For Immediate Release
November 8, 2010
Two-time WCMA nominee Will Stroet to release rockin’ new kids’ CD
Concerts in Vancouver and Northern B.C.
(Vancouver, B.C.) – Bilingual children’s musician Will Stroet, a two-time Western Canadian Music Award nominee, will be releasing his new CD, “Walk ‘n’ Roll,” at two concerts on November 21 in Vancouver and on November 27 in Smithers. Following the Vancouver concert, Will and The Backyard Band will be on an 11-show tour in Northern B.C. from November 24-30.
Partial proceeds from the Vancouver concert will benefit the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign to support African grandmothers raising their orphaned grandchildren. Full proceeds from the Smithers concert will benefit the Canadian Parents for French and French immersion schools in town.
As a former music teacher in Vancouver, Will easily connects with kids through high-energy, interactive and educational music in English and French. “Walk ‘n’ Roll,” includes 12 action-packed songs about themes such as reading, walking safety, sports, vegetables, animals and personal hygiene. While the topics may seem typical of kids’ music, the songwriting is clever, and refreshing with lively arrangements, appealing harmonies and, even some, face-melting electric guitar!
“Most kids today have a more sophisticated taste in music than they are given credit for. So, I use interesting rhythms, rhymes and wordplay in my songwriting to connect with kids and their parents. I try to write unique songs that deliver an educational message in a fun way,” says Will.
Will was inspired by some of the great legends of blues, rock ‘n’ roll and folk music, including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chuck Berry, Elvis and Bob Dylan, while writing this album. ICBC commissioned Will to write the title track and “Boost Me Up” to educate kids about walking and booster seat safety. These two rock ‘n’ roll – based songs, along with his previous hit, “Bike Safety Boogie,” are on the Walk’n Ride Rhymes CD, which is part of ICBC’s road safety curriculum available to B.C. teachers.
While completing his bachelor of education at UBC in 2004, Will realized he had a talent for writing kids’ music. His first CD, “Let’s All Dance,” was an experiment recorded live in a friend’s studio in Kitsilano. After selling the first 1,000 copies and receiving great reviews from his students, fellow teachers and festival organizers, Will knew he had found his calling.
He went on to record “Will et sa maman” with his mother, a highly-regarded French immersion kindergarten teacher. A popular teaching aid, this CD is still widely used by French immersion and core French teachers across B.C. to make learning French more fun.
This October, the Western Canadian Music Awards honoured Will’s latest French CD, “Dans mon jardin,” with a nomination for “Best Francophone Recording of the Year.” This follows last year’s nomination for “Best Children’s Recording” for the English version, “My Backyard.”
Since 2005, Will has performed his highly entertaining show to enthusiastic young audiences at more than 400 festivals, schools and libraries across Canada.
Tickets for the Vancouver concert at Performance Works on Granville Island on November 21 are $10 each (kids one year and under are free), and can be ordered by firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 604-727-4413.
Tickets for the Smithers concert at the Della Herman Theatre on November 27 are $8/adult, $5/child and $20/family of four, and can be ordered by calling 250-877-7737 or visiting Interior Stationery.
Both venues open the doors at 2 pm with the concerts from 2:30-3:30 pm. For a listing of upcoming shows in Northern BC and more, visit www.willmusic.ca. Watch fun music videos at www.youtube.com/willstroet.
For more information about Will, contact:
Kimberly Plumley, Publicity Mavens