Now home, west of the Rockies, we are reflecting on our magical week at the Northern Alberta International Children's Festival of the Arts. Here are a few of our favourite moments in pictures:
9 of our 13 performances were on the "TD OUTDOOR STAGE". It was a nice big, covered stage right in the middle of the fest. We made good friends with the other artists playing the stage, especially GUSTAVO THE IMPOSSIBILIST! Here is a picture of us and Gustavo, taken on the very last day:
We played two shows at TODDLER TOWN, which was a sweet zone for wee ones. We've never played for kids that small before. During the evenings we hung out in our hotel room and learned how to play classic songs like "I've Been Working on the Railroad" and "Five Green & Speckled Frogs", made up new rhymes for "Down by the Bay", and unleashed brother Matt's sound effects for "Old McMatthew's Farm". Yup, we shamelessly played the hits. Rather than use the stage, we decided to sit in a circle with the kids on the mats. It was one of the most fun parts of the festival and deeply soul nourishing to have such fun with the little ones and their parents.
One of the best shows was our part in the finale concert. It was a thrill to play a short set in the beautiful Arden Theatre...
...and I was so proud of Ruth when she went up in front of the curtain all alone to sing Ruth B's "Lost Boys" and accompany herself on the ukulele. She was so brave!
There were some really special moments, like when kids lined up to try my guitar and Ruth's ukulele after one of the shows:
We learned a lot on this trip and we got to meet hundreds of really bright and shining young people. In the end, this was the best part.