He is known to millions simply as Raffi: a renowned Canadian songwriter and performer, author, ecology advocate and entrepreneur, once called “the most popular children’s entertainer in the western world” (Washington Post).
Spoofed by the Simpsons, featured in a NY Times editorial cartoon, Raffi’s career was built on the core value of respect for the child as a whole person. His CDs, books and videos have sold over 15 million copies in Canada and the US. A generation saw him perform Down by the Bay and his signature song, Baby Beluga. “Beluga grads” often tell him that they are now raising their own children with his music.
In his three-decade career, Raffi has refused all commercial endorsement offers, and Troubadour Music, his own triple-bottom-line company, has never directly advertised or marketed to children. He is a passionate advocate for a child’s right to live free of commercial exploitation.
Raffi’s most recent works for adults and youth:
* The anthology Child Honouring: How to Turn This World Around (co-edited with psychologist Dr. Sharna Olfman)
* The CDs, Resisto Dancing: Songs of Compassionate Revolution and COMMUNION
* The DVD Raffi Renaissance shows Raffi’s evolution into a leading thinker and global troubadour.
With three honorary degrees, the Order of Canada, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the UN’s Earth Achievement award, Raffi is a respected international figure, a global troubadour. He is a member of the New Economy Network, and the Club of Budapest.
He is a keynote presenter, lecturing and networking to help create a viable future: a sustainable, child-friendly world for ourselves and for those to come. His original philosophy, Child Honouring, is gaining support among eminent thinkers as a holistic organizing principle for a culture of peace.