Music, Children's Entertainment, Creative Entertainment
Hailed as a "Children's musical star" (National Post) and "Canada's greatest eco-troubadour for young people" (Mississauga Arts Centre), 2009 JUNO Award nominee (Canada’s Grammy’s) Chris McKhool is Canada's hottest musician for young people. McKhool has been touring across Canada with his children's concerts for fifteen years, reaching 1 million children, and has appeared on Mr. Dressup, YTV's Treehouse, and the CBC.
McKhool brings his love of violin to young audiences and tours his “FiddleFire!” concert for children in festivals, concert halls and schools across North America, getting families dancing, clapping, and singing songs from his award winning CD. Kids and their parents’ scat-sing become a rhythm section and join him on stage to play rare percussion instruments from around the world along with folk, jazz, blues, funk, world beat, and East Coast fiddling rhythms. Closer to home McKhool has performed at the Skydome/Rogers Centre and virtually all the folk and jazz festivals in Ontario. His 2009 JUNO Award nominated “FiddleFire!” CD won the 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award for Children's Album of the Year, a 2009 Parents’ Choice Award, a 2009 iParenting Media Award and was picked for the 2009 Canadian Children’s Book Centre ‘Best of 2009’.
A champion of environmental issues, McKhool created the world’s largest bicycle bell orchestra in 2008, at Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto with over 800 bell ringers! He also won the Green Toronto Award of Excellence and the Environment Canada Action Award for his work in schools and communities across Canada with his CD and concert "Earth, Seas & Air". He has also won a Parents’ Choice Award in the U.S. for his CD of the same name, produced by Ken Whiteley (Raffi). He has been the recipient of Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, FACTOR and PromoFact Awards.
Chris McKhool also plays violin for adult audiences, and tours with his original 2010 JUNO-nominated World-Jazz-Flamenco band Sultans of String in concert halls, jazz and folk festivals around the world. Their debut CD Luna hit #1 across Canada on Top Ten national radio charts in the "International" & "World/Folk" categories. Their brand new CD “Yalla Yalla!” is taking the world music scene by storm, winning the 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award for Instrumental Group of the Year.
“Many have tried but none have come as close to capturing what it means to truly celebrate multiculturalism as Chris McKhool. The Toronto singer-songwriter epitomizes what many Canadians have come to love about this country.”
Deanne Fisher, City Parent
"I was impressed by his musical virtuosity and personal appeal...His songs succeed!"
Ernie Coombs, (Mr. Dressup)
“Chris McKhool and the boys were fantastic! They can play my Bar Mitzvah.”
Bob Ezrin, producer (Pink Floyd, Kiss)
“Your combination of quality music, strong lyrics that speak to kids and respect for your young audience was a real hit with children, parents and teachers.”
Norma Graham, Vancouver International Children’s Festival