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Kael does 2SLGBTQI+ and music-themed workshops, concerts and keynotes.
Kael is an Assistant Professor in Children, Childhood, & Youth Studies in the Department of Humanities, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at York University in Toronto, Canada. They teach in the undergraduate program and also conduct arts-based research using an innovative, participatory research creation method they developed called, “collaborative ethnographic songwriting.” A robust method for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating research data through music, collaborative ethnographic songwriting supports equity-seeking people to compose, record, and document their stories in song. Using this method, Kael has worked on various research digital storytelling and research-informed theatre projects as well as with 2SLGBTQI+ individuals, youth, and families, breast cancer survivors, and newcomer and refugee youth.
Formerly going by the name, “Kate Reid,” Kael is also singer-songwriter and whip smart wordsmith, and they’re sure to entertain. Slam-storytelling meets many a queer-themed tune in Kael’s songs, which just might have you rolling in the aisles with laughter or dabbing tears from your eyes. With five albums under their belt and a slew of singles, they have performed at live music venues, music and Pride festivals, and in people’s living rooms and back yards. Kael also combines musical activism with public pedagogy by facilitating workshops, giving concerts, and delivering musical keynote addresses for youth and arts conferences, union meetings, universities and colleges, secondary schools, conferences, and community service organizations.
Kael Reid, PhD