Thursday, October 23, 2014

New Gigs in November/December 2014

The “Did You Hear That?” CD Tour has started! In Montreal, I’m hitting both sides of the mountain about one month apart and I’m hoping to book a show in Ottawa as well, so stay tuned.

Tales from the Mariposa

Wednesday, November 19th 2014 at 7pm
Mariposa le Cafe
5434 Cote St-Luc rd
NDG (Montreal)
Facebook event

Tales and Wails at the Yellow Door Coffeehouse

Friday, December 12th 2014 at 8:00pm
The Yellow Door Coffeehouse
3625 Aylmer,
Montréal, QC H2X 2C3
Facebook Event

Come and join us at the Yellow Door Coffeehouse for the Open Stage where I will be the Featured Performer! There will be music, tales, and coffee with comfy seats! All nestled in the comfortable nook of the Yellow Door Coffeehouse.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Reviews are coming in!

I’ve got about a dozen of the Did You Hear That? CDs in circulation with reviewers and the reviews are starting to come in! I’ll keep updating this post as they arrive, but so far, it’s been positive! 

  • October15th: Geeky Godmother – “It’s a splendid collection for this time of year. Storyteller Hickey does a fine job of reviving a very old tradition.

Monday, September 22, 2014

New CD has been launched!

It's finally the day that has been months, if not years, in the making. Welcome to the digital launch of the much anticipated follow-up CD to the Bard's New Hat!

JD Hickey's newest CD "Did you Hear That?" is ready and features some of the Bard's the creepiest stories! Get ready to turn out the lights and listen to these tales! Then turn all the lights back on and quiver in your bed, praying that the sun will return to banish the darkness!

The stories include:
  • The Hall of Wonders
  • Fionn MacCool and the Old Man
  • Thomas & La Chasse Galerie
  • The Boy Who Drew Cats
  • The Dead Don't Pay
  • The Man with No Story
  • Lex & the Devil
  • Ti-Fleur & the Magic Fiddler
  • BONUS: The Ghost with One Black Eye
  • BONUS: Skeleton Woman    

Here's what you can get:
1. "Did You Hear That?": $12 (8 stories + 2 bonus tracks)
2. "Did you Hear That the Bard Has a New Hat?": $20 which includes:
a. "Did You Hear That?" (8 stories + 2 bonus tracks)
b. "The Bard's New Hat" (released 2010)

There are two ways you can purchase your digital download:
* Bank Transfer: send your payment via Interac e-transfer to Please include your full name for our records. If a password is required, make it "HearThat2014".
* Paypal: please visit our sponsor The Magical Blend and select the "Did You Hear That?" CD from their store page, click Checkout, and pay for it with Paypal.
Note: As of 8am, the CD is not yet available on the site. Stay tuned for when it will be (which should be today sometime).

Once I receive your payment, I will email you a link to the ZIP file that contains the tracks. This path will be active until September 24th 2014, so you must download the file before it expires. Please let me know when you receive the files and do not share this path with anyone else.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Teamaster, a short film

This is another version of the Samurai and the Teamaster story I tell. The versions are very different and my ending is unique, but you can easily see the common thread between them.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Meeting William f*cking Shatner

Wil Wheton tells the story about the first time he met William Shatner.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The House with 13 Roommates

Once upon a time, there were 13 friends who decided to share a house together. They each got a room, agreed to share the kitchen, the living room, and the basement, and share in the upkeep of the whole house. They personalized each of their rooms to suit their tastes and their own needs, and they visited each other frequently.

As the years passed, everyone got along quite well. Though there were spats here and there, the roommates talked them out and even though people sometimes didn't get what they wanted, they compromised for the good of the house, the good of the family.

