<!-- Image with unknown copyright status removed: -->Al Simmons
is a Canadian
children's performer from Winnipeg
. He began performing in the 1970s and later made guest appearances on Fred Penner
's television show as well as Sesame Street
. He tours regularly across Canada
and the United States
. He has recorded numerous albums for children and won a Juno Award
Simmons worked as a gas jockey
before becoming an entertainer. He started performing in amateur shows and volunteering his services for benefit concerts. He formed a comedy/rock band called Out to Lunch and then a comedy/folk band, Kornstalk, before venturing out on his own again as a musician and prop comic
. His best known act was the Human Juke Box: “two bits a laff.”
Simmons has released three CDs, "Something’s Fishy at Camp Wiganishie," "Celery Stalks at Midnight," and "The Truck I Bought From Moe," each of which won Parents’ Choice honours and were nominated for Juno awards. "Celery Stalks," an ode to vaudeville, won the 1995 Juno Award for Best Children’s Album. His illustrated children's book “Counting Feathers” was short-listed for the McNally-Robinson Book of the Year in 1997. He received a Cable Ace Award nomination for his music video “I Collect Rocks,” which is also the title track of his DVD.
Al married Barbara Freundl in 1976. They have three sons, Karl, Will, and Brad.