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Two-time WCMA nominee Will Stroet to perform concerts in Delta Jan. 15 & 16

Media Release
For Immediate Release
January 5, 2011

Two-time WCMA nominee Will Stroet to perform concerts in Delta Jan. 15 & 16
Sponsored by Canadian Parents for French and Delta School District

(Vancouver, B.C.) – Bilingual children’s musician Will Stroet, a two-time Western Canadian Music Award nominee, will be performing concerts with his Backyard Band at the Delta Church on January 15 and at the Genesis Theatre on January 16. Tickets are only $3 per person with show times from 1 to 2 pm. Both concerts are sponsored by the Canadian Parents for French – Delta Chapter and the Delta School District.

Will is excited for his first two public concerts of 2011 in Delta following a very successful 2010 that saw him perform more than 200 shows in Canada. Stroet will sing songs from his newly released album, “Walk ‘n’ Roll,” and previous English and French albums, two of which have been nominated for “Best Children’s Recording” and “Best Francophone Recording” by the Western Canadian Music Awards.

“We’re very excited to have Will Stroet perform these two bilingual concerts for families,” says Christine Carriou, modern-languages coordinator, Delta School District. “We’re offering something new this year to help promote French language-learning in a fun setting. And Will’s music is fresh, interactive and fun while still being educational. He has great appeal for both kids and adults.”

As a former French immersion music teacher in Vancouver, Will easily connects with kids and sings about themes such as reading, walking and bike 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 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.

Last fall, ICBC commissioned Will to write songs 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 for free to B.C. teachers.

Will’s CDs are also popular teaching aids for French immersion and core French teachers. He leads workshops for teachers about how to make learning French more fun through using music in the classroom. He is also part of BC’s ArtStarts in Schools roster and has performed his highly entertaining show to enthusiastic young audiences hundreds of festivals, schools and libraries across Canada.

The Delta School District and Canadian Parents for French – Delta Chapter are encouraging families to buy tickets in advance. Tickets are only $3 each and are available at Ecole Ladner, Ecole Cliff Drive, Ecole Richardson , Ecole Chalmers , Mc Frugals Discount Outlet (Tsawwassen) and Esquires Coffee House (North Delta). Tickets may also be reserved at the door by calling 604-952-5066 or 604-952-5058 in advance.

To learn more about Will Stroet and watch fun music videos, visit www.willmusic.ca. To learn more about Canadian Parents for French, visit www.cpf.bc.ca, and the Delta School District’s French immersion programs, visit http://web.deltasd.bc.ca/programs/curricular/french-immersion.

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For more information or to arrange for interviews, contact:

Christine Carriou
Delta School District
604-952-5066
ccarriou@deltasd.bc.ca

Kim Thé
Pebble Star Productions
604-727-4413
media@willmusic.ca