Tunes for Tots: give the gift of music!


Recently, Steve Denyes – of the band Hullabaloo – posted that for the months of November and December they will be donating one CD to Toys for Tots for every one that is sold. So far it has been a success with 327 CDs sold (as of 12/2/2014)! Amazing! This act of giving has inspired me to think more about how I can help bring joy to children and families in the same way while also supporting independent artists.

Music is such a valuable resource, capable of providing hope, support, relief, restoration, healing and love (the list could really go on!). Why not spread some of it around?

You can check out Hullabaloo’s FB page for updates as well as some of the other artists who have expressed interest such as Karen Rives Kalafatas of Karen K and the Jitterbugs, Jason Didner of Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam, Trevor of The Zing Zangs and GooberKids Radio, Peter Alsop and Sarah Gardner.

If you’d also like to make a musical donation, check out the Toys for Tots drop-off directory to find a local location. Consider including music from your favorite artist(s) in your donation(s) or you can purchase a CD from one of the aforementioned artists who will ship one on your behalf.

I will be posting a list of my 2014 music picks shortly which I hope will offer you even more ideas for holiday gift giving.

World Premiere: Memories with Mr. Runklestunk (Ep. 1 – “Training Day”) – The Zing Zangs


Vancouver’s freshest kindie band, The Zing Zangs, is working on a full video-webseries called Memories with Mr. Runklestunk. “The show is about our band manager’s journey to success as he struggles to become the best band manager in the world,” explains Trevor, the band’s leader.

In the series’ first episode, “Training Day,” which features Bill Childs of the popular radio show “Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child” and Morgan Taylor of Gustafer Yellowgold, Mr. Runklestunk takes his first step towards success as Taylor schools him on exactly what it takes to be the best band manager of all time. It’s a nonsensical journey filled with humor that is sure to conjure up some laughs.

Memories with Mr. Runklestunk is another exciting step in The Zing Zangs’ career and one that makes complete sense as these two young lads are creative powerhouses. Creating playful experiences that engage children’s’ imaginations is what fuels The Zing Zangs’ work and Memories with Mr. Runklestunk is an intriguing beginning of what is yet to come.

Lookout for a few more webisodes on YouTube this summer. The Zing Zangs are also in the midst or producing a TV show (which they are filming themselves) and a new album called Get Up!.

You can learn more about the Zing Zangs by visiting their site, and through their interview with Mista Cookie Jar which was featured as a guest post here on Kids Can Groove.