Um, I made a Website!

Photo by Jen Rowsom

Photo by Jen Rowsom

Howdy.
I finally made a website. This little spot in the universe will bring you the best I have. There will be music. Dancing. Jazz hands. High kicks. Cartwheels. Maybe a few back flips. For sure there will be moon walking.
Here are a few things you can expect to see:

– Weekly Blog Post
– New Music
– Media of shows I work on (past & present)
– Personal Photography
– Upcoming new works and where you can see them
– My experiences on stuff & things & the world & how it makes sense to me

Why did I want to make a website? Over the last 18 years my adventures in Television in Canada and the US have given me an wonderful platform to use my voice to be able say a lot. For this I’m very grateful. And because those platforms were all on other folks stages & studios, I really wanted to create a space that was just for me – to share just with you.  And thankfully, I still have a whole lot more to say.

So it’s me and you. Ok?

More to come. It’s very nice to meet you, buddy.
xo
Ali

Gisele’s Big Backyard

giseles-big-backyardTVO 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.

Kids’ CBC

kidsCanadaAt 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.

The Basement

hqdefault-1Set was designed by Wayne White, the dude who designed Pee Wee’s Playhouse. Aired on Fox Family Channel & filmed in Los Angeles.  Three puppets & three human hosts.  I got to play myself.  We introduced cartoons and re-created the same kind of laughs we had when we were in our teens, watching cartoons and eating chips in our parents basements.  I traveled and interviewed peeps like Eddie Murphy and Justin Timberlake, which was nuts.