BLUE AND RED MAKE PURPLE: A Musical Journey with Grammy-winning Children’s Artist, Jennifer Gasoi

NEW RELEASE

BLUE AND RED MAKE PURPLE

A Musical Journey with Jennifer Gasoi
Illustrated by Steve Adams

Available on October 1, 2016 from The Secret Mountain

Blue and Red Make Purple

This new book with CD offers young listeners a musical journey through the different colors of Jennifer Gasoi’s multi-layered and playful music. The colorful picture book, featuring original illustrations by Steve Adams, highlight the history, instruments and unique characteristics of each musical genre along with listening suggestions accompanying each song. Along the way, Gasoi offers readers a chance to create their own sounds, and discover more about the songwriting process itself.  Full lyrics are also included in this delightful music-forward title.

The accompanying CD features 12 original songs that meld styles ranging from bluegrass to Dixieland swing, folk to calypso to Cajun and klezmer.

Featured is Gasoi’s GRAMMY Award winning hit “Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well,” and traveling tunes like “Little Blue Car” and “Goin’ on a Trip,” all of them with a positive message underscored in “Bright Side of Life.” Gasoi hopes that readers will be inspired to “express themselves, tap into their own mastery, and embrace their unique gifts.”

Jennifer Gasoi is a GRAMMY and Parents’ Choice Gold Award winner. She is one of Canada’s most acclaimed children’s performers and recording artists, offering upbeat, intelligent jazz and world beat influenced original music with all-ages appeal. In addition to her frequent sold-out performances throughout Canada, the Vancouver-born singer-songwriter has garnered fans at her concerts in the United States, Brazil, Israel, Singapore, India, the U.K. and Japan. Steve Adams has collaborated with many publications over the years, such as The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review and The Globe & Mail. He has also illustrated several books for children, including the award-winning picture book “The Boy Who Grew Flowers” (Barefoot Books). Both live in Montreal.

The Secret Mountain, celebrating 15 years of publishing music-forward children’s storybooks, has released popular titles focusing on classical music, including Amazing Water, Listen to the Birds, Simply Fantastic (all three by Ana Gerhard) and Sleep Softly. The extensive catalogue of award-winning storybook-music CD titles for children includes It’s Raining Cats and Dogs, Songs from the Baobob (African Lullabies), Dreams Are Made for Children (Classic Jazz Lullabies), A Duck in New York City by singer-songwriter Connie Kaldor and Tomorrow is a Chance To Start Over (Hilary Grist). The publishing house also has an impressive enhanced ebook list.

BLUE AND RED MAKE PURPLE by Jennifer Gasoi; illustrations by Steve Adams / Children’s Picture Book with Music CD (12 tracks, 34 minutes) / Hardcover, 44 pages, 8″ x 8 / Ages 5 to 8 / ISBN: 978-2-924217-79-5 / $22.95 CDN / Distributed by Independent Publishers Group represented in Canada by The Manda Group

Review Copies and Media Enquiries

Ruth JosephThe Secret Mountain logo
Tel: 514.804.4379
ruth@thesecretmountain.com
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Sneak Preview: Tomorrow is a Chance To Start Over Bedtime Story and Dream Songs by Hilary Grist

Tomorrow is a Chance to Start Over by Hilary GristEscape from the city on a musical dreamboat

AVAILABLE ON JUNE 2, 2015

Adding to their growing catalog of Parents’ Choice Award-winning storybooks with CDs for children, The Secret Mountain will release Tomorrow Is a Chance To Start Over on June 2.

Hilary Grist wrote the story, created the clay characters and performs her original songs, to offer a soothing, restful experience for the whole family to enjoy together. Her smooth rhythmic text and stunning artwork cast in a soft light between sleep and waking, make for a perfect summertime treat, wafting listeners into a reposeful musical world reminiscent of Norah Jones and Feist.                         

