Family Stage Shows – Festivals, Private and Corporate Events
Birthday and Theme Parties – Clown, Fairy and Superhero Parties
Singing Telegrams and Gag-grams – Gorilla, Chicken, Elvis, Marilyn, Cheerleader, Top Hat and Tails, Nerd, Customized Gag-grams
Music – Bluegrass, Ragtime, Folk, Family, Children’s Music
Face Painting and Balloon Twisting
Workshops – Character Development; Improv Skills; Ukulele
Kids all had great time at the party! Well done! Thank you for the hard work!
Charmaine attended my grandfather's 90th birthday and did the French maid Gorilla routine. It was incredible!! Amazing job!! He loved it!! It's hard to find a once in a lifetime experience for someone who has been around for 90 years, but this was it! My grandmother is already nervous about what might happen at her birthday now :)
The children loved it💗
Very entertaining and children where smiling ear to ear the entire time.
I ordered an adult singing telegram from Silly of the Valley Productions for my dad's 68th birthday just a week in advance. Charmaine and her team responded very promptly to my request. Throughout the whole process of booking she was very helpful. My family can to the consensus to have the Chicken sing at our event. Day of event, I was out of town but there was no stress on my part, I knew the performance would go off without a hitch and it sure did. Not only did chicken show up, but so did the Rooster!! They both sang, danced and played the mandolin for my dad and his friends. They remembered his name, my name and all the others who requested this event. Everyone was thoroughly entertained and are still talking about it a day later and sharing videos and pictures. Thank you again, I would recommend Silly of the Valley for adult and children's parties any day!!!
Response from Silly of the Valley Productions:
Thank you, Cora! We had a great time rustling up his tail feathers! ;-) Glad it was a hit!
We had the best kids party ever !!! Trixie was really good. Kids are well entertained. I will hire her again
Response from Silly of the Valley Productions:
THANK YOU, Lovelein! What a great bunch of kids, both big and small! ;-)
It was truly my pleasure. Thank you for being such gracious hosts.
She engaged both the children and parents well. A sweet and enjoyable show. We would definitely have her back again.
Response from Silly of the Valley Productions:
Thank you Rachel! I had a wonderful time, and your organization was very easy to work with. I even had my own "Trixie staff" for the event! Unprecedented.
Trixie was a real professional. She was able to engage a group of children with varying ages and really impressed the kids (and parents) with her balloon twisting too!
She was also very responsive in communication before the event and arrived on time.
Had the whole team laughing and clapping!!! It was a great service provided! Thanks!
Response from Silly of the Valley Productions:
Thank you, Rachel! :-)
Price Range: $125 and up per hour
Gig Length: 15 - 240 minutes
Languages: English, French
Insurance: $2,000,000 - General Liability
What to Expect
FAMILY STAGE SHOWS – FESTIVALS PRIVATE AND PUBLIC EVENTS
Imagine you're at a public event. There's a stage. A quirky looking character with a funny hat and red nose steps onto the stage and picks up a guitar. He struggles with getting the strap over his hat for a minute, then calmly tunes his guitar, smiling at the audience. He begins to play an energetic, pleasant melody which calls out a second clown. This character with a red nose and puppy dog slippers comes scurrying through the crowd, "Excuse me, pardon me, sorry..." hurrying toward the stage. She climbs up clumsily and hurries to pull her ukulele strap over HER hat. She manages to be ready for the last strum of the piece, and with arms thrown wide she says "TA DAH!!!!"
And so the Silly of the Valley show begins... The spectacle lasts 30 to 60 minutes, and may include music, storytelling, puppetry and/or audience participation.
BIRTHDAYS AND THEME PARTIES – Clown, Fairy and Superhero Parties
Party packages may include a musical show, puppetry, games, balloon twisting and or face painting, and are based on 10-12 kids. Super Crazy Deluxe parties include Mr Brown Knows too, and are especially fun for bigger groups and family gatherings.
SINGING TELEGRAMS AND GAG-GRAMS – Chicken, Elvis, Marilyn, Cheerleader, Top Hat and Tails, Nerd, Customized Gag-grams
A great way to embarrass that special someone at work, home or play! Perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, retirement or milestone moments
***Featuring the infamous Slim Pickins the Mandolin Chicken. He's nothing to BAWK at!
Trixie and Mr. Brown Knows bring out all the stops to entertain your guests in a "wandering minstrel meets balloonatic" sort of way. The duo will switch between making music and twisting balloon creations as needed, sometimes simultaneously! Great for small OR large gatherings, including wedding receptions, family reunions and corporate events.
MUSIC – Bluegrass, Ragtime, Folk, Family, Children’s Music, Original: Alternative-Folk.
