Sunday in Kyoto

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Story and songs Gilles Vigneault Illustrations Stéphane Jorisch Featuring performances by Coral Egan, Thomas Hellman, Patrick Watson, Jessica Vigneault and Niddi O

Welcome to the curious tale of a banjo-playing Cajun musician’s life in Kyoto, Japan. Old Man Joe—as he is affectionately called—and his Japanese wife often spend lovely Sunday afternoons drinking tea and collaborating musically with friends from distant lands. Each song is an introduction of sorts to quirky characters like Joe’s mother and Little Miss Adèle who calls herself “Hello.” The gentle watercolour images and mishmash of instrumentation give this book its added appeal. This authentic storybook with accompanying CD presents 14 unique songs that, although penned for children, appeal to all ages.


Think of this as fun kid’s music with a more artistic bent than typical fare. WIRED

Pub Date: 2009
Ages: 4 to 7 / Grades Pre-K to 2
Keywords: Musicians / Travel / Animals / Humor

As a member of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, Gilles Vigneault is hailed as one of Canada’s most influential music figures of the 20th century, especially as a champion Québécois folksinger. His work often evokes his great love of nature and the passion he has for his hometown of Natashquan, a remote, windswept village on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. He has received numerous distinctions including the Grand prix du disquiet de l’Académie Charles-Cros in France and the Médaille Vermeil offered by the City of Paris.

Stéphane Jorisch is a four-time winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award, as well as winner of the Ruth Schwartz Children’s Book Award and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award. He has also created set designs for Le Cirque du Soleil.



Hardcover illustrated picture book (8” x 8”, 28 pages) with CD (55 minutes / narrated story and 14 songs).

ISBN 978-2-923163-56-7
$22.95 CAD / 16.95 USD


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