Judy Cook

Judy Cook

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | AFM

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | AFM
Established on Jan, 2015
Duo Folk Children's Music




"Carpathia School"

"I would highly recommend inviting Judy Cook to your school. Judy is a creative and talented performer, author, singer and teacher whose enthusiasm is contagious. She has the ability to adapt for students as needed and inspires all children to move to the music. What a wonderful experience for everyone involved!"

Debbie Bray- Carpathia School - Debbie Bray

"Rae Harris-head of School Programming"

Thank you so much for your wonderful participation in our Bug City Family Sunday. The kids really responded to your music and we appreciated your inclusion of your own "bug-inspired" compositions. The total number of participants was over 550 and many mentioned that they particularly liked the music. The photos confirm (as if we didn't know) that a good time was had by all!

Thanks again
Rae Harris
Head School Programs - The Winnipeg Art Gallery

"Winnipeg International Children's Festival"

Neal Rempel
Winnipeg International Children's Festival
201-One Forks Market Road
Winnipeg, MB R3C 4L9
(204) 958-4746

Dear Neal,

Thank-you so much for donating 14 tickets to the Elspeth Reid Family Resource Centre! Because of your generosity, we were able to bring four families and two staff on this special outing.

The kids especially enjoyed seeing Fred Penner and "JUDY COOK AND SWINGSET" , having their faces painted and making wire jewelry. The positive bonding which occurred between the parents and their children was evident, and I'm sure they will have fond memories of the festival for years to come.

Thanks Again!

Heather Russell
Summer program Coordinator
Elspeth Reid Family Resource Centre
(204) 726-6280 - Child and Family Services of Western Canada

"Manitoba Festival of the Arts"

Judy has been an important part of the festival. She communicates well with children and the children respond positively to her.
Judy's approach, regardless of skill level, allowing the students to be creative, not only provides a fun learning atmosphere, but also increases the sense of individual accomplishment

Greg Heschuk
Artistic Director of Manitoba Holiday Festival of the Arts- Neepawa - Greg Heschuck

"MTYP summer workshop"

Judy Cook and Cathy Nosaty taught a musical theatre camp entitled: Theatre School of Rock: The Rock Musical! Their work with students age 9-12 included a rich array of original songs written by the participants, and a journey through various styles of music that inform the genre of rock and roll. They create original lyrics, music, movement, and dance with children of all ages, drawing on a wealth of experience creating and producing theatre and their brilliant imaginations. Their work in creating polished performances in enhanced by their ability to improvise: creating music scores to go with drama and storytelling exercises, music that supports improvisation and theatrical exploration, and the spontaneous invention of songs and dances. Their work is versatile and strong enough that it would serve both a dedicated group of students over a period of days, as well as for a drop-in program.
Kent Suss
Manitoba Theatre for Young People - Kent Suss

"Kent Road School"

Thanks to you and your group for a great show. The kids are still talking about it this morning. They liked the "cool" songs and the dancing, especially to " Pearly Shells". Best of luck with your trio.

Diane Zakala
Kent Road School - Diane Zakala

"Waverly Park School"

Thank you so much for all of your efforts with students and staff at Waverly Park. It was an impressive finale that was easy to see how everyone had enjoyed their week of "dance" We would welcome you here anytime.
Best Wishes
Students and staff
Waverly Park School - Staff and Students

"Kelli Barnett"

This trio totally engaged the group of children ranging from ages 2 to 8 years old. The performance was interactive inviting the audience to participate in song and dance. For example, each child was given a lei and taught steps to a hula dance. The children loved it! The group performed a wide repertoire of original songs. The next day the responses from the parents was highly positive. Judy, Hal and Wayne were very "upbeat" and it was obvious they have a very good working relationship between them. Their enthusiasm for what they do is infectious. I would highly recommend "Judy Cook and Swingset"

Kelli Barnett
Pinkam School
Winnipeg, MB
- Pinkam School

"Reston Elementary School"

October 6, 2006

Thanks for a great experience! Our kids have really enjoyed working with you and sharing your creative spirit!

David and Staff
Reston Elementary School
- letter

"Carberry Arts Council Santa Claus Parade Performance"

"Great job today! Thanks so much for playing for us...everyone had a great time... it was truly magical. "

Amy Urquhart
Administrative Director
Carberry Plains Arts Council - Amy Urquhart


Still working on that hot first release.



Judy Cook has performed her original songs on television, at children’s festivals, and with symphony orchestras across Canada. Other performances include appearances at The National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Rainbow Stage and as a performer in the Winnipeg Folk Festival Millennium series.  Her book “When Dinosaurs go Dancing “ was awarded a silver “Mom’s Choice Award” which recognizes a benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services.  Judy is an accomplished dancer and delights in sharing her dance knowledge with children through music, theatre and the written word.

Rubin Kantorovich

Rubin Kantorovich is a lifelong musician who has toured extensively across Manitoba with various bands. Recent performances include the Millennium library with Judy Cook (Rib-Fest, Winnipeg Jazz festival, the Forks, and McNally Robinson-Prairie Ink ) with the Doug Edmond Band.


Rubin adds his musical artistry to the tapestry of Judy’s show.



Judy Cook and Rubin Kantorovich mix together diverse influences and throw in a whole lot of fun to create a show that is infectious and educational.
 The songs they perform are about staying up late “I Don’t Want to Go to Bed”, animals “Dog Named Trouble,” bugs “Black Fly Buzzin,” “Raiders of the Night”, and fun interactive songs “The Colour Game,” “The Bruce Rap” and the “Yippe Yodel Song”  which was a finalist in the Great American Song Competition.

In each performance children will be encouraged to look for colours, learn a Hula dance, and perform a hand jive.  



Judy Cook (ukulele/vocals)

Rubin Kantorovich (guitar/ukulele/dobro)


Judy also offers a special library show featuring fun interactive dinosaur songs and activities based on excerpts from her book.