PAULO is a popular songwriter, satirist, and humorous entertainer from Calgary. As Paul Finkleman and using the stage name ‘PAULO’, he’s been an active member of the Alberta Culture Touring Program for many years, and has earned the reputation of being an accomplished writer and performer, with a special talent for relating to children of all ages. He has performed several thousand concerts and workshops in schools and at festivals throughout Western Canada over the past 25 years.
PAULO has written over 2,000 songs, six musicals, three books and recorded 11 song albums on CD! In addition to starring in his own award-winning Cable Children’s Television Series, “The Wizard of Od!” he has performed hundreds of concerts, at venues ranging from the Monterey and Edmonton Folk Festivals to the Athletes Village at the Winter Olympics.
PAULO resides in Calgary with his wife Deb, and they have two wonderful daughters.
2011 Launches his second CD of original songs about Alberta history “ALBERTASONGS II”
2011 Presents the Workshop “AlbertaSongs” at Calgary Teachers’ Convention
2011 Records the album “WE LEARN TO SHARE”, 16 original songs geared for Early Elementary and Kindergarten Teachers, children and parents.
2010 Composes and records the CD “BORN TO LEAD”, a musical about the life and times of Louis Riel, staged and written with the students at Louis Riel School in Calgary (See edu-tainment blog for all the lyrics to this musical and more)
2009 Composes and records the CD “KEEPERS OF A TREASURE”, 16 original songs about growing up Jewish in Canada
2007 Completes recording the environmental CD “GUARDIANS OF THE PLANET”
2006 – 2009 Full -time Music Teacher and Artist-in Residence at The Third Academy, for children with special learning needs.
2004 Completes recording the original folk CD album “FILL ME GLASS HIGHER”
2003-10 As an Artist-in Residence, performed concerts and wrote and directed numerous original elementary school musicals throughout Alberta
2002 Records and releases fifth album of songs, “THE MUFFALOOSE!”
2002 Guest Speaker and Workshop Presenter at the Fine Arts Conference in Calgary
2001-03 Chairperson, John Ware Junior High School Parent Advisory Council
2001 Workshop Instructor, Early Childhood Educational Conference, Calgary
2000 Member and presenter, Calgary Arts Partners in Education Society
1999 Guest speaker, Early Childhood Educational Conference in Calgary
1998 Completes recording the CD album “FINKLEMAN’S FRACTURED FOLKSONGS”
1997 Volunteer Co-ordinator, Weaselhead Preservation Society Adopt-A-Park
1997 Completed writing second book, ‘FINKLEMAN’S FRACTURED FOLKSONGS, POP PARODIES, AND OTHER TWISTED TUNES’.
1996 Completed “WORDS OF KIDSDOM” a hilarious book celebrating the innocence of children, and the language kids use to communicate (illustrated by Larry Miller)
1996 Music Workshopper at the Canadian Association for Music Therapy Conference
1995-96 Toured to promote his CD ”WAY OUT IN RIGHT FIELD”, which has been re-released under its featured song “FUNKYDISCOMBOOBLEGUM”
1995 Headline Entertainer at The Calgary Winter Festival
1994 Completed the book, ‘VERY FUNNY STUFF’, using the pen name, Ballpoint Finkleman
1993-94 Worked with recording engineer and producer, Peter D’Amico at Boxer Productions Studio in Calgary, creating the CD album, ‘Way Out in Right Field’
1991 Won the Calgary and Southern Alberta Scrabble Championship
1990 Co-Organizer of ‘Earth Day, 1990 Festival’ in Calgary
1990-94 Wrote, starred and toured in ‘Roger Recycle’, an environmental musical for schools
1989-92 Wrote and starred in the pioneer musical, “ONE ROOM SCHOOHOUSE”, written with seniors, which toured Alberta schools for four years
1989 Wrote ‘The Green Christmas Carol Songbook’
1988 Wrote and recorded the record ‘Pandamagic’ for the Calgary Zoo and Prehistoric Park
1988 Performed satirical songs for the Calgary CBC morning radio program, The Eye-Opener
1987-90 Guest Performing Artist and ‘Writing Workshop’ Instructor at ‘Young Author’s Conference’ for Calgary and Edmonton School Boards. Title: ‘EDU-TAINMENT!
1987 Released third album, “ALBERTASONGS”, with an accompanying songbook made possible in part by a grant from the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation
1987 Wrote and directed the elementary school musical ‘Shulamov General Store’
1986 & 87 Guest Artist and Workshop Instructor at the Calgary Teacher’s Convention, presenting ‘Fun With Words and Music’
1985 Wrote and directed the musical ‘Rock and Roll Teacher’ with students at a summer camp for gifted children at Red Deer College
1985 Conducted ‘Writing For the Classroom’ at the Central Alberta Teacher’s Convention
1984-98 Conducted ‘Learning Through Music’ workshops at Teacher’s Conventions and Seminars throughout Alberta
1983-95 Under the management of Rhoda Taylor, Boxer Productions Arts Management, working as a full-time performing artist
1983-95 Assumed the musical stage name of PAULO, and began touring hundreds of schools under the Alberta Culture Touring Program
1983-2011 Performed hundreds of community concerts, on stage at numerous Children’s and Folk Festivals across Canada, making numerous television appearances
1983 Released second album, “DOZENS OF COUSINS” (co-produced with Graham Jones, recorded at Thunder Road Studio, Calgary) on cassette
1982-83 Starred in ‘The Wizard of Od’, an award-winning Calgary Cable 10 Children’s Television Series (12 shows in the series)
1982-83 Starred in ‘Finklemania!’, an hour-long Cable Television ‘Music and Comedy Special’
1982 Master of Ceremonies at the Calgary International Folk Festival
1981 Performed a tour of ‘The Northern Circuit’, a series of 20 community concerts in towns throughout British Columbia
1980 Released his first L.P. of original songs, “THE MUSIC WHEEL” engineered by Mark Holden, recorded at Thunder Road Studio, Calgary
1980 Director, Main Stage Entertainer, Victoria Folk Festival; Manager, Sam’s Coffeehouse, Victoria, B.C.
1980 Special Events Co-ordinator for The City of Calgary Planning Dep’t
1979 Folk Music Director, Studio City Talent Agency, Calgary
1979 Main Stage Entertainer at the Regina and Edmonton Folk Festivals
1975-78 Music Director, Bow River Folk Arts Faire, Calgary
1974-76 Director, Alberta Folk Arts Council; Manager, Sancious Coffeehouse, Calgary
1973-83 Performed as singer/songwriter/humorist Paul Finkleman at hundreds of College and University campuses, Coffeehouses and Folk Festivals across North America
1970 Organized Calgary’s first Earth Day Celebration (while still in high school!)