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This summer, Author Erin Hernden presents Volume 2 Wish to Believe for children and young people aged 5 – 17 years.  Volume 2 features two story-plays, a puppet play and two original poems for narrated black light presentation or tableaux.  In Toad Omnipotent, we meet  28 characters from Northern Ontario’s forests, swamps and lakes.  They are simultaneously  wise, silly, amusing and steadfast.  The cast of characters  include Toad Omnipotent, Versifier Jones, Grammie Girl Squirrel, Little Grandma Willahue and The Unpleasant Pheasant.  The plays  can be read as storybooks by individual children; acted out for fun in a child’s home and produced as full plays by classrooms or school theatre groups.  The enchanting  audio version is a delight to listen to as the words are read or as a standalone audio book.  The e-book version is illustrated by the author using backgrounds based on pictures of the fauna, flora and lakes of Northern Ontario.  WeeWideVoice is excited to offer this volume in 2021.


Ellie and Sammie Churchmouse and the Sissy Seasons of Song ~ Recoloured and Sassied Up by author Erin Hernden is now free on this site.

Click on purchase and it will bring you to the links for the free audio book and lullabies, plus the free PDF book.

The children’s book, for ages two to ten, features two little comical churchmice, Ellie and Sammie, as they come to terms with each other and a surprising love of music.  Many of the characters’ attributes are based on the author’s experiences growing up; plus her observations of her family – attributes such as Ellie’s shyness.   Ellie and Sammie’s musical abilities are founded in the talents of soprano Kathleen Radke and musician Michael Connell.

The project was made possible entirely through the talents of family members.  Some sound effects and all the singing were recorded in Sault Ste. Marie; and the narration, final sound effects and final production at Mosaic Studio in the summer of 2012, with a successful launch of printed books and audio CDs in November of the same year.

Michael Connell provides sound effects along with Richard McFarlane of Mosaic Music.  Kathleen Radke sings four lullabies – including an original composition by Michael.   Kathleen also performs Ellie’s delightful mousie opera voice.  Erin Hernden paints the story through her narration, voicing each character as they take the stage on the page.   The entire collection of churchmice and friends are drawn by Don Hernden.

The audio lasts approximately 40 minutes.  It is a humorous, colourful tale of a world for children to enter as they listen while reading along.   The sound effects, music and unexpected ending introduce children to music, encouraging them to sing and play an instrument.  Enjoy!

Hernden’s Book Prepped for World-wide Sale



Published on January 8, 2017

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Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald    @josefjacobson89 • josef.jacobson@paherald.sk.ca

Published on November 09, 2016

Ontario children’s writer journeys to Prince Albert to record first audiobook

In 2011 Erin Hernden travelled to Prince Albert to visit family, take in the sights and record her first audiobook.


Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.-based writer Erin Hernden (left) recorded her first audiobook, Ellie and Sammie Churchmouse and the Sissy Seasons of Song, in Prince Albert five years ago. It is now available on her website. Her husband Don (right) provided illustrations.

The Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.-based writer had been working on her children’s book, Ellie and Sammie Churchmouse and the Sissy Seasons of Song, on-and-off for the past seven years, with her husband Don contributing illustrations. Once the story was finished, Hernden recorded herself reading the book, thought to herself, “This reads well,” and decided to enlist the help of some musical family members to bring the text to life. This month the final product was finally made available on Hernden’s website, weewidevoice.ca.

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Bach: Motets

Singet dem Herrn, BWV 225
Der Geist hilft, BWV 226
Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227
Fürchte dich nicht, BWV 228
Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229
Lobet den Herrn, BWV 230
Ottawa Bach Choir
Lisette Canton, conductor
The choir will record this music for its 8th CD. ​
OBC Digital Concert Hall



Wow! We are so honoured to be this year’s recipient of the Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral! Congratulations to all nominees! Huge thanks to The JUNO Awards and to so many who made this recording possible: ATMA Classique, Johanne Goyette; Carl Talbot, recording engineer; Founder and Artistic Director Lisette Canton; Ensemble Caprice, Matthias Maute, director; soloists Daniel Taylor, countertenor; Kathleen Hernden Radke, soprano; Kayla Ruiz, soprano; Danielle Alison Vaillancourt, alto; Jeff Boyd, tenor; Jean-Sébastien Kennedy, bass; Matthew Larkin, continuo; all of the choristers of the OBC that contributed to this CD.


