Connie Kaldor is a Juno award-winner and member of the Order of Canada who has sung for royalty. With fourteen albums, including three award-winning children’s CDs and a musical, she has toured across North America and around the world. Having previously performed in Spruce Grove for “grown-up” audiences, she is delighted to be returning to sing specifically for “little people” as a part of Horizon Stage’s Family Matinee Series. So bring your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, the neighbor kids, or just yourself, if you’re feeling young at heart, to hear the incredible Connie Kaldor perform at Horizon Stage on Saturday, April 7th at 2 p.m.
A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, Connie Kaldor has been performing for most of her life. Born into a musical family, she grew up singing in the choir. Her love of the arts led her to a theatre degree from the University of Alberta and then to alternative theatre companies such as the Mummers in Newfoundland and Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto, influences still very much in evidence at her concerts. Although she left theatre to pursue her songwriting career, Connie’s engaging character and storytelling skills are hallmarks of her live performances.
In 1981 Connie established her independent record label, Coyote Entertainment. By the mid nineteen-eighties, she was headlining folk festivals across Canada and the U.S.A. and she has since toured extensively in North America, India, China and Europe. Connie has shared the stage with countless artists, including Shawn Colvin, Tracy Chapman, Sylvia Tyson, the Chieftains, and Daniel Lanois. In 1984 she received a Most Promising Female Vocalist Juno-nomination for her album Moonlight Grocery and her 2000 album, Love is a Truck, was nominated for a Juno in the Folk Roots category.
Although Connie Kaldor does not often perform concerts exclusively for young people, she has written great quantities of material for them. With two sons and many nieces and nephews of her own, she originally started writing songs to amuse them or put them to sleep. Her 1998 album, Lullaby Berceuse, won a Juno and a Parents’ Choice Award for Best Children’s Album. In 2003 Connie released A Duck in New York City, the story of a little prairie duck with the big idea of making it on Broadway, and her 2006 CD/book, A Poodle in Paris, is the charming story of cabaret singer, Fifi, and her many Parisian friends. Connie’s songs have been recorded by other children’s artists, including Heather Bishop and Quebec performer, Carmen Campagne. Her music has been heard in films, on television shows (Fred Penner’s Place and Teletoon’s For Better or For Worse), and has appeared in children’s songbooks.
Experience the amazing music and story-telling skills of Connie Kaldor Up Close and Personal at Horizon Stage in Spruce Grove on Saturday, April 7th. Tickets for her one-hour Family Matinee at 2 p.m. are $15 for all ages and include an hour of pre-show activities for children in the theatre lobby. Purchase your tickets by calling the Spruce Grove City Hall Ticket Centre at 780-962-8995, come in person to 315 Jespersen Avenue, or go online at www.ticketmaster.ca. Horizon Stage is located at 1001 Calahoo Road, attached to Spruce Grove Composite High School.