The story is about Ira and Isabelle, two siblings living in a little red house by the sea, who decide one night to escape the sound of the city’s beeping cars and sail off to a faraway land. On their journey, they learn from a newly-made friend, a robin with a soft voice, that dreams really can come true. In addition to the narrated story, the CD offers nine heartwarming dream songs followed by an ethereal rendition of Johanne Brahms‘ classic “Cradle Song.”

The best part is that on Saturday, June 6th at 2:00 pm, Vancouver’s Book Warehouse (4118 Main Street) will host the launch of this new release, just in time for summer! In the area? Then here’s the chance to bring the kids out for a musical afternoon of live storytelling and songs. Hilary will be performing some featured selections from this new release.

CD Track Listing
1. Tomorrow is a Chance to Start Over (Narration)
2. Tomorrow is a Chance to Start Over
3. Fall in my Loving Arms
4. Swallow Me Up
5. Float Away
6. Le petit oiseau
7. Say Goodnight
8. City of Green and Blue
9. I’ll Be There
10. Still
11. Cradle Song

Hilary Grist is a singer-songwriter from Vancouver, notable for her song placements that have been part of nine major television shows. Not only is she a talented musician, but also a gifted visual artist who (with her creative team including her producer and husband, Mike Southworth) created the 3D clay characters shown on the book’s cover. As well, Grist has built an international following from tours across Japan, South Korea and North America. She is a graduate of the Capilano University Jazz Studies program in North Hilary GristVancouver. Her influences are as diverse as Ella Fitzgerald, and Tom Waits, along with Debussy. Accordingly, her songwriting and performance style incorporates elements of jazz, folk, pop, and classical. Grist has performed in many Canadian festivals including the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and North by Northeast. Grist recently released her fifth studio album entitled Come and Go.

The Secret Mountain is a Montreal-based publisher of beautifully produced children’s books and music from around the world, in French and English. Several of their titles, including Songs from the Baobab, A Duck in New York City, and Listen to the Birds, have won international acclaim and Parents’ Choice Gold Awards.

PRESS CONTACT
Ruth Joseph
Tel: 514.804.4379
ruth@thesecretmountain.com 

www.thesecretmountain.com

Prologue Children’s Festival for the Arts is a Smorgasbord of Free Family Fun!

Prologue's Children's Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 31, 2015

PROLOGUE CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL
A Smorgasbord of Free Family Fun

YOUNG PEOPLE’S THEATRE – MONDAY, MAY 25, 7:00 pm

[Toronto ON]  A smorgasbord of free, family fun will be served up May 25th, when the Prologue Children’s Festival for the Arts presents a jaw-dropping variety of award-winning Canadian talent at the Young People’s Theatre!

The Prologue Children’s Festival is part of the Prologue for the Performing Arts commendable 50 year history in bringing the highest quality in performing arts to children and families across Ontario schools and communities.  Presenting 2400 performances in dance, theatre, music, story-telling, puppetry and spoken word every year, and reaching over 600,000 children, the Festival is a special preview showcase highlighting the great talent that young audiences are treated to throughout the school year!

On stage will be 2x JUNO nominees and SiriusXM winners, Sultans of String, who execute a heady brand of world music combining Spanish flamenco, Arabic folk, East Coast Celtic and gypsy jazz. As a special treat, Sultans of String will meet the electricity of sitar master Anwar Khurshid in an innovative collaboration that transcends categorization.

3x JUNO nominated a cappella vocal quartet, Cadence, will also be on the night’s curriculum, delivering soaring harmonies and progressive arrangements of classic songs, both new and old. From cheeky jazz to modern pop, voices blend like colours on canvas.

Actor/playwright/singer & dancer, performance artist Leslie McCurdy brings her historic tribute to Underground Railway conductor, Harriet Tubman – The Spirit of Harriet Tubman – to the stage. At once educational and inspirational, McCurdy’s brilliant solo shows leave a lasting impression on audiences young and old.

