Raffi Cavoukian – or just plain Raffi – really needs no introduction. Many Vancouver moms enjoyed his music as children. Now we share it with our own little ones, who appreciate songs like “Baby Beluga”, “Banana Phone” and “Down by the Bay” as much as we did. When we recently had the opportunity to connect with Raffi for a chat, we jumped at it. It was the chance we’d been waiting for since we were six years old ourselves.
Beluga Grads Concerts
The number one thing we wanted to discuss with Raffi was his upcoming Beluga Grads Concert Series. Since we first shared the scoop with you back in June, new times and cities have been added. Raffi will now be performing at The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts on October 21, 2012 at 2:00pm and 4:30pm. He’s also added shows in Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton and Calgary, as well as Seattle and Victoria, which were part of the original itinerary. During the podcast Raffi explained that it’s been 10 years since he’s performed a series of concerts like this, and clearly his audience is jumping at the chance to see him. Tickets are going fast here in Vancouver. Get yours by visiting www.ticketmaster.ca, or by phone at 1.855.985.5000.
The phrase “Beluga Grad” refers to an adult who has grown up listening to Raffi’s music. During our conversation he said that there are at least 10 million Beluga Grads, and likely more. He wants to harness the collective power of his fans for good, to help create a better world. One way he’s doing that is through the Centre for Child Honouring. Its vision stresses the importance of early childhood as the basis of all decisions that affect both our own and future generations. It focuses on ideas like sustainability, peace and conscious parenting. Proceeds from the Beluga Grads Concert Series will benefit the Centre for Child Honouring.
Podcast with Raffi
During our podcast we talked about the upcoming concerts. We asked Raffi what it’s like to have a multi-generational fan base. We talked about his work with the Centre for Child Honouring, and the decisions he’s made as a children’s entertainer. If you, or your kids, are Raffi fans, you’ll want to listen to our conversation: