Anna Gustafson is a born storyteller who grew up in the tiny coastal BC town of Lund and now makes her home in Canada’s largest city, Toronto.
Her stories come from the places in between.
As a touring professional comedian for more than two decades, she has appeared on JFL, CBC’s Comics!, The George Stroumboulopoulos Show, Cracking Up The Capital Comedy Festival, CBC’s Laugh Out Loud, Madly Off In All Directions & The Debaters, has spoken at TEDx, produces the YYComedy Festival in Calgary and is the Comedian in Residence at Gilda’s Club Toronto.
With Firecracker Department, she is helping contribute to women in comedy being known and heard with #firecrackerCOMEDYdept.
Anna is an accomplished writer, speaker and producer, as well as a charitable cycling advocate with a side of indoor cycling instructor.
Anna Gustafson is a triple threat. She writes, she performs and her thighs can crack walnuts…..but more importantly – she touches all ages with her humour. Whether she’s talking about love, children in need or her beloved home on the west coat, Anna is genuine, talented and graceful. An artist who I am priveledged to work with.
Tracy Rideout , CBC Radio
Anna connected with our audience instantly, spoke like she had lived our lives, and offered snippets of wisdom that touched us on a level few outsiders are ever able to do. A true artist, she painted a picture with experience, depth, sincerity, and a subtle message to do more, be more and thank the people who are putting it out there as volunteers.
Mo Nordstrom , HAABC
Anna is an articulate and honest speaker that the audience enjoyed. She was accommodating and cooperative to work with and our organizational team appreciated her work to shape her talk to reflect the theme of our event. She used a terrific blend of both humor and honest reflection that we all appreciated and the reviews of Anna’s talk were excellent.
James Gordon , TEDx Powell River
Growing up in a tiny village, the words “volunteer” and “community” weren’t thrown around as much as they are now. It was just what you did. In a world armed with countless methods not to truly connect with one another, a community must be thoughtfully created. Communities are built and held together through passionate citizens pitching in to help make it a better place to be. Take a trip through yesterday with Anna showing you how her small town back story became a catalyst for creating connection with her world. Fall in love with her describing what it means to participate in a meaningful way alongside neighbours who become a chosen family. In this moving talk you will discover how to get re-connected with your local and global communities and why it helps our world thrive. This talk can be tailored to be 30 to 60 minutes.
Writing Out Loud
This talk stems from when Anna spoke at TEDx. A different way to look at confidence, mentorship and unearthed talent. This is approximately a 30 minutes talk.