Sharon, Bram and their top-notch back-up band touch down at the DeCoste Centre on May 11 and at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium on May 12. Both shows start at 2 p.m.
This past September marked the 40th anniversary of One Elephant, Deux Éléphants, the ground-breaking and career-producing first album of Sharon, Lois and Bram.
After 40 years of singing together, Sharon & Bram are touring the country in what they term “A Final Fond Farewell”. The tour, which is attracting four generations of fans, spotlights the musicality that Sharon, Lois & Bram brought to their very first album 40 years ago, and that Sharon & Bram have maintained over the subsequent 40 years.
Since 1978, Sharon Hampson and Bram Morrison have been pre-eminent in all aspects of family entertainment across North America as members of the trio “Sharon, Lois & Bram”. Together, the threesome produced more than 20 recordings, beginning with their iconic ‘One Elephant, Deux Elephants’, three song-books, six national TV specials, 65 episodes of The Elephant Show, and 52 of Skinnamarink TV. They have appeared in every major concert hall in Canada, and many in the United States including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the White House in Washington just to name a few. They have received countless awards, including Gold and Platinum Records and JUNO awards for Best Children’s Album. To date, they have sold millions of albums worldwide.
Sharon and Bram have carried on together since Lois Lilienstein stepped aside from live performing in 2000.
A Sharon and Bram show is a sing-along concert for the entire family, featuring such well-loved favourites as “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain”, “Five Little Monkeys”, “One Elephant”, “Tingalayo”, and, of course, “Skinnamarink” as well as exciting new songs.
“We love singing with our audiences; the sound of families singing together and the expressions of delight on the faces of parents and children as they share the music, bring us deep satisfaction,” Sharon and Bram say.
Sharon and Bram, with Lois, have supported many social welfare programmes in Canada and the US, such as school breakfasts for learning, encouraging parents to inoculate their children and, internationally, as Goodwill Ambassadors for UNICEF in North and South America, for which they received the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award.
For their years of work providing the best in participatory music for children and their families, Sharon and Bram have been inducted into The Order of Canada, the highest honour in the country.