Cultivate Kids

Cultivate Kids is a place where parents and kids can explore and create together through artist-led art workshops and installations, open-ended creative play opportunities, special kids concerts, a comfortable place for moms to breastfeed, and much more.  We’re deeply committed to the future of local food, so we want to make sure it’s a full family affair at the festival.

Did we mention that kids under 12 come to Cultivate for free?

Live Music With Fred Penner!

A gentle giant with kind eyes and an undeniable ability to make you feel good about yourself, this musical master brings 25 years of commitment, consistency and depth to a career that skillfully blends the many genres of performing and communication. Dubbed “Mr. Multi-Media” by Billboard Magazine, his diverse repertoire includes a prolific 12 Children’s Albums, countless energetically packed live shows for throngs of eager audiences across North America, composing the music for APTN/YTV’s Tipi Tales, and writing the score and hosting the TV documentary The Simple Way (focused on the relevant, world-wide topic of voluntary simplicity). He has, without a doubt, established himself as a fundamental part of the North American family entertainment scene. And whether it’s through CDs, videos, books or television, his cornerstone philosophy remains the same: absolute trust that his work can make a difference.

Fred Penner

Saturday – 4:30PM – Main Stage

Live Music:

Fred Penner

Saturday – 4:30PM – Main Stage

A gentle giant with kind eyes and an undeniable ability to make you feel good about yourself, this musical master brings 25 years of commitment, consistency and depth to a career that skillfully blends the many genres of performing and communication. Dubbed “Mr. Multi-Media” by Billboard Magazine, his diverse repertoire includes a prolific 12 Children’s Albums, countless energetically packed live shows for throngs of eager audiences across North America, composing the music for APTN/YTV’s Tipi Tales, and writing the score and hosting the TV documentary The Simple Way (focused on the relevant, world-wide topic of voluntary simplicity). He has, without a doubt, established himself as a fundamental part of the North American family entertainment scene. And whether it’s through CDs, videos, books or television, his cornerstone philosophy remains the same: absolute trust that his work can make a difference.

Kid’s Entertainment and Workshops

Fred Penner

Saturday – 4:30PM
Main Stage

Live Music

A gentle giant with kind eyes and an undeniable ability to make you feel good about yourself, this musical master brings 25 years of commitment, consistency and depth to a career that skillfully blends the many genres of performing and communication. Dubbed “Mr. Multi-Media” by Billboard Magazine, his diverse repertoire includes a prolific 12 Children’s Albums, countless energetically packed live shows for throngs of eager audiences across North America, composing the music for APTN/YTV’s Tipi Tales, and writing the score and hosting the TV documentary The Simple Way (focused on the relevant, world-wide topic of voluntary simplicity). He has, without a doubt, established himself as a fundamental part of the North American family entertainment scene. And whether it’s through CDs, videos, books or television, his cornerstone philosophy remains the same: absolute trust that his work can make a difference.

Andrew Queen and the Campfire Crew
Sunday – 11:45AM
Main Stage

Live Music

The Campfire Crew sing their hearts out bringing old favourites to life while creating original kids’ music that inspires silliness and singing. Multiple award-winning children’s recording artist, Andrew Queen and his songwriting partner, Karen Stille are joined by their sons Lewis and Ivan who play ukulele and percussion, crafting an interactive musical storytelling performance sure to invoke the magic & memories of summer camp.

Square Dancing with Martha Cooper

Sunday – 2:00PM – Side Stage

Square Dancing with Marha Cooper
Soundtrack by Sheesham and Lotus

Bring your dancing shoes!

Martha Cooper is a second generation dance caller currently living on Wolfe Island, near Kingston, ON.   She first started calling with her father Eldon Cooper, and upon moving to Ottawa she fell in with the likes of Catherine Burns and Pippa Hall.  Now more than ten years later, Martha has called dances in Ottawa, Toronto, Kingston, Montreal, Vancouver, Seattle, Syracuse and more.   She calls community dances, workshops in schools, weddings and parties, with all level of dancer from beginner to experienced.
If Martha is not calling a dance, or dancing, she greatly enjoys playing for the dances. As a 5-string banjo player, an Irish flute and bodhran player, Martha is at home in all rolls at a contra/square dance! This is time she’ll have Sheesham and Lotus providing the soundtrack to the dance, so you best put your best foot forward!

