Grondin has been telling stories and making music all of
In 1973 when she became a Cubmaster for Scouts Canada,
Pauline was able to incorporate her talents and love of
stories and music into her cub-packs.
Her cubs encouraged her to tell the Jungle Stories of
Rudyard Kipling over and over again. Scout leaders
participated in her workshops as part of their training
and she was soon in demand with Scouting and Guiding
groups all over Southern Ontario.
In 1985 a schoolteacher discovered Pauline’s talents and
the rest, as they say, is history.
Following her French Canadian and Irish roots, Pauline’s
storytelling has delighted audiences of all ages in
Canada, Northern Ireland, Scotland and England. In the
oral tradition of storytelling she presents a potpourri
of fairy tales, myths, legends, folk tales, self penned
and first person stories, often accompanied by a number
of musical instruments and song.
Leroy, a child sized puppet whose voice is, to say the
least, different, often “tags along.”
Pauline took her love of storytelling one-step further
to make history come alive for children and adults.
Dressed in period clothing she will take you back to
yesteryear to share tales of the early settlers who
planted their roots firmly in Canadian soil through
adventure, hardship and joy. Pauline sings the songs of
long ago accompanied by a number of heritage
She has also written a number of books for children and
the young at heart, and appeared on several television
shows, radio programmes, and has been the subject of
many newspaper articles across Ontario and Northern
In 1998, Pauline wrote and performed a song in honour of
the City of Burlington’s 125th. Anniversary
Celebrations. She taught the song to exchange students
traveling to Itabashi Japan to “bond friendships over
the oceans”. Pauline’s song was published in a booklet
that was distributed to officials in Canada as well as
Keeping the audience’s attention is a fundamental rule
for all storytellers.
Stories are always told, never read, making them a bit
like magic. Pauline first gets the audience’s attention,
then, as if with a wave of the magician’s wand, you are
transported to the land of the story, to become one of
the participants perhaps even the hero or the heroine.
“When love and skill work together
expect a masterpiece.” –John Ruskin 1819-1900
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