Fossil Rock received a Western Canadian Music Award nomination for 'Best Children's Recording' in 2009. ******************************* School Library Journal, 4/1/2009: PreS-Gr 3-Award-winning Canadian duo Tom and Lori Neufeld (Lulu and the Tom Cat) present 14 original, lively songs on their fourth album for children. While several of the songs are in rock and roll style, complete with wailing guitars, there are also a couple of folk and Latin style tunes. Topics of the songs include dinosaurs, fossils, and lake monsters. The album opens with 'Fossil Rock,' a lively, rocking dinosaur dance and closes with 'Hush Baby Pterosaur' (to the tune of 'Hush Little Baby'). A couple of songs celebrate Canadian attractions: 'Pembina Diamond Mine' and 'Go, Go Manipogo' (a marine creature in Lake Manitoba). The instrumental performances are wonderful. Vocal performances are also topnotch, including The Kiddens, four girls who join in on several tracks. A great resource for dinosaur story times and classroom activities, and a treat for young dinosaur fans.-Beverly Bixler, San Antonio Public Library, TX ************************************ One of the songs on this CD, 'Do the Dig!,' is being used by award winning filmmaker David Rabinovitch, Executive Producer of Seattle-based Fleetwood Films, in one of his films. ************************************* Multiple award winning Family 'edu-tainers,' LuLu and the Tomcat spent about 2 years researching, writing and 'digging' song material for this album. Not only did they find fossils and Pembina diamonds, but they hit the 'mother-lode' of song inspiration. This CD, 'Fossil Rock,' is a wild ride of rockin' songs about fossils and dinosaurs that once walked, swam and flew in North America and other parts of the world! ************************************ Winnipeg Free Press says... '... it's called Fossil Rock. And no, it's not by The Rolling Stones. You might, however, recognize the name of the award-winning Manitoba band that created it - LuLu and the Tomcat. I was pleasantly surprised. This children's CD doesn't insult adult ears... I should excuse myself from giving an in-depth description. I gave that responsibility to a panel of experts, my 10-and-a-half-year-old twins. According to them, they felt it was a 'good, catchy' CD. They preferred the 'fast songs,' which incorporated zippy lyrics about dinosaurs... At times, my kids spontaneously danced to the tunes... The CD's worth it.' Winnipeg Free Press, Oct. 4, 2008, Charlene Adam. ************************************ LuLu and the Tomcat have been described as 'creative, energetic, enthusiastic, very child friendly, with a highly interactive stage show, a musical extravaganza of sing-alongs, storytelling, puppetry and participation. A wonderful atmosphere of fun and laughter, with a colourful catalogue of tunes... a fresh and fun approach to 'edu-tainment.' ' These multiple award winning 'cool cats' have also performed in schools and community centres in Cuba, toured throughout western and central Canada, performed on Parliament Hill in Ottawa to celebrate Canada Day, and represented Canada at the World Expo in Japan. What other festivals, libraries, teachers, and media have said about LuLu and the Tomcat: Someone let the cats out of the bag again, but kids are definitely thrilled that these two felines just couldn't stay a secret. With their fresh and highly interactive family-friendly performances, LuLu and the Tomcat present a musical extravaganza of sing-alongs and storytelling, puppetry and participation that gets audiences of all ages purring with delight... and learning a thing or two along the way. With their colourful catalogue of tunes and highly interactive stage show, LuLu and the Tomcat will have children of all ages perking up their ears and singing along... The Roland, Manitoba-based duo has been lauded for it's fresh and fun approach to family entertainment... (LuLu and the Tomcat) leave families of all ages purring in pleasure. Winnipeg Folk Festival. 'Winners of a Prairie Music Award and Parents' Choice Award, LuLu and the Tomcat are two 'cats' not to be missed live. Dance, sing and smile at their show where fun is a guarantee.' Winnipeg International Children's Festival. 