Smilin' Rylan
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Smilin' Rylan

Regina, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2016 | SELF

Regina, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2016
Solo Folk Children's Music




Thank You for Singing Along (released 2017)




Smilin’ Rylan writes and performs catchy, fun and honest children’s music 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!”

New for 2018/2019: Smilin' Rylan's Percussion Playshop:    

  • Smilin' Rylan can facilitate multiple and affordable drum/shaker making "Playshops" for all ages up to 30 kids. He's an experienced expert in this field with 6+ years as an elementary school music teacher, and holds degrees in both music and education. Plus, he supplies all the materials (except optional tables and chairs), and only needs a space! 
  • The Playshop is 45mins. Approx half the time is spent making instruments, the other half is spent learning how to play them (through various drum circle games and rhythm activities). The kids are encouraged to bring their instruments to Smilin' Rylan's stage show where he features them in a number of songs (if there are no opportunities for a stage show, he can just play songs right at the playshop). It's been highly successful!

Note about Musical Performances:  

  • On stage Smilin' Rylan performs as a solo act with a specially mixed backing-track, which means you experience the sound of a full band with the affordability, flexibility and logistical ease of a solo artist
  • A new addition to the live show is a bubble machine - which kids LOVE!
  • This year Smilin' Rylan will be bringing his show/playshops to audiences at the Surrey International Children's Festival, the Central Alberta Children's Festival, the Airdrie Children's Festival, the Waskesiu Children's Festival, Houston, TX, and many more! 
  •  A recent festival (Chautauqua Performing Arts Fest in Swift Current, SK) wrote to Smilin' Rylan saying, "Reports are that you are the best children's performer we've had yet!"


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).

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