The Book Drunkard Literary Festival

This event was perfect for the whole family!

We were thrilled to host a special celebration of Sharon and Bram‘s first picture book: Sharon, Lois & Bram’s Skinnamarink! Skinnamarink is a timeless anthem of love and inclusion. What does “skinnamarink” mean? You may not find its definition in a dictionary, but the meaning is clear to the generations of children who sang along: friendship, happiness, sharing, community and, ultimately, love. This song has been sung at weddings and in classrooms. It can be fun and silly – especially with the accompanying actions! And it has a way of bringing people together.

At this special book event, Sharon and Bram performed a few of their favorite songs and were joined on stage by special guest Whitney Barris. Following their short performance, there was a meet and greet and an opportunity for guests to take photos and get their copy of the book signed. Every child’s ticket included one copy of Sharon, Lois & Bram’s Skinnamarink. Books included in the child’s ticket price were able to be picked up at the event- along with additional copies of Sharon, Lois & Bram’s Skinnamarink, which were available for sale. This was a celebration of the book featuring a condensed musical set, not a full-length concert.


Sharon and Bram

Since 1978, Sharon Hampson and Bram Morrison have been pre-eminent in all aspects of family entertainment across North America as members of the trio “Sharon, Lois & Bram”. Together, the threesome produced over twenty recordings, beginning with their iconic One Elephant, Deux Elephants, three songbooks, six national TV specials, sixty-five episodes of The Elephant Show, and fifty-two of Skinnamarink TV. They have appeared in every major concert hall in Canada, and many in the United States including Carnegie Hall, The Lincoln Center and the White House. They have received countless awards, including Gold and Platinum Records and JUNO Awards for Best Children’s Album. To date, they have sold over 3 million albums worldwide. For their years of work providing the best in participatory music for children and their families, Sharon and Bram have been inducted into The Order of Canada, the highest honour in the country.


Whitney Barris

Part of the Toronto jazz scene since 2008, Prairie-born, Ontario-based jazz singer Whitney Ross-Barris has quickly built a respected name for herself among players and listeners alike.

As a solo jazz artist, Whitney has appeared frequently in the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, she has been featured recurrently in JAZZ.FM91’s One Stop Vocal Jazz Safari and performs regularly in clubs, restaurants and concert halls across South Western Ontario. She currently resides in Uxbridge with her three children and often visits her dad, Ted Barris.

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Trinity United Church

Founded in 1858, Trinity United Church has a long and rich history in Uxbridge.

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