Author Tags: Biography, Music
Over a 25-year career, the children's entertainer known as only Raffi made 13 albums, three concert videos and numerous children's books based on his music, with international success. In 2000, he founded the Troubadour Institute, which acts as a catalyst to move us toward a child-honoring society. He also received the Order of British Columbia. His own Vancouver-based company published an autobiography, Raffi: The Life of a Children's Troubadour, after which he hosted the B.C. Book Prizes gala.
Co-edited by psychology professor Dr Sharna Olfman), with a foreword by the Dalai Lama, folksinger Raffi's Child Honoring: How To Turn This World Around (Praeger 2006) is a multi-faceted overview with a chapter entitled 'Honoring Children in Dishonorable Times.' He notes that Sweden and Norway ban television marketing to children under the age of 12, the province of Quebec bans marketing to children under age 13 and Greece prohibits ads for toys on television between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. The French government recently banned all vending machines in middle and secondary schools. Finland bans ads delivered by children or by familiar cartoon characters. "The United States regulates marketing to children less than most other industrial societies," the authors claim.
[Raffi hosting BC Book Prizes gala]
[BCBW 2006] "Biography" "Music"
The Life of a Children’s Troubador (Homeland $33.95)
Living ‘off-line’ in Vancouver, Cairo-born Raffi Cavoukian has reportedly sold more than two million copies of his seven songbooks and 13 picture books.
With a newly published autobiography, The Life of a Children’s Troubador (Homeland $33.95), the effervescent and articulate Raffi will host the 15th annual B.C. Book Prizes gala on April 24th.
Since he began performing for young children in 1974, Raffi has recorded 13 albums and received the Order of Canada. But his roots have always been literary as much as musical. In 1948 he was named Raffi after a famous Armenian author, one of his mother’s favourite writers.
Raffi moved to Vancouver in 1990 and began his first adult book following the sudden death of his parents in 1995. “I felt a call to write my life story,” he says, “which in many ways includes theirs.” Non-toxic in all its elements, the latest Raffi project is touted as a model of sustainable publishing. 1-896943-44-6
[BCBW WINTER 1998]