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The success of our first Rockin’ the Cradle was partly due to an article on Thanks, Nadine!
Just in case the link doesn’t stay up forever, here it is:
Sweet Nothing
The Band that Rocked the Cradle

Rockin’ the Cradle Kid-Friendly Concerts

We remember the days when rocking really hard didn’t refer to Dr. Karp’s Happiest Baby calming methods, but rather tight pants, unshaven bad boys and tinnitus.

But really, who gets the opportunity to go to shows anymore? Thanks to Rockin’ the Cradle, a series of afternoon rock shows (Pay What You Can) for parents and babies, we do.

Musician and mother Sarah McGaughey formed the idea after realizing most kid-friendly concerts usually featured “kid bands.” With her husband Kyle Glover (bassist and vocalist for the Leonids) and much of her social circle (like Will Kidman of the Constantines) in Toronto indie bands, McGaughey decided to organize a concert series that she could enjoy with her daughter Aurora in tow.

Taking place the third Sunday of each month (the first show is at the Tranzac), we love that the shows feature lower volumes to protect wee ears. But we especially love that we no longer have to try stifling our yawns waiting until our favourite local acts come on. (We’re not the only ones going to bed at 9 p.m. these days, are we?)

Now there’s just the matter of squeezing into those tight pants again…

Rockin’ the Cradle Kid-Friendly Concerts
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Thank you to Carla Gillis from Now Magazine to coming to our first Rockin’ the Cradle and writing an awesome review. Thank you to the Leonids for playing an awesome show- What a good job! I’m so excited – we got 4 N’s!
Just in case the link doesn’t work ( I’m not sure how long they leave these things up), here it is:
critic’s pick ROCKIN’ THE CRADLE at the Tranzac Rating: NNNN

Music-loving parents had a lot to cheer about this weekend, between Saturday’s Totsapalooza at the Gladstone and Sunday’s Rockin’ The Cradle at the Tranzac. The latter, a new afternoon music series, saw kids as young as four months grooving to indie rockers the Leonids. (Woolly Leaves, sadly, were a no-show.) Picture 20 toddlers tottering in front of a Telecaster-toting band, wiggling their Pampered rumps, grabbing one another’s heads and gleefully shaking tambourines. Can you say “adorable”?

Organizer (and new mom) Sarah McGaughey made the event as easy on parents as possible, with a change table in the back room, a box of glittery scarves and percussive toys close by on the stage and a make-your-own-shaker table. The Leonids, too, were considerate of their audience, using brushes instead of sticks and keeping their amps low. A cover of the Velvet Underground’s Beginning To See The Light went over best, though the band was upstaged by a small boy who escaped from the changing room without his pants.

Carla Gillis


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