Pier Stage - Saturday June 16, 2:30 pm
Family Zone Stage - Saturday June 16, 4:30 pm
About the Artist
Smilin’ Rylan plays catchy, fun and honest children’s music written in every style imaginable – loved by kids, supported by teachers and approved by parents. His live performances are described as “Enthusiastic, entertaining and energetic!” With a background in education, Smilin’ Rylan brings together universal themes, important lessons and great music in what’s been called “A winning formula!”
Smilin’ Rylan grew up in a town called Hay River way up in the Northwest Territories, but now lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He’s a multi-instrumentalist who graduated university with degrees in Music and Education. Smilin’ Rylan has been working with kids for many years. In addition to writing and performing children’s music, he coaches several sports and has taught fine arts & physical education to kids in almost every grade…he’s also a new Dad!
Smilin’ Rylan believes that quality children’s music actively engages kids, even if it’s their first time listening to it. Whether by singing along, learning dances, or doing fun movements, kids should be able to participate in a song and/or learn from it. Moms and Dads should be able to enjoy the music too! He is also a strong advocate for “saving our children from nature-deficit disorder” (Richard Louv), and believes that getting outside and using our imagination is key to a healthy mind, body and spirit. Smilin’ Rylan believes in giving back to the children that inspire him every day and is currently partnered with and supporting the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation (Saskatoon, SK) and the Smilin’ Rylen Foundation (Katy, TX, USA).