Come cheer on the runners!

I will be performing my kids show Sunday Oct 19 at 10 AM supporting the MusiCounts Cheering Section for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, located at the Leslieville Farmers’ Market!  We will be there for two reasons; to cheer on the marathon runners and to celebrate the work of MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity! Check out http://www.musicounts.ca/

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thank you Levitt!

what an amazing time we had at Levitt Pavillion in Westport CT this week! thanks for coming and joining us for this show Bui3z2hIcAAdG3G.jpg-large

May 13, 2014, Prologue Peel Showcase

Register now for May 13, 2014, 7 pm, Prologue Peel Showcase, featuring the very best in music, dance, theater, spoken word for Young Audiences. Free admission,RSVP to jon@prologue.org, Meadowvale Theatre, Mississauga ON. Beverages from 6:00 PM

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Symphony of the Kootenays hosts a World Premiere!

Against the backdrop of southeastern British Columbia’s dramatic mountain scenery, the Kootenay region is one of the smallest populations in Canada to support a symphony orchestra. This weekend, the Symphony of the Kootenays, led by conductor Jeff Faragher, will present a world premiere event in Cranbrook, BC with acclaimed musician Chris McKhool and Sultans of String!

Chris McKhool's Fiddlefire!

 

Chris McKhool’s FiddleFire! Program has long received rave reviews as an introduction for world music to young audiences. Never before has FiddleFire! been backed by a full symphony orchestra and McKhool’s Sultans of String bandmates.  Rebecca Pellett was commissioned for three new arrangements of songs specifically for this show.  FiddleFire! gets children and families dancing, clapping, laughing and singing songs in an energetic and eclectic mixture of world music. The show is presented in a dynamic, interactive way geared to engage youth. Now it’s ramped up with symphonic sound!

Show time is 2:00 pm Mountain Standard Time at Cranbrook’s Key City Theatreon Sunday Feb 2, 2014.

The Symphony is also playing with Sultans of String for adult audiences on Saturday February 1, 2014 at Cranbrook’s Key City Theatre.

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Performing with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

What an amazing time we had performing all week with theTSO, under the direction of Maestro Shalom Bard. They were incredible, and I love Roy Thompson Hall!W TSO at RTH

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

My MP Matthew Kellway called me on the phone and let me know that his office has selected me for the Diamond Jubilee Medal, for my work in building community, and my contributions to Canada!

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There will be some kind of ceremony in January he will give it to all the people in our riding – I hope I can make it!  This is the same award Justin Bieber just received (although I promise not to wear overalls to the event)
It is slightly embarrassing, as I can think of so many other deserving people.  Anyhoo, Catherine is a big monarchist fan, and I could not achieve what I do without her at my side, so I told her I would share it with her!

Performing w/ Toronto Symphony Orchestra Student Concerts in April!

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

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Join the TSO and Sultans of String for a 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.  All concerts are one hour long and take place in Roy Thompson Hall, April 22-26, 2013.