The Tale of a Town at The Walrus


The Tale of a Town—Podcasts follow the journeys of the Tale of a Town’s story mobiles as they cross the country. Featuring uniquely local voices, these podcasts reveal telling tales about Canada’s disappearing downtown culture. Authentic, light­hearted, thought-provoking, and insightful, these podcasts provide glimpses into a generation of extraordinary stories about ordinary life on main streets across our nation.

The Tale of a Town—Canada is a national oral history and theatre project touring the country to capture the collective community memory of our country’s main streets one story at a time leading up to the celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017.

DEAR CANADA A shortform audio postcard series that mixes the most compelling interviews from big cities and small towns in each province and territory with inquisitive commentary addressed to listeners across the country.
A WALK DOWN MAIN STREET A longform podcast series that takes a deeper look at the characters and tales at the heart of Ontario’s downtown neighbourhoods.
STORYMAP A map of site-specific sound bytes describing unforgettable people, places, and events occurring on main streets across Canada, which can be searched by national theme and subject.

The Walrus Foundation is a registered charitable non-profit (No. 861851624-RR0001) with an educational mandate to create forums for matters vital to Canadians. The foundation is dedicated to supporting writers, artists, ideas, and thought-provoking conversation. We achieve these goals across multiple platforms, publishing The Walrus magazine—which focuses on Canada and its place in the world—ten times a year in print, tablet, and mobile editions; curating and producing the national series of public Walrus Talks; convening annual sector-based leadership dinners; posting original, high-quality content daily at; and designing such digital projects as Walrus Ebooks and Walrus TV. The foundation also trains young professionals in media, publishing, and non-profit development.