Our city is known for amazing natural beauty, outdoor recreation, fabulous sushi and a whole lot more. Today we have one more thing to add to the list: Vancouver children’s musicians. There are so many great local performers creating music that your kids will love … and you will enjoy, too. Here are a few of our favourites.
Four Fabulous Vancouver Children’s Musicians
Bobs & LoLo
These two local mamas have been rocking the toddler scene for more than a decade, and in the process have become highly-acclaimed Vancouver children’s musicians. Their real names are Lorraine Pond and Robyn Hardy, and their music is fun, catchy, and – most importantly – non-irritating. With six albums and a book under their belts, plus online videos and tour dates, they’re sure to have your whole family singing along.
This Vancouver dad is a former French Immersion teacher. He has released five albums in English and French, and he has another one – Wordplay – coming out this spring. In fact, the release party is happening at the Jewish Community Centre on April 17, 2016, and there are plenty of other local concerts happening this spring, too. You can also catch Will’s Jams on Kids’ CBC. His songs are catchy and carry a message that will resonate with both kids and parents. Just try not to dance to “Chugadachoo” from his Just Imagine album – we dare you!
Music with Marnie
Marnie Grey has recorded four albums, but really sets her apart in the world of Vancouver children’s musicians is her work as an early childhood educator. She runs music classes in Vancouver for little ones from birth to six years that sell out super-fast, because they’re just that good. Her music is funky and educational, and it will get your little ones moving and grooving. In addition to her albums and classes, you can check out her online videos or keep your eyes peeled for upcoming concert dates.
Charlotte Diamond is a legend among Vancouver children’s musicians, and with good reason. Many local mamas have been enjoying her music since they were children themselves. She has recorded 12 albums, which feature classic songs in English and French like “I am a Pizza”, “May There Always be Sunshine” and “4 Hugs a Day”. She doesn’t tour as much as she used to, but she is performing at the Surrey International Children’s Festival this spring, so be sure to catch her there.