Ian Johnstone and the students and teachers of Uplands Park Elem (Nanaimo, BC) ZAP! away the monster Abbey-Yo-Yo - June 4/12


Hi! Welcome to my page!
I'm a children's performer. A musician. Okay, I play banjo, but that still counts. ;-)

In the following few screens I'll tell you about me, my children's recordings, my philosophy, where to reach me, a bit of my performing history, what my publicist says about me, what some other people say about me, some of my extra-curricular activities (stuff besides children's music) and where I'd like to travel/tour. I've even put a copy of my Elementary School concert Study Guide in letter size and A4 on line that you can print or download. Same goes for a concert description and concert-prep document as well as my bio.

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Here's a whole pile of links and shortcuts to stuff on my page ...and beyond!

["Ambassador to Kids"] [philosophy] [Small world] [history] [other stuff] [publicist] [Quotes] [Tape info] ["Dear Mr. Johnstone..."] ["Love & Warm Fuzzies..."] [Under The Eagle's Nest] [Where to reach me] [My elementary school concert video] [Study Guide - letter size or A4] [concert description & pre-concert prep - letter size or A4] [My Bio - letter size or A4] [My photo album] [© Copyright stuff] [Ordering info]


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OKAY... HOW'D YOU GET THE TITLE 'Canada's Musical Ambassador to Kids' ?


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Well... It happened during one Elementary School tour in British Columbia, Canada. Following three consecutive school concerts, during after-concert get-togethers the teachers and parents in attendance declared me to be "a musical ambassador to kids". They had used the exact same phrase each time.

I mentioned this to several of my colleagues. Their response was singular and unanimous... "Great! Use it!" Since then, I've been re-endorsed (over and over again) by kids, parents and teachers throughout Canada, the U.S., Britain and Saudi Arabia as "Canada's Musical Ambassador to Kids".  Now, even though when I perform internationally, in a way I do represent Canada, it's not official. Sooo... I've adjusted the moniker to simply "A Musical Ambassador to Kids"


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HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR WORK?

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Ian Johnstone Promo photo 2012 (78K) There are a lot of people learning and growing in this business. I've been doing it for almost fifty years and I firmly believe that the more we work in concert (pun intended) the stronger and wiser we each become.

Kids are very important people. I know. I not only used to be one, I still am! Oh, I grew up, sure. But I get to grow down again every concert, and every time a kid says "Hi" or asks me for my autograph, or sings joyously along with one of my songs.

Though it may sound cliché, never-the-less, it's a truth... today's kids are this world's future. We need to teach joy to kids around the world. And positive, win-win ways of thinking and living. Tomorrow's peace begins ...and ends... with today's children.

 I love what I do. I know that from time to time, what I do may have a positive impact on a growing, learning child. ...And I'm now well into my second (...or is it third?) generation of kids.

Parents I sang for when they were kids are now bringing their kids up to meet me and to say "Hello" after my concerts. I can't think of a nicer compliment. ...Can you?

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SMALL WORLD, ISN'T IT?

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Hey! It's a large world out there! But... it gets smaller with communication, and this medium could turn it into... well... merely a whole bunch of giant neighbourhoods. I'm looking and learning. And I'm travelling. Expanding my horizons to include new neighbourhoods and new people. In fact, since 2001, I've met folks from six continents.

For quite a few years, I've had it in my mind to tour Australia & New Zealand. That's now being worked on. I've also used The Web to get info on, and contacts for, touring in Britain. So, if you have any more information on children's entertainment, tape/CD distributors, tour organizers or concert touring in Britain, Australia, New Zealand or other neat places, drop me a line!

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Of course, back home in Canada, I'd love to tour the Maritimes... ("More lobster Ian?") ... and Quebec (while they're still in Canada).   {smile}

Ian & three Saudi friends with camel breath(90K)

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WHAT'VE YOU DONE?... WHERE'VE YOU PLAYED?

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Well, for a start, I've played more than 2,000 school concerts throughout Canada, the United States, Britain ...and even Saudi Arabia!

I've hosted &/or performed on more than 40 telethons, and countless performances in community concerts, live theatre, fairs and exhibitions, sales promotions and fund-raisers, television & radio.

