What a month June is turning out to be. I am excited today, just came home rom rehearsing for The Extreme Edge Ice show. The band and I are performing Everybody Matters and In a Perfect World to choreographed skating! Piles of gigs in Edmotnon this month, can’t remember ever being this busy in Edmonton. Coming up in addition to all the shows listed, I am headed to a few festivals this summer Northern Lights Festivals Boreale in Sudbury, Islands Folk Festival in Duncan, BC. The Filberg Festival in Comox and Trout Forest in Ear Falls.

The night before Sudbury I head to Serpent River First Nation the one time home of Leo Sagissige (Day) the character in my book ‘The Boy who walked backwards’ published by Manitoba First Nations Education Resource. I will be presenting the book to family and friends of Leo, many of his children and grandchildren will be in attendance and I am not sure hat to expect other than a lot of emotions! The event is being organized by Janet Day Leo’s daughter.

Also while on tour I got to sample a brand new chocolate made by artisan chocolatier Cocoaro, the chocolate is inspired by me and my ‘Used to Have a Raygun’ song. We are putting the finishing touches on the what will be the design of the wrapper. Needless to say I am pretty excited to have my own chocolate! it is yummy. You can check out www.cocoaro.ca

There are brand new Poema Poematis inspired shirts featuring a single colour version of the album and tank tops! you can order yours in any colour by sending a note to info@bensures.com shirts and tanks are 25.00

It’s finally here – The Boy Who Walked Backwards was written by Ben Sures, illustrated by Nicole Marie Burton and published by the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre. Order your copy here!

The Boy Who Walked Backwards is a moving story about a young Ojibway boy Leo and his family in Serpent River First Nation. Leo’s life turns to darkness when forced to attend residential school. Back home for Christmas, Leo uses inspiration from an Ojibway childhood game to deal with his struggles.

The book is written by Ben Sures and illustrated by Nicole Marie Burton. Sures has spent much of his adult life as a touring and recording singer and songwriter. He has nine full-length albums that have garnered awards. CBC listeners know him for work on numerous programs including, most recently, The Irrelevant Show.

The songs Sures writes for adults have a childlike quality, so it makes sense he’s now written a book for children. The Boy Who Walked Backwards was originally conceived as song, but Sures thought it would also work as a storybook. He wanted children to know the story of Leo Day.

The Boy Who Walked Backwards is his first published work. It has laid the groundwork for more stories, maybe even more Leo stories. Sures envisions further story heroes who triumph using nothing more than what they are born with—instincts and wits.

Order your copy of the book through the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre by clicking here.