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 & 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
416-624-3466  (tel)
416-846-6877 (cell)


Sultans of String MOVE CD Release!


“A hard core of five is leading this spectacular Canadian band to award after award.”  The Scotsman

“[Sultans of String’s] latest album seems to be hoovering up Canadian awards and nominations like a Dyson on speed — a joyful melting pot of jazz, flamenco, folk and indeed anything else that takes their fancy.. energetic and exciting world music fest from a band with talent to burn.  This is the sort of band and music that would rip up any festival in the country.”  Maverick Magazine, UK

 “Chris McKhool and the boys are fantastic!”
Bob Ezrin (Producer–Pink Floyd. Kiss)

“Virtuoso playing… An exuberant and infectious sound… Powerful and moving… The Sultans are simply an awesome musical group!”  Mariposa Folk Festival

“The affection for this group was palpable as the band alternated between sincere tributes to whales, Sable Island horses and Mayan ruins, meditative rumba flamenco and smokin’ East Coast kitchen parties… fiery solos … precise and melodic phrases.”  WholeNote Magazine


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WHO:                   Sultans of String MOVE CD Release!
                        Featuring special guests Ken Whiteley, Ernie Tollar, Jordan
Klapman, Pabloski Rosales, the Cuban Trumpet Ensemble,
and more!
WHEN:                 Saturday, October 29, 8pm (doors: 7pm)
WHERE:               Trinity St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St., West, Toronto
TIX/INFO:         Small World Music $15 adv/$20 door / free for high school students w/valid ID – www.smallworldmusic.com

MEDIA                  Lisa Weitz,  LW Communications
ENQUIRIES:       lw@lwcommunications.ca
416-624-3466 (office)  416-846-6877 (cell)


Raucous roots super-group, Sultans of String, showcase their spicy new CD, MOVE, at Trinity St. Paul’s Centre on Saturday, October 29th!

Seamlessly traversing diverse themes of heart, place and tradition, fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar while a funk bass lays down unstoppable grooves. Throughout, acoustic strings meet electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound.

Since their formation only 4 years ago, Sultans of String have been riding a wave of success, from their debut CD, “Luna”, and 2nd offering, “Yalla Yalla”, both hitting # 1 on world/international music charts in Canada, to their triple Canadian Folk Music Award nomination, winning Instrumental Group of the Year.

In the past year alone, they’ve acquired a JUNO nomination, representation from acclaimed promoter David Wilkes (Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck, Jesse Cook), and booking representation in the US, UK and Australia.  They also garnered a 2010 CMW Indies nomination, took home 1st place in the International Songwriting Competition (out of 15,000 entries) and placed as finalists for two 2011 International Independent Music Awards. To boot, they just released their new CD, MOVE, which they’ll be showcasing on the tour… exciting times for the band!

“Canada’s ambassadors of musical diversity” include 6-string violinist Chris McKhool (Pavlo), guitar czar Kevin Laliberté (Jesse Cook, guested on tour with The Chieftains), bass master Drew Birston (Chantal Kreviazuk), and the jaw dropping talent of Cuban percussionist Chendy Leon (Alex Cuba, Parachute Club)!

“Canada is a real meeting places of styles and musical influences from around the world” says bandleader/ fiddler McKhool.  “At the same time, as a band we try to tell uniquely Canadian stories, putting forth our vision of the world as one family.”

Thanks to Ontario Arts Council and FACTOR for their support in recording the CD, as well as OAC for composition support.  Also thanks to supporters Long & McQuade, MMS, Imperial Graphics, and Prologue to the Performing Arts


CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

• 2011 International Acoustic Music Awards Finalist – Instrumental
•  2011 Independent Music Award Finalist – Instrumental Album – Yalla Yalla!
•  2011 Independent Music Award Finalist –  World Beat Album – Yalla Yalla!
•  2011 ISC International Songwriting Competition Finalist-  “Auyuittuq Sunrise” (Instrumental)
•  2011 ISC International Songwriting Competition Finalist-  “Gardens Of Lebanon” (World Music)
•  2010 JUNO Nominees – “Instrumental Album of the Year”
• 2010 International Songwriting Contest 1st Place Winners – Instrumental
• 2010 Performer at JUNOFest
•  2010 Indie Awards Nominees – Favorite World Artist/Group
•  2009 Canadian Folk Music Award winner – Instrumental Group of the Year
•  2009 Canadian Folk Music Award nominees – Ensemble of the Year
•  2009 Canadian Folk Music Award nominees – Pushing The Boundaries
•  2009 Toronto Exclusive Magazine Award Winner- Best Toronto World CD
•  2009 Toronto Exclusive Magazine Award Winner- Artist of the Year
•  2009 CTV National Feature – “Canada AM”
•  2008 CBC National Feature – “Canada Live”
•  2008 International Songwriting Competition winner – Instrumental
•  2008 Festivals and Events Ontario- Best Variety Act
•  2008 International Independent Music Awards Finalists – Best World Fusion Song
•  2008 Canadian Independent Music Awards Finalists- Favorite World Music Band
•  2007 Musique du Monde Award
•  2007 Debut CD, “Luna” hit #1 on national radio charts – “International”/”World”
•  2007 Canadian Folk Music Award nominees (Instrumental Group of the Year)
•  2007 Ontario Independent Music Award winner- Best Song
•  2007 Ontario Independent Music Award winner- Best Instrumental
•  2007 Toronto Exclusive Magazine Award Winner- Best Latin Jazz Group
•  2007 Toronto Independent Music Award nominees – World Music Category

PHOTOS: www.sonicbids.com/sultansofstring
MP3S: www.facebook.com/sultansofstring
twitter.com/sultansofstring
www.youtube.com/sultansofstring

BOOKING:  Lisa Weitz
PUBLICITY:  LW Communications
MANAGEMENT:  lw@lwcommunications.ca
www.lwcommunications.ca
416-624-3466 (office)
416-846-6877 (cell)

BOOKING  U.K. (2012):  Loudon Temple, Brookfield Knights Agency,
www.brookfield-knights.com

BOOKING U.S.A.:  Brad Simon Agency, New York, www.bsoinc.com
212-730-2132
brad@bsoinc.com

BOOKING AUSTRALIA (2013): Abby Edwards, Onya Soapbox
61-03 9349 5726 (office)
61-0417 808 107 (cell)
abby@onyasoapbox.com

RECENT & UPCOMING TOUR SCHEDULE:

10/29/11 Toronto CD Release, Trinity St Paul’s, ON
11/2/11 House of Jazz, Montreal, QC
11/3/11 Scullers Jazz Club, Boston MA
11/4/11 Nelson Odeon, Cazenovia, NY
11/5/11 Oswego Music Hall, NY
11/6/11 Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY
11/7/11 SiruisXM live taping, Washington DC
11/8/11 The Living Room, New York, NYC
11/9/11 Turning Point Cafe, Peirmont, NY,
11/10/11 6-7 PM Birdland Jazz Club, NYC
11/11/11 Tillotson Centre, Colebrook, NH,
11/12/11 Unity Centre, Unity, ME
11/13/11 Skye Theatre, Carthage, ME
11/14/11 Franco-American Centre, Manchester NH
11/19/11 Shaw Festival, Niagara on the Lake, ON
12/17/11 With Scarborough Bluffs Symphony, ON

1/6/12 The Psalm Salon, Philad. PA
1/7/12 APAP Showcase NYC
1/25/12 South Holland Centre, Lincolnshire, UK
1/27/12 Celtic Connections Festival, Scotland, UK
2/4/12 Welland-Port Colborne, ON,
2/5/12 The Cellar, Vancouver, BC
2/6/12 Creekside Theatre, Lake Country, BC
2/7/12 Charles Bailey Theatre, Trail, BC
2/9/12 Ironwood, Calgary, AB
2/10/12 Festival Place, Sherwood Park, AB
2/11/12 LethbridgeFolkClub, AB
2/12/12 Bassment Jazz Society, Saskatoon, SK
2/15/12 EA Rawlinson, Prince Albert SK,
2/16/11 McNally Robinson, Winnipeg, MB
2/17/12 Watson Arts Centre, Dauphin, MB
2/18/12 William Glesby Centre, Portage, MB
2/25/12 Victoria Jubilee Hall, Walkerton, ON
4/25/12 Brantford Jazz Festival, ON
5/3/12 Oakville Centre, ON
5/5-6/12 Performing w Windsor Symphony, ON
5/12/12 Spirit of Rasputin’s, Ottawa, ON