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Backstage series reboots Friday, ISC and Burlington Awards, and Cooking with kids!

Hello friends, and welcome to new subscribers! (pssst discount code below, thanks!)


This Friday March 4 at Noon EST, we are rebooting our f r e e  Friday livestream series called BACKSTAGE, our interview and music series with exciting special guests from Sanctuary and Refuge Projects. This instalment features exceptional poet, Coast Tsm’syan Artist/Educator Shannon Thunderbird, and her performance partner, the groundbreaking female bass player Sandy Horne, (founding member of the 1980s Canadian synth/pop band,The Spoons), with live poetry, talking about music, and their art.

There are no actual tickets, simply join the Livestream at noon at any of these and hit refresh on your browser:

Much gratitude to Ontario Arts Council – Conseil des arts de l’Ontario for their support of this series!


I am pretty excited that three of our Sultans of String songs from Refuge / Sanctuary have been selected as World Music semi-finalists in the 2021 International Songwriting Competition (ISC), out of more than 21,000 entries!
Thanks to our amazing collaborators who shared their stories with us, and this honour really goes out to them! Leen Hamo, Yasmin Levy, Juan Carlos Medrano Magallanes, Wilman Jose Cogollo Cantillo, along with band members Kevin Laliberte, Drew Birston Music and Rosendo León Arocha. The songs are:

Mi Santuario • Tell The Night • Asi Soy (This Is Me)

You can listen to our new album here

And for those who joined our Valentine’s Livestream, here is the correct discount code and website to order our albums at 25% off – just for you – our loyal subscribers :) and the code is SOS25


Cooking with kids can be fun! In anticipation of Pancake Tuesday / Mardi Gras tomorrow, here is a wee video we made as a family. Do try this at home!


TODAY IS LAST DAY TO VOTE: After a year of livestreaming to adults and kids, and fund-raising for various charities like the Burlington Food Bank, and the UN Refugee Agency, I have been nominated for “Best Local Musician” in Burlington. So exciting! A few years ago, I was awarded the Queens Diamond Jubilee medal for my work creating community through music. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I created a Zoom Room to be able to broadcast to students in Burlington schools who have not been able to come together to share essential arts experiences. I believe taking part in arts presentations is critical for early brain development, and young people, just like adults, use arts experiences to learn and understand the world around them, and to make sense of their thoughts and emotions.

Would you consider voting for me? It takes about 5 mins vote… Here are the steps…

1- Go to
2- Click on Chris McKhool.
3- Click REGISTER or SIGN IN on top right corner – if you do not have a Torstar account, create one, (which gives you access to 30+ community websites) and then check your email to Verify Your Email address
4- Go back to the link at Step 1, and vote.

You are done!  Thanks so much!