The Big Idea

The TedFest That Never Was!

Summer Camp changed my life. Shaped my life. Made it richer. Made it better. Summer camp made me who I am today. For that, I feel blessed and full of gratitude. In today’s vernacular, summer camp is a ‘Game-Changer.’ Summer camp changes children’s lives in myriad ways that I cannot even begin to chart without…

The Very Next Day (new album forthcoming)

Hey friends. I’m making a new record … called The Very Next Day. ‘What’s the Big Idea?!?’ is still having a great run. It garnered critical acclaim. (It was nominated for 3 music awards including a JUNO.) More important, children and their parents love the music. They’re listening to The Big Idea in their living…

VIA Rail Artist On Board

Travelling by train as the VIA Artist Onboard. What a sweet gig.  I did the Montreal to Halifax/Halifax to Montreal trip.  Boarded the train in Montreal.  Pulled out of the station at 7 pm. Arrived in Halifax the next evening.  Just under 24 hours.  My job?  Three, forty-five minutes sets as the train headed East. …

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….