Arizona Storytellers: James Villeneuve

Published: Monday, March 14, 2016 - 11:13am
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(Photo courtesy of Jeremiah Toller - The Arizona Republic)
James Villeneuve shares his story at The Rebel Lounge on February 9, 2016.

KJZZ is partnering with the Arizona Republic to bring you the Arizona Storytellers project on the radio. Storytellers in Phoenix share their stories at live events in town. Some of the stories are about living here, some are not.

When James Villeneuve was at the gym on October 22, 2014, he saw a surprising CNN report from Ottawa. The report said a Canadian soldier was killed at the Canadian National War Memorial at Parliament Hill. The shooter then attempted to fire at the Canadian Prime Minister before being shot.

At the time, James and his family were living in Los Angeles. As the Canadian Consul General, James got a call from his security detail to get home as soon as possible. He told his story as part of the "Good Neighbors" storytelling event.

James Villeneuve is the Canadian Consul General covering Arizona, Nevada and Southern California.

The next storytelling event is Thursday, March 31st at the South Mountain Community College's Performing Arts Center. To learn more about the Arizona Storytellers project or how to tell your own story, visit

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