Endeavours 007 – Sharon and Bram, Royal Wood, Anne Giardini
It’s the James Bond episode!
Sharon Hampson and Bram Morrison are icons in the world of Children’s music and entertainment. Since their first album, One Elephant, Deux Elephants, was recorded and released in 1978 – with the third member of their trio, the late Lois Lilienstein – they have produced over 40 albums, including the Car Tunes series. In the 1980s they transferred to television with The Elephant Show and followed that with Skinnamarink TV in the 1990s, named after their hit song Skinnamarink. In addition, they have been the recipients of the Order of Canada, both the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and Diamond Jubilee Medal, and and Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Mount Allison University. In addition, in 2014, the “Sharon, Lois, and Bram Playground” opened in Toronto. The trio has also been awarded three Juno Awards.
Royal Wood is a singer-songwriter from Lakefield, Ontario (now known as Selwyn). Trained on a litany of instruments, he performed in jazz halls while studying business at McGill University. He has collaborated with such musicians as Sarah Slean, Emm Gryner, Hawksley Workman, Kathleen Edwards, Jill Barber and Serena Ryder; his songs have appeared on several TV shows including ReGenesis, This is Wonderland, Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice. His most recent album is Ghost Light.
Anne Giardini is an author, lawyer and academic who is also currently the chancellor at Simon Fraser University. The daughter of late Canadian writer Carol Shields, she has written two novels of her own The Truth About Happiness, published in 2005, and Advice for Italian Boys, released in 2009. As well, she has contributed to the National Post. She is actively involved in the community in Vancouver being a board member for the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, chair of the Vancouver Writer’s Festival, and volunteer for YWCA’s Women of Distinction Awards. Her latest book, which she co-edited with her son Nicholas – is a collection of essays and other writings written by her mother – Startle & Illuminate: Carol Shields on Writing”.
From Royal Wood’s Album Ghost Light
I’m Gonna Marry You
Til The Morning Comes