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Posted: May 7, 2019

34th Kootenay Children’s Festival May 11

The 34th annual Kootenay Children’s Festival takes place 10 a.m. to 3p.m. this Saturday, May 11, at Mount Baker Field in front of the Key City Theatre in Cranbrook.

The Kootenay Children’s Festival brings together families from throughout the region for a day of fun, laughter, creativity, music and community.

With over 4,000 attendees each May, the festival has become the official launch of the lazy days of summer.

The Kootenay Children’s Festival is free, safe and accessible. The festival grounds ring with the joyful cries of children while they experience activities, crafts and main stage performers that have included Flying Bob, Fred Penner, Kiki the Eco Elf and dozens of local performers.

This year professional children’s entertainer Will Stroet of “Will’s Jams” will headline the main stage and entertain young and young-at-heart.

Will Stroet

He’s a Juno-nominated singer-songwriter, CBC Kids TV star, educator and dad who creates multilingual music that ignites imagination and motivates movement. Through witty wordplay and catchy choruses, Will inspires kids to be active, healthy, creative and engaged in the world through educational music in English and French.

Will first discovered his talent for writing kids music while completing his education degree at the University of B.C. After releasing his first album in 2005 and playing hundreds of shows around Vancouver, Will knew he had found his calling.

In 2009, he took leave from teaching to pursue music full time and has never looked back. Over the years, Will has performed more than 1,800 shows at major festivals, schools and theatres across Canada and in China. He has garnered national recognition for his nine albums in English and French including a 2017 JUNO nomination for his latest album, ‘Wordplay,’ six WCMA nominations, two from the CFMA and two from the Sirius XM Indies.

In 2015, UBC’s Faculty of Education honoured Will in their top 100 Alumni awards. In addition to being a devoted dad of two girls, Will is passionate about his work as an artist, educator and board member with ArtStarts in Schools, which supports art and creativity amongst BC’s young people.

Lead image from Kootenay Children’s Festival

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