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Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore speaks with family entertainer Fred Penner about his life in music and his new star-studded album, “Hear The Music”.

WHO: Fred Penner

WHAT: His new album “Hear The Music”

WHERE: The Jazz FM91 Studios 

WHEN: The album is available now where you buy music!


3-time Juno Award winning singer-songwriter Fred Penner released his new star-studded album, Hear The Music, on April 21 via Linus Entertainment.

“This album is dedicated to all you 'Fred Heads,' young and old who have travelled with me on this musical journey,” Fred says. “Considering I've been on the road for 45 years, there are now three generations of families who continue to inspire me to make music.”

Fred Heads are a growing phenomenon - Generation Y and millennial hipsters whose early childhood was spent listening to Fred are now showing up as adoring 18 - 35 year old fans at Fred Penner concerts at clubs, colleges and universities.  They include many popular new recording artists, a number of which jumped at the chance to work with Fred on Hear The Music.

Hear The Music features a roll call of marquee Canadian talent including Ron Sexsmith, Jackie Richardson, Alex Cuba, Basia Bulat, The Good Lovelies, Terra Lightfoot, Afie Jurvanen (a.k.a Bahamas) plus backup vocals from Fred’s own family, all tethered to the sterling production of long-time collaborator Ken Whiteley.

Hear The Music track listing:

I Hear The Music (feat. Terra Lightfoot)

Bienvenue (feat. Rosalyn Denett, Damien Penner, Hayley Gene Penner, Danica Penner, Kendra Penner)

This Is My World (feat. Ron Sexsmith)

Working Together (feat. Afie Jurvanen aka Bahamas)

Humility (feat. Terra Lightfoot and The Good Lovelies)

La Vida (feat. Alex Cuba and Basia Bulat)

Hold Your Head Up (feat. Jaron Freeman-Fox)

Children's Garden (feat. Rosalyn Dennett)

Angels In The Snow (ft. Damien Penner, Hayley Gene Penner, Danica Penner, Kendra Penner, Dan Wiebe)

Courage (feat. Jackie Richardson)

Celebrate Being

Catcher Of The Dreams (feat. Basia Bulat)

Stumble (feat. Damien Penner)

The River Will Bend (feat. Ron Sexsmith and Afie Jurvanen)


Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore is heard at 8:40 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays during the Jazz FM91 Arts Report. And don’t miss his arts and culture interview and entertainment magazine program, Arts Toronto, Sundays between 8-9 a.m.

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