Environmental Educator and Performer, Remy Rodden doesn't just represent diversity, he represents bio-diversity! He's a clever and quirky songwriter, deeply concerned about the environment, and his wholly entertaining show ignites both the young and the young at heart. Remy's music spans genres; from folk to Celtic to relaxed reggae and jazzy swing, and even languages; both English and French are incorporated into his songs. A rich baritone voice delivers the messages expressed, which are largely driven by his penchant for all things ecological, while some wander the landscape of the human geography. So watch out! While you're being entertained by the fun/profound music of Remy Rodden, you might just learn something!
Remy has released two albums, the not-for-kids-only Think About The Planet recording in 1997, and 2011's In The Hills which is more tailored to the older learners and listeners with gems like "Woman with a Chainsaw" and "Suffering Optional". Rodden has taken his music from sea to sea in Canada and to all the continents, including a couple of trips to Antarctica! He's headlined with Juno winner Peter Lenton, and performed at many schools, festivals, conferences and special events, including Winterlude (Ottawa), the Mayor's Environment Expo in Calgary, Frostbite Music Festival and Dawson City Music Festival to name a few.
Remy Rodden has also been honored by having his song "What's That, Habitat?" chosen to be part of United Nations music compilation to celebrate the Earth Charter and participating in the Yukon Journey millennium project of the Yukon Arts Center with performing artists from all over Canada. While music is a passion and a vehicle for Remy Rodden, he also spends his days working as a professional environmental educator and trained teacher in the Yukon, a home he has enjoyed for over a quarter century with his family.
Here a some of the cool projects Remy has been involved in over the years:
- Co-writing a song in French with Selkirk School teacher Nicole Doré and her grade 1-2 French immersion class… and performing songs together in several venues in Whitehorse.
- Sabbatical in Ontario and cross-country tour from Ontario to BC in January 2017, multiple schools, house concerts and café venues; over 20 shows.
- Appearances in Arts in the Park in most of the years it has been running, including the Heritage Sessions where I wrote a song inspired by Jim Robb’s paintings and work.
- Headlining eco-performer at Calgary’s Mayor’s Environmental Expo annually since 2010, including soft-seat theatre, hospital and in-school performances (video cameo).
- On-board musician/educator on Leg 12 of the Canada 150 C3 expedition from Toronto to Victoria, with performances in remote Alaskan communities; hosted Facebook live event direct from Herschel Island, Yukon.
- Founder of the "songs for environmental education" online community.
- On-board musician/educator with Students on Ice foundation, three expeditions to the Antarctic and Arctic; led songwriting workshops and singing sessions with youth.
- Co-presenter of Green Teacher magazine webinar on “Inspiring Deeper Learning Through Music”, and interviewee on “Singing for Science” podcast.
- Creation of original radio jingles and public service announcements in English and French for Canadian National Wildlife Week festivities, for over a decade.
- Innumerable Yukon performances in schools as part of my day job, and for special events run by the Yukon Literacy Council, Fireweed Market Society, Yukon Development Education Centre, Yukon Nature Network, Yukon College, and many more…
- One of the subjects of Master's thesis on finalists in the Suzuki CBC Radio 3 Playlist for the Planet; featured on compilation album with Bruce Cockburn, Gordon Lightfoot and others.
- Working with Green Party leader Elizabeth May MP on the Woman With A Chainsaw video.
- Launch of the City of Calgary’s ecological footprint initiative.
- Anchoring the first annual Nature in Mind Arts Festival in Lethbridge, Alberta.
- Closing ceremonies of the 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse.
- Part of “Yukon Journey” millennium project of the Yukon Arts Centre with performing artists from all over Canada, ending with a commission for creative new work.
- Performances at annual conferences of the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communications (EECOM) ... the North American Association for Environmental Education ... the Alaska Natural Resources and Outdoor Education Council ... Interpretation Canada …Coastal Zone Canada… and many others…
- Representing the Yukon at Ottawa’s annual Winterlude event.
- Fine Yukon music festivals: Frostbite, Dawson City Music Fest and Alsek.