Languages: English, French, Mandarin
Ginalina is a Juno-nominated singer-songwriter, an artist on CBC Kids music stream and Kids' Knowledge Network TV, and a songwriting workshop facilitator. Her playful and enriching music celebrates family, nature and kids! Also a gentle-hearted mother of four rollicking young girls and boys, Ginalina inspires kids to create, explore and connect meaningfully in life!
Ginalina has demonstrated a wonderful talent of connecting and engaging with children of all ages. Her programs at our events have consistently captivated audiences to sing and dance along to her music, and... she developed a very special songwriting workshop to leverage on this strength. In a concise, yet thorough and structured manner, Gina worked with a large number of children in developing new songs impressing on families the fundamentals of songwriting. Charlie Wu, Director, Asian Canadian Special Events Association
A voice of singular loveliness and one sweet, sunny song after another make this new album by Canadian folksinger/songwriter/guitarist Gina Lam, known professionally as Ginalina, an occasion to savor. Joined by a host of first-class musicians, with family as her celebratory theme, Lam (Sandcastle Magic, Forest Friends' Nature Club Album) sings that home can be a country ranch, a cave, a castle, a boat, a nest, a burrow, but "of all the things that home can be, home is family." ...Lam's appreciation for nature, too, threads through her work, and her respect for her young audience shines throughout. Parents' Choice Awards (Gold)
Ginalina was wonderful... A genuine performer who connects with her audience... Faces lit up in the audience as she told her stories through song. Paul McIntyre Royston, President and CEO, Calgary Public Library Foundation
With a theme of your choice, this workshop will walk the class through a five-step process of songwriting. The deliverable is a finished class song. The focus is on creativity, reflection, respecting diversity in the classroom and class collaboration. Ties to curriculum: social studies, English (songwriting) and more.
An interactive exploration of the beauty and wonder of nature. The goal is to creatively explore elements of forest and nature life through storytelling and songs about life cycles, parts of a tree, role of bees and pollination, student reflections and collectively creating a song to celebrate the wonder of nature. The focus is on exploring nature and natural science and reflection on experiences in nature. Ties to curriculum: nature studies, natural history, science, life cycles and life.
An interactive exploration of the question, "What does home mean?" The goal is to creatively explore diversity in cultures, family and homes through storytelling, student reflections and collectively creating a song to showcase our concepts of home. The focus is on exploring home (places around the world, context, culture), reflection, respecting diversity in the classroom and class collaboration. Ties to curriculum: social studies, English (songwriting), community and roles within.