The Little Pear Garden Collective, Canada’s foremost company of traditional and contemporary Chinese dance, will bring the drama, Tales of Goddesses and a Painter, the story of how the cave paintings along the Silk Road came into being through their exceptional, expressive abilities to merge song and dance together.

Budding young poets will delight in Andre Prefontaine’s provocative performance, which showcases his uncanny ability as a poignant spoken word artist who speaks directly to young people today. His stand-up poetry art will highlight the vibrant potential that exists in the exchange between artists and young people.

Making a special guest appearance will be New Zealand’s Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre which presents Maori performing arts in a dynamic and contemporary manner. They have traveled the world, promoting cultural understanding and inviting audiences to participate in their programs and performances.

The entire event will be hosted by the energizing improv troupe, Dufflebag Theatre, with their theatrical take on fairy tales.

The Prologue Children’s Festival will be a fun and lively night of well-rounded entertainment for the entirefamily at a price — absolutely free – that you can’t afford to miss out on. RSVP right away to ensure seating.

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WHEN:

Monday, May 25, 2015, 7:00-9:00pm

WHERE:  

Young Peoples’ Theatre, 165 Front St E, Toronto

COST:

Free Public Event – but please RSVP to ensure seating or call Jon at 416-591-9092 x224

INFO:  

http://www.prologue.org

Prologue to the Performing Arts

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May Long Weekend All-Family Music Event! Gary Rasberry & The Woodshed Orchestra at Mulberry Waldorf School in Kingston!

Gary Rasberry & The Woodshed Orchestra

May Long Weekend
All-Family Music Event!
Gary Rasberry & The Woodshed Orchestra
in Concert at Mulberry Waldorf School
in Kingston

Parents! Staying in the city for the May long weekend? Looking for a fabulous event for you and your children? Look no further! Join Juno-nominated children’s artist, Gary Rasberry & The Woodshed Orchestra for a musical matinee at the Mulberry Waldorf School (25 Markland Street, Kingston) on Sunday, May 17th, 2015 at 2:00 pm.

Tickets: $20 Family / $10 Adults / $5 Children – available at the venue.

Gary Rasberry & The Woodshed Orchestra will perform songs from their latest record, The Very Next Day, a joy-filled children’s album. The Very Next Day will take your entire family on a rollicking ride through fields of pop. Without warning, find yourself marching behind a New Orleans brass band. Parents learn to welcome the blues. Friendship and love are celebrated in waltz-time. The joy of being alive is discovered in beautiful roots music with party hats and a horn section.

Singer-songwriter Gary RasberryGary Rasberry has a knack for working with fabulous musicians. He recorded his Juno-nominated album, What’s the Big Idea?!? with old time fiddle-banjo duo Sheesham & Lotus and followed that up by working with Dave Clark and The Woodshed Orchestra to record The Very Next Day. Gary’s songs honour children for the highly intelligent creatures they are, treat parents with the love and respect they deserve, and celebrate the family unit as the fabulous, crazy, beautiful, institution it truly is. Gary has performed at music festivals across Ontario and beyond.

The Woodshed Orchestra is a multi-headed celebration emancipation experience.The Woodshed Orchestra Legendary Toronto drummer Dave Clark (Rheostatics, Gord Downie, Charles Spearin) pilots the band through numerous classic dance music styles including New Orleans Funk and Jazz, R&B, Ska, Soul, Reggae, Punk, Rock, Blues, Country, Surf Rock, Neo-Greek, Ranchero, Polka, Disco, Samba, Afro-Pop, Waltz, New Wave, Cajun, Tex-Mex, Power Pop, Klezmer, Torch Ballads, Tango and Calypso, in an extraordinary celebration. With a five-piece horn section and full-ensemble vocals, this is not your everyday bar-band. It is a funky, uplifting, joyful ride every time.

