The same sweet soul that delighted kids for over a decade on CBC is eager to share his favourite tunes with a new generation of children! A gentle giant with kind eyes, Fred Penner is a family man with a 25-year history of performing and championing causes that affect kids the world over. This musical master’s diverse repertoire includes a prolific 12 children’s albums, writing and composing television scores and countless energy-packed live shows across North America. Through his albums, videos, books and television programs, Fred’s cornerstone philosophy remains the same: absolute trust that his work can make a difference.
The two-time Best Children’s Album Juno winner devoted many years to teaching children from a forest glade, crawling magically out of a hollow log for nearly 900 episodes in the hit CBC TV show Fred Penner’s Place. From the small screen to the live stage, this classic performer blends humour, song and storytelling with warmth and enthusiasm.
Join us at noon for an hour full of fun activities that engage children of all ages on a creative journey before the show! The Fred Penner ArtZone features Science Tricks from the Canada Science and Technology Museum! Discover and play with amazing optical illusions at the display. Fun for the whole family!
Get into character at the Dress-Up Photo-Booth, where you can show off your flair for the dramatic in crazy costumes and impressive disguises! Make sure to bring your camera to capture all the fun! Explore theatre and PLAY with OYP Theatre School.
Do you know Fred Penner’s song “The Cat Came Back”? Join the Ottawa School of Art for an exciting session of silkscreen printing inspired by this famous tune. Bring your own t-shirt (any colour but black!) and print the cat design, created especially for this occasion, with the guidance of the Ottawa School of Art artists! No t-shirt? No problem – print on paper for a take-home piece of art!
Please note: To have “The Cat Came Back” design printed on a t-shirt, please present yourself at least 30 minutes before the start of the show. Don’t forget your non-black T! Meow!
A Fred ticket is all you need for the ArtZone – just bring your imagination to the Lower Lobby and let your creative juices flow.
Art Zone start time: 12 pm Show start time: 1 pm Admission: Free (for performance ticket-holders) Location: Lower Lobby near Richcraft Theatre
We recommend you arrive a few minutes early to allow time to check your coats so young guests can fully enjoy each of Art Zone activities before the show starts at 1 pm.