The Festival has championed literacy and excellent Canadian writing since 1989, delighting audiences of all ages with author readings and featured programming alongside Canada’s largest open-air book fair.

Valentina was one of over 100 authors featured on stages curated with programming partners such as the TORONTO STAR, HUMBER SCHOOL FOR WRITERS, STORYTELLING TORONTO, and the TORONTO BOOK AWARDS.

~ July 27 2019 ~

Indigos Book Launch

Valentina signs books at the Bay and Bloor Indigos location in Toronto, Ontario.

May 2019  ~

Spring Book Launch

May 16, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Columbus Centre, Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery
901 Lawrence Avenue West, North York

March 2019  ~

Signing event for Philipovna: Daughter of Sorrow.

March 31, 2 – 4 pm
North River Lounge in Fergus, Ontario
120 St. Andrew Street West

Valentina Book Signing March 31

2019 Toronto Storytelling Festival

Storytelling at the Gladstone
Sunday, March 3, 2019

Stories Through the Sound of Music

Join me at the Gladstone Hotel on March 3rd for stories about the sound of music. Music has opened doors and crossed barriers from the time I was a little girl and on through my adult life. My musical stories are poignant and fun. They are an important part of my human experience.

Storytelling at the Gladstone
Sunday, March 4, 2018

The event begins at 10:00 am and I will be storytelling at 11:30 am.

Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen St. West, Toronto

March 2018  ~

2018 Toronto Storytelling Festival

~ July 27, 2019 ~

Join Valentina at the Gladstone Hotel for a one-day celebration of the Toronto storytelling community, featuring new work, experimental narratives, oral poetry, traditional wondertales, queer chronicles, and feminist histories. The event begins at 10:30 am and Valentina will be storytelling at 1:30 pm.

The View From Over the Fence

Valentina Gal takes her listeners on a journey into the Ontario School for the Blind, showing the compassion of parents, teachers, and house mothers who peopled that world, and some of the challenges that all had.

Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen St. West, Toronto

November 2017  ~

Press Release

Valentina Gal’s story, Seven Silver Dollars, is included in the just-released book, Christmas with Hot Apple Cider. Valentina is one of 55 writers from across Canada who survived a rigorous competition to be included in this Canadian anthology, fifth in a series of books designed to entertain, encourage and inspire.

Sometimes, the best gift is a great story.

Christmas with Hot Apple Cider: Stories from the Season of Giving and Receiving is an eclectic collection of true stories, short fiction, and poetry. This anthology provides a diverse and multidimensional look at the traditions, teachings, and values surrounding the birth of Jesus. Be inspired to share your own stories with the world as you discover a fresh appreciation of the holiday season.

Seven Silver Dollars is about a blind girl named Larysa who is taken to her parents’ factory Christmas party. She is reluctant to go because she knows it will be difficult for her as she feels unaccepted. In this story, Larysa finds a way to negotiate her position and to move toward acceptance by her community and approval from her father.

“Grab yourself an oversized cup of hot apple cider; find a comfy chair; wrap yourself up with a Christmas afghan; and enjoy this wonderful assortment of short stories, memories, and poems!” – from the foreword by New Brunswick author Linda Hall

Christmas with Hot Apple Cider: Stories from the Season of Giving and Receiving is sold in both print and digital format. To see all the books in this series, go to Hot Apple Cider Books.

That’s Life! Communications is a niche publisher committed to finding innovative ways to produce quality books written by Canadians with a Christian faith perspective.

Join Ray Wiseman and Valentina Gal at their book signing event:

December 1, 2017, 6:30 pm
Roxanne’s Reflections Book & Card Shop
152 St. Andrew Street West in Fergus, Ontario