Languages: English, French or French Bilingual
As a bilingual songwriter, performer, educator and CBC Kids' TV personality, Will Stroet from Will's Jams shares his passion for music, languages and education with children across Canada and internationally. Since transitioning from teaching French immersion music in 2009, to a career as a full-time musician, Will has toured more than 1,800 shows to enthusiastic children at schools, theatres and festivals in Canada and China. Nominations include a 2017 JUNO, six from the Western Canadian Music Awards and two from the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Will also leads music integration workshops for teachers and songwriting workshops for students in English and French.
Will has great energy! You can tell he loves what he's doing. The kids pick up on that and are keen to join in singing and doing actions. He is the best performer I have ever in an elementary school because the kids were so engaged. Meredith Fenton, vice-principal, West Vancouver
Will put on an amazing show. The kids were moving, singing and fully engaged the whole time! His mix of both French and English lyrics worked perfectly for our French immersion school and it was done seamlessly! Will is a true performer and I would happily welcome him to perform at any school. Heather Cairns, Toronto principal
Will's songs are really fun and have huge appeal for both children and adults. He has an excellent presence in front of an audience. Our students knew a number of the songs before the concert and were thrilled to join in the singing or dancing. What a positive experience for all! We had a wonderful time! Susan Mirhady, kindergarten teacher, Vancouver
Grade Suitability: K - 7
Duration: 50 mins.
Tech Requirements: Artist provides own sound equipment and sets it up prior to the show.
Fee Range: $895 - $1,095 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
Just Imagine is a multilingual show in English and French (with some Mandarin) featuring Will's most popular educational songs for students from his nationally-acclaimed albums. His show will feature some songs from his new album, "Rocks & Roots." Over the past decade touring schools, Will has developed a top-notch school show with audience participation, witty wordplay, sign language and catchy sing-along choruses. Will's original music explores the themes of literacy, imagination and creativity, trying new things and living a healthy and active lifestyle, which ties into B.C.'s new integrated curriculum. Students and teachers will be inspired to join along in the actions, singing and dancing during this interactive musical show.
Grade Suitability: K- 7
Duration: Half-Day to Multi Day
Capacity: 30 kids per session
Fee Range: $1045 - $1245 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
As a former French immersion music teacher, Will understands how to work effectively with students and offers interactive songwriting workshops that involve critical thinking, creative writing, call and response, actions, presentation skills and performance opportunities for their peers and/or parents. Will teaches students about the basics of songwriting including: lyric, chorus and verse composition, rhythm and rhyme schemes, melody, as well as other song structures (blues, folk, pop). Students will collaboratively compose a song with Will. Every workshop follows a learning structure and provides room for flexibility, play, and creativity, as per the interests and strengths of the class or school. The song topic can be tied to any curricular theme. In a full day, Will can work with 2 classes (20-30 students), each getting a morning and afternoon session. Duration and number of sessions to be determined between artist and school.