Junkestra

Friday – Cultivate Kids

The Junkestra is the brain-child of renowned recyclist Mark Sepic.
A musician/sound sculptor, Mark offers performances and workshops with the Junkestra, an ecological sound installation made of recycled objects, integrating sport, music, and salvaging. There are eleven such installations in Ontario, between Hamilton, Toronto, Barry’s Bay and Moose Factory.

A hands-on wonderland of recycling, which celebrates the magic of music from everyday things, it has received generous media coverage and has been featured at the 2015 Pan-Am Games, Port Hope Fair, Fanny cross the Ganny, Nuit Blanche, Live Green Toronto Festival, CBC Radio and Roy Thomson Hall.

Mark’s goal is to save the world with creative re-use, while having as much fun as possible. To date, in schools, libraries, art galleries, community centers and arts festivals throughout Ontario, he has helped Canadians re use over 250,000 household items, giving cans, toilet paper rolls and plastic jars a musical afterlife as drums, kazoos and maracas.

Kelly Kirkham

Saturday – 2:15PM – Cultivate Kids

Chick’n Fish Puppet School

Kelly Kirkham is a visual artist and puppet maker originally from Chatham, Ontario who has lived in the small town of Port Hope, Ontario since 2013. Drawing and painting are her first loves, and continue to inform the majority of her pieces, whether in two or three dimensions.

Although in the past she has kept her worlds of art making and puppet building separated, Kelly has recently folded her puppet work within her art practice, and is excited by the possibilities that have presented themselves. By painting and drawing on the cloth, accompanied by the addition of beading and embroidery, her puppets take on new depth and resonance.

Kelly attended the Ontario College of Art and Design, graduating from the Drawing & Painting program after spending her final year in Florence, Italy.  In addition to a steady art practice involving drawing, painting, collage and assemblage work, she has built puppets for and performed with the puppet company Unraku in Toronto and has led puppeteering and puppet building workshops in both Toronto, Ontario and Bridgetown, Barbados.

Kelly is delightedly influenced by the puppets of Paul Klee, Nick Cave’s Soundsuits, and Janieta Eyre’s Lady Lazarus series, among many others.

Jeff Macklin

Sunday – 1:30PM – Cultivate Kids

Printing With Food!

Jeffrey is a Peterborough, Ontario based artist, working primarily with relief printing (letterpress) and mixed media. He often employs words as visual triggers, as well as present-day/historical pop-culture icons and figures in both his print work and his mixed media pieces.

Larissa Clayton

Fri., Sat. + Sunday – Cultivate Kids

Face Painting

Larissa is Port Hope based artist and mom. She has been delighting crowds young and old with her majestical face painting. Her work can also be seen in many Northumberland restaurants and cafes, including Pitchers Place and Coffee Public!

Ted Staunton

Saturday – 3:45PM – Cultivate Kids

Stories and Songs

Ted Staunton’s words and music have entertained audiences of all ages for years.
Ted’s books are published around the world and he has performed all across Canada. Come and enjoy stories and songs for all!

Fred Penner

Saturday – 4:30PM – Main Stage

Andrew Queen and the Campfire Crew

Sunday – 11:45AM – Main Stage

Live Music

A gentle giant with kind eyes and an undeniable ability to make you feel good about yourself, this musical master brings 25 years of commitment, consistency and depth to a career that skillfully blends the many genres of performing and communication. Dubbed “Mr. Multi-Media” by Billboard Magazine, his diverse repertoire includes a prolific 12 Children’s Albums, countless energetically packed live shows for throngs of eager audiences across North America, composing the music for APTN/YTV’s Tipi Tales, and writing the score and hosting the TV documentary The Simple Way (focused on the relevant, world-wide topic of voluntary simplicity). He has, without a doubt, established himself as a fundamental part of the North American family entertainment scene. And whether it’s through CDs, videos, books or television, his cornerstone philosophy remains the same: absolute trust that his work can make a difference.

