JUNO nominee Will Stroet, the star of the TV series Will’s Jams on CBC Kids and Kidoodle.TV, 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 leave from teaching to pursue music full time and has never looked back. Over the years, Will has performed more than 1,500 shows at major festivals, schools and theatres across Canada and in China. He has garnered national recognition for his six albums in English and French including a 2017 JUNO nomination for his latest album, “Wordplay,” six WCMA nominations, two from the CFMA and two from the Sirius XM Indies. In 2015, UBC’s Faculty of Education honoured Will in their top 100 Alumni awards. In addition to being a devoted 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 amongst BC’s young people.
Will Stroet and The Backyard Band
Catchy and kinetic, Will Stroet and his Backyard Band perform a high-energy show in English and/or 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.
Will’s Jams Live
The Will’s Jams Live show is a new interactive multimedia show integrating video content from his TV series with live music by the Backyard Band, features lots of sing-along fan favourites from the series. The show first premiered in China in July 2017 as an engaging way to teach the English language to Chinese children and will be on tour in China in July 2018 again. The aim of the show is to teach children English vocabulary in a fun and engaging way by exploring the themes of creativity, art and imagination, reading and literacy, sports and sportsmanship, and respect for people, animals and the planet.