The Ontario Guild
of Town Criers
Welcome to The Ontario Guild of Town Criers Official Website

  • Civic Criers For Municipalities

  • Community Cries For Events and Functions

  • Charity Cries For Fund Raising Events

  • Commercial Cries For Business Openings and Weddings or Anniversaries etc.
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What is a Town Crier?

A Town Crier makes proclamations and announcements for his or her town or community.

Criers attend functions or celebrations and ring their bell to get everyone's attention before reading a special announcement or proclamation from a scroll. Criers normally cry loudly and clearly so that all can hear.

They use the traditional opening word "OYEZ! [oh yeah!] which is a very old french term meaning "To Hearken" or "Hear YE!"

Once having read the "Cry" or message in a suitable fashion to all assembled, the Crier traditionally finishes with the words "God Save The Queen" or "God Bless Canada!" whilst raising their hat.

To learn more about Town Criers or to have a Town Crier visit your event or function, click here.

Visit the Bedellus or our Facebook page for more information on our Criers.

Visit our Guild Crier Map to find a Crier near you.

The Ancient and Honorable World
of Town Crying

Want to contact
The Guild?

You can contact The Ontario Guild of Town Criers by contacting the Guild Secretary at

Need an M.C. or Toastmaster?

Town Criers make excellent Toastmasters and M.C.'s. Many Members belong to the Toastmasters Club of Ontario too!

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