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The Edmonton Cantando Festival is now celebrating its 3rd decade in in the Winspear Centre for Music. We have some great things planned for this special event and know that your students will leave the festival inspired and motivated to continued improving their musical skills.

Updates regarding all aspects of the festival will be added on an ongoing basis. Once registration opens, check the “Schedule” tab to determine a time that works best for you.

To register for the few remaining times available, click the “Register” tab and scroll through the various options – be sure to check the “Fees” tab as well so you are aware of all costs. The “Package” tab will be updated in the late fall and gives very specific information about all aspects of the festival. It is very important to read this carefully so you can plan all aspects of your trip to Edmonton. The “Guest Performance” tab will be updated throughout the fall but will include bios of adjudicators selected for the festival. The “Guest Performances” tab includes information on the evening concerts including guest ensembles and soloists and in some cases, the specific program they will be performing.

Concert Band & Orchestra performances are scheduled in the Winspear Centre for Music from Sunday, April 14 through Tuesday, April 16. Each day starts at 8 am and continues to 5:30 pm. Level 1-3 groups should register for the 20 minute performance slots and level 4 – 6 should register for the 30 minute performance slots. Groups should plan to warm up 20 minutes prior to their registered time. 50 minute adjudication workshops occur one day after your Winspear performance (ie. from Monday through Wednesday) at locations on the south side of Edmonton in the Old Strathcona area.

Jazz band performances occur on Monday, April 15 through Wednesday, April 17 and are scheduled in one hour blocks with warm up and performance scheduled for 30 minutes followed by a 30 minute workshop. These performances occur in the Yardbird Suite in the Old Strathcona area and close to concert band workshop and instrumental clinic venues.

Concert Choirs are scheduled to perform in All Saint’s Anglican Cathedral from Monday through Wednesday. Performances occur in 20 minute segments in the morning only with adjudication workshops in the afternoon only.

Vocal jazz performances occur on Tuesday, April 16 th and are scheduled in one hour blocks with warm up and performance scheduled for 30 minutes followed by a 30 minute workshop. These performances occur in the Freemasons Hall across from the All Saints Cathedral.

Evening performances are limited to 1st come, 1st serve and in order to serve as many
students as possible, some venues will have 2 start times for concerts. At this point
(subject to change), BAND students can attend a concert on Sunday evening in the
Winspear (times TBA), Monday evening in the Winspear and Tuesday evening in
another downtown location. CHORAL students can attend evening concerts at All
Saint’s Cathedral on Sunday and Monday evening and Tuesday evening all choir
students will perform in the mass choir for an evening concert in the Winspear. JAZZ
ensemble students can attend evening concerts on Sunday and Monday in the Yardbird
Suite and talented improvisers can attend the Tuesday night jam featuring local pros
and amateurs there as wel ($10 ENTRANCE FEE APPLIES HERE). More specific
information on these concerts can be found in the “Guest Performances” tab.

For more information on the festival, contact the Director, Dennis Prime, at dprime@cantando.org