May 14, 2016
A rainy and damp Saturday didn’t stop Mayor John Tory and a couple hundred others from gettin’ down with the Skinnamarink.
The crowd came out to midtown’s June Rowlands park for the official opening of a music garden in honour of famed children’s trio Sharon, Lois and Bram.
Sharon Hampson and Bram Morrison — two-thirds of the iconic group known for songs like Little Rabbit Foo Foo, One Elephant Went Out to Play and, of course, Skinnamarink — treated kids and adults alike to a sing-a-long in the park to celebrate the occasion.
Their friend and fellow member, Lois Lilienstein, died of cancer in April 2015.
Hampson and Morrison acknowledged that Saturday’s honour was, for them, a bittersweet occasion.
“The sweetness is all the years of making music together, that is with us forever and that doesn’t go away, and the sadness is she can’t be here to share this moment,” said Hampson.
Morrison said Lilienstein’s memory will live on through both their music and the park.
“We carry it with us and her legacy is everywhere that you look here,” he said.
Tory — who was joined for the opening by local Councillor Josh Matlow — said the Canadian trio has touched “generations of young people.
“They are people who have performed at the White House, at the Lincoln Centre, they’ve been honoured with the Order of Canada, but more than that they are people known to generations of young people,” said Tory.
Despite a closure of the Gardiner Expressway this weekend, Paul Terpstra, his wife, and two young daughters made the trek from Hamilton to Toronto for Saturday’s concert in the park.
“The girls and my wife went to a concert last week in Oakville, and they love listening to the CDs at home,” said Terpstra. “We heard about this and thought it would be a cool thing to come out to.”
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