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Distinguished Author & Artist Award, 2014

First Place Award, Great American Song Contest, 2014

Second Place Winner for Poetry

Many Honorary Mentions

Guest Book


Your comments would be greatly appreciated.


Guest comments

Thank you for giving us an opportunity to write in this guest book.  Max’s stories are very entertaining.  

So nice to hear from you. You may be pleased to know that I just learned this morning that I am to be showcased next month on the Canadian Musicians Magazine website. 

On November 1, I am to receive the Writers International Network’s 2014 Distinguished Author and Artist Award. 
I am also shortlisted for the 2014 ASA Australian Songwriters Contest, finalists to be announced next month.

You are extremely talented...enjoyed this. Take this to the masses!

I hope to do just that.


Max Tell

Thank you so much.


Max Tell

Hey Max,

I enjoyed meeting you at the presentation and poetry workshop at the University Golf Club. Though I only got to hear you recite one of your poems, I knew I was interested in hearing more. I'm looking forward to receiving your CD The Land of Graws. It was interesting to hear some of what you have done in the past and even more interesting to hear of your future plans. I wish you well.

Next summer I'll be looking for you in White Rock, performing for all the children and adults who haven't forgotten what it's like to be young. I'll make sure to seek you out to catch up on what you're up to next.

All the best!

Joyce Peatch


Thank you for the card. I don't have any bookings set up for the near future, but I will keep you invormed. Thank you for your interest.

All the best,


Max Tell and Sue Woodward, ChildGarden Preschool

"Super fun singer & story teller extraordinaire, Max Tell, entertained us at Childgarden Preschool Tuesday & Wednesday. He had the children engaged, participating with singing and actions, and so much laughter. A beautiful sound! Thanks Max Tell!" - Sue Woodward, Director & Early Childhood Educator, Child Garden Preschool, 673 Firdale Street, Coquitlam, BC, V3J 6N2

Hi Boys and Girls of Child Garden Preschool,

I received your pictures today. They are soooooooo wonderful. Thank you. I have just moved, but as soon as I can, I will post your pictures on Facebook. All of you are sooooooo sweet. I look forward to seeing you again.

Love to you all,


PS: Please let Ms. Woodward (Sue) know that I and a few of my poems have been featured for Chritstmas: http://issuu.com/rclas/docs/december_2013_rclas_wordplay__at_wo

Thanks again!

We saw you in WhiteRock and instantly fell in love! As a teacher and mother of two, I was excited to find a new source of children's music besides the usual ones. My favorite song is Flocci-nauci-nihili-pili-ficators (although rum-pie diddle-ie is a close second!), Rory’s (age 2)  is Barnabus the fishie, and Oliver doesn’t have one yet...but he’s only 8 weeks so we’ll give him some time!

We’ll spread the word and might get a few for friends for Christmas.

Thanks again,

Ann and family

Hi Ann,

I just thought I'd check to see how your kids are doing and whether they are still enjoying my CDs.

I hope you and your family are having a wonderful day.


Dear Ann,

My apologies for taking so long to answer. My Guest Book perameters were changed, and I didn't know how to reply. Now, I got it. 

Thank you so much. Please say high to Rory and Oliver. I've just posted a few more songs recorded during a receint interview. You may listen to the songs alone or with some of the interview added.

Check them out. The latest four track that were added are the ones to check out.


Have a wonderful day.



Dear Max,

Thank you for giving us good ideas when we were working on our poems.  Our favourite poems were: Vomit Comet and the Pirate Who Lost His Parts.  We forgot to tell you that but we still remember how funny they were, even four months later.

We also read your poster of The Goalie and it reminded us of when the Canucks were in the playoffs against Boston.  That was very exciting for our teacher and our city.  The Goalie is a wonderful poem and we like the repeating drama of it.

We're sorry we never sent you our poems.  Some of us may try to write a couple before the end of the year, so stay posted.

Thank you again for connecting with us.  You seem very creative and fun.


General Wolfe's Grade 3 Class with Mrs. Collins

(Your friend from CWILL BC)

Hi Guys and Gals,

My apologies for taking so long to answer. 

I'm so pleased you liked my poems. When you have time, I look forward to reading some of yours.

Please check out a few new songs posted on SoundCloud. 


Looking forward to receiving your poems. Have a happy day.



