WILL'S JAMS

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Bio

Will Stroet of Will's Jams is a JUNO-nominated musician, nationally recognized educator and former CBC Kids TV star. His high-energy rock-pop music in English and French is full of witty wordplay and sing-along choruses, inspiring kids to be active, creative, caring and community-minded.  ​


Will discovered his talent for writing kids music while completing his bachelor or Education at UBC. After releasing his first album in 2005 and performing 100 shows locally, Will knew he had found his calling. In 2009, he left teaching to pursue music full time and has never looked back. To date, Will has performed 2000+ shows at festivals, theatres and schools across Canada and China.

 

Most recently, he premiered his kids' symphony orchestra show with the WSO and with the VSO’s TheConcertHall.ca. Will’s also created a new online educational platform, Wordplay with Will | Chanter avec Will, which teaches kids English and French through his music and arts-integrated activities. This platform is being piloted with several school districts in B.C. to enhance English and French classroom instruction.

 

Will’s 10 albums in English and French have garnered national acclaim, including a 2017 JUNO nomination, 7 nominations from the Western Canadian Music Awards, 3 from the Canadian Folk Music Awards and 2 from the SiriusXM Indies. In 2015, UBC’s Faculty of Education honoured Will in their top 100 Alumni awards

Show descriptions

Will's Jams - Livestream or in-person

JUNO nominee Will Stroet of Will's Jams, as seen on CBC Kids and Universal Kids TV,  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.

During the pandemic, organizations can book Will for virtual concerts for live-streaming on Facebook or YouTube. We are set up to operate our own professional livestreams from a home studio with a professional audio and video equipment streamed through the OBS platform (Open Broadcasting System). Please contact bookings@pebblestarartists.com to discuss your virtual event with us.​

 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

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School Shows

Wordplay with Will | Chanter avec Will Virtual Concerts 

Over the past decade touring schools, Will Stroet 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 Canadian school curriculum. During the pandemic, Will is offering schools the opportunity to license professionally pre-recorded English, bilingual and French concerts with his band that may be viewed anytime for the duration of the school year. 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.

 

School districts can inquire for discounted pricing and the opportunity for Will's virtual concerts  to be delivered through a customized  Wordplay with Will | Chanter avec Will online educational platform to enhance student's language learning through his music and arts-integrated lessons.  


Grade Suitability: K–7

Duration: 40 mins. + 15-minute Q&A

Tech requirements: Computer access to view Vimeo video link. Q&A can be done on Zoom or Teams. 

Fee: Inquire for fees. Discount pricing for school districtwide licensing and access for teachers to use Wordplay with Will | Chanter ave Will platform in their classrooms

School Songwriting Sessions – In-Person


As a former French immersion music teacher and performer in elementary schools, Will understands how to work effectively with students and offers interactive songwriting workshops that involve critical thinking, creative writing, call and response, actions, presentation skills and performance opportunities for their peers and/or parents. Will teaches students about the basics of songwriting including: lyric, chorus and verse composition, rhythm and rhyme schemes, melody, as well as other song structures (for blues, folk, pop). Students will collaboratively compose a song with Will that will be ready to perform in a final concert. Every workshop follows a learning structure and provides room for flexibility, play, and creativity, as per the interests and strengths of the class or school. The song topic can be tied to any curricular theme. The workshop duration and number of sessions is flexible and can be determined between the school and artist depending on the number of students and classes involved. Please email us at bookings@pebblestarartists.com to discuss specific details. Download workshop information sheet

School Songwriting Sessions – Virtual


During the pandemic, 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 .

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Wordplay with Will | Chanter avec Will - School  & District Licensing

Will Stroet, a former French Immersion teacher, has developed an innovative, cross-curricular, multimodal online learning system called Wordplay with Will | Chanter avec Will specifically designed for elementary school French Immersion, Core French and English teachers. Through his engaging music and other interactive activities, this online educational platform with short video lessons integrates many areas of the Canadian school curriculum and can easily be used to support teachers' classroom instruction. For school districts interested in licensing this platform, he offers a customized webpage with access to his pre-recorded concerts, in addition to access to all his courses in Wordplay with Will | Chanter avec Will.  Inquire for pricing for district-wide licensing today by contacting Kim at  bookings@pebblestarartists.com.

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 fee

 

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TESTIMONIALS

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