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Celebrate! Holidays of the Global Village

by Chris McKhool

Chris celebrates the multicultural mosaic with songs about Bodhi Day (Buddhist), Carnival (Quebec), Chanukah, Chinese New Year, Christmas, Diwali, Eid, Indigenous traditions, Kwanzaa (African-American), Ramadan and Winter Solstice. 100% fun.
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1. Let's Celebrate In Canada
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2. Circle Song
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3. Chinese New Year
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4. Chanukah, Oh Chanukah
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5. Jingle Bells/ Vive Le Vent
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6. Let's All Sing For Kwanzaa
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7. We Light The Divas
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8. A Whisper Of Peace
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9. I Have Arrived
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10. Carnival Time
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11. Quviasuliqpunga
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12. This Little Light of Mine
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13. Dance For Halloween
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14. Soon It Is Christmas
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15. There Was A Little Baby
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16. I'm Gonna Sing For Wintertime
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
• 2009 JUNO Award nominee
• 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award -Children's Album of the Year
• 2009 Parents’ Choice Award
• 2009 iParenting Media Award
• 2009 Canadian Children’s Book Centre ‘Best of 2009’
• 2010 Canadian Independent Music Awards nominees- Favourite Children’s Artist/Group (Ann. March 13)

Hailed as a “Children’s musical star” (National Post) and “Canada’s greatest eco-troubadour for young people” (Mississauga Living Arts Centre), Chris McKhool is one of Canada’s hottest children’s musicians. Chris has been touring across Canada with his children’s concerts for over ten years, reaching almost 1 million children, and has appeared on Mr. Dressup, YTV’s Treehouse, TVOntario’s Crawlspace and the CBC.

A champion of environmental issues, Chris won a 2005 Green Toronto Award of Excellence and was a finalist for 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 Parent’s 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.

"Celebrate! Holidays of the Global Village" is a ground-breaking new children's CD. Inspired by travels across Canada and around the world, McKhool celebrates the multicultural mosaic of our country with songs about Bodhi Day (Buddhist), Carnival (Quebec), Chanukah, Chinese New Year, Christmas, Diwali, Eid, Indigenous traditions, Kwanzaa (African-American), Ramadan and Winter Solstice.

The CD is elegantly produced by Ken Whiteley (Raffi, Fred Penner) and features a who's who of the Canadian World Music scene including George Gao, Dawud Wharnsby-Ali, Allan Merovitz, Shannon Thunderbird, Ernie Tollar, Silk Road Music, Kendra Tagoona, Rick Lazar and others.

Hailed as a "Children's musical star" (National Post) and "Canada's greatest eco-troubadour for young people" (Mississauga Living Arts Centre), McKhool offers the world a vision of how to live in harmony with others by taking the time to learn from other cultures.

"Canada is in a unique position to show the world a model of a society that derives strength from its diversity. We are not a melting pot, but a mosaic. The process of accepting and celebrating our differences, and our similarities, brings us hope in a world of conflict. By increasing children's self-esteem by reflecting their ethnic and cultural traditions, religions and spiritualities in music, young people can in turn feel a stronger sense of acceptance of other people's traditions." says McKhool


"This music makes me feel like I am in a free country, like I can be anything I want!" - Nicole, age 9


Here is a review from Toronto's City Parent Magazine:
Arts & Entertainment by Deanne Fisher
Nov 1, 2005

Chris McKhool: Celebrate! Holidays of the Global Village (Fiddlefire) -
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. We no longer merely tolerate cultural differences, we explore them with zeal, share them with pride and indulge in each other's cultural riches with respect.

McKhool's Celebrate! Holidays of the Global Village indulges in the music of almost a dozen different cultural and religious holidays that take place during the cooler months of the year. From Ramadan - honoured with a brief and sedate duet with Islamic singer Dawud Wharnsby-Ali - to Chinese New Year - feted with an original tune performed by an amazing ensemble of musicians, many of the season's most anticipated holidays are here. There is only a couple of old standards on the CD: "Jingle Bells/Vive Le Vent" and "Chanukah, Oh Chanukah". The remainder are either McKhool originals or traditional spirituals that get new exposure here.

McKhool's distinctive voice is accompanied by lots of children and guest musicians, including Ken Whiteley who produced the album. The whole CD exudes such earnest enthusiasm, it's hard not to get excited about all of the traditions, regardless of which ones you actually celebrate in your family.
Educators might also make use of the Songbook/Activity Guide. Visit www.fiddlefire.com to order the CD, the Activity Guide or to find out more about Chris McKhool's concerts.

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Terry

A wonderful resource --and good listening!
I run _Wildwood Educational Enrichment Centre _--a "school for homeschoolers" (an oxymoron?) where homeschooling kids gather to share inspiration and learning experiences three days a week. There is a lot of emphasis on tolerance, multiculturalism and world religions. We have celebrated Sukkot, The Day of the Dead, Chanukah, Diwali, Ramadan, Winter Solstice, Christmas and we are planning Chinese New Year, Bodhi Day and Cinco de Mayo celebrations. (among others) The children (and I) were thrilled to find that there are songs on your CD for many of the holidays we have celebrated and are planning to celebrate in the near future. Often, as we go about our busy days, I hear that one of the children is playing your CD --it makes good listening even when we aren't celebrating a particular holiday!

Thank you for this amazing resource.
Terry Stafford, director,
Wildwood Educational Enrichment Centre
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Mary


I ordered this CD because I needed a Diwali song for my grade fours to perform at the holiday concert. I'm very pleased, indeed. The song is perfect - lovely and easy to sing. It's going to be beautiful.
I haven't listened to the whole CD yet, but I'm looking forward to it.
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