Earlier this afternoon, before hosting tonight's show at The Rondo in Windsor, Jenna and Dan from Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids stopped by the Woodbridge Farm. Their "always sold out reading series" (Torontoist) plays in theaters and event spaces across the country. Over the past three years, it’s also developed into a popular podcast, with mentions in USA Today, The Globe and Mail, and The Guardian, and syndication on CBC radio. Like the Moth Radio Hour, the show's recorded live on stage. Introduced and narrated by Meisner, it features audience members—usually in their 20s and 30s—who volunteer to read embarrassing stories from adolescence: journal entries, letters to celebrities, school essays, etc.
Huge numbers have seen the show, but few know that its concept originated here in Kingsville, where Jenna was raised. On a trip down from Toronto to visit her parents, Jenna read to Dan from her teenage diary. The entries were so naive and funny and awkward that, after hours spent laughing, the couple thought others might enjoy hearing them—and sharing their own juvenilia. So they found a venue, gathered friends, and threw their first reading. It's been going strong ever since.
Shout-out to Dalson Chen, who wrote about their story in this weekend's Windsor Star.
If you're interested in listening to their podcast, you can check it out here.