PS: Sarah,

The first six are fairly recent posts. The first 4 are duplicates of 2 songs aired on SFU Radio's "Melodies of Mind" last Tuesday, with and without part of my interview with the show's host, Ryan Fletcher.

Hi boys and girls of General Wolfe,

How is your poetry writing going?

I have some great news I'd like to share with you. I've been featured in the December issue of the Royal City Literary Arts Society newsletter. They have also included a few of my Christmas poems, songs, and one story. Here is a link.


I look forward to reading your poems soon.



That's awesome, Max Tell! Thank you for doing what you do. You are making a positive and inspiring impression upon the children.

P.S. I love the song "No More Monkeys".

Children's Book Author,

Diane M. Robinson

Copied from Youtube Comment, 25/05/2013

Hi Diane, thank you ever so much for your comments. Much appreciated. Have a wonderful day.

Reissa Rapkin commented on Max Tell's status.

Reissa wrote: "Wow! I was so lucky to be able to see Max perform in

Montreal for about 50 children in the Westmount Library. The children

were thrilled with Max's story telling and songs. As a teacher who has

seen many performers, I can tell you that Max was superb. A great time

was had by all. Thanks Max."

Copied from Facebook, May 17, 2013

"I like everything Max Tell do!"

- Abegael Fisher-Lang, storyteller & educator.

Copied from Linkedin.

"Our students are now well equipped to perform their own story creations."

- Jan Darwish, Librarian, St. Paul's Elementary School, Beaconsfield, QC. May 6, 2013.

Copied from thank you card after 2013 TD Canadian Children's Book Week visit.

• Wonderful, Max. The joy you spread with children is so fantastic. One can see how thrilled the children are as well (not to mention you!). 

My best to you.

Jeanne Rogers, Facebook, September 24, 2012

Great Work --- Congratulations!!!

Linda Rossetti Brocato, Ivan the Giraffe, Linkedin, September 24, 2012


Love what you do and how you do it..... Linda Brocato - facebook

Linda Rossetti Brocato has sent you a message.

Date: 9/25/2012

me again. i listen to cat in hoody. i love it is fabulous!
- Danna, Bogota, Colombia, copied from Facebook chat, 19/07/2012 

hi i am from santa francisca romana schoool .
i remember all the stories you told us. we are very happy.
we hope you come back soon.
- Danna, Bogota, Colombia, copied from Facebook chat, 19/07/2012

Terry Burres

  • Hi Max. I loved your video and I can really relate I had 3 special people who helped me feel smart. Years later when I was in collage studying education I came to understand that I was dyslexic. Without the help I received I shudder to think of where I would have ended up.  God Bless. - Terry, Facebook, Sunday, July 15, 2012

We saw you! So nice to see the kids enthralled by your songs! Miranda Gamage, Copied from facebook, Canada Day on the Bay, July 1, 2012



Jan Lancaster

  • Congrats on you getting on the 2013 TD Children's Book Week Tour, you certainly deserve it. I was very impressed with the performance that I saw and how you not only included the children but also the adults. I wish you all the luck on your Tour and hope this leads to many, many more. You've worked hard for this.


The following congratulations have been copied from Facebook comments after Max announced that he was awarded a spot in the 2013 TD Children's Book Week* Tour co-sponsored by the Storytellers of Canada/Raconteurs Du Canada and the Canadian Children's Book Centres.

  • Congratulations! – Glenda Bonin, Tucson Arizona
  • Awesome! - Sandy Oglesby, USA
  • Giddy congratulations! - George Payerle, Roberts Creak, BC
  • I'm so happy for you. Fantastic! – Kelly, Toronto, Ontario
  • Sail On! - Phyllis Surges, Roberts Creak, BC
  • Great news! – Ken and Gloria Walters, Ladner, BC
  • You must feel as though you are flying. What an honour! – Shirley Rogers, Hagersville ON
  • Congratulations! – Ben Nuttall-Smith, Crescent Beach, BC
  • Congratulations! – Glenda Bonin, USA
  • Congratulations!  Very nice honor! – Tice Miller, Lincoln Nebraska, USA
  • So happy for you Max! – Regina Carpenter, Brooktondale, New York, USA
  • Heartiest Congratulations! – Gerald R. Brown, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • That is so wack! You totally deserve the breaks. (Turning little cartwheels?) – Angus Pratt, White Rock, BC
  • Congratulations! – Hongyun Chen, Vancouver, BC

*TD Canadian Children's Book Weekis the single most important national event celebrating Canadian children's books and the importance of reading. Close to 35,000 children, teens and adults participate in activities held in every province and territory across the country. Hundreds of schools, public libraries, bookstores and community centres host events as part of this major literary festival.

