Mike Burns Portrait

Mike Burns

Irish-born, Montreal-based storyteller Mike Burns is a true keeper of the oral tradition. Known across Canada and Europe for his spellbinding performances, his hundreds of stories include tales and legends of his native Ireland and original history-based stories about his adopted home in Canada. Fluent in Gaelic, English and French, Burns is regarded as pioneer in the revival of storytelling in Quebec. His works have been collected in numerous publications including, most recently, L’Eau de La Vie /The Water of Life (Chemin des Cantons, 2009).

Scott G. MacLeod Portrait

Scott G. MacLeod

G. Scott MacLeod is a multimedia artist in the truest sense of the term. A critically acclaimed painter and photographer whose work is in many permanent collections, including that of the National Gallery of Canada, he is also a performing songwriter and recording artist.

Engaging his lifelong interest in history, with support from the National Film Board of Canada’s Filmmaker Assistance Program and a Main Film Grant, in 2009 MacLeod added filmmaker to his list of endeavors with the release of After the war with Hannelore- A Berliner War Child’s Testimony from 1945 to 1989. The 22-minute documentary had several high-profile screenings, including at Les rendez-vous du cinéma québécois and Berlin’s Arnsenal 2 Institut für Film und Videokunst and One World Berlin Film Festival. The Water of Life, is a six part planned collaboration on Canadian history with celebrated Irish storyteller Mike Burns.

Based in Montreal, MacLeod holds a BFA and MA from Concordia University.

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