Last Chance to Register for Our after School Programming, an Invitation to Test out Our App and a Reminder about Our Book Club Meeting

Now that the school year is in full swing, so is our events schedule. We’ll be hosting lots of fun events for storytellers of all ages in the coming weeks, so make sure to keep checking back to our blog and events page for events like our Book Swap, Afterlight Book Club meeting, and storytelling and animation workshops that’ll be happening at some point later on in October…

Last Chance to Sign up for Lift Off!
Registration for Lift Off!, our FREE after school programming for kids aged 6-12 closes this Thursday, September 24.

Starting September 29, every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-5:30 pm, Lift Off! will combine homework support with creative expression through art, writing and digital tools.

Drop by our space, call us at 416-645-1049, or email Noorin at to register.

FREE App Play-Testing Session

This summer, the Atomatons worked hard on prototypes for their new storymaking app and now they’re looking for feedback from other likeminded storytellers. Kids between the ages of 7 and 11 are invited to help our app-stronaut team test out their new project this Saturday, September 26 from 10-12 pm.

This event is pay-what-you-can. Email to sign up!

Our Next Afterlight Book Club Meeting
Our next book club meeting is on Wednesday, October 7. Have you started reading The Girls by Lori Lansens yet? There’s still time! Buy the book here and RSVP to our Meetup event page here. We can’t wait to hear what you thought about the book!

New Volunteers
IMG_2189On Sunday, we held our first volunteer orientation for the new fall season. Exciting! As an icebreaker, participants wrote down their favourite story, book, or movie, a leader they look up to, their favourite food, and a place they want to visit onto a sticky note. Then, using those words, they worked in small groups to create a fun 5 minute story! The first round of stories are posted below for your reading pleasure and we should have a few more by the end of the week. If you’d like to join the fun, email Michelle at to find out how you can get involved!

Genghis Khan’s Quest
The Step City Mongols lost in a crushing defeat to the Byzantine Brawlers at the NFL football match. To make them feel better, Mother Khan took them to Applebee’s for Taco Friday. After they finished their tacos, Genghis wanted some rich and creamy Yak’s milk ice cream. Disappointed by the lack of yak, Genghis beheads the server, but mercifully spares the rest of the Applebee’s staff. To satisfy this craving, Genghis takes the entire team on a quest to Svaneti for authentic yak’s milk ice cream. After eating the ice cream, they end their day with a joyous snow ball fight.

Fears of flying and fish
Natasha’s mom- who hasn’t flown since she was 12- decides to face her fears of flying and fish. She flies to Kyoto, and goes to the best sushi restaurant in the city. She is greeted by Princess Mononoke, who tells her that it’s okay to have fears. Natasha’s mom notices and exclaims, “How we are hungry!”- and they go to get Portuguese egg tarts.

Frankenstein is walking down the streets of Tokyo looking pretty sad. He’s been having a hard time getting gigs since the band broke up and his solo career started. He sees a sushi joint and decides to cheer himself up with a nice California roll and Sashimi. As he walks through the door he can’t believe his ears! His top song by The Blues Brothers- his old band is blaring! Just like in the movies he sees his old drummer, Pippi Longstocking, is playing the drums in the corner with the Frankenstein monster while holding her pet horse over her head. Just like that- the band was back together.