FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A special tribute concert to commemorate the extraordinary legacy of Lois Lilienstein.
31 August 2015 – Toronto, ON. A special public celebration, hosted by Sharon Hampson and Bram Morrison of Sharon, Lois & Bram, will take place on Saturday, September 26, 2015 to honour and pay tribute to the wonderful life of their partner and friend, Lois Lilienstein. Proceeds will benefit Mariposa in the Schools, who provide programmes benefitting school children across Ontario with a repertoire of world music, dance, storytelling, spoken word and puppetry that celebrate cross-cultural understanding.
Celebrating Lois will be an evening filled with music and memories, including classic Sharon Lois & Bram songs, mixed with some of Lois’s favourite tunes. The event will feature a look at memorable moments on and off stage, on screen and in life, and will remember Lois through songs, stories, photos and video, featuring special guests, and of course laughter. “We’re having a party for Lois, and Lois loved a party!” said Sharon and Bram. “We are so pleased to have the opportunity to share these memories with the people whose lives were touched by Lois.”
As Lois LOVED to bake, the evening will offer a “sweet treat” as well as presenting a fun and touching look at Lois’s life, from the perspective of her friends, family and colleagues. Musical moments will feature well-loved Lois favourites from the Sharon, Lois & Bram songbook, including “She’ll be Comin’ Round the Mountain”, “One Elephant”, audience favourite “Skinnamarink“, and more!
When: Saturday, September 26, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front Street East, Toronto
Tickets: $25 each (including all applicable fees and taxes)
Proceeds to benefit Mariposa in the Schools – if you cannot attend and wish to make a donation in Lois’s memory please go to: http://www.mariposaintheschools.ca/
All artists, programmes, dates, and price are subject to change.
Special thanks to the following for their support: Toronto City Councillor Josh Matlow, Jim Roe and Carol Henderson at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, The Food Dudes, Smucker’s Foods of Canada Corp and artist John Coburn.
Lois Ada Lilienstein (nee Goldberg) was born on July 10, 1936, in Chicago. A classically trained singer and pianist, she studied music at the University of Michigan, where she met her future husband, Ernest Lilienstein. He was a sociology professor at York University in Toronto, where the family settled and raised their son David.
One of Canada’s most beloved children’s entertainers, from 1978 Lois was a member of the trio Sharon, Lois & Bram. Thanks to their television shows and the popularity of their albums, which won three Juno Awards and sold millions of copies worldwide, Sharon, Lois & Bram emerged during the 1980s as one of the most successful children’s acts in North America. Perhaps best known for the songs “Skinnamarink,” “One Elephant”, and “Peanut Butter,” the trio were made members of the Order of Canada in 2003. Over the years, along with Sharon and Bram, Lois 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. Lois died of cancer on April 23, 2015. She was 78.
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