Languages: English, French or French Bilingual
JUNO-nominated bilingual singer-songwriter and CBC Kids star, Will Stroet of Will's Jams shares his passion for music, languages and education with children across the country. Since transitioning from teaching to music full time, Will has performed over 2,000 shows in schools, theatres and festivals in Canada and China. In addition to his popular English, French and bilingual school shows of original music, Will leads songwriting workshops and has also created a new show called "Hootenanny: A Folk Song Sing-Along" with singer-songwriter Jessica Mai.
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
NEW SHOW available for 2020-21 School Year: "Hootenannay: A Folk Song Sing-Along"
Grade Suitability: K- 7
Capacity: 2-5 classes
Tech Requirements: whiteboard and markers
Fee Range: $895 - $1045 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
As a former music teacher who has been leading songwriting workshops for children across Canada and in China, Will has developed a fun and effective method to harness children's creativity in writing songs. His interactive workshops involve critical thinking, creative writing, call and response, actions, presentation skills and performance opportunities. Will teaches students about the basics of songwriting including: lyric, chorus and verse composition; rhythm and rhyme schemes; and melody. By the end of the session, students will have collaboratively composed a folk song that is performance ready. The song topic can be tied to any curricular theme. If the Hootenanny show is booked in conjunction with a workshop, Will and Jessica Mai can lead a half-day songwriting workshop together followed by the show in the afternoon. The duration, number of sessions and classes can be determined between the artist and school. Inquire with artist about full-day or multiple-day workshops.
Grade Suitability: K-7
Duration: 60 mins.
Tech Requirements: electrical outlet, video projector and screen, AV cart
Fee Range: $895-$1045 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
"The hootenanny is to folk, what the jam session is to jazz." --Joan Baez The hootenanny is a folk music party -- a chance to share songs and sing together. Join bilingual singer-songwriters Will Stroet and Jessica Mai on an interactive musical journey celebrating folk icons such as Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Stan Rogers, Bob Dylan, Peter Paul and Mary, Woody Guthrie, as well as some French Canadian folk songs. Students will share in the joy of singing by learning the choruses, while also learning about the artists and the stories behind their songs, the song-writing process and the many styles that make up the folk cannon. Will and Jess will also perform some of their original songs inspired by these folk legends. Students will leave inspired to sing and even, perhaps, become songwriters themselves.
Grade Suitability: K - 7
Duration: 50 mins.
Tech Requirements: Access to an electrical outlet; 1 table; perform on school stage or floor
Fee Range: $895 - $1,045 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
Just Imagine is an English, French or bilingual show (with some Mandarin) featuring Will's most popular educational songs for students from his 10 nationally acclaimed albums. His show also features songs from his 2020 CFMA-nominated album, "Rocks & Roots," as well as music from his CBC Kids TV series. Over the past decade touring schools, Will has developed a top-notch school show with active audience participation, witty wordplay, sign language and catchy sing-along choruses. His 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.