On Sunday, May 17th, enjoy beautiful roots music, with party hats and a horn section for every member of your family at the Mulberry Waldorf School. Fun WILL be had!

For more info email gwrasberry@gmail.com
www.garyrasberry.com
www.thewoodshedorchestra.com
www.facebook.com/GaryRasberryMusic

Coming Soon From The Secret Mountain: Sleep Softly: Classical Lullabies by Brahms, Schubert, Satie, Debussy…

NEW! FROM THE SECRET MOUNTAIN – AVAILABLE ON MAY 1, 2015

Sleep Softly:  Classical Lullabies by Brahms, Schubert, Satie, DebussyThe latest picture book and classical music CD in the award-winning and internationally acclaimed series, created for babies, but for the whole family to enjoy!

Sleep Softly:  Classical Lullabies by Brahms, Schubert, Satie, Debussy…

Performed by Ensemble Agora; Illustrations by Élodie Nouhen

Soothing and entrancing melodies from beloved composers are collected in this newest addition to The Secret Mountain’s acclaimed book-and-CD series. The hardbound book features whimsical, dream-like illustrations by Élodie Nouhen and brief explanatory notes describing how the song was composed and how it was arranged for this recording. The accompanying CD, recorded in France with the acclaimed wind and harp quintet Ensemble Agora, features 16 soft and sweet masterpieces that will send everyone in the family—including the crying infant—off to dreamland.

The gently rocking rhythm of Offenbach’s “Barcarolle” launches listeners into the magical world of Venetian gondoliers, and other familiar pieces, including Schumann’s “Of Foreign Lands” and Satie’s “Gymnopédie,” convey a sense of timeless voyage through cadence and instrumentation.  Fauré’s famous melody, “Après un rêve” demonstrates the power of melody and harmony to create an otherworldly experience.  The most famous track of all was composed in 1868 by Johannes Brahms: “Wiegenlied,” better known in the English speaking world simply as the lullaby song. The final piece, “Brezairola,” is a traditional song which French musician Joseph Canteloube arranged in the 1920s; this recording strips the melody to its essence, adding the drone of a bassoon in the background. The result is a relaxing 34 minutes of sound and visuals for all ages to enjoy together.

In 2014, The Secret Mountain, publisher of beautifully produced children’s books and music from around the world, released the Parents’ Choice Gold Award winning storybook-music CD Simply Fantastic: An Introduction to Classical Music. The first title from that collection, Listen to the Birds, also won international awards and acclaim the previous year.

SLEEP SOFTLY – CLASSICAL LULLABIES BY BRAHMS, SCHUBERT, SATIE, DEBUSSY… / PERFORMED BY ENSEMBLE AGORA / ILLUSTRATIONS BY ÉLODIE NOUHEN / CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK WITH MUSIC CD (DURATION: 34 MINUTES) / HARDCOVER, 36 PAGES, 8” X 8″ / AGES : BIRTH – 3 / ISBN: 978-2-924217-24-5 /$ 22.95 CDN /  DISTRIBUTED BY INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS GROUP REPRESENTED IN CANADA BY THE MANDA GROUP

Sleep Softly:  Classical Lullabies by Brahms, Schubert, Satie, Debussy…

Celebrate! Holidays of the Global Village with Juno Nominee/3x Parents Choice Award Winner Chris McKhool at St. Francis Centre, Saturday, December 13th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 3, 2014

JUNO NOM/3X PARENTS CHOICE AWARD WINNER CHRIS MCKHOOL
celebrates the multicultural mosaic with his award-winning young audience show

“CELEBRATE! HOLIDAYS OF THE GLOBAL VILLAGE”
ST. FRANCIS CENTRE – SAT DEC 13, 3:00 PM
 

Celebrate! Holidays of the Global Village with Chris McKhool

 

[Ajax ON]  JUNO Award Nominee and 3x Parents’ Choice Award winner, Chris McKhool, celebrates the multicultural mosaic with his award-winning show, “Celebrate! Holidays of the Global Village”, at St. Francis CentreDecember 13, 2014, 3pm!

