The Blink's Garden Band came together during the summer of 2016 for the creation of the Blink's Garden CD book, an initiative of Siloam Mission's community education program. Comprised of a number of well-known award-winning Winnipeg musicians and singers, the band spent a fun-filled three months recording at Stereobus Studios, Signpost Studios, and the Broadway Neighbourhood Centre. At the helm was producer Murray Pulver and story/songwriter John Janzen. The lead characters of Blink and Moeh were voiced by Erin Propp and Alexa Dirks, with William Prince voicing the wise old man. Simon and Mick Janzen of The Janzen Boys provided vocals for the story's opening song as well as the voices of the angry villagers.
Blink’s Garden began as a short parable, told in schools by Siloam Mission’s community educator John Janzen, about “seeing beauty where others can’t see.” It grew into a 77 stanza “epic kid’s poem” that was adapted into a stage play. Through cooperation with community groups like the Louis Riel School Division and Aboriginal Youth Opportunities, the play was performed at the Winnipeg and Edmonton Fringe Festivals, as well as in countless schools all over Manitoba.
Now Siloam Mission, in cooperation with Just TV and the Broadway Neighborhood Centre, presents the story along with songs and illustration for young learners everywhere. Listen and sing along to the story of Blink, Moeh and all the villagers as they discover the connection between the health of Blink's rejected garden and the health of their whole community. See what it means when we say “things starts to change when you connect your life with someone who is not like you.”