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

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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

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“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)

Sultans of String Student Concerts with Toronto Symphony Orchestra – April 22-26, 2013

Toronto Symphony Orchestra A World of MusicSultans of String Student Concerts with Toronto Symphony Orchestra – April 22-26, 2013

Hello! Are you a teacher, or do you have children in grades 4 – 8 ?

Join the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and “Canada’s ambassadors of musical diversity”, JUNO-nominated Sultans of String, for a Student concert of music written in the styles of numerous global traditions. There is a long history of composers being influenced by other cultures. In the past, composers would travel to various regions of the world to soak up the local tradition and write in that region’s style. Many of the gems of classical orchestral repertoire can be considered “world music”!

As our world grows smaller, and as our city of Toronto becomes more and more multicultural, Canadian composers Chris McKhool and Kevin Laliberté of Sultans of String do not have to go very far to create a “global sonic tapestry”. Students will enjoy a programme of “world music” for orchestra and the musical fusion of styles influencing composers today.

PROGRAMME TO INCLUDE EXCERPTS FROM COMPOSERS:
Bizet, Mussorgsky/Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Khachaturian,
Plus selections from Sultans of String including Palmas, Road to Kfarmishki, and Emerald Swing. (Programme subject to change)

ALL CONCERTS TAKE PLACE IN ROY THOMSON HALL from Monday, April 22 – Friday, April 26, 2013

TO ORDER TICKETS http://files.tso.ca/PDF/Youth/1213-School-Order-Form.pdf

www.sultansofstring.com