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 launched in September 2003 with a straightforward mandate: to be a national general interest magazine about Canada and its place in the world and to present the best work by the best writers and artists, on a wide range of topics for curious Canadians. The Walrus is published by the charitable, non-profit Walrus Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting writers, artists, ideas, and to creating forums for conversations on matters vital to Canadians. We achieve these goals by publishing The Walrus magazine ten times a year, curating the national series of Walrus Talks, organizing leadership dinners, and posting original, daily content at The foundation also trains the future leaders in media, publishing, and non-profit development.