LuLu and the TomCat

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LuLu and the TomCat
A smiling woman and man holding musical instruments
LuLu and the TomCat
Background information
Origin Roland, Manitoba, Canada
Genres Children's music
Years active 2001 (2001)–present
Website www.luluandthetomcat.com
Members Lori Lulu
Thomas C.

LuLu and the TomCat (LuLu et le Matou) is a Juno nominated children's musical group formed in Roland, Manitoba, Canada in 2001. The group has produced children's albums and made concert appearances.

History[edit]

LuLu and TomCat were members of several bands before meeting at Beaconsfield High School in Montreal, Quebec. They played and composed music together in a band that Tom led. They both continued their education in Quebec. After university, they relocated to Manitoba where LuLu became a teacher and Tom a public school librarian. As a result of their background, the group combines music with education in their music, books, and live shows.

LuLu and the TomCat performed at Expo 2005 in Aichi, Japan.[1][2]

LuLu and the TomCat represent Canada at World Expo in Aichi, Japan.

In 2006, they toured schools and community centres in Cuba with a 15-piece band. In 2008 they performed in Ottawa for Canada Day. In 2010 they performed at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Recordings and books[edit]

LuLu and the TomCat have produced nine albums and 60 books to date. Their first English CD, All the Cats Were Playin' received a Prairie Music Award for Best Children's' Recording. Their second English album, 3,2,1 Kadoozee received a Western Canadian Music Award for Best Children's Recording.Their third multilingual CD, Stick To It received a Parent's Choice Award and a Children's Music Web Award. Their first French CD with nine companion books, Faites de la musique!,, an innovative method of learning French.[3] received a WCMA nomination for Best Children's Album.Their album, Fossil Rock,[4] released at the Morden Chautauqua[5] on September 27, 2008, received a WCMA nomination for Best Children's Album. The Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre in Morden, Manitoba commissioned four of the 14 songs on this CD about dinosaurs.[6] Their second French CD,Le dragon Gaston and 12 companion books was released in March 2010 and received a Western Canadian Music Award nomination for Francophone Album of the Year,[7] Their seventh recording, Lullaby LuLu,[8] a collection of lullabies for adults and children was released on October 26, 2010.Their eighth recording,The World of Odd received a nomination for Best Children's Album at the WCMA's in 2012.Their most recent and third French album,Le Chat Botté was released in October 2013 and received a nomination for "Francophone Album of the Year" at the Western Canadian Music Awards in 2014. It has been nominated for a Juno for Best Children's Album.

Awards[edit]

They have earned three Parents' Choice Awards, a Children's Music Web Award, a Western Canadian Music Award, a Prairie Music award,[9] and two Canadian Children's Book Centre "Our Choice" awards for their original compositions. Of their nine albums, seven have received WCMA nominations, two have received WCMA awards, and one has received a Juno nomination.

LuLu and the TomCat win Prairie Music Award for Best Children's Album.
LuLu and the TomCat win second Western Canadian Music Award for Best Children's Album.

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Faites de la musique! and Fossil Rock have both received Western Canadian Music Award nominations for Children's Recording of the Year, 2009.

Le dragon Gaston received a Western Canadian Music Award nomination for Francophone album of the Year, 2010. "Le chat botté" received a nomination for Francophone Album of the year at the Western Canadian Music Awards in 2014 and a nomination for a Juno for Children's album for 2015.

Discography[edit]

  • All the Cats Were Playin' (2001)
  • 3,2,1 Kadoozee (2003)
  • Stick To It! (2005)
  • Faites de la musique! (2007)
  • Fossil Rock (2008)
  • Le dragon Gaston (2010)
  • Lullaby LuLu (2010)
  • The World of Odd (2012)
  • Le Chat Botté (2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lulu and the Tomcat (Canada)". Aichi, Japan: World Expo 2005. Retrieved 2008-08-30. 
  2. ^ "Minister Frulla Announces Canada's Cultural Programming at Expo 2005". Department of Canadian Heritage. 4 February 2005. Retrieved 2008-08-30. 
  3. ^ lulumusique.com
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  5. ^ "Articles". Chautauqua Spirit. 29 February 2008. Archived from the original on 3 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-30. 
  6. ^ Penner, Melanie (29 February 2008). "Duo unearth musical ideas from fossils". Morden Times. Retrieved 2008-08-30. 
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  9. ^ "2005 Artistic Awards". Prairie Music Awards. Archived from the original on September 26, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-30.