See Will Stroet at at Khats Kids! on the Trafalgar Stage at 12:30pm.
Will Stroet, an award-winning children’s musician, inspires kids to be active, healthy, creative and engaged in the world through educational music in English and French. Will stars in the preschool television series Will’s Jams airing across Canada on Kids’ CBC weekday mornings at 7:25 AM and 9:25 AM, and in the U.S. on DISH Video-On-Demand and DISH Anywhere.
Catchy and kinetic, Will and his Backyard Band perform a high-energy show for young audiences with fun actions and sing-along choruses.
Will first discovered his talent for writing children’s music while completing his bachelor of education at the University of B.C. After releasing his first album in 2005 and playing some community festivals around town, Will knew he had found his calling. In 2009, he took a three-year leave from teaching to pursue music full time and has never looked back. Will’s performed more than 1,000 shows at major festivals, schools and theatres across Canada, averaging 150 shows a year.
Will’s five albums of original music in English and French and one DVD have garnered international recognition including a 2011 Kids Music Award, a 2011 West Coast Songwriters Award, approval from the Parents’ Choice Awards, and multiple nominations from the Western Canadian Music Awards, the Canadian Independent Music Awards and Canadian Folk Music Awards. His music is also featured on Putumayo’s compilations, “Kids World Party” and “French Dreamland,” and is on regular rotation online on Galaxie radio and CBC Music.
Will is also part of B.C.’s ArtStarts in Schools roster and sits on their board of directors. In addition to leading artist-in-residency songwriting programs for students and music workshops for teachers, Will was recently honoured as one of UBC Education’s 100 Alumni for his outstanding achievements in the education field.