WILL'S JAMS

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Bio

Will Stroet of Will's Jams is a JUNO-, WCMA- and CFMA-nominated musician, CBC Kids, Universal Kids and Kidoodle TV star, educator and dad, well loved for his original rock, folk, and blues music with witty wordplay and catchy choruses. For more than a decade, Will's been entertaining kids through his bilingual music in English and French, inspiring them to be active, healthy, creative and engaged in the world. Will's 10th album, Rocks and Roots,”nominated for a 2020 CFMA, is a celebration of nature, trying new things and going on outdoor adventures. It's a masterpiece of creativity and fun, further cementing Will as the ultimate star of children’s rock 'n' roll. Will premiered his kids' symphony show with Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and is now working on touring show with other orchestras across Canada.

Will first discovered his talent for writing kids music while completing his education degree at the University of B.C. After releasing his first album in 2005 and playing hundreds of shows around Vancouver, Will knew he had found his calling. In 2009, he took leave from teaching to pursue music full time and has never looked back. Over the years, Will has performed nearly 2,000 shows across Canada and in China in theatres, festivals and schools, and garnered national recognition for his English and French albums, including  a 2017 JUNO nomination, six Western Canadian Music Award nominations, two from the Canadian Folk Music Awards and two from the Sirius XM Indies. In 2015, UBC’s Faculty of Education honoured Will in their top 100 Alumni awards, along with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. 

Show descriptions


Will's Jams - Rocks & Roots - Virtual or Live concert

JUNO nominee and CBC Kids star Will's Jams performs interactive rock and pop songs with witty wordplay and catchy choruses. Kids and their parents will be cheering for libraries, loving their bikes and rallying for vegetables – all while they’re on their feet and dancing away. Will's 10th album, Rocks and Roots,”nominated for a 2020 CFMA, is a celebration of nature, trying new things and going on outdoor adventures. It's a masterpiece of creativity and fun, further cementing Will as the ultimate star of children’s rock 'n' roll. Get ready for the mosh pit kids!

Will's Jams Live (multimedia show)

The Will’s Jams Live show is an interactive multimedia experience based on the hit TV series on CBC Kids.  Will and his band perform their live musical show integrated with video projection and a live camera. The show features lots of sing-along fan favourites and first premiered in China in July 2017 as an engaging way to teach English vocabulary and is now on tour in Canada. 

Ages: 1-8 years old

Tech requirements: This show is best suited for theatres with video projection capabilities.

Languages: English with titles or English with Chinese titles

Number of people: 3 musicians (guitar, drum and bass) plus a tech

 Will’s Jams Symphony Show

 Will’s Jams kids’ symphony show features Will’s most popular hits as seen on CBC Kids and Universal Kids television. Kids will be dancing in their seats to catchy songs about reading, hygiene, animals and nature with colourful orchestral arrangements and sing-along choruses. They will also be introduced to excerpts from popular classical pieces, such as The Barber of Seville and Flight of the Bumblebee, which thematically tie into Will’s folk, pop and rock songs.

 

Duration: 55 minutes

Orchestra size: charts modified for small, mid-size and large orchestras

Languages: English or multilingual (Half French & English with some Mandarin or Spanish)

Set list, condensed score and video available upon request

School Shows

Will's Jams Virtual Concert - Just Imagine 

Will is now offering schools a customized solo livestream concert in English, French or both languages. Schools/classes have the option of creating their own setlist of their favourite Will’s Jams songs from his nationally acclaimed albums in English and French. Over the past decade touring schools, Will has developed a top-notch school show with audience participation, witty wordplay, sign language and catchy sing-along choruses. Will’s original music explores the themes of literacy, imagination and creativity, and living a healthy and active lifestyle, which ties into BC’s school curriculum.The concert also includes a 15-minute Q & A session on Teams or Zoom where students can ask Will questions about his music, songwriting process or tips for how to write your own songs.


