SAIT students’ ‘get those happy feet’

SAIT students had the chance to relive their childhood on Sept. 25 when Fred Penner performed at The Gateway.

Fred Penner, Canadian children’s musician and former television entertainer has likely been a part of most students’ childhood.

Although he has long retired from his popular television show Fred Penner’s Place, he still plays music for people of all ages and there is no sign of him retiring soon.

Currently, he travels around to Canadian post-secondary institutions performing for students.

Although Penner feels the nostalgia when performing his songs again after many years, he feels it’s more nostalgic for the audience. Especially to those who listened to him as a child.

“I’m proud there is a desire to reconnect with me after their childhood,” said Penner.

The years have been good to Penner. Childhood fans have grown into men and women, and although times have changed, the message he brings with his music has always been the same.

Looking Up: Clarke Foster shares a moment with his childhood idol Fred Penner. (Photo by Jenn Sieppert/The Press)
Looking Up: Clarke Foster shares a moment with his childhood idol Fred Penner. (Photo by Jenn Sieppert/The Press)

“Music is about communication.

“It’s about how you are as a human being, how you express yourself as a human being.

“To have fans come up to me and say that I’m the reason why they became a musician or a performer themselves is quite touching,” he said.

Regardless if you’re in your twenties or thirties, you’re never too old for Fred Penner.

To hear more about Penner, visit his official website.

About Lea Pham 5 Articles
As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Lea Pham worked as a reporter for The Press during the 2013-2014 academic year.

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