Eco-singer Remy Rodden—a bilingual, rich-voiced teacher and biologist – is committed to helping children learn about nature. He's a clever songwriter, deeply concerned about the environment, and his wholly entertaining show (both live and now more frequently online) ignites both the young and the young at heart. Remy’s target is to inspire wonder and foster responsible action with his fun and poignant curriculum-connected songs.
Remy’s many years as an adventurer, camp leader, educator and entertainer uniquely position him to delight family audiences. He draws on his experience of countless school presentations, travels and performances in all continents (yes, even Antarctica) and a wilderness life in Canada’s Yukon Territory. He has degrees in biology and environmental, outdoor, and experiential education and puts them to full use in his music.
Remy’s first family album Think About The Planet (1997) has proved an enduring classic, with songs about biodiversity, invasive species, and more. The song "What's That, Habitat?" is part of United Nations music compilation to celebrate the Earth Charter, and the title track is part of the Playlist for the Planet which includes artists like Raffi, Cockburn and Lightfoot. An adult album In The Hills was released in 2011. His latest "not-for-kids-only" EnviroSongs album title Think About the Wild came out in November 2020 and was nominated for both the Children's Album of the Year by the Canadian Folk Music Awards and Children's Artist of the Year by the Western Canada Music Awards.
The COVID-19 challenges of 2020-22 have seen Remy having a lot of fun pivoting into the online presentation world on Facebook Live, including full shows with the National Arts Centre's #CanadaPerforms and the Yukon Arts Centre's Not Close But Personal series. His most recent online performances were part of the Labrador Creative Arts Festival in November 2022. In lieu of touring, Remy has been teaching full-time for the last two years in Canada's most westerly community of Beaver Creek, Yukon, on the traditional territory of the White River First Nation.
What's Up Yukon Think About the Wild
CBC News Yukon environmental educator taking his 'eco-songs' on the road
Radio-Canada Un fonctionnaire du Yukon se tourne vers la musique
Yukon News A musical environment: educator Remy Rodden to focus on music full-time
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