Presented by Emily Who
Australia’s preschool entertainers have come together for a sing-a-long of living room proportions! In an effort to make sure we can still entertain, inspire and educate, eleven Australian (and one fabulous Canadian) children’s entertainers have united for the very first Aussie Kids Couch Concert.
Available via streaming video platform Vimeo On-Demand, this music and dance-filled adventure takes kids 2-5 into the worlds, and living rooms, of some their favourite local performers, hosted by award-winning actor Emily McKnight (Jay’s Jungle, Gravity Guts) as her preschool alter ego, Emily Who.
The ‘concert’ features green-room nominated clown Cameron Taylor, 2019 Kid’s and Family Podcaster of the Year ‘The Beanies’, award-winning musical trio ‘Avocado Smash’, and ABC Kids favourite ‘Pevan and Sarah’, alongside local artists including Cheeky Tunes, B Minor and one international guest, Penny Pom Pom, who joins the cast from British Columbia.
It’s 11 wonderful original songs, plus some clowning hilarity, that will brighten your family’s living room over forty minutes of colour, dance, fun and positivity.
Available now to own or rent via Vimeo on Demand, with 95% of profits going directly to the artists involved.
“Emily Who’s songs capture the joys of singing, dancing and movement.”
Matt Smith, Music Director Kids Audio, ABC Kids Listen
THE FIRST KIDS COUCH CONCERT FEATURES:
Avocado Smash are a dynamic trio creating toe-tapping original hits for modern families! They’ve performed across NSW including at Spot On Children’s Festival, Marrickville Festival and Bondi Festival of the Winds. Winners of the San Diego Fringe Tour Ready Award 2019, the Inner West Council EDGE Development Award 2019 and nominated for the 2019 Sydney Fringe Festival Nida Emerging Artist Award.
The Beanies are a musical adventure for little ones with big imaginations – encouraging creative thinking by understanding the value of play. With over 40 original songs The Beanies were recently nominated for an Aria for ‘Best Children’s album’. Laura, Mim and Michael were guaranteed to get mini-beanies singing and dancing at live shows, but they are best known for their award-winning podcast series hosted on Kinderling Kids Radio, which won ‘Australian podcast of the Year – Kids and Family’ in 2018 and has over 500k little ears listening.
Bree from B Minor Music is an early childhood educator and trained performer who loves educating children through her child led music program. Her original music is available in online music stores and you can find her videos on her YouTube channel.
Cameron is a two-time Green Room Award-nominated clown based in Melbourne that spends his time spreading giggles. His clown PISCA has performed at the Sydney and Melbourne Fringe, and he was most recently seen in Barry Conyngham’s Fly at LYRIC.
Eleanor and her friend Cheeky the Monkey. They do lots of great songs for kids – and even regularly perform live, and online with liv-streamed shows. Her album Super Heroes is available online now.
Brisbane’s Ellie Harrison is an award-winning violist who has performed around the world. A passionate musician, teacher and writer, Elle was awarded the Lord Mayors Emerging Artist Fellowship 2018-2019 which assisted her to study in Berlin. She performs in the Kids Couch Concert with celebrated pianist John Woods.
Emily Who is a new creation from Sydney-based actor and musician Emily McKnight, who can be seen on the 7 Network’s Jay’s Jungle. Emily writes and presents the Ku-Ring-Gai Philharmonic Orchestra’s Kids’ Proms, children’s shows for the Acacia Quartet, and children’s activities at Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s family concerts. Emily released her first album of songs for kids in early 2020, produced by Robin Gist (The Wiggles) and Peter Bailey (C’Mon Kids, Hop-a-long’s School House). In 2019 Emily received the NIDA Most Outstanding Emerging Artist Award at the Sydney Fringe Festival for her performance in Gravity Guts.
Lizzyloo creates original, fun and educational musical content for young bodies and minds! Drawing on her background in Early Learning Years education, Music, Dance and Children’s Entertainment, Lizzyloo music is created with a view to engage children in topics for their age development and interests, that their parents and educators will enjoy too!
LIVVI KIDS MUSIC
Olivia de Sousa is a Melbourne-based artist and media professional who has creates music for kids through her Jolly Joeys brand, delivering music programs to preschool children in child care centres. Olivia specialises in helping children to find their voice, overcome shyness, and lay the building blocks for pursuing music.
Penny Pom Pom (Canada) is a colourful ball of energy who loves to sing, dance, paint and learn new things! The Kids Couch Concert’s international guest star, Penny has been delighting children in British Columbia with her bright video series available via her facebook page.
Using their teaching experience to craft over 200 songs, Pevan and Sarah have created a huge array of kids entertainment and education resources. With 3 smash hit albums under their belt, this kid’s duo are a national favourite. Awarded “Best Live Children’s Entertainment” at the What’s On 4 Kids Awards in Brisbane, Pevan and Sarah’s 3rd album Be Kind was recently release on ABC Music, and they are regularly featured on ABC Kids albums.
Guitarist Van Sereno has been recording music since 2005. He’s supported Australian acts including Christine Anu, Marcia Hines, Richard Clapton, Vanessa Amarosi, and Diesel and US blues legend John Hammond, UK soul artist Andrew Roachford and US RnB artist John Legend. His most recent work is Hush, a collection of children’s tunes grounded in his extensive experience as a blues and funk artist.