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JUNO Journal: Notes from a Nominee

The JUNO Journal:  Notes from a Nominee The JUNO celebration in Winnipeg did not include Spring’s arrival but everything else about the weekend was warm and wonderful.  I arrived in Manitoba carrying the hopes of my children’s album, “What’s the Big Idea?!?” to my first ever JUNO Award Ceremonies. Winnipeg lived up to its name…

Rocks & Trees En Espagnol

Rocks and Trees are all of me … grass and dew are all of you.  If you’re not familiar with the song, perhaps stream it here on my site from the Big Idea playlist.  The song is written by my friends, Tom Knowlton and Mark Baldwin (both of the former Children’s TV show, “Camp Caribou”). …

Tim Horton Children’s Foundation Rocks

I’ve been gluten-free for over 20 years so Timbits and donuts of any kind have been off my radar for a long, long while.  I’m also an espresso hound and tend to hang at poet-friendly coffee shops where the muse can often be found hovering somewhere between the first and second espresso macchiato. All this…

Live Music @ Chapters

    payday loans ohio       What’s the Big Idea?!? Live at Chapters: JUNO-Nominated Artist Live In-Store Performance for Children & Parents featuring Gary Rasberry Saturday February 22, 2014   Noon – 2 p.m. Join JUNO-nominated artist, Gary Rasberry for a live in-store performance at Chapters, Kingston.  Gary will be playing songs from his…

Cuba powered JUNO Nomination

Why did the musician cross the road? Because he was in Holguin, Cuba and wanted to get a closer look at the pink 1957 Chevrolet parked on the other side.  I just returned from a remarkable trip to Cuba. I was fortunate enough to be part of a group called the Canada Cuba Literary Alliance….

More Naked Than Ever Blog

More Naked Than Ever turns out to be the latest big idea out of Big Idea Headquarters this month.  My new book of poems dropped December 13th.  (Yes.  Friday the 13th.) Like poetry? If your answer leans toward ‘yes’ then The Grad Club would have been a good place for you to be on this particular Friday…

Canadian Folk Music Awards

I flew to Calgary to attend the Canadian Folk Music Awards.  ‘What’s the Big Idea?!?’ was nominated for ‘Children’s Album of the Year.’  It was my first awards ceremony—no red carpet but very festive and folky at the same time.  Shelagh Rogers and Benoit Bourque co-hosted the event and musical performances kept the evening flowing….

Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well

Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well … is the title of Jennifer Gasoi’s latest record. If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that her album was also nominated  for Children’s Album of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. One of the fringe benefits, if not the most important result, of being…

Loughborough’s Challenge Students

I haven’t told you about the Grade 7 class I get to play and work with at Loughborough Public School in the village of Sydenham, Ontario.  They’re part of the Challenge Program in the Limestone District School Board.  The Challenge Program is one of the “Choices at Seven” programs. (LEAP, Extended French & ATLAS are…

Big Idea Film Teaser #1

Hey Friends!  Please check out this small teaser clip from a documentary-in-progress being made by filmmaker Tom Knowlton (tck productions). Tom came to film a showcase at the 2013 Folk Music Ontario Conference featuring Gary Rasberry & The Big Idea Band.  I’m looking forward to seeing more as Tom continues to work with the footage….