Great talent and experience, Max.

- Eileen Stewart, Children's Author, Shelby, Ohio, Facebook, 21/05/2012.

Hi max, i'm from santa franscisca romana school. you are the best storyteller in the world!Cantalicia MachadoFacebook, Nov. 5/2010

As a trained theatre artist, Max presents a highly polished show that puts him in a league of his own. His music is wonderfully accessible for all ages. When performing Max has an ability to be “in the moment” and connect with his audience with a sense of joy and genuine humour. Working with Max was a pleasure and his performances definitely added to the celebration at our Grand Opening.

- Mairi Macrae, Public Programs Librarian, Whitehorse Public Library, Dec 2, 2011

Exquisitely powerful delivery. Your pacing and punctuation of "The Well" with pauses and enactments was superb.

- Mary Gavan, storyteller and past president of Storytellers of Canada / Conteurs du Canada

I visited your website and listened to some of your samples. I really love the premise of The Heart Shaped Tree (I'm a big Shakespeare fan), and love the idea of sharing the message with young children! Definitely two thumbs up in my book!

- Stephanie Yost, posted from Grammy personal mail, November 7, 2011

Max has playful, yet meaningful insight into what children need to hear. His songs create giddiness and lightness in the heart; and speaking of hearts, Max's recent recording of his story, The Heart Shaped Tree, has huge family appeal with a thought proving message about acceptance, peace and harmony - his articulate voice is warm and inviting.

- Heather Whaley, posted on LinkedIn, November 8, 2011

I listen to The Heart Shaped Tree and I like it ;)

- Carolina Delgadillo, posted on FaceBook, November 8, 2011

Thanks, Max, I listened to The Heart Shaped Tree and thoroughly enjoyed it. Beautifully done. Congratulations!

- Glenda Bonin, posted on FaceBook, November 7, 2011

Your stories are delightful!

- Cathryn Wellner, posted on FaceBook, November 7, 2011

In your telling of the The Heart Shaped Tree your voice is so melodious and the story very well told. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

MyLinda Butterworth, posted on FaceBook, November 7, 2011

As we left a coffee shop, Max and I saw a young mother with her baby. Max leaned over and smiled and the baby gurgled back happily. After asking permission from the mother, Max sang "The Bug Song" to the baby. The smiles on their faces as we continued on our way speaks to Max's ability. Whether it is an audience of two or twenty or two hundred or two thousand the happiness and the joy that he leaves in his wake is truly remarkable.

- Angus Pratt. Webmaster  

"Max’s skilled speaking voice is such a perfect vehicle for conveying his stories." 

- Margaret Read MacDonald, writer, storyteller, librarian and educator, Seattle WA


mrm at margaretreadmacdonald.com

"Max was a big hit at the TALES Fort Edmonton Park Storytelling Festival in 2010 ."

- Kathy Jessup, Mother and Storyteller


kathyjessup at hotmail.com

Reprint from 10/30/2011

The Heart Shaped Tree is a lovely tale--touching, timeless and timely! Children, of all ages, will love it.

- Pippa White, Writer and Storyteller


pipcompany at aol.com

The Heart Shaped Tree - Great performance. You have a wonderful storytelling voice.

- Greg Scelsa, Children's Entertainer


Reprinted from 10/25/2011

Your Heart Shaped Tree is very noble and capturing. Sounds like a Winner!

- Noe Benitez, Musician

Reprint from 10/25/2011

"The Heart Shaped Tree" - Love it!

- Peggy Still Thompson


Reprinted from 10/25/2011

"The Heart Shaped Tree", really enjoyed it. I am a Fan !!!

- Gustavo Alarco


Reprinted from 10/24/2011

The Heart Shaped Tree: Max, you have a new fan, my man!