‘Dixit Dominus’ – Handel
‘Komm Jesu, komm’ – Bach
‘Cantiones Sacrae’ – Schütz

On the ATMA Classique label

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European Tour
Ottawa Bach Choir
Lisette Canton, conductor
Concerts throughout Germany
Including the International Bachfest Leipzig 2022

Ottawa Bach Choir

Latest CD is now available.   Reviews Noted Below

“staggering and movingly performed” ~Gramophone Magazine….
this new one is among the very best” ~American Record Guide
“thrilling performances of…Handel, Bach and Schütz”

~The WholeNote~Soprano Kathleen Radke maintains a wonderfully relaxed vocal line through the execution of elaborate lines in Tecum principium in die virtutis and later she and Kayla Ruiz create enchanting chemistry in the soaring duet De torrente in via bibet.

Kathleen is one of the featured soloists on the Ottawa Bach Choir’s recent  Christmas CD ‘TWAS BUT PURE LOVE Christmas CD,  Lisette Canton, conductor and the soprano soloist on the choir’s previous exceedingly popular A CHRISTMAS STORY with harpist Caroline Léonardelli, the women of the Ottawa Bach Choir, Lisette Canton, conductor; and soloist on the OBC’s Cantate Domino CD in the exquisite Beatus Vir  and Lux Aurumque. 

Kathleen is also the voice of Tosca in the computer animated short “Vissi d’arte”.  Sponsored by Bravofact/NFB and created by Black Cherry Digital Media, the animated short has been shown on Bravo TV and at festivals in Ottawa, Italy and Japan.

“Soprano Kathleen Radke sang the solo cantata Jauchzet  Gott in allen  Landen, BWV 51  beautifully.  She has such a smooth and lovely voice that it would have been worth going  to the concert just  to hear her… she’s got what it takes. Richard Todd, music critic, Ottawa Citizen

Visit Kathleen’s internet site

Author Launches Audio Book on WeeWideVoice

Erin Hernden                                 Erin Hernden, Author & Narrator           

WeeWideVoice offers the audio version of Erin Hernden’s children’s story, Ellie and Sammie Churchmouse and the Sissy Seasons of Song, on its web site weewidevoice.ca.

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The children’s book,  for ages two to ten,  features two little churchmice, Ellie and Sammie, as they come to terms with each other and a surprising love of music.  Ellie and Sammie’s musical abilities are based on the talents of  soprano Kathleen Radke and musician Michael Connell.  For more news on the children’s story and all the folks involved in its production, please go to weewidevoice.ca.  You will see that it is indeed a family affair.

The audio book, with sound effects and music, was  produced by Prince Albert, Saskatchewan’s award winning musician and producer, Rich McFarlane at his Mosaic Music Studio.  Sound effects were provided by the virtuosity and inventiveness of both McFarlane and Connell; Ellie’s mousie opera voice is sung by Radke.  Their collective talents combined for a lively and entertaining recorded story.

In the  audio version, soprano Kathleen Radke sings an original lullaby composed by Michael Connell.   Kathleen and Michael grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and first performed music together at the ages   of eight and five.  Their lifelong love of music began as they sang as trebles in St. Luke’s Cathedral Choir.  St. Luke’s is the Anglican cathedral in the Sault.

Erin Hernden, the author and narrator, is pleased to announce that the printed version, illustrated by husband Don, is now available on Amazon.ca.


Erin Hernden is a writer from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario who also writes and produces drama for children, aged five to seventeen years, presented at St. Luke’s Cathedral.  Through their drama, the children raise funds in support of charities of their choice.

For more information on soprano Kathleen Radke: kathleenradke.ca

Michael Connell is an educator with the Algoma District School Board; Music Director at  Willowgrove United Church; noted photographer and continues to perform regularly with the Algoma Festival Choir and as a soloist.

For more information on Rich McFarlane – Mosaic Music Studio: mosaicmusic.ca

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