Scotty and the Stars, Sunshine Sue coming to Children’s Jubilee

Amy MacKenzie
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NEW GLASGOW – A children’s entertainment group that recently won a national contest will make its way to New Glasgow to take part in the Children’s Jubilee next weekend.

The Children’s Jubilee is part of the day program the Riverfront Jubilee offers free of charge.

New Brunswick’s Scotty and the Stars recently won The Great Kids' CBC Viewer Voted Song Search contest and will be attending the Children’s Jubilee for the second time.

“We submitted a song entitled ‘Time to get up,’ which is the title track off our album and we were very honoured and humbled and ecstatic that we won,” Scott Sampson of Scotty and the Stars said in a phone interview.

As a result, Scotty and the Stars flew to Toronto last week for Kids' CBC Week where they recorded a song, produced and shot a music video, and performed for Kids' CBC Days with other acts such as the Doodlebops, Mamma Yamma, Patty and Sid, Bookaboo and others.

Their video will be aired in mid-August on Kids' CBC, which will also feature possible cameos from George Stroumboulopoulos, Scott Russell, Steven and Chris, Patty and Sid and Mamma Yamma.

“We were up against children’s entertainers from all over Canada, so we were very ecstatic and little shocked as well that we won,” Sampson said. “We entered just hoping for the best and were blown away from the support we received.”

Sampson has been working with children for many years and is a kindergarten teacher in Fredericton, N.B.

About six years ago, Sampson decided to start writing children’s songs of his own.

“The whole idea of Scotty and the Stars is pop rock children’s entertainment,” he said. “It’s a high energy show and we touch upon some educational subjects and some of our songs are just fun and silly.”

Sampson said he enjoys performing for children because making them smile and laugh is a great reward.

“To see the smiles on their faces, to see them up and dancing, performing the actions with us and having a great time just brightens up my day,” he said.

He said their songs have an educational aspect to them and touch on topics such as bullying, working together, helping one another out, music appreciation and literacy appreciation.

“We have a hip hop song about reading books as well as a lot of animal songs,” Sampson said.

Scotty and the Stars won Children’s Recording of the Year at the 2012 Music New Brunswick Awards and received three East Coast Music Award nominations.

The Jubilee’s executive director, Carlton Munroe, said the Children’s Jubilee is a great way to expose children to the joys of music.

“I’m a parent so I know what role music could and should and does play in children’s developmental stages for sure and this is a great way to help support that,” Munroe said. “These are also the kids that we hope will grow up to be Jubilee patrons of the future as well, so it’s kind of a way to break them in.”

Also performing at the Children’s Jubilee is Sunshine Sue. Susan Walsh's career in entertaining young children spans many years and many venues, from community centres and festival stages, to school gymnasiums and television. Her original album “Sing Little Children,” was nominated for an East Coast Music Award and her presentations are dynamic and interactive.

“She is certainly one the great children’s entertainers around here and she’s been doing it for many years and puts the smiles on the faces of the kids,” Munroe said.

The Children’s Jubilee will take place in Carmichael Park on Saturday, Aug. 3 from noon to 4 p.m.

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Organizations: CBC, Time

Geographic location: NEW GLASGOW, New Brunswick, Toronto Canada Fredericton Carmichael Park

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