Philosopher. Poet.

Imagination Consultant.

Musician. Artist. Educator.

Insecure Extrovert. Reluctant Enthusiast.

Risk-taker. Scaredy Cat.

Small animal with fast metabolism.

A Connector-of-Dots:

I Bring People & Ideas together.

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THE BIG IDEA BLOG

The Big Idea is sometimes funny. It’s partly cloudy. It’s partly sunny.

It’s a cup of tea served with honey. It’s a Big Idea for sure …

Invitation to YouthWriters

Greetings Dear YouthWriters Memories of my time at YouthWrite Camp at the Bennett Centre in July are still very much alive as August unfolds.  I’ve been in conversation with some of the people who were in my Song, Story & Sound Workshop. I’m interested in the possibility of keeping a conversation going as July’s YouthWrite…

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Youthwrite: A Camp for Young Writers

Monday July 20, 2015 Youthwrite: A camp for kids who love to write … just about anything! I just spent a week at the Youthwrite Camp in Edmonton, Alberta with about 50 young writers between the ages of 11 and 14 on site. They are poets and playwrights, songwriters and graphic novelists, artists and dreamers…

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Another School Year Ends …

Monday June 29, 2015 Hey! You sound just like the guy on the cd!! … —Kindergarten student, Central Public School The school year comes to a close. Pause here and listen for sounds of children’s voices in your neighbourhood—voices you haven’t heard since last summer. Stand near the school yard and listen: silence. My school…


PERFORMANCE & PEDAGOGY

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The Art of Song, Story & Sound Workshops

What’s the Big Idea at your school?? Gary Rasberry will help your students discover and explore ideas both big and small through the art of Song & Story & Sound. His arts-based workshops (mini, half, full-day & residencies) explore curricular elements of music, drama and literacy-based learning. Combine a workshop with a performance-based concert in which students showcase and perform the work they create in the workshop. Stand-alone concert performances feature music from his JUNO-nominated children’s album, “What’s the Big Idea?!?” and his latest recording, “The Very Next Day.”

Workshops

Song, Story & Sound 1: Right Off The Page! (Bringing Literacy Alive)

Song, Story & Sound 2: Creating Soundscapes (Making Classroom Audio Archives)

Song, Story & Sound 3: Interactive Group Singing featuring songs from The Big Idea

Song, Story & Sound 4: Songwriting Workshop

UPCOMING EVENTS

    TESTIMONIALS

    The Big Idea is a big hit with me and my granddaughters! It is the only music we now listen to while driving. Madeleine calls out,

    “Let’s listen to Gary Rasberry” and Mirabelle chimes in, “More … More!”

    The Big Idea is marvelous!

     

    —Carl Leggo

    Fred Penner is still out there goovin’ but with Raffi nowhere in sight and my children now grown up, somebody had to come along and make a record to help parents create a new family soundtrack for themselves and their children. I’m no Raffi but it didn’t stop me from asking, What’s the Big Idea!?!

    Gerald Wilton Razzletone Professor At Large

    … So, thank you Gary Rasberry for reminding me of this artist’s truth. And thank you for sharing your lovely music with me … read more

    Julia Jordan Kamanda The Music Mommy

    … [Gary says his] true calling in life is to be a “connector-of-dots.” He loves connecting people and ideas together to make things happen. He also said that possibly one of his life jobs is to help “reclaim magic” and maybe that’s part of everyone’s job. I LOVE this idea. As artists, one of the things we are meant to do is use sound/paint/dance to connect with the essential Creative Spirit, harness its potentiality, and reclaim it; turning it into something magical. inspiring. beautiful …

    … [This] “stay-at-home father and artist” has a new album out called “What’s the Big Idea?” and I’m absolutely LOVING the vibe. It’s bluegrass, it’s folk, it’s laid back, and it’s KIDS music! Actually, it’s family music. It’s good music that is simple enough for kids to catch on to, but not “bubblegum” at all. Just wholesome and chill …

    Gary Rasberry’s music … is a throwback to simpler days when life was about music and friends and enjoying life …

    A beautiful work of music … folk with a Magical Mystery Tour twist. Lots of Woody Guthrie found here. And what about those stellar side men Sheesham & Lotus …  … Pure joyfulness.  Which is why it can appeal to kids and to the kids in adults and those who see laughter as a kind of music to make their lives of …  … If records can be judged by how many times you find yourself singing along, than this is a masterpiece.

    David Penberg School Administrator/Educator, NYC

    Gary Rasberry is offering a God-send to beleaguered parents … [and] there’s no mystery why. The CD offers sterling music values and great musicians like his friends Sheesham & Lotus. read more

    Greg Burliuk Kingston Whig Standard

    Gary Rasberry is AWESOME!

    Tyler, Grade 3 student Cataraqui Woods Elementary School