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Settle in and get cozy for spine-tingling stories of flying canoes, vicious pirates, phantom trains, mysterious creatures, tormented spirits, and swamp witches with a passion for real estate. Focused on both the storytelling and historical aspects of folklore, host David Williams will tell you a tale, then bring you on a deep dive into its history and cultural significance: the story behind the story.
Join David as he shares and explores the tall tales and ghost stories, classic legends and modern myths of a place called Canada.

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    • 4.2 • 63 Ratings

Settle in and get cozy for spine-tingling stories of flying canoes, vicious pirates, phantom trains, mysterious creatures, tormented spirits, and swamp witches with a passion for real estate. Focused on both the storytelling and historical aspects of folklore, host David Williams will tell you a tale, then bring you on a deep dive into its history and cultural significance: the story behind the story.
Join David as he shares and explores the tall tales and ghost stories, classic legends and modern myths of a place called Canada.

    The Pirate Edward Jordan – Part 1

    The Pirate Edward Jordan – Part 1

    Edward Jordan was the first person to be tried and executed for piracy on Canadian soil. That fact has made him something of a legend, with many imagining him cruising the Atlantic and plundering vessels before being captured. The truth is far less romantic, but still an intriguing story from Canadian history. Part 1 of 2.

    • 38 min
    The Curious Creature of Yale

    The Curious Creature of Yale

    One summer's day in the 1880s, a number of railroad workers stumbled upon a mysterious creature sleeping on the track. After a brief chase, they captured the beast and carried it to town, where it was examined by the local doctor and declared to be a new species of ape. That's the legend, at least. The story of Yale's "wild man" or "Jacko," as he would come to be called, caused a slight stir in 1880s British Columbia, but that would pale in comparison to its rediscovery in the late 20th century by cryptozoologists. Could this forgotten story be a powerful piece of evidence that proves the existence of the elusive Sasquatch or Bigfoot? And what are its connections to a local First Nation's chief and a famous American showman?

    • 36 min
    The Baldoon Mystery – Part 2

    The Baldoon Mystery – Part 2

    Part 2 of 2 continues our examination of the Baldoon Mystery with a look at the history and culture of the people who lived there. We'll also review of all the various theories about what was behind the strange events, and what ultimately brought them to an end. You'll hear about rumours of Faustian deals, about "little people" of Indigenous oral traditions, and about one of my favourite Canadian folk heroes of all time.

    • 53 min
    The Baldoon Mystery – Part 1

    The Baldoon Mystery – Part 1

    The Baldoon Mystery is an odd bit of Canadian folklore. It's supported by recorded eye-witness accounts, has ties to real people and real history, and has the strange distinction of being one of the few ghost stories in the world that doesn't actually feature a ghost. At least, not in the way you might expect. It's a prime example of a Settler Gothic folktale, and it deserves a closer look. In this episode, Part 1 of 2, you'll hear a retelling of the legend based on a book written by one of the survivors.

    • 35 min
    The Legend of Qu’Appelle

    The Legend of Qu’Appelle

    Mowhawk author and performer E. Pauline Johnson made The Legend of the Qu'Appelle Valley one of Saskatchewan's most popular folktales, but it's not the only story about "The River That Calls." Learn about the history of the legend, the theories on what made Johnson's version so popular, and the legacy that has made it somewhat controversial today. Then listen to a more modern tale inspired by the various elements of this iconic legend. Note: This episode discusses and quotes some antiquated and racist ideas and language in order to provide some context and aid in understanding its history. Discretion is advised.

    • 54 min
    Dungarvon Whooper – Part 2

    Dungarvon Whooper – Part 2

    In Part 2 of my look at the Dungarvon Whooper, I'll tell you my version of the classic legend of a murdered cook whose spirit is said to haunt the wilderness of northern New Brunswick. We'll also take a closer look at the stories you heard last episode, try to understand the historical context of these tales, consider the legacy of the legend, and discuss what might actually be stalking the shadowy forest "where the dark and deep Dungarvon sweeps along."

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
63 Ratings

63 Ratings

Keeterism ,

Could be better

I only listened to 1 episode and so far the stories seam pretty good, I enjoy the atmospheric soundscape in the background and the other sound effects that really engage you in the story. This podcast has potential, but the only thing I don’t like is the hosts voice to put it simply. He speaks very punctual and clearly which is good but it sounds like he’s reading a piece of paper rather then speaking to you if you get my drift. It’s hard to explain other then that, he can sound “bot-like”. Other then that the podcast is good.

Aithilin ,

Can’t Wait For More

There are a lot of lore and folktale podcasts out there to choose from, but this is the first I’ve heard that was exclusively Canadian. And I’ve never heard anyone discuss La Chasse-Galerie before. It’s refreshing, insightful, and draws on every corner of lore in Canada, not just a singular region or telling. Wonderful storytelling and references for reading later. It’s been an absolute pleasure, and I look forward to more.

Ch@rl¥ ,

Political ads

I don’t need to listen to a podcast that has conservative ads during an election. Plenty of other similar podcasts to listen. And yes, I realize this is not an airport.

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