'LuLu & the TomCat...a dynamic, high energy performance, that pleased both the children and the adults... a crowd favorite for young and old alike.' Ang Braun, South Central Alzheimer Society. ' Just back from the World Expo in Japan... they are one of Canada's top children's acts.' Gail Aubin, The Valley Leader. LuLu and the Tomcat (also known as Tom and Lori): Mild mannered entertainers Tom and Lori turn into super-kids-entertainers, LuLu and the Tomcat! A pleasure to see in both forms. Their children's shows are a must-see kids and parents alike. Blair Mahaffy, Plain Salt It was a privilege to work with you here during your too short visit. Your professionalism and endearing personalities along with your talent and Canadian/Japanese spirit are highly admirable. Rene LeBlanc, OYE!Canada/Indica-Records, Artistic and Technical Director, Canada Pavilion, EXPO2005, Japan Their wonderful mix of singing, instruments, puppets, audience participation and books were very fitting to what we try to promote here... all ages really seemed to enjoy the performance and we would recommend them highly... Crystal Alcock, Children's Department, Kenora Public Library, Ontario. Students from Nursery to grade 6 were thrilled by the fast-paced and dynamic show. Weaving together literacy and feline themes they captivated the children's attention through interesting costumes, puppetry and other props. They also involved the children throughout the show, making them a part of the performance. The quality of the music and the songs presented was superb. I would wholeheartedly recommend LuLu and the Tomcat as children's performers and I can guarantee any accompanying adults will have to be careful - they might enjoy the show as much as the kids! Liz Kornelsen, Grade 1/2 Teacher, Pinkham School. From the moment that arrived till the moment they left, you knew you were in for a professional show, but more importantly, these folks obviously love their work and the children! ...Our recommendation would be: Don't miss out on the opportunity to have these folks come and visit you! Dianne Green, Assistant Community Librarian, Peachland, BC., Both students and staff were completely immersed in the highly entertaining song and dance routines. Students were completely mesmerized by the wide variety of musical genre and totally involved in the action packed participatory opportunities that the LuLu and the Tomcat performances provided... outstanding children entertainers. I would highly recommend LuLu and the Tomcat to any school/group looking for top-notch children's entertainment. Clyde Orr, Principal, OLV School, Kenora, Ontario. Some of Manitoba's best children's entertainers... an amazing show... Reena Nerbas, What's Up Kids magazine. ...great things for kids and families.' Susan Rykiss, Winnipeg Parent Magazine LuLu and the Tomcat provided the perfect blend of musical talent, storytelling and theatre... interaction with the audience, both young and old, provided a wonderful atmosphere of fun and laughter. Grant Miyai, Music Therapist, St. Amant Centre Your performance was so enthusiastic, very child friendly and interactive... professional, colourful and very engaging. Frances M. Balodis, International Director and Creator of Music for Young Children. ... their repertoire is fast-paced, funny and very interactive... I would highly recommend 'LuLu and the Tomcat'... Vicki Neilson, Sidney/North Saanich Branch, Vancouver Island Regional Library, BC. Background information on LuLu and the Tomcat 2007 - Their new recording, 'Stick To It!', is named 'Our Choice, 2007,' by The Canadian Children's Book Centre. 2007 - LuLu and the Tomcat presented musical reading techniques to the South West Conference of Language Teachers in Las Vegas, Nevada. 2006 - LuLu and the Tomcat make Jurgen Gothe's Hit List (CBC National) for 2006! 2006 - Their new recording, 'Stick To It!', is a Winner of a 2006 Parents' Choice Award, and a Children's Music Web Award. 2006 - LuLu and the Tomcat perform for schools and community centers in Cuba with a 15 piece band. 2005 - LuLu and the Tomcat represent Canada at World Expo 2005 in Japan. 2004 - LuLu and the Tomcat's recording '3, 2, 1 Kadoozee' is named 'Our Choice, 2004,' by The Canadian Children's Book Centre, receives a Western Canadian Music Award, and a Parents' Choice Award. 2002 - LuLu and the Tomcat's recording 'All The Cats Were Playin' receives a Prairie Music Award. 2001 - LuLu and the Tomcat's song, All the Cats Were Playin', received an 'Honorable Mention' in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. '...among the best entered into the Contest.' LuLu and the Tomcat have been involved in education for many years, creating fun and educational materials for children. LuLu is an Early Years French Immersion teacher, and writes and produces music and stories with her husband and former public school librarian, the TomCat. As teacher and librarian, they have long recognized the benefits of using music to teach reading. Some recent notable Canadian performances have been three times at the Winnipeg International Children's Festival, two times at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, opening celebrations for the Winnipeg Centennial Library, The Winnipeg Teddy Bear's Picnic and opening twice for Fred Penner. They have toured across Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia. LuLu and the Tomcat have three multiple award winning CD's, as well as a series of children's books.