Murray Rob Roy McGregor

So many people have moved to Ottawa to work for government they sometimes act surprised when they meet Murray, an actual local-born Ottawan who grew up here along with the city itself. Murray discovered oral storytelling in 2010. At first he dabbled across the board telling all types of stories. More recently he has focused on local history and Scottish folklore. He enjoys researching and creating original stories and characters true to historical events.
Until recently Murray wrote and edited web content for government and business. Previously, he did a lot of reading in his own bookstore for 19 years. And in a former life, based in Toronto, he worked in film production, freelanced to CBC radio and wrote for magazines — all connected to telling stories in different ways.
Murray is a member of OttawaStorytellers and Storytellers of Canada. He has a BA in history and art history from Carleton. He is a fifth-generation Canadian from the Scottish Highlands. He loves smokey single malt whisky, dark coffee, dark chocolate and storytelling workshops amongst many other things.

Gianhi Tran & Elizabeth Trinh


Of Chinese-Vietnamese origin, Gianhi left Vietnam at the age of 5 with her three sisters and her parents to join her grandmother and aunt who were settled in Montreal. With an increasing fascination for the issue of multiple identities, her current interest lies in the reality of ethnic communities in pluralistic societies and the legacy of cultural values of immigrants parents to their children.

Born and raised in Montreal, Elizabeth’s first memorable experiences with stories were Disney animations, watching Chinese soap operas with her parents, and spending time in the library. She is content when she connects with others and when she can briefly “step in their shoes” to understand where they come from. Every time, she gets to experience a different life…

In Cantonese, maternal grandmother is called A pò and paternal grandmother is called A mā. In creating a series of short video clips highlighting A pò and A mā and their knowledge of traditional remedies, not only do Gianhi and Elizabeth seek to share their tips to fight colds or their solutions to soothe a broken heart, but they especially strive to learn these excerpts of stories and memories that are such a significant part of these women.