Grade Suitability: K–7

Duration: 45 mins. + 15-minute Q&A

Tech requirements: Computer and access to stream concert on Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet or YouTube.

Fee: Inquire for free

Virtual School Songwriting Project

For the 2020-2021 school year, Will is offering virtual songwriting sessions via Zoom or Teams facilitated by a teacher.  He has worked with many French immersion and English schools in BC to collaboratively write a new school song embodying the school's values, which includes a mobile recording session set up in the school with the students to create an MP3. The school will receive the lyrics, two MP3s (one instrumental and one with vocal tracks) along with two Karaoke-style video files with lyrics so students and staff can play the video to help guide them in signing their new school song during assemblies. Inquire for samples. View the video of L'ecole Bilingue's school song project written virtually through Zoom sessions in April 2020 .

Hootenanny: A Folk Song Sing-Along

The hootenanny is a folk music party – a chance to share songs and sing together. Join bilingual singer-songwriters Will Stroet of Will’s Jams and Jessica Mai on an interactive musical journey celebrating folk icons such as Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Stan Rogers, Bob Dylan, Peter Paul and Mary, Woody Guthrie, as well as some French Canadian folk songs. Students will share in the joy of singing by learning the choruses of these beloved folk songs, while also learning about the artists and the stories behind their songs, the song-writing process and the many styles that make up the folk cannon. Will and Jess will also perform some of their original songs inspired by these folk legends. Students will leave inspired to sing and even, perhaps, become songwriters themselves.

Learn more here.

Grade Suitability: K - 7

Duration:  60 mins

Capacity: 500 students

Tech requirements: Access to power outlet, swept stage or room on gym floor. Artist brings own PA and instruments.

Fee: Inquire for free

Ready Set Learn Program

Will is repeatedly booked by the Richmond, Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Abbotsford, Delta, Burnaby, Coquitlam and Fort St. John school districts for the B.C. Ministry of Education's Ready, Set, Learn program intended for families and their three- to five-year-old children. These events are hosted by schools often in the late winter and early spring and offers parents information about how to support a young child’s early learning and development. It also develops positive connections between families, the school system and local community agencies. Will is hired to perform a solo or band concert at these events.​


Ages: Preschoolers and their parents/caregivers

Duration: 30-40 mins.

Number of people: 1

Tech requirements: Access to power outlet, swept stage or room on gym floor. Artist brings own PA and instruments.

Fee: Inquire for free

 

Folk Songwriting Workshops

As a former music teacher who has been leading songwriting workshops for children across Canada and in China, Will has developed a fun and effective method to harness children’s creativity in writing songs. His interactive workshops involve critical thinking, creative writing, call and response, actions, presentation skills and performance opportunities. Will teaches students about the basics of songwriting including: lyric, chorus and verse composition; rhythm and rhyme schemes; and melody and harmony. By the end of the session, students will have collaboratively composed a song that is performance ready. The song topic can be tied to any curricular theme. If the Hootenanny show is booked with a workshop, Will and Jessica Mai can lead a half-day songwriting workshop followed by the show in the afternoon. Get in touch to discuss a customized songwriting residency.

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Will’s Jams brings authentic family friendly music to CBC Kids and is a fan favourite on TV, online and at our events.

Marie McCann, Senior Director of Children’s Content , CBC Kids

I have booked Will Stroet and his Backyard Band for several family events and festivals, including the Whistler Children’s Festival and the Vancouver International Children’s Festival over the past 10 years. Drawing from his own experiences, Will creates songs and stories that entertain the whole family with his highly participatory concerts. He weaves imaginative wordplay with great melodies all to great effect. He is hugely entertaining and engages children on so many levels, from great action songs to thoughtful environmental issues ballads. There seems to be something for everyone, from the many parents who are always tapping to the tunes, to the youngest of the little ones. Will is very impressive! It would be hard to recommend a more energetic, extremely talented, and entertaining children’s performer.

Lucie Lareau, Vancouver Arts Programmer

 

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