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Toronto, ON - Defining Moments

  • Burdock Music Hall 1184 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON, M6H 1N2 Canada (map)

The Story Collider is returning to Toronto for another night of true, personal stories about science! This April, we'll present five stories about defining moments in science.

Stories by:

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Jen Chan is a master's student in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on physiological and psychological stress and PTSD in police and military officers. Using physiological data such as cortisol, heart rate, and respiratory responses, she focuses on how to improve officers' stress resilience management when exposed to dangerous situations. Doing so can improve overall situational awareness allowing officers to make better use of force decisions, and increases their safety while on-duty.

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Jennifer Colbourne is a graduate student at York University where she is currently researching raccoon intelligence. She is interested in how animals are adapting to cities, and how to improve animal-human interactions in the urban environment.

 Photo by Mark Rees.

Photo by Mark Rees.

George Kourounis is a renowned global explorer and storm chaser who specializes in documenting extreme forces of nature including: tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanoes, deserts, caves, avalanches and more. He is an Explorer In Residence for The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, the Chairman of the Explorers Club Canadian Chapter, and has received several awards and medals for his efforts. He frequently finds himself driving into the eye of fierce storms, or descending ropes into actively erupting volcanic craters, often while hosting television programs including “Angry Planet” and others.  He has given four TEDx talks, and has addressed the United Nations Environmental Emergencies Forum. George’s expeditions have taken him to 65 countries on all seven continents to such far-flung places as: Madagascar, Turkmenistan, Vanuatu, Greenland, North Korea, Myanmar, and Antarctica.


Anthony Morgan is the Creative Director of Science Everywhere!, an organisation devoted to adult science entertainment. The mission is to build science culture through engaging science entertainment for TV, youtube and live events. He's also on the board of a makerspace (Site 3 CoLaboratory) and has a recurring segment on Daily Planet. His background is in neuroscience/psychology and science communication, but he fell in love with science working at the Ontario Science Centre. Since then he’s been finding as many ways and places to "mic drop science" as he can.

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Olivia Shortt (Anishinaabe-irish) is a Toronto-based classical and contemporary saxophonist, arts administrator and producer. She has sung behind Polaris Prize Winner Tanya Tagaq as a member of the The Element Choir, performed as the opening act for Arcade Fire’s Sarah Neufeld as a member of the Dialectica Saxophone Quartet and recorded Robert Lemay’s Fragments Noirs (which was written for her duo Stereoscope) two kilometres underground in the SNOLAB in Sudbury, Ontario. She is an organizer and co-founder of the Toronto Creative Music Lab and a member of the manidoons collective (who are producing their first show “bug” written and performed by Yolanda Bonnell - which will have it’s World Premiere at Luminato in June 2018). She obtained her Bachelor's and Advanced Certificate in Performance from the University of Toronto and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Music Performance. She loves glitter, cats and travelling.





Earlier Event: April 25
Washington, DC
Later Event: May 1