With over 30 adjudicators, over 15 different venues, 3 western Canadian locations, over 6500 students and some of the best performing groups in Canada, we had some great responses from our participants and performers. These responses are from our last festival in Whistler but we received similar ones for the Edmonton and Sun Peaks festivals.

Our dates for 2018 are listed below (including our new festival in Puerto Vallarta) and we expect to get more info on these festivals in early summer. We have our usual slate of great guest performers and adjudicators so put Cantando at the top of your list for your festival destination next year.

This was our first time attending this festival. Having heard so many great things about the festival, we finally had a chance to try it out. I can’t say enough on how refreshing the experience was. The adjudicators were fantastic. it was refreshing to hear some new approaches and fresh ideas. The non-competitive nature of the festival was supported by every instructor and was embraced by all the students and teachers involved. Hearing groups from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, the USA and abroad was great for my students. Thank you for an amazing musical experience and learning opportunity for my music students. The hotel staff was fantastic and the proximity of the hotel to the conference centre was great especially in the rain and hail. My students embraced the opportunity to work on their cooking skills and made for an ‘whole’ learning experience. I highly recommend this festival - high marks for sure!

Kathy Fester, Heritage Woods Secondary School Port Moody, BC

Thanks so much for such a fantastic trip. Of all the trips that I have taken my choir on, this was definitely the best. The hotel was a lot of fun, Whistler Village feels so safe, the scenery is memorable, the clinicians were excellent, the concerts were great, and the massed choir was such a positive experience. My students, and my parent chaperones, can't say enough good things. Thanks for all of your excellent communication in helping us organize this.

Jean-Marie Michaud, Seattle Youth Choir and Eckstein Middle School Choir

Templeton had an excellent time at Whistler!

Well organized event, with friendly and passionate volunteer staff.

The students enjoyed the accommodations and the music events (especially M-Pact performance). I really appreciate the process vs. outcome oriented philosophy the festival used to encourage student growth and music development. The clinicians were excellent.

We had a phenomenal time and look forward to planning our trip with you next year.

Many thanks!

Alison Yau, Templeton High School Choir

Just a quick note on how much we loved the festival and all the choral activities. The Mass choir was our favourite with 600 students rocking it out with M-pacts and Stevie Wonder. Overall, we had a great time at the Festival, as did all of our students!

Thanks for everything,

Sarah Schaub, Archbishop Jordon Choir, Sherwood Park

"The Cantando Music Festival is a truly transformative experience in the educational and artistic development of young musicians. The combination of high caliber clinicians, adjudicators, and guest artists, along with the breath-taking backdrop of the festival locations themselves, are among the most impressive of any festival we've been a part of. We can't wait to work with them again!"

Jeff Smith, Artistic Director, M-pact

Cantando is a non-competitive festival designed for North American school wind ensembles, concert bands, jazz bands, and choirs utilizing some basic tenets necessary to promote quality music education. We currently have festival locations in Edmonton AB, Sun Peaks BC, and Whistler BC. We are also introducing a new beach festival in Puerto Vallarta! Click on a specific festival for details.


Edmonton – April 15-17, 2018

Sun Peaks – April 20-22, 2018

Whistler – April 26-29, 2018

Puerto Vallarta - March 14-18, 2018


Past Adjudicators:

Shelley Jagow ~ Gillian Mackay ~ Fraser Linklater ~ Angela Schroeder ~ Larry Gookin ~ Don Owens ~ Mark Lane ~ Jacquie Dawson ~ Dean McNeill ~ Ray Baril ~ Fred Stride ~ Carrie Tennant ~ Scott Leithead ~ John Chalmers ~ Jennifer Lang ~ Elroy Friesen ~ Dinah Helgeson ~ Graeme Langager ~ Jennifer Moir ~ Dominic Gregorio ~ Frank Lee ~ Jennifer Moir ~ Allison Girvan ...and more.

Past Guest Artists:

...and more!