Great News! Chris won the Canadian Folk Music Award for Children’s Album of the Year, and was nominated for a JUNO Award for Best Children’s CD with Fiddlefire!
• 2013 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal
• 2013 SiriusXM Canadian Indie Awards Nominee for World Group of the Year with SOS (Sultans of String)
• 2012 Canadian Folk Music Award quadruple nominee winning World Group of the Year with SOS– also nom Instrumental Group of the Year, and Pushing The Boundaries.
• 2012 Canadian Folk Music Award nominated for Producer of the Year.
• 2012 Festivals & Events- Entertainer of The Year
• 2011 Ontario Contact – Artist of the Year
• 2010 JUNO Award Nominees for Yalla Yalla! – Instrumental Album of the Year with SOS
• 2010 Canadian Independent Music Awards nominees- Favourite World Artist/Group
• 2009 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) First Place Winners – Instrumental
• 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award triple nominee with Sultans winning Instrumental Group of the Year
(also nominated for Ensemble of the Year and Pushing the Boundries)
• 2008 International Songwriting Competition Winner (ISC) – Instrumental
• 2008 Festivals & Events Ontario- Best Variety Act
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 two decades, reaching 1 million children, and has appeared on Mr. Dressup, YTV’s Treehouse, TVOntario’s Crawlspace and the CBC.
Chris brings his love of violin to young audiences and tours his FiddleFire! concert for children in festivals, concert halls and schools 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 Skydome/Rogers Centre. His 2009 JUNO Award nominated “FiddleFire!” CD won the 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award for Children’s Album of the Year, a 2009 Parents’ Choice Award, a 2009 iParenting Media Award and was picked for the 2009 Canadian Children’s Book Centre ‘Best of 2009’.
A champion of environmental issues, Chris created the world’s largest bicycle bell orchestra in 2008, at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto with over 800 bell ringers! Chris won a 2005 Green Toronto Award of Excellence and was a finalist for the Environment Canada Action Award for his work in schools and communities across Canada with his CD and concert “Earth, Seas & Air”. He has also won a Parent’s Choice Award in the U.S. for his CD of the same name, produced by Ken Whiteley (Raffi). He has been the recipient of Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, FACTOR and PromoFact Awards.
In 2005 Chris released his Parent’s Choice Award winning children’s CD, “Celebrate! Holidays of the Global Village” at Hugh’s Room in Toronto. 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 (African-American), Ramadan and Winter Solstice.
Chris also received an Ontario Arts Council Grant to record “Turtle Island!”, his environmental musical for children, on a CD. For three years Players by Nature, an environmental theatre company based in Toronto, produced Chris’ play, touring it in schools across Ontario and bringing it to Solar Stage in Toronto and the National Gallery Auditorium in Ottawa.
Chris has toured through all of Canada including Baffin Island and has appeared at the Ottawa, Vancouver, Thunder Bay and London International Children’s Festivals. He has also performed in the U.S, England, Cuba, Guatemala and Tibetan schools across the Indian Himalayas.
Chris grew up in a house bursting with music and diversity. His paternal Makhoul grandparents immigrated to Canada from Lebanon in the early 1900’s. His Egyptian-born mother is a piano and theory teacher. Growing up Chris was fed a steady diet of delicious musicality along with Middle Eastern cuisine and violin lessons.
From a very young age Chris was taught the Canadian values of tolerance, respect for all peoples and celebration of culture. His passion for exploring the rhythms and melodies has led him to the far corners of the world, collecting instruments and styles everywhere he went. Travels to the Canadian Arctic, Indonesia, France, England, Cuba, Peru, Guatemala, Costa Rica and the Indian Himalayas to perform and conduct music workshops have added to his depth of musical and spiritual understanding of our global community.
Chris (who has performed with Jesse Cook and Pavlo) also leads JUNO nominated band Sultans of String, which includes such amazing musical friends as: guitarists Kevin Laliberté (Jesse Cook, the Chieftains) & Eddie Paton (Robert Michaels), bass masters Drew Birston (Chantal Kreviazuk) & David Woodhead (Stan Rogers, Loreena McKennitt), and Cuban master percussionists Chendy Leon & Alberto Suarez. Touring as a duo to quintet, McKhool draws from this collective of master musicians to bring world music to community, festival and intermediate/high school audiences around the world including the Celtic Connections Festival in the UK, Birdland jazz Club in NYC, Mariposa Folk Festival, National Arts Centre, and performing with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at Roy Thompson Hall.