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Creating Authentic Connections with Fred Penner Episode 6

Creating Authentic Connections with Fred Penner

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Whether it’s through lyrics that resonate, musicality that moves emotionally, or stage performances that build incredible memories, building a connection with their audience is an artist’s highest aim.

After all, music has a special place in the human experience. Once you’ve formed a connection - a memory - tied to music, just hearing that song can bring you back to that special time and place. 

Music is truly transcendent.

However, if you’re the one creating and performing it, how do you imbue it with meaning for the listener?

After five decades of writing, recording and performing, Fred Penner is a master of creating connection with audiences both young and young at heart. 

In this episode, Fred shares the story of his career, and lessons he’s learned about how artists can see their role as creators and curators of experiences, and build a meaningful legacy along the way.

Don’t be surprised if you find yourself travelling back in time to your own childhood (or even adulthood!) memories of Fred’s music, as we speak to the man and the legend himself.

About Fred Penner

At an early childhood education conference, acclaimed family entertainer, singer/songwriter, composer, actor, writer, author, TV host and keynote speaker Fred Penner delivered a simple, yet powerful message. “Never underestimate your ability to make a difference in the life of a child.” With more than 40 years of commitment to the Canadian music industry Fred has shared his talents with multiple generations. 

Fred is a four time Juno award recipient and starred in13 seasons (nearly 1000 episodes) of the hit CBC TV series Fred Penner’s Place. Over these decades, Fred has toured extensively across North America and created 13 albums of music for his legions of fans. His visibility has allowed him the privilege and joy of using his voice as a spokesperson for World Vision, UNICEF, UNESCO, the Canadian Down Syndrome Society, and countless other organizations working with children on our planet.

This seasoned performer’s ability to blend his considerable talents has garnered critical acclaim and a host of awards, including the Order of Canada, Order of Manitoba and induction into the Western Canadian music Hall of Fame.

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Presented by Folk Music Ontario
Hosted by Rosalyn Dennett
Produced by Kayla Nezon (Folk Music Ontario), Rosalyn Dennett (Folk Music Ontario), Tim Fraser + Tanya Fraser (Murdoch Entertainment)
Recorded by Kayla Nezon, and Jordan Moore of The Pod Cabin
Edited by Jordan Moore of The Pod Cabin
Theme music “Amsterdam” by King Cardiac
Artwork by Jaymie Karn
The ReFolkUs Project is made possible through the generous support of the Department of Canadian Heritage

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