Celebrate! Holidays of The Global Village” is an interactive and playful musical journey into the myriad of holidays, customs and festivities enjoyed in our country showcasing songs about Christmas, Carnival, Chanukah, Chinese New Year, Diwali, Eid, Kwanzaa, First Nations traditions, Ramadan and many more! Children can visit with Santa after the show!

Hailed as a “Children’s musical star” (National Post) and “Canada’s greatest eco-troubadour for young people”, Chris McKhool is one of Canada’s greatest musicians for young audiences. McKhool has reached over 1 million children live in concert, winning 3 USA Parents’ Choice Awards, 2 Canadian Folk Music Awards and a JUNO Award nomination. He also won Best Children’s Entertainer at the Festivals & Events Ontario Awards, a Green Toronto Award of Excellence, an Environment Canada Action Award and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his commitment to multicultural and environmental issues through music. He also created the World’s Largest Bicycle Bell Ensemble in Canada!

 
WHEN:
Saturday, December 13, 2014 – 3:00 pm
Children can visit with Santa after the show!

WHERE:

St. Francis Centre for Community, Arts & Culture
78 Church Street South, Ajax

TIX/INFO:
$15 
(incl.hst)  | 905-619-2529 ext. 2787 (ARTS)  www.stfranciscentre.ca
Available at the Box Office, Ajax & McLean Community Centres, Audley Recreation Centre

www.fiddlefire.com
“Chris McKhool and the boys are fantastic. They can play my bar mitvah!” Bob Ezrin, Producer (Pink Floyd, Kiss)

“I was impressed by his musical virtuosity and personal appeal…His songs succeed!” Ernie Coombs (Mr. Dressup)

“Many have tried but none have come as close to capturing what it means to truly celebrate multiculturalism as Chris McKhool. The Toronto singer-songwriter epitomizes what many Canadians have come to love about this country.” Deanne Fisher, City Parent

“A children’s superstar!” Brent Bambury, CBC Television

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MEDIA ENQUIRIES:

Lisa Weitz,  LW Communications  lw@lwcommunications.ca  416-624-3466 | 416-846-6877 (cell)

Chris McKhool & Friends “Celebrate! Holidays of the Global Village”

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 16, 2012

WHO:  Chris McKhool JUNO Nominee & 3x Parents’ Choice Award Winner & Special Guests: Suba Sankaran, Aviva Chernick, Shannon Thunderbird, Maryem Hassan Tollar, Ernie Tollar, Jordan Klapman, & more!

WHAT:  “Celebrate:  Holidays of the Global Village”
Fundraising Family Concert for ArtsCan Circle & Daily Bread Food Bank 

WHERE:  St. George the Martyr Anglican Church, 197 John Street N (in Grange Park), Toronto (home of the Music Gallery)

WHEN:  Saturday, November 24, 1:00 pm

COST:  FREE Public Event – Monetary donations and non-perishable food items are greatly appreciated!

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH:  Small World Music ~ www.smallworldmusic.com


CHRIS MCKHOOL & Friends
“Celebrate!  Holidays of the Global Village”

Presented by
Earthworks Community Music in partnership with Small World Music

[Toronto, ON]  On Sat. Nov. 24, JUNO Award Nominee, 3x Parents’ Choice Award winner & Canadian Folk Music Award winner, Chris McKhool, celebrates the multicultural mosaic at St. George the Martyr along with Suba Sankaran, Aviva Chernick, Shannon Thunderbird, Maryem Hassan Tollar, Ernie Tollar, Jordan Klapman, & more.

All funds raised at the concert are being donated to ArtsCan Circle & food donations for the Daily Bread Food Bank (information about both charitable organizations below).

