Meet the Artists

Dan the One Man Band

Outside Doherty Hall May 25 and 26

Dan Duguay is a one-man party! As Dan the One Man Band, he has been entertaining all- ages audiences around the world for over 25 years. Simultaneously, Dan plays guitar, a drum, some cymbals, tambourines, a harmonica, a kazoo, some bells, a shaker, he sings plus he has a horn section! Dan plays it “old school”, like they did before computers. He’d call himself an “analog one-man band”. His music is fun, interactive and always a delight. Come watch this true Do-It-Yourself kind of guy! He is goofy and a real crowd pleaser.

Mr Rayz

Outside Doherty Hall May 25 and 26

Mr Rayz is a family entertainer and Canadian children’s musician at large based in Calgary, Alberta. His kindie music concerts and programs have been featured on CBC TV’s “Living Calgary” program, Alberta Arts Days , University of Calgary Child Care Centres, and a score of festivals, preschools and some great children’s birthday parties! Presently he is proud to be the Artist in Residence for Kaleidoscope PreschoolPicasso Kids Creative Learning Centre in Carstairs, Expanding Imagination Child Care Centre, Dover Daycare and  First Friends Preschool and Education Centre with an upcoming elementary school residency at Deer Run Elementary School where he will be working with the students to write their own school anthem!  His live performances are always fully interactive exciting events guaranteed to leave kids and families dancing long after the last beat is dropped!

Mandy Morris

Friday, May 24 at 6 PM

Music with Mandy has been inspiring the next generation of jazz fans since it’s inception in August 2017. Mandy Morris uses her training as a jazz vocalist combined with her experience as a music and early childhood educator to entertain children and their families while simultaneously (and sneakily) educating them on jazz form, history, instrumentation and creation. In September 2018, Music with Mandy released their debut album “On the Sunny Side of the Street” featuring Matt Morris (keys), Kodi Hutchinson (bass) and Ian Yule (drums) as well as eleven young singers and twelve-year-old Quinn Brosseau on violin. Mandy has played for many packed houses in Alberta and Manitoba with her band at venues like The National Music Centre, Calgary Public Library for JazzYYC’s International Jazz Day and the Medicine Hat Public Library.

Music with Mandy has been inspiring the next generation of jazz fans since it’s inception in August 2017. Mandy Morris uses her training as a jazz vocalist combined with her experience as a music and early childhood educator to entertain children and their families while simultaneously (and sneakily) educating them on jazz form, history, instrumentation and creation. In September 2018, Music with Mandy released their debut album “On the Sunny Side of the Street” featuring Matt Morris (keys), Kodi Hutchinson (bass) and Ian Yule (drums) as well as eleven young singers and twelve-year-old Quinn Brosseau on violin. Mandy has played for many packed houses in Alberta and Manitoba with her band at venues like The National Music Centre, Calgary Public Library for JazzYYC’s International Jazz Day and the Medicine Hat Public Library.


Saturday, May 25 at 11 AM

Ready to have an adventure? Join the Kiddonauts (a division of Kinkonauts Improv Lab) as we make up amazing stories that have never been seen before, and will never be seen again! Our imagination rocket is powered by your kids’ brains.
The Kinkonauts Improv Lab are an award winning community of improvisers and comedians that have been making people laugh across the country for ten years.

Lauren Woods

Sunday, May 26 at 5 PM

Lauren Woods, soprano,has performed in operas, oratorios and concerts from coast to coast. As a born-and-raised Calgarian, she was thrilled to return home as one of Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artists in 2016-2017. She completed a Master’s in Voice at McGill under the tutelage of Aline Kutan and a bachelor’s degree in Opera at UBC. Lauren was a finalist in the Wirth Vocal Competition in Montreal, and was one of six Canadians invited to the International Belvedere competition in Amsterdam. Notable performances include Alice in Todd’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the title role in Handel’s Rodelinda, Amy in Adamo’s Little Women, Adina in L’Elisir D’amore, Gretel in Hansel und Gretel, the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, Susanna in La Nozze di Figaro, Gilda in Rigoletto, Nannetta in Falstaff, and Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte. Aside from performing, Lauren is a voice actor for Anime shows, teaches voice and piano through her private studio, and has two wonderful kids.

Kathleen van Mourik

Sunday, May 26 at 5 PM

Alberta-born pianist Kathleen van Mourik earned a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Calgary in Piano Performance before moving to the Netherlands, where she studied lied and chamber music at the Hilversum Conservatory under Hans Broekman, receiving the Uitvoerend Musicus degree. Upon returning to Canada, she received a Master of Music degree in piano performance under the tutelage of Vladimir Levtov at the University of Calgary. Ms. Van Mourik is the founder and co-artistic director of the Mountain View International Festival of Song, Canada’s only summer master class programme and concert festival combining art song and chamber music as well as the Mountain View Connection, Calgary’s only concert series devoted to presenting emerging artists in concert.