Whether as Trixie and Mr. Brown Knows, or in human as The Maple Keys, they offer tight harmonies, engaging songs and high energy shows, with a witty touch. Perfect for festivals, corporate events and live music venues.
WORKSHOPS – Character Development; Improv Skills; Ukulele;
Charmaine Miron has acquired some wisdom through her experience as a professional performer and, while avoiding any claim to being any kind of "clown guru", she DOES have a natural ability to teach, an openness to continual learning, and a passion for sharing the art and beauty of clown through character development, of creativity through improvisational play, and of music through the ukulele and singing. Workshop packages are negotiable depending on context, duration, group size, etc.
There are two main components to Silly of the Valley Productions: Family Entertainment, and Music. As it would happen, often the two cross paths...
Our family entertainment features Trixie the Clown and Mr. Brown Knows. These two clowns make connections with audiences of all ages through any combination of music, improvized play, puppetry, storytelling, balloon twisting and face painting. Together, they have almost 25 years of experience in Clowning Around, and almost 90 years combined experience in being human!
Mr. Brown Knows has charmed children and their families from Ontario to BC since 2010. He is known for breaking out in kazoo or having "tempo tantrums" while twisting balloons, and specializes in singing telegrams as Slim Pickins, the Mandolin Chicken.
Trixie began her career in February of 1999, and has won awards for Best Skit and Canada's Best Clown through Clowns Canada . Her "work/play" has touched thousands throughout Canada, and she has visited and played in Japan and Jerusalem. Trixie loves to practice her French, and encourages bilingual interactions whenever possible.
A key element in Trixie's clowning style is her 12 years experience working as a Clown Doctor with Fools For Health, in Southern Ontario. As Dr. Tilly Tom-Tom, Charmaine was privy to many magical moments, through "empty pockets clowning", humour, music and relationship-building with people of all ages, in hospitals and nursing homes throughout Southwestern Ontario. She has had the privilege of working with many talented and generous clown partners, and was also mentored by the incredibly talented and comical Michelle Mainwairing of MJM Entertainment.
These are some of the things Charmaine has learned about and through clowning...
It takes a village to raise a clown. Clowns need each other as mirrors and mentors, and everyone benefits from mutual nourishment.
True clowning means owning your humanity and being vulnerable to others through the childlike spirit of the clown.
Magic can and does happen when you fully exist in the present moment. But.... don't be attached to the outcome. And leave your ego at the door, it is the single biggest block to creativity.
Creativity is not a talent but a muscle, and play is its exercise.
Never underestimate the power of a smile, or the benefit of a few tears. ;-)
Both Charmaine Miron and Stefan Bruyere come from highly musical families, and are proud to carry forward that tradition to bring joy into the world! Stefan (Stef Be) has been playing and writing music since 1992. He describes his style as "Alternative Folk", but his bluegrass roots (with a fiddler as a father) can't help but peak through in The Maple Keys. He also has an online rock project called River Teeth, and works as a session musician, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. Charmaine has dabbled in music most of her life, until getting serious about the ukulele in 2006 (a quick learn), then the fiddle in 2008 (a slower process!) Singing harmonies has always come natural to her, as has rhythm, so she contributes nicely to The Maple Keys project.
Charmaine and Stef have been performing together since 2010, and have basked in the pleasures of performing for young and old at everything from daycares to nursing homes, intimate gatherings to corporate events, children's festivals to wineries. Their musical range includes bluegrass, folk, ragtime, children's music and originals. They offer tight harmonies, engaging songs and high energy shows, with a personal touch. More than anything, they look forward to the next opportunity to share their art and passion!
Additional Booking Notes
STAGE SHOWS require 2 mics, 2 instrument inputs, and a sound system, preferably including a monitor. No special lighting or other sound equipment is necessary. Clown shows will require audience access to the stage and space on stage for a small number of audience members to participate.
BIRTHDAY PARTIES require little more room than your living room or back yard. Mostly, we need space to move and the support of parents in making the experience optimal for the children.
As such, here are some party tips:
Toys should be put away, and TV, music, etc. turned off.
Adult conversations should take place in another area as it is very distracting to both the children and the entertainer.
Save sugary snacks and/or cake for after the performer has finished.
Face painting requires a table and 2 chairs, as well as appropriate protection from the elements, depending on the season. These can be provided for an extra fee.
NB: Although we use only top quality professional face paints, some colors can stain the skin. Please let your guests know to remove any staining with facial scrub, or a paste of water and baking soda. Paint on clothes should be spot treated as soon as possible.
Respect for the performer(s) and their equipment
We love entertaining children and their families! As performers, we strive to give our best at each show. We bring numerous props and “tools of the trade” to do so, and need those things respected. On occasion, curious hands and sugar-induced energy need to be redirected. Most of the time we can handle the situation ourselves, but ultimately we rely on the support of the parents to keep disruptions to a minimum. Please have a responsible adult on hand at all times during performance, so that we can all relax and have fun. Much thanks!