“Celebrate! Holidays of The Global Village” is an interactive and playful musical journey into the myriad of holidays, customs and festivities enjoyed in the North-American Fall and Winter. Children will learn traditional and original songs encouraging them to share our diversity with neighbours and friends.

Inspired by travels across Canada and around the world, “Celebrate!” is a groundbreaking collaboration with musicians from diverse cultures. It features songs about holidays from across the globe that are celebrated here in Canada, including Bodhi Day (Buddhist), Carnival (Quebec), Chanukah, Chinese New Year, Christmas, Diwali, Eid, Indigenous traditions, Kwanzaa, Ramadan and Winter Solstice.

“Celebrate!” was developed as a response to the lack of programming for young audiences and families that integrates diverse cultures and holidays into one coherent vision.  While there are many worthy public concerts and programs that take place in the fall/winter holiday season that celebrate specific holidays such as Christmas, Chanukah, Diwali etc, there is no concert program in Toronto that aims to bring so many holidays together under one roof in this way.

Hailed as a “Children’s musical star” (National Post) and “Canada’s greatest eco-troubadour for young people” (Mississauga Living Arts Centre), Chris McKhool is one of Canada’s greatest musicians for young audiences. He has been touring across Canada with his family concerts for over ten years, reaching almost 1 million youth, and has appeared on Mr. Dressup, YTV’s Treehouse, TVOntario’s Crawlspace and the CBC. Chris is also a 3x Parents’ Choice Award (U.S) and Green Toronto Award of Excellence recipient.

Thanks to our ongoing supporters: Prologue to the Performing Arts, Small World Music, Toronto Arts Council, Long & McQuade, Music Manufacturing Services


“Chris McKhool and the boys were fantastic. They can play my bar mitvah!” ~ Bob Ezrin, Producer (Pink Floyd, Kiss)

“I was impressed by his musical virtuosity and personal appeal…His songs succeed!” ~ Ernie Coombs (Mr. Dressup)

“Many have tried but none have come as close to capturing what it means to truly celebrate multiculturalism as Chris McKhool. The Toronto singer-songwriter epitomizes what many Canadians have come to love about this country.” ~ Deanne Fisher, City Parent

“A children’s superstar!” ~ Brent Bambury, CBC Television


ArtsCan Circle 

ArtsCan Circle sends teams of musicians, artists and instruments to engage children and youth in Northern Indigenous/First Nations communities. Through music and other creative arts, they work to share new skills, promote self-esteem and creative self-expression.  Musical instruments, art supplies and recording studio equipment have been brought to the communities to facilitate young people finding their own voices and creating their own art and music.  ArtsCan Circle now provides over 2,000 workshop opportunities for indigenous youth annually.  Countless volunteer hours help raise funds to send the teams north and create connections between communities in southern Ontario and across Canada with our neighbours in the far north.
http://www.artscancircle.ca

Daily Bread Food Bank

The Daily Bread Food Bank is fighting to end hunger in communities across the Greater Toronto Area. As the hub of the food bank community in Toronto, Daily Bread supports over 170 member agencies in running different kinds of food relief programs. Their agencies run neighbourhood food banks where people come to access food hampers, as well as meal programs where people can access prepared meals such as soups or casseroles. Daily Bread is non-partisan and all-inclusive, and of the belief that no one in our communities should go hungry.
http://www.dailybread.ca


ARTIST INFO:     

Chris McKhool http://www.fiddlefire.com

Suba Sankaran http://www.subasankaran.com/

Aviva Chernick http://www.avivachernick.com/

Shannon Thunderbird http://www.shannonthunderbird.com/

Maryem Hassan Tollar http://www.maryemtollar.com/

Ernie Tollar http://www.myspace.com/ernietollar

Jordan Klapman http://jordanklapman.com/

 

MEDIA ENQUIRIES (Interviews, CDs, live studio, DVDs, MP3s):
Lisa Weitz, LW Communications
lw@lwcommunications.ca
http://www.lwcommunications.ca
416-624-3466  (tel)
416-846-6877 (cell)

Chris McKhool’s Earth, Seas and Air Children’s Show Coming to Sudbury!