Margaret Dahlberg

Sunday, May 26 at 10 AM

Margaret Dahlberg is dedicated to inspiring joy and connection through music. Born and raised in Calgary, Margaret Dahlberg is an active teacher, composer and pianist. An award winning classical pianist, Margaret studied piano performance at Mount Royal Conservatory (A. Mus.), Cleveland Institute of Music (B.Mus.) and University of Calgary (M. Mus). She has been on faculty at the Mount Royal Conservatory and the Mount Royal Academy as a teacher, chamber musician and coach and has performed throughout Western Canada and the United States. Margaret injured her hand in 1998, bringing her classical piano performing career to an unexpected halt. She then combined her musical knowledge and her love of children to create a music program for pre-school aged children. Her program, Music Kids at Chinook School of Music, has a team of teachers and sees hundreds of children every year from babies to 5 year olds. In recent years, Margaret has become a singer-songwriter and has written songs and albums that have been on the Grammy Awards long-list for both popular music and children’s music.

Currently, Margaret is a teacher and Director at Music Kids and Chinook School of Music, as well as the Choral Music Specialist at Calgary Arts Academy. Side projects include writing music for Meditative Massage as well as creating a musical of original songs.

Anna Mendham

Sunday, May 26 at 10 AM

Calgary born soprano, Anna Mendham has become an integral member of the city’s music community since returning a year ago. She has established herself as a committed music educator and an accomplished and versatile performer with an affinity for new music.  In Calgary, she has performed for Calgary Concert Opera, Cowtown Opera and the Pro Arts Noon Recital Series. I Recent opera credits include the role of Desi in Cowtown Opera’s original production of Prison Divas. Other roles include Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Noémie (Cendrillon), Sara (Black Burned Wood), Circle (Numera). As an ensemble singer, Anna has performed under the baton of Marin Alsop with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Christophe Eschenbach with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC. In addition to her busy schedule of voice students, Anna teaches early childhood music classes, and her enthusiasm for children’s music has led to original recitals for organizations such as OrchKids in Baltimore. Anna holds a Masters Degree in Music Performance from the University of Maryland. 

Chinook School of Music

Sunday, May 26 at 10 AM

Established in 2005, Music Kids is Chinook School of Music’s early childhood music program for ages six months to five years. Music Kids’ modern approach to music education integrates scientific research supporting the positive role that music plays on brain development. Classes incorporate singing, movement and instrument play. Children experience a joyful and nurturing learning environment while developing fundamental music skills.

Zoo Street

Saturday, May 25 at 1:30 PM

“ZooStreet” is a new interactive family musical production. The monkeys mambo, the penguins polka and the tigers tango! The music of ZooStreet introduces children to the world of animals. Through the music and lyrics, the children discover facts about the animals: their characteristics and personalities, their habitats, as well as the importance of conservation and preservation. The animals also sing about the importance of movement, self-esteem, acceptance, and just having fun being a kid! 

Alicia Ward

Saturday, May 25 at 2 PM

Throughout Alicia’s past 11 years of teaching she has been interested in the many ways children express their emotions. The sudden outbursts of feeling from the very depths of their small bodies has always left Alicia quietly laughing, sympathizing and shaking her head. Her time at the University
of Calgary completing a drama degree also brought to her awareness the many ways we stifle the expression of emotions from a very young age, including the well intentioned “don’t cry” or “don’t be afraid.”

Rattle and Strum

Saturday, May 25 at 11 AM

The recipe for fun? We take a scoop of toe-tapping tunes, add a dash of silliness, then rattle and strum until we’re ready to fall over. “Rattle and Strum” gets kids of all ages dancing, clapping, singing, and playing. With Heather on guitar, Steve on drums, and everybody singing, this highly interactive band leaves nobody out, and is known for original music that parents enjoy too.
A side project of Heather Blush and The Uppercuts, Rattle and Strum are an irresistible combination. Their self-titled first children’s album was released in August 2013, supported by a grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. It received a prestigious Parents’ Choice Gold Award, their highest stamp of approval, along with nominations for a Canadian Folk Music Award and a Western Canadian Music Award.
Their second album, Ants in My Pants, was released in May 2018. It includes 15 exciting new original tunes, covering topics such as wild turkeys, marshmallows, sneezing, pocket contents, the mysterious superhero that is Meatball Man, and of course: ants in pants!!
Armed with catchy tunes, great grooves, and an incredible sense of fun, this is a show that no one will forget soon!

DJ Jamz

Saturday, May 25 at 6 PM

In 2009 she placed 3rd out of 40 participants in her first ever DJ competition only 6 months into her DJ career then subsequently went onto becoming the top female DJ in Edmonton before making her way out east to Montreal. Having toured the country playing every major musical city in Canada, Jams is now stationed in Calgary where she runs the “Direct Drive Youth DJ Program” supporting the next generation of local Music Industry Artists alongside The Legacy Children’s Foundation. Jamz will be fusing family friendly funky music w/ electronic and world beats; who’s ready for a dance party? Guaranteed to move the feet!

