JULY 5TH 2019 MARKS 20 YEARS
It's hard to believe it. Sheldon was travelling through Scotland and Jason got off a cruise ship in Copenhagen on July 1st, 1999. The two decided to meet outside of Amsterdam where a friend of theirs lived. On July 5th they sat in a park playing old swing tunes and thought, "Let's start a band ... and call it The Polyjesters."
What happened afterwards was a ride of a lifetime. The Canadian Flag on your backpack can get you into the hearts of people in other countries, but a Canadian Flag and a ukulele filled with tunes can get you into their backyard family barbeques.
On July 5th, 2019 (and July 9th, 2021!) The Polyjesters are honoured to take to the Grandstand stage at the Calgary Stampede making this a 22 year run.
The Polyjesters were created by brothers Jason and Sheldon Valleau on a park bench in Holland and developed on the streets of France. Planning to busk just for the summer, they ended up getting caught in a swing vortex amongst many other talented players. It was there that they began stealing the best of the best to become part of the Poly family. 3 years had passed where they went from street performances to playing private parties in Monaco including for the Prince himself. Eventually home was calling as hard as immigration was pushing and the boys returned home. They immediately took to stealing the best band mates close to home, releasing four albums, three of them original with ever changing styles and toured these albums back and forth across North America, England and Japan, doing several stints at Epcot Centre. They became a little road weary and decided to bring the party to them, creating The Mountain View Music Fest which lasted a grand 10 years. The boys found themselves on other paths of music and comedy for the past couple of years but are now blowing on the embers, about to fire up and leave no genre ungrooved. The best has been dusted off, new songs are in the mill and The Polyjesters are about to push the red button.
The Poly of the Polyjesters
AARON YOUNG (2005)
A secret weapon of mass construction. A music wizard and road champion. The adventures continue ...
CÉDRIC BLARY (2019)
Our newest member of the Polys. Quick wit, lots of puns and one heck of a liquorice stick player. Welcome to the Splash Zone Cédric!
JON MAY (2006)
Lots of giggles. Lots of style. Jon joined up and fell right into the groove. And now, he's going to be lit on fire and shot out of a cannon while taking a solo in a drum cage.
SCOTT DUNCAN (2001)
We went with Scott on adventures to Disney World, most of Florida, several states fairs and around Canada. We have a few stories, come to a show and we'll tell you about them.
DREW JURECKA (2007)
Drew came on board with the Polys when they booked extensive tours in England, California and a quick run in Japan. He once made his violin sound like a cow mooing and decided to take a moo solo for every song in a whole show. Epic.
MATT WOODWARD (2004)
Matty brought humour and amazing talents including 3rd part harmony to the Polyjesters. He also brought an amazing ability to party and kept it going through the long long nights.
ROB VULIC (2003)
Robbie found his pokey out on road a few times. We visited some crazy state fairs and Canadian small towns with this hero.
OPHELIE LAROCHE (2000)
Ophelie was the first drummer in the Polyjesters. We met her in France and shared interesting road adventures from Disney World to state fairs and Canadian festivals.
DMITRY SHAPKO (1999)
The Comrade. We all met during a full moon on the Promenade des Anglaise in Nice France. We was siting on a railing playing moon songs. We jammed immediately and played together for years.
RYAN CLAIRE (1999)
Nylon String Guitar
First monster player that the Valleau brothers encountered. Johnny Rocket is a shredder, an older bro to both of us and a saint among the people. Check him out on the Fiddle Stix album.