The guy who crawled magically out of a hollow log for 12 seasons and more than 900 episodes in the hit CBC T.V. show Fred Penner’s Place, performs a matinee show for people of all ages at the Legacy Centre in Slave Lake On Saturday, November 3 at 1:00 p.m.
“I’ve been to Slave Lake a few times and it won’t be the last if the market sticks around,” says Penner.
The musical master brings 45 years of commitment, consistency and depth to a career that skillfully blends the many genres of performing and communication.
Penner has a unique and diverse background, which includes 12 children’s albums, and countless energetically packed live shows across North America. Penner composed the music for APTN/YTV’s Tipi Tales, and wrote the score and hosted the T.V. documentary The Simple Way.
Penner has established himself as a fundamental part of the North American family entertainment scene, whether it’s through CDs, videos, books or television.
Earlier this year Penner won his fourth JUNO and this month he won the Children’s Artist of the Year award at the Western Canadian Music Awards for his new album called Hear the Music that debuted on April 21, 2017.
“This album is dedicated to all you ‘Fred Heads,’ young and old who have travelled with me on this musical journey,” Fred says. “Considering I’ve been on the road for 45 years, there are now three generations of families who continue to inspire me to make music.”
While Penner’s performances are simple, maybe just a song and a guitar on stage, he says that’s how he likes it.
“I am not a cartoon. I’m not about flashy lights or special effects. My communication is the most fundamental, human to human communication that I can think of.”
Penner is best known for singing about sandwiches and a certain clingy cat; however he says the songs that he’s most fond of go deeper and prod the listener.
Penner says he is currently touring with musical buddy Paul O’Neill.
Information and tickets for all shows can be found at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/fred-penner-tickets-49288064929.
Tickets are free for children four and under, $15 for children ages five to 15 and $25 for adults.