Canadian singer-songwriter, William Prince. Photo by J.Senft Photography.
Photo Credit: J.Senft Photography.

William Prince Takes on Homecoming

Virtual Homecoming is just around the corner, and we are excited to announce that this year’s musical act will be Canadian singer-songwriter, William Prince. “I am very grateful to be a part of Queen’s University Homecoming. Celebrating through music always brings joy and getting to play with my band does so much for the spirit after not being able to in the last while. I can’t wait to share with you all," said Prince.

Prince won the Contemporary Roots Album of the Year award at the Juno Awards of 2017 for his debut album, Earthly Days. Prince is also a member of the band Indian City.

Following the success of his debut album, Earthly Days, Prince released Reliever (2020), and his third studio album, Gospel First Nation, later that year. 

Prince’s Indigenous roots and upbringing have heavily influenced his music. His father, who also recorded albums, was a preacher and musician in Peguis First Nation

In 2016, Prince won the Western Canadian Music Award for Aboriginal Artist of the Year and received a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year at the 12th-annual Canadian Folk Music Awards, prior to his Juno win in 2017. 

Most recently, he won two Canadian Folk Music Awards at the 16th-annual Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2021, for Contemporary Album of the Year and English Songwriter of the Year. His album Reliever also received a nomination for this year’s Juno Awards for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year

Last year, Prince came together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope with Mike Downie, brother of the late Gord Downie, Artsci'86, LLD'16, of The Tragically Hip, on Orange Shirt Day (Sept. 30) to raise awareness and donations for the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund. 

Prince will take the main stage at this year’s virtual Homecoming on Oct. 16 at 7 PM EST. 

Register today for Homecoming, Oct. 14-17.