Ian was the very first musician to tour elementary school concerts in BC and has performed more than 2,000 school concerts throughout Canada, the United States, Britain ...and even Saudi Arabia!.
He brings a lifetime of performing experience to his children's concerts, which feature the story-song about the monster, "Abbey-Yo-Yo". He's hosted &/or performed on more than 40 telethons, and done countless performances in community concerts, live theatre, fairs and exhibitions, television & radio.
Ian has recorded two terrific kids' albums, "Dear Mr. Johnstone..." (featuring 'Abbey-Yo-Yo') and "Love & Warm Fuzzies...", which he makes available for purchase at his concerts.
Ian is a specialist - an expert at fanning that spark of joy within each and every child, at allowing the adult to become the child within themselves, feeling that same spark... still alive, still aglow.
Ian Johnstone does not simply stand up in front of a group of kids and play his banjo and sing... Ian draws on the imagination and fantasy of every person present.
As you relax and enjoy the program as it unfolds, you begin to realize that this unique man is not only bright, alive, refreshing and energetic, he is providing an enthusiastic and positive role model for your child. A powerful responsibility.
Ian's personality is an integral part of his highly entertaining performance. By example, Ian shows that music and life can be fun... can be exciting... can be positive... can be enjoyed.
No indifferent performances... no patronizing attitudes. Just music and singing and banjo, hand clapping and stories and laughter.