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2017 JUNO nominee Will Stroet, the star of the TV series Will’s Jams on CBC Kids, inspires kids to be active, healthy, creative and engaged in the world through educational music in English and French. 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 a leave from teaching to pursue music full time and has never looked back. Performing more than 1,500 shows at major festivals, schools and theatres across Canada, Will has released six albums in English and French. In addition to his 2017 JUNO nod for his latest album, “Wordplay,” Will has received five WCMA nominations for best children’s and Francophone recording, as well as two CFMA nominations. In 2015, UBC’s Faculty of Education honoured Will in their top 100 Alumni awards. In addition to being a dad of two girls, Will is passionate about his work as an artist, educator and board member with ArtStarts in Schools, which supports art and creativity in BC’s young people.
Catchy and kinetic, Will Stroet and his Backyard Band perform a high-energy show in English and French with fun actions and sing-along choruses. Kids will be cheering for libraries, loving their bikes and rallying for vegetables – all while they’re on their feet and dancing away. Will’s original rock, pop and blues-based songs are about imagination, reading and literacy, sports and sportsmanship, art, road safety and living an active lifestyle. His clever new album “Wordplay,” will have kids chuckling and singing along to funny puns, spoonerisms, anagrams, palindromes, rap and poetry.
“The reception from Canadian kids and their families has been so positive. There is a reason that children and parents find Will’s music so appealing. Aside from being creative and hugely entertaining, his songs also deliver important educational messages to children that help them in their daily lives and in their development.”
– Lynn Oldershaw, PHD, Executive in-charge of Production, Preschool Programming, Kids’ CBC
“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