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Mr. Mark

His real name is Mark Cameron but he’s known to countless kids and their families at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School as Mr. Mark, creator of wild and wonderful dancing music for kids. Armed with a truckload of enthusiasm and instruments, his shows are always lively and engaging. He has performed at many festivals such as the Winnipeg International Children’s Festival (including a Circus and Magic Camp run by the festival), Winnie the Pooh Friendship Day, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Folklorama, and numerous festivals throughout Manitoba and North Dakota.

In the past, Mr. Mark has played with some of Canada’s better known family performers, most notably Fred Penner and Jake Chenier.

THE PROGRAM:

“One person’s junk is another’s … Music!” This program explores the world of ‘found sounds.’ How many different sounds can you make on a garbage can? We will make the transition from noise to music by taking a pile of junk: garbage cans, buckets, and hoses, and transforming it into an orchestra. Stomp for kids! The program begins with an interactive concert for the entire school, playing original songs on original instruments, and introducing to everyone the notion that all the world’s a drum. Each workshop session will begin with a Junk Jam, an improvisational setting in the style of a drum circle where kids are encouraged to explore and ‘find’ sounds. During the program the group will play several musical games intended to teach the concepts of rhythm, time, tempo, loudness, softness and…silence! The conclusion of the program is a performance by our very own bands. The students will perform their own compositions as well as perform as foley artists, providing the soundscape for a story. Follow-up materials are available to teachers, and dialogue between teachers and artist is encouraged.