Live Music

The Campfire Crew sing their hearts out bringing old favourites to life while creating original kids’ music that inspires silliness and singing. Multiple award-winning children’s recording artist, Andrew Queen and his songwriting partner, Karen Stille are joined by their sons Lewis and Ivan who play ukulele and percussion, crafting an interactive musical storytelling performance sure to invoke the magic & memories of summer camp.

Square Dancing with Martha Cooper

Sunday – 2:00PM – Side Stage

Junkestra

Friday – Cultivate Kids

Kelly Kirkham

Saturday – 1:15PM
Cultivate Kids

Square Dancing with Martha Cooper – Soundtrack by Sheesham and Lotus

Bring your dancing shoes!

Martha Cooper is a second generation dance caller currently living on Wolfe Island, near Kingston, ON.   She first started calling with her father Eldon Cooper, and upon moving to Ottawa she fell in with the likes of Catherine Burns and Pippa Hall.  Now more than ten years later, Martha has called dances in Ottawa, Toronto, Kingston, Montreal, Vancouver, Seattle, Syracuse and more.   She calls community dances, workshops in schools, weddings and parties, with all level of dancer from beginner to experienced.

If Martha is not calling a dance, or dancing, she greatly enjoys playing for the dances. As a 5-string banjo player, an Irish flute and bodhran player, Martha is at home in all rolls at a contra/square dance! This is time she’ll have Sheesham and Lotus providing the soundtrack to the dance, so you best put your best foot forward!

The Junkestra is the brain-child of renowned recyclist Mark Sepic.
A musician/sound sculptor, Mark offers performances and workshops with the Junkestra, an ecological sound installation made of recycled objects, integrating sport, music, and salvaging. There are eleven such installations in Ontario, between Hamilton, Toronto, Barry’s Bay and Moose Factory.

A hands-on wonderland of recycling, which celebrates the magic of music from everyday things, it has received generous media coverage and has been featured at the 2015 Pan-Am Games, Port Hope Fair, Fanny cross the Ganny, Nuit Blanche, Live Green Toronto Festival, CBC Radio and Roy Thomson Hall.

Mark’s goal is to save the world with creative re-use, while having as much fun as possible. To date, in schools, libraries, art galleries, community centers and arts festivals throughout Ontario, he has helped Canadians re use over 250,000 household items, giving cans, toilet paper rolls and plastic jars a musical afterlife as drums, kazoos and maracas.

Chick’n Fish Puppet School 

Although in the past she has kept her worlds of art making and puppet building separated, Kelly has recently folded her puppet work within her art practice, and is excited by the possibilities that have presented themselves. By painting and drawing on the cloth, accompanied by the addition of beading and embroidery, her puppets take on new depth and resonance.Kelly Kirkham is a visual artist and puppet maker originally from Chatham, Ontario who has lived in the small town of Port Hope, Ontario since 2013. Drawing and painting are her first loves, and continue to inform the majority of her pieces, whether in two or three dimensions.

Kelly attended the Ontario College of Art and Design, graduating from the Drawing & Painting program after spending her final year in Florence, Italy.  In addition to a steady art practice involving drawing, painting, collage and assemblage work, she has built puppets for and performed with the puppet company Unraku in Toronto and has led puppeteering and puppet building workshops in both Toronto, Ontario and Bridgetown, Barbados.

Kelly is delightedly influenced by the puppets of Paul Klee, Nick Cave’s Soundsuits, and Janieta Eyre’s Lady Lazarus series, among many others.

Jeff Macklin

Sunday – 1:30Pm
Cultivate Kids

Larissa Clayton

Fri., Sat. + Sunday
Cultivate kids

Ted Staunton

Saturday – 3:45PM
Cultivate Kids

Printing With Food!

Jeffrey is a Peterborough, Ontario based artist, working primarily with relief printing (letterpress) and mixed media. He often employs words as visual triggers, as well as present-day/historical pop-culture icons and figures in both his print work and his mixed media pieces.

Face Painting

Larissa is Port Hope based artist and mom. She has been delighting crowds young and old with her majestical face painting. Her work can also be seen in many Northumberland restaurants and cafes, including Pitchers Place and Coffee Public!

Stories and Songs

Ted Staunton’s words and music have entertained audiences of all ages for years.

Ted’s books are published around the world and he has performed all across Canada. Come and enjoy stories and songs for all!

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