Love the Land
GoGo Bonkers is a children's band whose interactive and energetic performances are based on themes of environmental sustainability. Whether it is riding your bike, growing vegetables in your garden, planting trees in the park, or taking simple steps to conserve energy at home, GoGo Bonkers will sing about it, and make it accessible and fun for children. GoGo Bonkers believes that environmental sustainability is an achievable and integral component to all of our communities. GoGo Bonkers also believes that the more children hear about how they can create a healthy future for their communities, the more they will be inspired to act. The GoGo Bonkers performance is a wild musical ride full of Ogres, fairies, ravens, bears and trees. Several of these characters try to make the world a better place everyday. Like Treevor, the talking cedar tree, who explains the benefits of being a tree and reminds us about all the things that come from trees. Or, The Canadian Potato, who is a fun character who loves to eat and sing about fresh, locally grown potatoes. And, Molly Mushroom, who is a fairy that sings a beautiful song about the virtues of spending time outside, in nature. The GoGo Bonkers performance also introduces characters that are confronted with the realities of our garbage producing society. Heavy Bear is a character that has had his habitat destroyed so he roams into the cities to find food....in our garbage cans! And then there is Mudlee, an old fisherman who "fishes for garbage" because all the fish he used to catch, have disappeared. Planting and growing our own food, greatly reducing our consumption and working to protect endangered land, are just a few examples of the themes we explore. These can be 'heavy' and potentially overwhelming topics for children. So, GoGo Bonkers makes them fun, relevant, and cool, by presenting the themes in a variety of musical forms and costumes that students can relate to, and be inspired by. Our focus on themes of sustainability have led GoGo Bonkers to perform at many Green based events such as, Earth Day, Growing up Green, EPIC, Earth Dance and the BC Teachers for Peace and Global Education. We also perform at international festivals, elementary schools, fundraisers and community centers. Iain & Trevor of Gogo Bonkers! Iain McLaren is a professional musician, entertainer and music educator. He has been teaching Orff music, singing, guitar and songwriting to kids eighteen months to nineteen years old for eight years in Burnaby and Vancouver. Iain also facilitates music groups and recording projects for senior's homes, hospitals, elementary schools and the Ministry of Children and Families. Trevor Mason has worked extensively in elementary schools and community centers around the province for the past eight years, teaching students of all ages how to write and record their own songs. He has just recently graduated from the Sound Design for Visual Media program at Vancouver Film School, and is currently applying his newfound skills to the Gogo Bonkers! Online tv show called 'The Gogo Bonkers! Show'.