When I was a kid, I grew up watching shows on CBC in the morning. My favourites were Mr. Dressup, Fred Penner’s Place and even The Friendly Giant. All of these shows had a major impact on me at a very young age – inspiring an interest in the arts, music, literacy, creativity and many other things. Now as a parent, children’s musician and educator, I look back at those TV personalities with the utmost respect. They did an incredible job teaching values about friendship, sharing, and imagination that remain important for all of us throughout our lives.
I love CBC’s children’s programming because it has always been, and continues to be, educational, infused with the arts and fundamentally Canadian.
On May 20, my videos, Will’s Jams, will start airing on Kids’ CBC —first on Mondays (around 10:50 am), Wednesdays (around 8:25 am) and Fridays (around 9:20 am) and then every day once our second series is complete. Kim and I have worked incredibly hard, along with our friends and partners, Cam and Kat Hayduk from Turtlebox Productions, to make this dream a reality. I can barely contain my excitement. To see myself on Kids’ CBC, the home of these iconic Canadian personalities, will be a bit of a surreal experience. All I can hope is that one day I might have the same effect on young kids that Ernie, Fred and Bob had on me.
In celebration of the launch of Will’s Jams on Kids’ CBC, we are teaming up with Vancouver Mom to host the #willsjams tweet up at my concert with the Backyard Band at UBC Alumni Weekend on May 25. Read more here.