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Taes and Nick Adams with their dog Lily, hosts of the show Splash n' Boots with their vehicle, a 2005 Honda Pilot.Deborah Baic/The Globe and Mail

Profession: Children's entertainer

Age: 30

Hometown: St. Mary's, Ont.

  • Splash’N Boots started out as a 2004 Queen’s University class project. They have performed on three continents in five different countries, and have released five independent albums
  • Named 2007 Canadian Children’s Music Group of the Year by the Independent Music Awards


  • Roll Play Live Animal Party Canadian tour with Treehouse, starting Oct. 12 (tickets and dates available at rollplaylive.ca).
  • Just released their second DVD entitled Act 2
  • Their music videos air between shows on Treehouse TV daily

Nick and Taes Adams are cutting-edge children's performers – but they're better known to fans as Splash 'N Boots.

The dynamic duo just landed a four-year contract on Treehouse TV to air their latest music videos. And now they're gearing up for a coast-to-coast tour with Treehouse LIVE called Roll Play Live Animal Party.

To get to their gigs, they'll drive a 2005 Honda Pilot – Nick always takes the wheel; his wife Taes always rides shotgun.

Why did you buy a Honda Pilot?

We tour so much and we travel so much. We were looking for something reliable.

When we were going to the lots we'd literally bring our sound system with us. We would put it in the back of the SUVs to see if it would fit all our stuff. The cargo capacity was huge.

And then we realized the Pilot was an EX-L version with the leather and my wife had the heated seats – that was it. That was the deciding factor.

Do you know what's under the hood?

It has a V-6 and 255 horsepower and it's AWD. We have a five-speed automatic. And it looked cool when I looked under hood, too. It's still driving like a champion.

What does a Honda Pilot say about you?

It says it's a smart car. When we show up at shows, it has class appeal.

It's all black with tinted windows. It looks professional to me. But it has a sporty look to me, too. It has that youth appeal to me.

I'm 30 and Taes is 29 so we're looking at something that doesn't show our age. We had a Dodge Caravan before – we were rocking the minivan!

When we moved to the Pilot I thought it fitted our lifestyle a lot better. We pack it – we use all the space. It's a working car. It's a smart-looking car.

We used to have decals on our Dodge Caravan and we were getting recognized at stop lights. It's not like the paparazzi were after us. But after shows or going to shows, there was no off time when we were driving this car around. We realized it might be b est to have tinted windows and a nondescript car. Not to be look at us. So, when we're off, we didn't have to be on.

What's your driving style like – do you like to drive fast?

Yeah. I'm the second-fastest person, if that makes sense. If I know someone is flying by me I figure they'll get the ticket, but I can still go in the passing lane and get to the next destination.

There have been speeding tickets, four-five, mostly in my past. I've been smarter as I get older as far as where and when to use the heavy foot.

How far have you driven for a gig?

Our last big tour was almost to Winnipeg [from Toronto]– that was fun. We went up through all the northern towns like Thunder Bay, Sioux Lookout and did the round trip back through Lake Superior.

We also drove when we toured New Brunswick. We made it all the way out to Charlottetown for our tour as well.

Sometimes it makes sense to drive as opposed to fly when we're doing a bunch of theatre shows every day. We'll drive to a show, pack up, hotel and off we go to the next town.

Flying isn't an option especially in northern Ontario or the east coast. Right now, the Pilot has just under 200,000 kilometres.

What do you listen to on the road – besides your own music?

After shows we need to bring the energy down – the live show is pretty energetic. We tend to listen to a lot of Canadian stuff – Barenaked Ladies – something with a lot of guitar and acoustic stuff. We like to sing along too.

Do you rehearse for shows behind the wheel?

Oh, yeah. We tend to crank up our newest songs on CD and then we definitely rehearse as we're going to shows.

Sometimes we write songs, too, especially on long tour trips. A song will come into my head and I'll say to Taes, 'Quick get your iPhone out and we'll do a quick record.' We even use it as a recording studio as well.

What was your first car?

That was a Buick Skylark. I got that from my brother. I bought it from him for $1 – to make it official.

It was the hit of my high school. We lived in the country so we drove to high school. My friends and I would go out and we weren't afraid to hit the odd pole. It was on its last legs anyway. And the car would never lock either. We had to use a screw driver to open it.

I loved it – it was so fun to drive and I never had to worry about the odd scratch because it was on its last legs anyway.

It had a blow-up session shortly before I went to university. One day it just didn't start and my dad didn't want to put any more money into it – it wasn't worth it. It was scrap metal – I think I got $50 for it, which is more than I paid.

After that we got the Dodge Caravan. Splash 'N Boots was just starting and my dad suggested, maybe you should get a minivan. He had the insight – I always thank him for that idea.

We were the people in university who had the minivan. No kids. We had the Splash'N Boots logo on the back, too. We were young entrepreneurs trying to make it happen. We drove that car many, many times for touring. That was a well-used vehicle.

It didn't get the trade-in value. I think I got about $125 for it. We tend to drive cars until they give us everything they have. They're well loved.

If I can bring you the keys to any car what would it be?

Practically, I would say the Land Rover LR4 – it's gorgeous. Personally I'd say the BMW Z4 – there's a blue one that looks amazing.

The interview has been edited and condensed.

pgentile@globeandmail.com

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