About Kristine

Yayoi KusamaInfinity Mirrors at AGO. May 2019.

Be advised: my story can be overwhelming *wry smile*.

I have been dancing since I was four years old, starting with ballet and moving on to Ballroom and Latin dance in my twenties, acting as a dance assistant at Dancing on King Studio before becoming an active member at the Toronto Swing Dance Society. I also have some background in bellydance, along with Medieval and Renaissance

I’ve been singing since I was a young child. I have long had a love for early music, for folk, cabaret, jazz and blues. In keeping with my love for stories, I have been exploring work and protest songs.

It should be of no surprise that I have a passion for history. My areas of focus have been Black history in Europe pre 17th century, Black contributions during WW2, and Women in Renaissance Europe.

I am a published freelance writer and contributor, working for CBC and Toronto Star outlets, among others. (see Media)

I was trained in storytelling through the Toronto District School Board’s Intergenerational Storytelling Project and through Toronto Public Library ( I worked for the later for 11 years). I have been telling stories at a variety of venues such as Buddies in Bad times (for Mayworks) and Transac Club (for Ranconteurs). Currently, I am a member of Storytellers of Canada.

I also built two puppet shows for TPL back in 1998, which are still in circulation.