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Will Stroet and his Backyard Band

Discipline: Music
Homebase: Vancouver
Languages: English, French

Award-winning children's entertainer Will Stroet inspires kids to be active, healthy, creative and engaged in the world, through educational music in English and French. As a former music teacher, Will knows how to write engaging songs for children and has performed over 1,200 shows at schools, theatres and festivals. Along with a Kids' Music Award and West Coast Songwriters Award, Will has received multiple nominations from the Canadian Folk Music Awards, Western Canadian Music Awards and SiriusXM Indies. You can see Will on CBC Kids in his TV series, Will's Jams, airing weekday mornings.


Reviews

Will Stroet is the best performer I have ever seen in an elementary school because the kids were so engaged. Meredith Fenton, Vice-Principal, West Vancouver
There are a lot of kids' musicians in this country, but I really feel like Will's music stands out. As a former teacher, he really understands kids, so the music isn't condescending but rather respectful, empowering, educational and celebratory. Kim Wilson, Head of Children's Programming, Kids' CBC
I believe that Will is the kind of performer that will follow in the footsteps and take up the mantle of past iconic children's performers like Raffi, Fred Penner and Sharon Lois and Bram. His music and performance style has weight and character and he is on the cusp of becoming a household name. Casey Prescott, Associate Director of Producing, Banff Centre

Performances & Workshops

Wordplay (English)

Grade Suitability: K - 7
Duration: 45 mins.
Capacity: 500 students
Tech Requirements: Artist provides own sound equipment and sets it up prior to the show.
Fee Range: $760 - $1,035 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
$725.00
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$750.00
Vancouver Island Lower
$800.00
Vancouver Island Mid
$800.00
Vancouver Island North
$800.00
Interior
$850.00
North
$865.00

Will's fun and original new musical language arts show is based on his new album, Wordplay. Through his interactive music, students and teachers will be engaged in a variety of wordplay including puns, spoonerisms, anagrams, palindromes, spelling, hink pinks, synonyms/antonyms, poetry and rap. Students and teachers will leave the show inspired to create their own wordplay games and songs. An activity book that accompanies the show is also available. Will performs with a three-piece band and is also available for artist residencies. Wordplay is only available in English.

Just Imagine (French, English or Bilingual)

Grade Suitability: K - 7
Duration: 45 mins.
Capacity: 500 students
Tech Requirements: Artist provides own sound equipment and sets it up prior to the show.
Fee Range: $760 - $1,035 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
$725.00
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$750.00
Vancouver Island Lower
$800.00
Vancouver Island Mid
$800.00
Vancouver Island North
$800.00
Interior
$850.00
North
$865.00

Catchy and kinetic, Will Stroet and his Backyard Band perform a high-energy show with fun actions and sing-along choruses. Will sings original rock, pop and blues-based songs about imagination, reading and literacy, sports and sportsmanship, art, road safety and living an active lifestyle. He transforms ordinary topics into an extraordinary musical experience. Will performs with a three-piece band and also leads artist-in-residency programs and music workshops for teachers.

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