- Carl (TheHulk) Bartlett Jr., Jazz Musician and Saxiphone Player

Reprint from 10/24/2011

Dear Max, Thank you for sharing your heart warming story. You are a wonderful story teller and I enjoyed your music very much. My children are grown up now but I would have played this for them for sure. You will make lots of kids happy with your stories. Please keep writing. All the best, Andrew

- Andrew Melzer

andrew at pandadigital.com

Reprint from 10/23/2011

The Heart Shaped Tree - Wonderful expression in your work, congratulations! 

- Alex Otey, Producer, Songwriter

Reprint from 10/22/2011

Congratulations to Max Tell on the release of his new CD! The Heart Shaped Tree, featuring music by Doug Banner. This lovely retelling of a classic Shakespeare tale will appeal to children and adults alike!

- Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor, Mother and Stoyteller


word.binder at comcast.net

Reprinted from 10/20/2011

The Heart Shaped Tree - Nice work Max!

- Amir Biso, guitar


Reprinted from 10/19/2011

I've listened THE HEART SHAPED TREE and I liked it TOO MUCH! 

- Zamora, Musician, Grammy Nominee


Reprinted from 10/19/2011

I love your storytelling in "The Heart Shaped Tree".

- Ron Levine, Grammy Award Winner, Best Country Instrumental, 2011.
Reprinted from 10/18/2011

Truly enjoyed "The Heart Shaped Tree", Robert. You are very gifted. 

- Joan Martin

dmartin79 at cogeco.ca

Reprinted from 10/17/2011

Man I love "Born On A Shelf" what a great record!!!! You deserve to be in there!!!!

- Doc Holiday, Musician, Former Member of the Board Of Governors for The Recording Academy GRAMMY Awards

Reprinted from 10/17/2011


Max Tell, your magical story so beautifully read warms my heart! This is a story that every child should hear. It deserves to be a classic.

- Ken Waters, Retired Librarian

kengloria at dccnet.com

Max - I just wanted to let you know that when my oldest son Ashton was 7 he given a copy of Dragon with a Flagon and loved it. Well, he's now 11 years old and just the other day I went into his room to say goodnight to him, and he had it playing on his stereo! Thank you for making an impact in his life!

- Curtis

Sales Manager


curtis at wimmedia.com

Reprinted from 09/22/2011

Entertaining and outstanding! Integral to Max's performances is audience participation. Max is an energetic and flexible performer. What a pleasure to work with him.

- Kyle Kjemhus and Dustin Martin

Coordinators, Storytime in the Park

Hope, BC

storytimeinthepark at hotmail.com

Reprinted from 09/01/2011

The 2011 Money Mart Easter Seals 24 Hour Relay for Kids would not have been the same without Max Tell’s dynamic music, sound, and amazing talent! 

- Amy Kleckner, Events Coordinator

British Columbia Lions Society for Children with Disabilities Easter Seals 

akleckner at lionsbc.ca


The kids just love you.

- Barry Leinbach, Program Coordinator

Kitsilano Showboat


kitsilanoshowboat at hotmail.com

Reprinted from 07/07/2011

Thanks so much for your performance at the 2011 Scandinavian Midsummer Festival. It's been a pleasure to work with you. Your performance added a ray of sunshine to our drizzly festival day, and I could see that the children and their parents really got into the "Max Tell spirit" of fun and imagination!

- Judith Anderson, Program Coordinator

Scandinavian Midsummer Festival


judithanderson at shaw.ca

Reprinted from 06/28/2011

The Heart Shaped Tree - "What a beautiful story Max - it should be a classic literary tale. I was entranced throughout and thrilled with the ending! Wonderful presentation and voice." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMzKgRz8-60

- Heartofstory4U

Reprint from 06/26/2011

Barnabus the Fishie in Kansas, "i love this."


- Gabrielle 

Reprint from 06/26/2011

The Heart Shaped Tree - You told us that story at our school, it was awesome!

- Clara, student

Reprinted from 06/02/2011

Max Tell was terrific with the preschool audience at the Surrey Children's Festival. His playful songs and warm personality was just right.

- Ginny

vpaho at surrey.ca

reprint from 06/02/2011

Max Tell Rocks.... We wish all the best to you!

- Todd (Captain Jelly Bean) DeJarnatt

jellybeanradio at yahoo.com

Reprint from 06/02/2011

Max has a magical way with verse and with stories. He appeals to adults and children alike, and seems happily in touch with his inner child..thank you Max you always make me smile..

- Steph-N

adoremouse1 at  yahoo.co.uk

Reprint from 06/01/2011


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