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 The Polyjesters are honoured to take to the Grandstand stage at the Calgary Stampede making this a 20 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