Chris McKhool will be performing an Earth Month Sudbury Family show, presented by Northern Lights Festival Boréal on April 29th, 2012 at 1:30 pm.  The show will be held at the Jubilee Centre and tickets are available for $10/NLFB members, $15/everyone else at www.nlfbsudbury.com.

Chris McKhool Bio:

• 2010 Festivals & Events Ontario – Best Children’s Entertainer
• 2010 Canadian Independent Music Awards nominees – Favourite Children’s Artist
• 2009 JUNO Award nomination – Children’s Album of the Year
• 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award – Children’s Album of the Year
• 2009 Parents’ Choice Award
• 2009 iParenting Media Award
• 2008 International Songwriting Competition Winner (ISC) – Instrumental

Hailed as a “Children’s musical star” (National Post) and “Canada’s greatest eco-troubadour for young people” (Mississauga Living Arts Centre), 2009 JUNO Award nominee Chris McKhool is one of Canada’s hottest musicians for young people. Chris has been touring across Canada with his children’s concerts for over ten years, reaching 1 million children, and has appeared on Mr. Dressup, YTV’s Treehouse, TVOntario’s Crawlspace and the CBC.

Chris brings his love of music to young audiences and tours his Earth, Seas & Air, Celebrate! and FiddleFire! concerts for children in festivals and concert halls across Canada. Closer to home he has performed at Toronto Harbourfront’s Cushion Concert series, the Distillery Jazz Festival, and has headlined Toronto’s First Night at the Rogers Centre.

A champion of environmental issues, Chris created the World’s Largest Bicycle Bell Orchestra at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto with over 800 bell ringers! Chris won a Green Toronto Award of Excellence and the Environment Canada Action Award for his CD/concert “Earth, Seas & Air”.

Chris has toured through all of Canada and has appeared at the Ottawa, Vancouver, Thunder Bay and London International Children’s Festivals. He has also performed in the US, England, Cuba, Guatemala and Tibetan schools across the Indian Himalayas. Chris also plays violin and tours with his original World-Jazz-Flamenco band Sultans of String, receiving a 2010 JUNO Award nomination for Instrumental Album of the Year and winning the 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award for Instrumental Group of the Year.

http://www.fiddlefire.com

Chris McKhool & Friends “Celebrate! Holidays of the Global Village”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 10, 2011WHO: Chris McKhool JUNO Nominee & 3x Parents’ Choice Award Winner & Special Guests: Suba Sankaran, Aviva Chernick, Shannon Thunderbird, Maryem Hassan Tollar, Ernie Tollar, Jordan Klapman & Sultans of String!

WHAT: “Celebrate:  Holidays of the Global Village” Fundraising Family Concert for ArtsCan Circle & Daily Bread Food Bank

WHERE:  Trinity St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON

WHEN:  Saturday, November 26, 1:00pm

COST:  Free Public Event  – Monetary donations and non-perishable food items are greatly appreciated!

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH:  Small World Music

CHRIS MCKHOOL & Friends
“Celebrate!  Holidays of the Global Village”

Presented by Earthworks Community Music in partnership with Small World Music

On Sat., Nov. 26th, JUNO nominee, 3x Parents’ Choice Award winner & CFMA winner, Chris McKhool, celebrates the multicultural mosaic at Trinity St. Paul’s Centre along with Suba Sankaran, Aviva Chernick, Shannon Thunderbird, Maryem Hassan Tollar, Ernie Tollar, Jordan Klapman, & Sultans of String.
 
All funds raised at the concert are being donated to ArtsCan Circle & food donations for the Daily Bread Food Bank (information about both charitable organizations below).  
 
