TVO Kids’ flagship Preschool Program. A Polka Dot Door, a bunch of puppets and a veteran host equal a Gemini Award winning show. Gisele and crew connect with kids at home through music & laughs. I play Jay, the Blue Jay. At the moment, Jay has a reoccurring segment called “Jay’s Family Jam” where she and Gisele rock out and interview Canada’s finest Musicians. I write and compose music for this show as well.
At Kids’ CBC I was a puppeteer, writer, composer and producer. I created & puppeteered “Mamma Yamma,” a Yam who lived in Kensington Market. She danced, roller-skated and sang with some of Canada’s best musicians. Joel Plaskett, Tegan & Sara, Bobby McFerrin, Serena Ryder, Great Lake Swimmers, Kathleen Edwards, Dallas Green, Amy Millan and more. Strombo & Jian were Mammas boyfriends. Mamma appeared before films in the movie theatre, had her own record and traveled around Canada hosting music festivals. After six years and 3 Gemini nominations as Mamma Yamma, I decided to leave the program in 2013.
Three chicken puppets. One host. One coop. A costume shop. A bunny. Musical Numbers. Learning. Comedy. Antics. On season two of this program, I was lucky enough to manipulate Chica’s Mom, “Mrs. C”.
Afternoon interstitial block that I wrote & directed. Talented cast also came up with amazing creative through tons of improv. Ricky the Rabbit, Patty the Pig and Curtis E. Owl play along with the kids at home, sharing music & laughs, celebrating preschoolers everyday achievements.
Two good buddies hit the cardboard road in their cardboard car in search of adventurous preschool music and foods. The ultimate, crafty preschool road trip. I played Banjo, the pink floppy eared dog. My co-host was Milton Barnes, who looked pretty rockin’ in a vest.
A US christmas special I directed. All the characters were cardboard cut outs of their original felt selves, on sticks. The cast was five star and the musical score ruled. Sleds, skating, presents, longing, fake pies and snow. Oh – and sticks. Lots of them.
This show was insane. Twisted. And so, super funny. Aimed towards teens & aired on Nick Jr. The puppet cast was community of characters that worked or hung out inside of a mall Food Court. I played Goth Girl, an American Princess named Ashley and a variety of kooky mall dwellers. The best thing about this show was it’s writing. Surreal and eccentric. A chicken might come to life and dance the hula, or the food court might be suddenly be stormed by a parade of monkeys. There were also aliens. Obviously.
A super cute show. Aired on CBC. Filmed in Halifax. Talking Jungle animals acting out real stories told by real kids. I manipulated Rhonda the Rhino for season one.
Whoopi Goldberg plays the Mayor of a town that’s run by kids and animals. Aired on Nick Jr. Filmed in New York. I puppeteered sheep, ducks and chickens. Kids wearing cop outfits would sometimes write me tickets for being from Canada.