When times got hard, some of the roommates were having a difficult time to pay the rent and the maintenance fees for the house. Wanting to keep the family together, they started bartering their services in exchange for help with their financial contributions. Newfoundland, PEI, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan offered to do the grocery shopping and Quebec agreed to do all the cooking (due to its French flair with the spices). BC offered to repaint the house and fix the roof, while Alberta promised to keep the basement clean and the furnace topped up with oil. Nova Scotia pulled together a band and provided entertainment. New Brunswick promised it would answer all the incoming calls and deal with the city (in both English and French). The Territories, who were used to walking long distances, agreed to keep an eye out on the entire property to ensure that everyone was safe. Ontario, not hurting for money because it had a solid government job, agreed to cover all the expenses as long as it could supervise all the other tasks.

This seemed to work out well for awhile, but then the roommates started nitpicking at each other, criticizing what was being done. BC didn't like the food that was being bought because it was too grain heavy and the fish and meat products weren't ethically sound or sustainable. Nova Scotia was getting tired of performing all the time for free. The Territories felt cut off from the house because they spent more time outside it keeping watch than inside.

The other provinces mocked Alberta because it spent so much time in the basement. They called it an underdweller, said it was "primitive", and it lived in a hole in the ground. Alberta felt everyone was taking it for granted because the furnace never broke down and it was never cold in the house.

One night, during the supper meal, Ontario made one too many complaints about how spicy the meal and how its mother's cooking was so much better, and Quebec lost its collective shit. Quebec ranted that it was tired of being singled out, made to feel apart, and how annoying it was that if it wanted a change a lightbulb in its room, it had to get everyone's permission. "It's my room! If I want more light, why should Ontario care? I should be allowed to make more of my own choices when it comes to my room!"

So the roommates had a house meeting and renegotiated their deal. Quebec was adamant that it had the right to make whatever changes it wanted to its own room and it shouldn't need to get everyone else's permission. "My room is distinctly different from the other rooms, so it deserves special status!" The other roommates were confused by this at first, but they didn't want to lose their access to the fantastic food, so they gave in to Quebec's demands. Soon the other roommates also enjoyed having more say in how they managed their rooms, but they quietly resented that Quebec got so much more control.

And so the people in the house continued to live together, trying to make it work. Every once in a while, Quebec threatens to move out of the house, but changes its mind when it sees how much the rent is out there in the rest of the city, and it realizes that it's really not so bad living in that house. Sometimes the other roommates talk about leaving too, but then they call another house meeting and negotiate a way to stay together.

It's not an easy life, but living with family rarely is, and everyone is stronger in the end for making it work.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Driving Out the Snakes II 2014

So I hosted a concert called Driving Out the Snakes II in Montreal on St. Patrick's Day weekend in 2014 and it was great! Generous audiences, talented musicians, and an energetic step dancer!

I also got to tell a few tales and they were recorded, so I'm happy to share one of them.

The videographer is Roy Keys and the event was organized by Aine Doan.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Professor Taelstrum's first story

I've been working on developing a Steampunk-themed storyteller named Professor Taelstrum, which I'm hoping to take out into the Geek-Con and Steampunk-Con circuit. I've been picking up bits of his costume and writing his backstory, but I tried to retell Love and Madness in this persona and I recorded it.

It's pretty rough, but I think I like where this is headed. Enjoy!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Quality storytelling does actually matter

I'm blogging this here so that I can find it later easily, but I love what this guy does with the Star Wars prequels. Focusing on Anakin over all three movies was a huge mistake and made the stories suck in a colossal way.

Also, teenage Anakin was a dick from beginning to end, so when he made the transition to the Dark Side, there's no feeling of tragedy or loss. The animated series The Clone Wars dealt with this transition much better than the movies ever did.

Take a look at how BelatedMedia rewrites the first two prequels and you'll see brilliant storytelling at work.

What if Star Wars: Episode 1 were good?

What if Star Wars: Episode 2 were good?

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Story: Fionn MacCool and the Old Man

I've been holding back on this story because I wanted to use it in a Bardic competition in the US. Since the Bardic competition was this past week (no wins for me, but congrats to Julie D. for winning the Bardic Chair!), I can now post it for public consumption.

I've never told a Fionn MacCool story before, but the more I read about these Irish stories, the more I love them. Mike Burns was the first storyteller I heard tell this story, but Robin Williamson is also attributed with this story.
Copyright© 2010 John David Hickey