“Celebrate! Holidays of The Global Village” is an interactive and playful musical journey into the myriad of holidays, customs and festivities enjoyed in the North-American Fall and Winter. Children will learn traditional and original songs encouraging them to share our diversity with neighbours and friends. 
 
Inspired by travels across Canada and around the world, “Celebrate!” is a groundbreaking collaboration with musicians from diverse cultures. It features songs about holidays from across the globe that are celebrated here in Canada, including Bodhi Day (Buddhist), Carnival (Quebec), Chanukah, Chinese New Year, Christmas, Diwali, Eid, Indigenous traditions, Kwanzaa, Ramadan and Winter Solstice. 
 
“Celebrate!” was developed as a response to the lack of programming for young audiences and families that integrates diverse cultures and holidays into one coherent vision.  While there are many worthy public concerts and programs that take place in the fall/winter holiday season that celebrate specific holidays such as Christmas, Chanukah, Diwali etc, there is no concert program in Toronto that aims to bring so many holidays together under one roof in this way. 
 
Hailed as a “Children’s musical star” (National Post) and “Canada’s greatest eco-troubadour for young people” (Mississauga Living Arts Centre), Chris McKhool is one of Canada’s greatest musicians for young audiences. He has been touring across Canada with his family concerts for over ten years, reaching almost 1 million youth, and has appeared on Mr. Dressup, YTV’s Treehouse, TVOntario’s Crawlspace and the CBC. Chris is also a 3x Parents’ Choice Award (U.S) and Green Toronto Award of Excellence recipient. 

Thanks to our ongoing supporters: Prologue to the Performing Arts, Toronto Arts Council, Long & McQuade, Music Manufacturing Services.

 “Chris McKhool and the boys were fantastic. They can play my bar mitvah!”
Bob Ezrin, Producer (Pink Floyd, Kiss)

“I was impressed by his musical virtuosity and personal appeal…His songs succeed!” Ernie Coombs (Mr. Dressup)

“Many have tried but none have come as close to capturing what it means to truly celebrate multiculturalism as Chris McKhool. The Toronto singer-songwriter epitomizes what many Canadians have come to love about this country.” Deanne Fisher, City Parent

“A children’s superstar!” Brent Bambury, CBC Television 


ArtsCan Circle 

ArtsCan Circle sends teams of musicians, artists and instruments to engage children and youth in Northern Indigenous/First Nations communities. Through music and other creative arts, they work to share new skills, promote self-esteem and creative self-expression.  Musical instruments, art supplies and recording studio equipment have been brought to the communities to facilitate young people finding their own voices and creating their own art and music.  ArtsCan Circle now provides over 2,000 workshop opportunities for indigenous youth annually.  Countless volunteer hours help raise funds to send the teams north and create connections between communities in southern Ontario and across Canada with our neighbours in the far north.
http://www.artscancircle.ca

Daily Bread Food Bank

The Daily Bread Food Bank is fighting to end hunger in communities across the Greater Toronto Area. As the hub of the food bank community in Toronto, Daily Bread supports over 170 member agencies in running different kinds of food relief programs. Their agencies run neighbourhood food banks where people come to access food hampers, as well as meal programs where people can access prepared meals such as soups or casseroles. Daily Bread is non-partisan and all-inclusive, and of the belief that no one in our communities should go hungry.
http://www.dailybread.ca


ARTIST INFO:     

Chris McKhool – www.fiddlefire.com

Suba Sankaran – www.subasankaran.com

Aviva Chernick – www.avivachernick.com

Shannon Thunderbird – www.shannonthunderbird.com

Maryem Hassan Tollar – www.maryemtollar.com

Ernie Tollar – www.myspace.com/ernietollar

Jordan Klapman – jordanklapman.com

Sultans of String – www.sultansofstring.com

MEDIA ENQUIRIES:
Lisa Weitz, LW Communications
lw@lwcommunications.ca
www.lwcommunications.ca
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