I recently recorded a couple of my elementary school educational concerts in order to make a video to support my application to the ArtStarts Showcase (Vancouver, BC) in early 2014.

You can take a look at the end result over here on the right... ...okay, so something's screwed up and you don't for the life of you know what it is, but the video link doesn't show anything but a white rectangle. Try clicking on this link...

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WHAT ELSE DO YOU LIKE TO DO?

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fun in the studio (68K) I have lots of interests besides children's singing, songwriting, concerts & storytelling.

Being a writer, a jocular sort and 'one of the world's greatest fishermen', for 10 years I wrote a humorous (& occasionally philosophical) column titled "Under The Eagle's Nest". If you'd be interested in seeing a sample article, here it is.

A number of years ago I took up both down-hill skiing and golf. Not both at the same time, of course. ...Mind you... it might be fun. You could tee-off and be there when it lands!

I'm a very curious person. When something interests me, I just have to know more about it. Maybe even try it myself. As a result, besides skiing and golfing, I've tried parachuting and bungy jumping, scuba diving, sailing and kayak fishing. I've learned how to spin wool, weave it and crochet it.    ...Right now, I'm learning about (and doing) photography.

AND... in October of 2007 and October of 2008 I made a life-long dream come true. I took flying lessons and learned how to fly an airplane!!!! Ian landing the Genesis (38K)

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WHAT MY PUBLICIST SAYS...

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To say only that "Ian Johnstone is a children's entertainer" would be much like saying Red Skelton was simply a comic or Danny Kaye just an actor.

Ian is a specialist - an expert at fanning that spark of joy within each and every child, at allowing the adult to become the child within themselves, feeling that same spark... still alive, still aglow.

Ian Johnstone does not simply stand up in front of a group of kids and play his banjo and sing... Ian draws on the imagination and fantasy of every person present..

As you relax and enjoy the program as it unfolds, you begin to realize that this unique man is not only bright, alive, refreshing and energetic, he is providing an enthusiastic and positive role model for your child. A powerful responsibility.

Ian's personality is an integral part of his highly entertaining performance. By example, Ian shows that music and life can be fun... can be exciting... can be positive... can be enjoyed.

No indifferent performances... no patronizing attitudes. Just music and singing and banjo, hand clapping and stories and laughter.

It's happy. It's fun. It's professional. It's a delight in a serious world.

Ian Johnstone Promo photo 2012 (136K)

 

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WHAT OTHER PEOPLE SAY...

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Ian looking thoughtful (151K) "...polished professionalism and a delightful manner with young people."
                    - Joan McCordic, Administrator, Prologue to the Performing Arts, Toronto, Ontario

"Ian has created excellent shows filled with action, songs and positive messages for youngsters ... I am impressed that Ian's creative talents are matched by his positive values, attitude and compassion for people generally and children specifically."
                    - Gordon R McInnis, Theatrical Director, Ladysmith Little Theatre, Ladysmith, BC

"Mr. Johnstone provided a fun, interactive concert for our K-5 school. He wove stories, music and actions in such a way that the children were involved from the beginning of the concert to the end."
                    - Tom Thorson, Principal, McKenzie Elementary, Victoria, BC

"...Johnstone's attitude is to be commended. In an ideal world, his should be the norm - the responsibility for each citizen to make a better world for children, thereby ensuring the survival of our civilization."
                    - Moose Jaw Times-Herald, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

"His professional attitude and performance ability are of the highest standard, which has been developed from many years of experience with children's shows."
                    - Terry M Whittaker, Founder of Ladysmith Little Theatre, Ladysmith BC

"A super performance! Best of the year!"
                    - Briarwood Elementary, Washington, U.S.A.



 
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Albums available on Dandelion Records:
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"Love & Warm Fuzzies..."
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'Love & Warm Fuzzies...' Album Cover
  • Ian's latest album
  • All original songs
  • All happy and positive songs
  • Many songs from this album have been featured on Ian's TV appearances on... 'Fred Penner's Place', ...'Tell-A-Tale Town', ...'Paul Hann & Friends' ...and more than 40 Telethons!
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EXCERPTS FROM THE SONGS ON    "Love & Warm Fuzzies..."

