The Airdrie Children’s Festival Society announced their performers line-up for the inaugural Airdrie Children’s Festival and headlining on the BMO Entertainment stage will be five-time JUNO nominees Bobs and Lolo. They will be joined by Juno Award winners Norman Foote and Peter Lenton (AKA Peter Puffin), Order of Canada and INDspire award winning author Jacqueline Guest, the WP Puppet Theatre and Indigenous performers Clarence (Skip) Wolf Leg (Siksika Nation – drums) and the Loyer Family (Cote First Nation – dance).
The day long festival featuring a Children’s Village, Inspiration Stations, the BMO Entertainment Stage and workshops will run from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Nose Creek Park in Airdrie and will be followed by an outdoor movie presented by Shilo Storey Remax/Central beginning at 8:00 p.m. This family friendly event is free to attend. Food trucks will be on site all day.
Additional information regarding the Children’s Village, Inspiration Stations and Workshops will be released later this month
To keep up to date please visit our website at www.airdriechildrensfest.com or find us on Facebook.
All media inquiries:
Pete Lewis, Chair, Airdrie Children’s Festival Society
Information on Performers
Bobs & Lolo (Robyn Hardy and Lorraine Pond)
With their album “Blue Skies” nominated for Children’s Album of the Year at this year’s JUNO Awards, Bobs (Hardy) & LoLo (Pond) are singer-songwriters as well as the creators and stars of the upbeat, musical preschool series – Sing, Dance and Play with Bobs & LoLo. Recently named Canada’s Favourite Kids’ Entertainer in a nationwide poll by CBC Music, this dynamic duo is dedicated to connecting children to nature with music, movement and make-believe.
Hardy and Pond first met at a summer camp on the west coast of Canada. Growing up together, Robyn and Lorraine have always shared a love of the natural world and a passion for working with children. Creating Bobs & LoLo has allowed them to combine their diverse academic backgrounds with a mutual love of teaching and the creative arts.
Acclaimed for their energetic and interactive live performances, Bobs & LoLo are sure to have young audiences on their feet, singing and dancing along before the first song is done.
Bobs & LoLo have received critical acclaim from the likes of the Parents’ Choice Foundation, Western Canadian Music Alliance, the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada and the JUNO Awards.
JUNO award winner Norman Foote has created a special niche in the music world and amassed a cross-generational following. His musicality is like no other, mixing clever hooks, witty wordplay and comedy all to great effect. His accolades include SOCAN’s Best Songwriter Award, US Parents’ Choice Awards, and National Publications Parenting Awards’ Gold Award, and most recently a JUNO for his cd “Love my new Shirt. “Foote has written and recorded songs for Disney Records, Shari Lewis, CBC, Max and Ruby musical and many others.
Peter Puffin (Peter Lenton)
Alberta’s own Peter Lenton, AKA Peter Puffin, has shared stages with Jane Goodall, David Suzuki, Stephen Lewis & Fred Penner, brings his exhilarating, interactive singalong, action-along experience to the stage.
Known for his mischievous mix of storytelling, thrilling singing, and skillful guitar-playing Lenton’s performance brings a refreshing celebration of Canadian culture, and of the human spirit!
Order of Canada and INDspire award winning Metis author Jacqueline Guest will take to the stage to share readings from her soon-to-be released children’s novel “Death by Dinosaur: A Sam Stellar Mystery,” which is set at the Royal Tyrell Museum in Drumheller.
Guest’s award winning books are unique in that many of the main characters come from different ethnic backgrounds including First Nations, Inuit or Metis. Her well-drawn characters face issues common to every child such as bullying, blended families and physical challenges and are strong role models for today’s youth.
WP Puppet Theatre
Calgary-based WP Puppet Theatre can be seen at over 150 events annually bringing their puppets to life. They use their innovative and explorative theatre to enhance artistic, educational and life experiences of all people through the art of puppetry.
Clarence (Skip) Wolf Leg Jr.
A traditional Indigenous drummer Clarence (Skip) Wolf Leg Jr. is from the Siksika Nation. He has worked in schools on the reserves in and around Calgary, at Heritage Park and is currently with the Glenbow Museum.
The Loyer Family
The Loyer Family are local to the Airdrie area but the children hail from the Cote First Nation in Saskatchewan. The Loyer girls will be performing the “Fancy Dance and the Loyer boy with perform the “Grass Dance”, accompanied by the drumming of Wolf Leg Jr.