A Juno award-winning children’s entertainer will be in Port Moody this month for a family matinee sing-along.
Norman Foote, a North Vancouver resident who grew up in Squamish, will be joined on stage at the Inlet Theatre to play his classics, as well as try out a few new fresh songs that he’ll include on his upcoming CD recording.
Foote will appear with his longtime collaborator Bill Sample, a Port Moody resident who, with his partner and fellow musician Darlene Cooper, is inviting top-notch acts to the venue as part of their Inlet Theatre Music Series.
Foote is the third performer in the second annual run, following Cayla Brooke in September and Blue Moon Marquee last month,. He will also have on stage the kids and junior choirs from the Coastal Sound Music Academy.
Earlier this week, Foote came out to the Tri-Cities for a rehearsal under the artistic direction of Diana Clark.
“She is such a dedicated musician,” Foote told the Tri-City News yesterday, Nov. 16.
“I’ve worked with her several times. The kids nail my material.”
Foote said he enjoys having children’s choirs pipe in as they create a lot of energy for the crowd, which responds.
On one of his new tracks, for example, he has animal sounds and families are invited to imitate Canadian wildlife.
He has a song about a lost Sasquatch, too, who befriends a human boy; his parents send the Sasquatch to school.
“But something happens at the school,” Foote teased, “so you’ll have to see the show to find out what happened.”
Foote’s touring schedule has been quite busy this past year — “doubling up since COVID ended, and I’m thrilled to be busy,” he said — with 45 concerts around B.C. and in Alberta, California and Nevada since January 2023.
Recently, Foote created the music for this year’s North Pole Express in Squamish, a project he worked on in 2022.
Sample told the Tri-City News that he and Cooper look forward to sharing the Inlet spotlight with their friend.
“This will be the first time we’ve featured a kids’ performer, but it must be noted that parents and grandparents are big fans of Norman, too,” Sample said.
Norman Foote is at the Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr., inside Port Moody City Hall) on Sunday, Nov. 26. Doors opens at 3 p.m. for the 3:30 p.m. show. For tickets at $20, visit Eventbrite.ca ($30 at door if not sold out).
Save the dates for the following Inlet Theatre Music Series shows in Port Moody:
- Dec. 16: Laila Biali
- Jan. 27: Tom Keenlyside Quintet
- Feb. 24: Dee Daniels
- March 23: Tiller’s Folly
- April 27: Roy Forbes