Anna Gustafson was born & raised in the tiny fishing village of Lund BC, population around 200 if you’re not counting hippies. She now lives in the city of Toronto where the population is roughly 22,000 times that of Lund and where she now is the hippie.
A born storyteller, Anna has spent her life exploring different creative outlets to tell them. CBC’s Comics found her as a young comic and now by industry standards she is an old comic. Almost two decades in stand-up comedy has enabled her to broaden her reach, explore the landscape and find what is now becoming her life’s work. Anna has become a fixture in the Canadian comedy community, co-founded a women’s comedy festival in Toronto, is the Associate Producer of YYComedy Festival in Calgary and the Comedian in Residence at Gilda’s Club Toronto, is an accomplished writer and speaker as well as a charitable cycling advocate with a side of indoor cycling instructor. Not a napper.
from TEDx Powell River
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 a thousand methods not to 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.
Writing Out Loud
In development, this talk stems from when Anna spoke at TEDx Powell River. A different way to look at confidence, mentorship and unearthed talent.