About Seeka Sings
Jessica “Seeka” Holtby is a Jamaican-Canadian singer/songwriter, university lecturer of French, and mother of two little boys. Seeka has been involved in the western Canadian music scene for over 15 years, performing in English and French. In 2021, she was nominated for Children’s Artist of the Year for her debut children’s album, “Seriously Singable,” at the Western Canadian Music Awards.
Seeka's children's musical act, “Seeka Sings,” fosters diversity and early education through a blend of styles, including folk, jazz, Afro-Caribbean, and other genres. Her latest project is a lively, educational, French-English collaboration with JUNO-nominated musician Will Stroet of Will’s Jams. Their debut album, “Will et Seeka: Amis avec tout le monde,” is available as a virtual musical program for teachers and schools through Arts IQ at artsiq.ca/willetseeka. Will et Seeka will be premiering their bilingual live show at Festival du bois. For more about Seeka and her music, visit www.seekasings.com.
Seeka Sings: Culturally diverse and educational music for kids
“Seeka Sings” is a cheerful, interactive experience that explores culture, genre, rhythm, and the English and French languages. Seeka’s songs are infused with jazz, folk, Afro-Caribbean sounds, and other vibes, and are designed to teach a variety of concepts related to language and motor skills, social-emotional learning, and diversity.
With her band of skilled musicians from various backgrounds, Seeka draws the audience into the show through actions, call and response, storytelling, and teaching moments. Song topics include positive affirmations, traditions, food, times of day, grammar, movement, self-love, and anti-racism.
Format: This concert is available in English with some French, or as a bilingual show.
Band: 4-piece band (vocals, guitar, bass, percussion)
Show length: 45 min.
Age: Preschool-grade 5
Will et Seeka
Will et Seeka — of Will’s Jams and Seeka Sings — are nationally recognized musicians and educators who both have a passion for music, languages, and childhood education. Their shared understanding of the power of music in teaching languages brought these two songwriters and parents together during the pandemic to create fun, unique, and relevant musical resources to support French and English language learning. Born into families of educators and musicians, music has been instrumental in helping both artists become fluent in French as their second language. They are excited to share their upbeat and educational bilingual music for kids with families and educators around the world, with their debut album, "Will et Seeka: Amis avec tout le monde.”
Teachers and schools can subscribe to their virtual musical program on Arts IQ at artsiq.ca/willetseeka.