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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 25, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba A8 BRANDON June 2002 Huts Life CANADIAN PRESS Childrens entertainerlTaffl plays his guitar in this recent handout In the past three months hes released a new met with Nelson spearheaded a cam paign to ban chemical pesticides from lawns and written a song about peace for the children of Israel and Rockin Raffi tireless toddler troubadour BY ANGELA PACIENZA Canadian Press ORONTO Ask most preschoolers wh04he greatestrock n roller is and the answer could easily be Canadas toddler And after 25 years of sin theres no sign the 53yearold is grow ing weary of hanging around In the past three months Raffi has released a new per formed at a UNICEF concert with Nelson asked gov ernments to ban chemical pesti from lawns and written a song about peace for the children of Israel and Salaam Side by Side was launched last week at a site where Raffi has posted music for free On the track he sings a new a new a new a circle where we all Aside from the grey hair and a couple of new youd never be able to tell the mildman nered performer has been making children smile for a quarter centu Hes got the same lovemakes theworldgoround attitude he had in 1976 when he released his first Singable Songs for the Very No matter how much the adult world around them childrens need for an unhurried for a life of doesnt he said in an interview during a recent stop in Toronte1where4ieattended Dad Walk an event to raise awareness about ongoing vio lence against They have the universal need to be to be accepted for who they to discover their own lifes That according to is defined by play time and therein lies the motivation behind his latest Lets Play The 16 tracks a combina tion of childrens classics like Eensy Weensy pop covers like the Beatles classic Yellow Submarine and original songs like Jane a tribute to chimpanzee researcher Jane Goodall are vintage Raffi with lots of fingersnapping and toetapping Raffi facts Name Raffi Cavoukian Born 1948 in Immigrated to Canada with his fami ly in First poiromiMicos First CD Singable Songs for the Very Awards Order of 1983 Gemini for Best Childrens 1990 United Nations Environmental Achievement 1992 Juno for Best Childrens Total publications 13 25 books including an autobiog raphy and three con cert Quote The songs that mean the most to a young child are the songs about things that are real in that childs in her imagination like ani teddy bel ugas and they might have their fascination with pop singers of the day and thats not a big Its just a matter of Lets not mistake what a child really Growing tired of societys drive for speedy service and Raffi wanted to remind parents that children need to be given adequate time for frivolous Unlike a a child cannot be made more powerful or said the author of the childrens anthem Baby The gadgetry and the technology can come Lets all just take a deep breath and play with for the most Raffi lives by the motto He took a sevenyear hiatus from recording music to pursue his other pas mainly as a childrens advo cate and crusader of environmen tal Hes taken his celebrity status on the road and spoken at numer ous conferences in support of his In he took his guitar to Ottawa and sang in honour of toxicfree fruits and The idea is to have a good good food that youre not afraid of Any child would not vote for a corporation having the right to pollute his home or he who lives in spent the last several years building up his Vancouverbased Troubadour Institute for Child an organization dedi cated to promoting childrens The selftaught childrens expert he has no kids of his own stumbled onto the field by Raffi had his first play date in the early 1970s when his former a nursery school invited him to bring his guitar into her Some early magic happened with me and the threeand four he The mildmannered performer then began making music with respect for the young listener and has recorded 13 albums In any given week over the past two 10 out of the top 25 bestselling childrens recordings belong to his label Hell prove his love of play time this fall when he embarks on a 15date tour in Canada and the United Its just wonderful for the music to come alive in the concert It becomes a big love he said of his rapport with IN BRIEF Minority Report wins showdown LOS ANGELES AP Tom Cruise and Steven Spielbergs Minority Report won bragging rights as the week ends top debuting with million US to edge the ani mated Lilo which opened with Final numbers issued yesterday showed both films came in below the boxoffice estimates their studios had released a day earlier 20th Century Fox had pegged Minority Report at and Disney had estimated Lilo Stitch at On Disney and other studios were tracking Lilo Stitch ahead of Minority Disney conceded the 1 slot after final numbers came in from theatres Actress nixed Monsters Ball role NEW YORK AP Angela Bassett says she turned down a lead role in the movie Monsters Ball because she believed the characters affair in the film was demeaning and Its about she said in the current issue of I wasnt going to be a prostitute on I couldnt do that because its such a stereotype about black women and The actress said she didnt mean to criticize Halle who won an Oscar for her Monsters Ball role as a troubled waitress who had an affair with her husbands Bassett was one of several actresses who passed on the Whos on 1 st WeCellWireless Motorola T193 GSM Cell Phone Free Internet Access 2 months in store credit Free camp chair Louis Kiels hanging hood now in Manitoba museum WINNIPEG The white cotton hood worn by Louis Kiel when he was hanged in 1885 is among several new artifacts from die Metis heros life that were unveiled yesterday at the Musee de SaintBoniface Also on display was a beaded moccasin worn by Kiel at his execution and grabbed from his body by souvenir The SaintBoniface museum now has both along with two locks of hair one lovingly attached to a postcard used to commemorate Riel as a hero and one likely cut from his corpse by someone less sympa thetic to his cause of Metis David president of the Manitoba Metis hoped the exhibit would help combat the long held notion that Kiel was a men tally unstable It will be used to showcase a very important man who was murdered by his country for standing up for his for his said Chartrand as he stood near Kiels modest head stone near the Im very Manitoba Culture Minister Ron Lemieux said the new arti facts would help the museum commemorate a hero and true who was one of the fathers of The new acquisitions have also spurred the museum to revamp its oneroom Except for a small handful of pieces such as a coat in the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa the SaintBoniface Museums collection is pretty nearly the extent of known Riel Museum staff are still work ing on the text pictures and anecdotes that will accom pany the but they hope to have the work done by the 117th anniver sary of RiePs After a brief Riel was executed for leading the Northwest which was put down by government forces at the Battle of The cotton hood was given to the museum by the Queens Own Rifles of Canada Regimental Museum in which had several arti facts linked to Riel that it was not Pierrette curator of the SaintBoniface said the death hood was like the lin ings worn by soldiers under their hats to keep the sun and rain off the backs of their Turned the cap would have covered Riels Making Riels final moments even more vivid is a oneminute Heritage Canada vignette that was deemed too jarring for tele The museum is hoping to get the right video equipment to play the which shows a closeup of an actor playing Riel as several voices from his trial are The clip ends abruptly with Riel dropping from view as he is Canadian Press Best Breakfast in the City starting at m 1978 Queens 7253234 George Bookmart USED BOOKS 653 10th Street Summer Rush is upon us Books Galore new titles in Music and Inspirational PLUS DAILY AKK1VALS Phone 7251141 Open 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