Dealing with children who are afraid.
RESPECT THE CHILD'S FEELINGS. Forcing them will only make them more resistant. Trust that they'll probably get over it sooner or later. Many times a child who ran crying at the beginning of a performance has ended up being comfortable up close to me by the end of my stay.
BE PATIENT and KIND to your child. Encourage your child to confront his fears and praise him when he is brave.
STAY CALM. Verbally anticipating a negative response will reinforce any apprehensions they may feel, and physically yanking the child away will give the message that you think that something is really wrong.
DON'T "HYPE" THE SITUATION. Building up the excitement over the clown coming can backfire. Imagination can cause great anxiety in young children, so allow her to experience new things as they occur. That way she won't shut out new experiences before she's seen what's involved.
Most of all, know that it's common and normal for children to go through fearful phases, and that every obstacle they overcome is another success.
Past Booked Events
|August 25, 2018 • 7:00pm - 7:15pm||Birthday Party|
|May 26, 2018 • 11:00am - 12:30pm||Children's Birthday Party|
|September 03, 2017 • 11:30am - 11:45am||Birthday (Adult)|
|August 28, 2017 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm||Holiday Party (Other)|
|July 26, 2017 • 4:30pm - 4:45pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|June 11, 2017 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Birthday (Child)|
|June 10, 2017 • 6:00pm - 6:15pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|June 02, 2017 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm||Campus Event|
|May 14, 2017 • 12:30pm - 2:00pm||Birthday (Child)|
|December 14, 2016 • 9:30am - 9:45am||Retirement Party|
|February 28, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Kiki's Fundraiser, Maven Lane Childcare, Vernon|
|February 27, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Lake Country Children's Festival|
|February 19, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Private Function, Holiday Inn Kelowna|
|February 15, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Music at Smith Creek Retirement, West Kelowna BC|
|February 14, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Birthday party, Kelowna BC|
|February 12, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||River Teeth at Fernando's, Kelowna BC|
|February 08, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||City of Penticton Family Day|
|February 07, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Tot to Teen Expo, Kelowna BC|
|February 06, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Tot to Teen Expo, Kelowna BC|
Silly of the Valley Birthday parties involve music, along with other activities and such... Songs may include "You Are My Sunshine", "Old MacDonald", "Six Little Ducks", "La Bamba", "Pete and RePete", or "Show Me Your Smile" (Joe Wise) amongst others.
The Silly of the Valley STAGE SHOWS feature Trixie the Clown and Mr. Brown Knows. They play a number of familiar children's songs, but we also play to older children and parents by including catchy originals such as "Pete and RePete", and the ragtime-inspired "Ragfoot", and adapted covers such as Joe Wise's "Pockets". We also include clown silliness, puppets, and lots of audience participation, giving children and their parents an opportunity to share FUN on-stage memories!
For our Singing Telegrams, along with an appropriate salutation, each character has a signature song, such as Slim Pickins, the Mandolin Chicken and his array of feather-featured classics such as "Bird is the Word", "Buck Buck Buck", and the fine old fiddle tune, "Redwing". Lola, our dumb-blond-Marilyn-wanna-be, loves to sing her personal favourites, "Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend", "Hey Big Spender", and "I'm a Blond". Of course, the French Maid does the classic "La Vie En Rose", and the nerd... well, Charm just thinks she's a rock star! Whichever character, we'll work with clients to make their special singing telegram a memorable one.
Our musical duo project, The Maple Keys, can be described as "alternative folk", with catchy originals such as "Acoustic Avenue" and "In the Black". Including guitar, ukulele and mandolin, our bluegrass-influenced styles shine through in covers we play, such as The Beatles' "I've Just Seen a Face" and Cake's "Stickshifts and Safety Belts". We also play classics like "Ring of Fire" and "Harvest Moon", as well as songs by artists like the Grateful Dead, John Prine, and Bill Monroe. River Teeth is a big hit in pubs and bars, and at festivals.
|Charmaine Miron,||Trixie the Clown & The Maple Keys|
|Stefan Bruyere||Mr Brown Knows & The Maple Keys|
Influences & Inspiration
Bill Paul, London LAFF Guards, Town Crier
Prof. Bernie Warren, University of Windsor, Fools for Health Clown Dr Program
Michelle Mainwairing, MJM Entertainment, Murder Mystery Troupe
Pochenko Clown Through Mask, Toronto, ON
The Miron and Bruyere families
For amplified shows, we require 2 DI's, 2 mics (preferably 1 chordless), and space for a small table (2.5' X 1.5'), as well as space for up to 6 children to join us on stage (8' X 3').
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