The VoiceStory Live platform was created to be an inclusive environment by VoiceStory Foundation founder Winston Yeung. The concept was born from his dysfunctional belief that he needed permission to speak, so he created the VoiceStory Live stage to give people permission to speak without fear of judgement, ridicule or shame. He believes that everyone has a voice and the power contained in their stories can only be unleashed when they are shared.
This event IS NOT about promoting a business, pitching you a product or trying to sign you up for a program.
What it is about is putting away the cell phones, disconnecting from the hustle and taking a moment to be with yourself and others.
It’s all about people telling their authentic stories of facing their fears, overcoming adversity, accomplishing achievements, and experiencing great adventures. People empowering people through storytelling!
In 2019 we changed venues and VoiceStory Live is now happening at The Vancouver East Cultural Center aka “The Cultch”.
You can purchase tickets to any of our upcoming shows via The Cultch online box office.
Our Next Show is November 27 @ The Cultch!
Winston, sorry it has taken so long to respond.
I wasn’t really able to convey the overwhelming feeling I got from the VoiceStory tribe on Monday. This past weekend I had a lady tell me they bought pens from a middle school that were basically the same as what I had and I suppose from a practicality standpoint, they are. But so is a bic. What I wanted to ask her was to thank me for subsidizing the kids project through my municipal taxes but alas I took the slightly higher road although I traveled it at a very slow pace.
Then came Monday night. A group of people who understood the symbolism. No explanation was needed, no justification was needed, there was just a basic understanding that the pens were more than pens.
After I loaded the van and got in, I had a moment. The times you have asked yourself why you do what you do are times I have also had. Then there are reminders, they come as events like VoiceStory or couples wanting to have a pen with heart and meaning that are made from a place of love. A comfortable space where you can tell your story and a space where those that listen to that story can understand and even relate. You offer a place where people from all walks can connect on a human level and that is more important than ever. Thank you!
– Trevor Neuman
I spoke at VoiceStory because I thought it was a cool concept. I had no idea the impact it was going to have. After speaking I was contact by several people wanting to talk about their experience with the Metoo movement and personal accountability.
One of these people agreed to be a guest on my radio show and he spoke about how he was raped. For me it was a pivotal moment because it cast a light on the fact that up until that point, while I thought I was enlightened when it came to gender issues, I had been discounting the male experience. It’s changed everything.
I have since taken steps to create a mypart movement and a course around personal accountability. None of this would have happened without having stepped on the VoiceStory stage.
– Alison Donaghey
TJ started doing monologues on stage in his early 20s, telling about his experiences with shitty jobs and unrequited love. “I was successful, but before long my ego robbed me of the joy of all of it. So I kept digging deeper. Until I found my real pain.” He then discovered that revealing it on stage brought redemption and connection.
Join us on November 27 and TJ shares his experience that “It’s easy to believe that if people saw our messy, anxious underbelly, they’d never love us. However, the opposite is true and exposing our vulnerability brings us closer to each other.”
After moving to Canada Jan’s life was on auto-pilot until he attended a weekend retreat that blew his heart and mind open. “For the first time I was surrounded by people that completely accepted me for who I truly am!” He felt an intense feeling of belonging, but also realized that he felt more disconnected and lonely than before.
On November 27 Jan shares his journey with us and his realization that “Feeling lonely isn’t a bad thing. It’s just a message from your body telling you that you crave connection. Like when you are hungry your body tells you to eat.” And from this he found out the shortcut to deep connections is vulnerability.
After being harassed as a child for being sensitive, Caitey embarked on a journey to redefine her relationship with vulnerability. By experimenting with ‘vulnerable fun’, she discovered that vulnerability is a powerful tool for unlocking deeper fulfillment in life.
Join us on November 27 as Caitey shares her discovery that vulnerability is the key to real fun and fulfillment in life, which then reopens possibilities that we have inadvertently closed off while “growing up”.
Failed relationships have caused Birnie to question his self worth and ability to love or be loved again. “I find myself alone with my thoughts and my life, which has created a fear within me. I’m looking to push through my struggles by living life, which in turn will create opportunities for someone to join me on my journey.”
On November 27 come experience his story, as Birnie shares with us that in order to move on in life, one needs to be vulnerable. “It starts with owning my story and then sharing it will empower me. It is then possible for healing to begin and hope will follow.”
In five seconds David made a decision to travel across the country to visit his Grandparents. “I had never been that close to my grandpa, and yet there was this nudge that told me to go.” That decision revealed to him that sometimes we need to listen to the whisper of our heart, even if our brain says says no.
On November 27 David shares his revelation that making a decision, in spite of your fear or uncertainty, can mean something special. That vulnerability is a reward, if we listen to our hearts and not overthink it.
A series of recent unfortunate events unravelled Kirsten’s confidence and hammered her usual optimism. Moving from “I’m not good enough” to “I am worthy no matter what is happening on the outside” is an ongoing effort of playful action and connection.
Come join us on November 27 as Kirsten shares her experience of taking major life leaps big enough to terrify a diehard roller coaster fan. She thought she had a healthy relationship with vulnerability, yet sharing failures professionally has been too high a risk to her credibility. Now she has finally found the courage to overcome this wall!