Dennis Lee is responsible for some of the most iconic Children’s poetry in Canadian History – Alligator Pie, Garbage Delight, Jelly Belly to name a few – but he has also written prose, adult poetry, and edited collections of Essays. In 1972, he was awarded the Governor General’s Award for Civil Elegies and Other Poems. In 1967, he started his own publishing firm – House of Anansi Press – which has been home to many a writer over the last 50 years. He has served as a writer-in-residence at both Trent and the University of Toronto in the 1970s, was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1993 and became Toronto’s first Poet Laureate in 2001. His new collection, Goodnight, Goodnight, centers on the the theme of bedtime.
Moscow Apartment is a Toronto-based, teenage feminist folk duo comprising of Brighid Fry and Pascale Padilla. Friends for years, having first met in Toronto’s preeminent children’s choir – VIVA! Youth Singers – Brighid as Pascale formed Moscow Apartment in early 2017. After turning their ideas into songs, they released their debut, self-titled, five song EP in September and were quickly awarded Young Performers of the Year at the 2017 Canadian Folk Music Awards and Best Young Songwriters at the 2017 Toronto Independent Music Awards.