Amanda Cottrell and April Dawn

Saturday, May 25 at 2 PM

Apryl is a yoga teacher, writer and designer in Calgary. She aspires to share her passions through creative expression, as she runs her own jewelry design business Apryl Dawn Designs, and has co-authored an Amazon #1 best selling book on thriving as an entrepreneurial mom boss.

Amanda’s motto is ‘Believe, Create, Inspire!’ Her mission is to help people develop and explore their creative gifts through art, yoga and mindfulness. Amanda is an author, illustrator, and teacher (B.A, B.Ed, M.Ed).

Mr Chris

Sunday, May 26 at 11:30 AM

I have always been a little bit odd cracking jokes and making faces to anyone who would watch. From my humble beginnings for creating magic shows for the neighbourhood kids I knew that I was destined to become a clown. So I packed up my bags and traveled to New Zealand for Clown School (Yes, it’s a real thing!). After that I never really unpacked my bags instead I have kept them filled with costumes props and a whole lot of magic ready to put on a show at a moments notice. Come and see my hit show “The Smallest Little Big Top” at the Create Calgary Children’s Festival and then in the fall don’t forget see what fun we are making at “The Calgary Clown Festival” this September.


Sunday, May 26 at 5 PM

StoryMusic presents Grounder’s Grand Adventure, the story of a Richardson’s ground squirrel finding his way in the world, set to the Dohnanyi Serenade. Samantha Whelan Kotkas narrates, alongside violinist Elisa Milner, violist Liza Scriggins, and cellist Olena Kilchyk, with artwork by Oladesign. StoryMusic is the brainchild of Liza Scriggins, who grew up listening to Peter and the Wolf, Tubby the Tuba, and Disney’s Fantasia. Since its first performances in 2016, the group has been awarded grants from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the National Arts Centre’s Music Alive Program, and the Music Performance Trust Fund to bring storytelling concerts to all ages.


Sunday, May 26 at 2:30 PM

Karen Gummo and Calum Lykan are delighted to collaborate with Nathaniel Chiang in narrative and musical harmony.

Nathaniel is a student of drumming in the jazz tradition. Improvisation is his passion and he shares his bold and syncopated rhythms throughout the city, wherever people gather with a longing for jazz.

Scottish Storyteller Calum Lykan is a true “Teller of Tales and Weaver of Dreams”.

Canadian/Nordic Storyteller Karen Gummo is “Raconteur of the Real and the Imagined”. Both storytellers have travelled widely to offer the deepest truths and to uncover the sharpest lies!

Be ready to behold the magical charms of these three performers and to discover your own truths.

Timepoint Ensemble

Sunday, May 26 at 5 PM

Timepoint Ensemble, founded in 2015, is a new music ensemble in Calgary whose focus is on music that engages with contemporary culture in various and often radical ways. By performing works of living composers and actively commissioning new works from composers around the globe, Timepoint strives to challenge the conventional practices of music making. Under the artistic direction of Mathew James and with six core members and regular guest artists, Timepoint’s programming is versatile in regards to instrumentation and repertoire. This versatility presents the opportunity to tailor performances to a schedule of ever-changing venues and audiences.

Reading with Royalty

Sunday, May 26 at 3 PM

Reading with Royalty celebrates diversity and encourages children to look beyond gender stereotypes and embrace exploration of self. In programs like this, participants are able to see people who interpret gender and imagine a colourful world where people can express their identity freely.

Spark your imagination and celebrate inclusion and diversity with our new glamourous family-friendly storytime program, led by local drag queens and kings.

James Jordan

Sunday, May 26 at 11:30 AM

This one-man vaudeville variety show with original magic, skilled juggling, royalty-free music and comedy has been headlining comedy clubs and children’s festivals all over the world! A clean, polished and professional performance for every demographic.

Gabrielle and Meaghan

Saturday, May 25 at 9:30 AM

Join Gabrielle and Meaghan for an unconventional yoga class that caters to the whole family. Align your mind, body, and soul through meditations and poses inspired by elements of nature and animals. Get ready to move, stretch, and most importantly – laugh!

Shawna Robinson

Saturday, May 25 at 5 PM

Everyday Icing is a digital platform of unique, read-aloud stories for kids. Each story is written to make adults become expert storytellers and to encourage children to explore the depths of their imagination. With access to a digital device, Everyday Icing makes sure that a story can always be the sweetest part of your day.
Join us for the Everyday Icing Storytime Workshop where kids will be inspired to let their inner illustrator loose! Several 5, 10 or 15-minute stories from the Everyday Icing library will be read out loud while kids get to sketch, draw and colour their ideas to life. This workshop is suited for kids of all ages, even big kids who need a few minutes to get lost in a great story that they don’t have to read themselves.