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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….

What Do We Really Want?

Hey! What’s the Big Idea asking … a Forthright and Brazen question such as this? What do you? Really want?  For your life.  For your children?  For the planet?  For your two cats? What do you Really Want? For your money? For your father-in-law? For your daughter’s teacher?  For families who have nothing? For Families who…

Folkies Storm Unsuspecting Hotel

  Q: What feels like a folk festival but looks like a hotel? A:  The Folk Music Ontario Conference 2013 How do you make the familiar strange?  Invite hundreds and hundreds of musicians to spend a weekend in a Delta Hotel.  Picture the last hotel lobby you visited.  The revolving doors that lead into a…

Children’s Album of the Year: And the Nominees are …

Children’s Album of the Year:  And the Nominees are … One of the unexpected and lovely surprises at being nominated for Children’s Album of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards was finding out who the other nominees are.  At first, I thought it might be bad form to look them up.  Like spying….

The Big Idea Band Showcases at FMO

What’s the Big Idea?!?  Right now, it’s a Family Showcase at the Folk Music Ontario Conference being held October 17-20th in Mississauga.  We have a Friday night showcase with an opportunity to play for the many good folks who hire festival acts and gigs of all shapes and sizes.  I am stoked to be appearing…

Some of the Best Big Ideas are Small

Some of the best ideas are small. Mid-September.  Big Idea Headquarters is buzzing with activity—inspiration, ideas, insights.  I continue to work at branding myself. (If you’re picturing a ranch and a hot bar of iron with ‘Big Idea’ being stamped on my forearm: close but not quite.)  Less painful. Less bovine-like. More like an ink-free…

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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. Check here for other big ideas…

Big Ideas Update

Greetings All The Big Idea is in full swing. The CD was launched last week with 3 Kingston Shows. Thanks to all those who joined us. Thanks to the musicians who played in such a stellar fashion: Sheesham & Lotus Jamie Campbell and Rob Unger (Fireweed), Matt Rogalskky (The Gertrudes), Kevin Bowers (The Aldous Huxters)…

Classroom Life

Autumnal Greetings to All As the school year unfolds, I am back in classrooms once again. I’m beginning work with Alan Macdonald, a fine educator and artist who is the teacher of the Challenge Program at Loughbourough Public School in Sydenham, ON (Limestone School District).  I am working with Alan and his students thanks to…