  • ALWAYS ROOM FOR ONE MORE 
       (.mp3)(541KB)

  • I CAN FLY 
       (.mp3)(597KB)

  • NO! 
       (.mp3)(511KB)

  • SHELDON (The Selfish Shellfish) 
       (.mp3)(698KB)

  • SITTIN' ON MY SAILBOAT 
       (.mp3)(613KB)

  • PET ROCK 
       (.mp3)(455KB)

  • BOAT NAMED ROY 
       (.mp3)(566KB)

  • DANDELIONS 
       (.mp3)(282KB)

  • NOW I LAY ME DOWN 
       (.mp3)(764KB)

  • DOORS & FEELINGS 
       (.mp3)(622KB)

  • GROWIN' UP 
       (.mp3)(357KB)

  • PLANTING MY GARDEN 
       (.mp3)(789KB)

  • WHEN SOMETIMES I FORGET 
       (.mp3)(393KB)

  • SINGING, LAUGHING & DANCING 
       (.mp3)(524KB)

  • SILLY MONKEY 
       (.mp3)(581KB)

  • FILL YOU WITH SUNSHINE 
       (.mp3)(739KB)

  • I BELIEVE IN ME 
       (.mp3)(276KB)

 

"Dear Mr. Johnstone..."
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'Dear Mr. Johnstone...' Album Cover
  • Ian's first album
  • Features a variety of perennial favorites
  • Also, and especially, features the story/song about the monster "Abbey-Yo-Yo"
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EXCERPTS FROM THE SONGS ON    "Dear Mr. Johnstone..."

  • I KNOW AN OLD LADY
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  • LOLLIPOP TREE
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  • PUFF (The Magic Dragon) 
       (.mp3)(276KB)

  • BIG BLUE PHROG
       (.mp3)(276KB)

  • COUNTRY ROADS 
       (.mp3)(276KB)

  • YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE
       (.mp3)(276KB)

  • MORNINGTOWN RIDE
       (.mp3)(276KB)

  • ABBEY-YO-YO 
       Clip 1  (.mp3)(1,383KB)
       Clip 2  (.mp3)(676KB)
       Clip 3  (.mp3)(764KB)
       Clip 4  (.mp3)(508KB)
       Clip 5  (.mp3)(448KB)
       Clip 6  (.mp3)(330KB)
       Clip 7  (.mp3)(474KB)
       Clip 8  (.mp3)(319KB)



 

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(-: They make great gifts for birthdays, rainy days ...or any days :-)

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 For each (single) copy of
"Dear Mr. Johnstone..." or "Love & Warm Fuzzies..."

Send your name, address and...

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To DANDELION RECORDS

 
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Wish my recordings were available at your favorite toy, book or music store ?
They can be if they contact me at:
DANDELION RECORDS

 

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You can reach me (world-wide) by:
e-mail : ian@iansong.com
phone :(Nanaimo, BC, Canada) 250-740-0340
snail-mail : Ian Johnstone / DANDELION RECORDS, 35-B Thetis Place, Nanaimo, BC, V9S 3A5 (CANADA)

 

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Here's that pile of links and shortcuts again...

[Home, James] ["Ambassador to Kids"] [philosophy] [Small world] [history] [other stuff] [publicist] [Quotes] [Tape info] ["Dear Mr. Johnstone..."] ["Love & Warm Fuzzies..."] [Under The Eagle's Nest] [Where to reach me] [My elementary school concert video] [Study Guide - letter size or A4] [concert description & pre-concert prep - letter size or A4] [My Bio - letter size or A4] [My photo album] [Ordering info]


 

...I ended the year 2012 with two shows at Finale 2012
put on by Nanaimo Parks & Rec in Nanaimo, BC...
 
 

Ian Johnstone makes a happy New Year's Eve for families at Finale 2012 (Nanaimo, BC) (1543K)
collage photos and collage, © Rosemary Salo-Stagg

 

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© Copyright Stuff ©
This page was created by me...    Ian Johnstone.
Last updated on October 28, 2016
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(Th-th-that's all, folks!)