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Award-winning musician Jake Differ believes that music should never underestimate children. His lyrics make children laugh or dream, but they’re never simplistic. His rhythms make little feet dance, but they’re rich and varied, and borrow from many different musical styles. You can sing along with his melodies, but they’re fresh and new.

Jake’s unforgettable live performance has become a popular favourite at festivals and events across Canada from Vancouver to Halifax, including the Toronto Street Festival, the Burlington Children’s Festival, the Sound of Music Festival, and 100,000 people at the annual “Day Out With Thomas” events. His “hilarious, lively and engaging” solo set continues to enthrall children in libraries, schools, and private functions.

Jake is much acclaimed in the children’s music world. His debut CD TAKE A LITTLE RIDE WITH ME won a 2004 Parents’ Choice Gold Award, HAPPY ALL OF THE TIME earned a 2006 Juno Nomination for “Children’s Album of the Year” and a 2006 Parents’ Choice Approved Award, and his most recent release ZIGGY ZAGGY ROAD was given a 2008 Parents’ Choice Recommended Award. Jake’s songs are also included on compilations with such well-known children’s artists as Fred Penner, Jack Grunsky and Sharon Lois and Bram, including the 2006 NAPPA Gold Award Winner “Lullabies”.

Jake has been a professional bass player, guitar player and singer for most of his adult years, and began writing music and recording children’s music several years ago. He lived for two years in the inspiring natural beauty of Pender Island, BC, and now makes his home in Whitby, Ontario. His music is regularly featured on California Library Association podcasts, and receives constant radio airplay across the United States. His book “The I-Thought-I-Saw Zoo”, co-written with Grade One children, now resides in a Toronto school library.

Jake’s CDs are available at fine children’s book and toy stores across Canada or online at www.musicbyjake.com.

For more information about Jake’s live performances, or to inquire about music lessons for children 10+ in the Durham Region, contact Jake at info@musicbyjake.com.


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