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2023 Cantando Festival Information

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ALL FESTIVALS FEATURE Instrumental workshops, Mass Choir rehearsals and concerts, 50 minute workshops following performances and much more.

Past guest artists have featured world class artists like Jim Walker (principal flute, LA Phil), Eddie Daniels – renowned jazz and classical clarinetist, Fred Hemke – classical saxophonist, Allan Vizzutti – trumpet soloist par excellence, Jeff Nelson – hornist with the Canadian Brass, Grant MacEwan faculty big band – a pro ensemble, jazz ensembles, orchestras and wind ensembles from most western Canadian Universities, choirs from around the world including Rajaton and the University of Pretoria Youth Choir. These performances are the highlight of our festivals and the reason students leave feeling excited and enthused about music. We’ll keep you updated with all the amazing talent we bring to Cantando festivals as we get schedules finalized.

NEWS: Cantando is back and have secured the following dates for 2023! The festival is in the process of hiring some great adjudicators, clinicians and guest artists and will put them on their website ( throughout the summer and fall.

Edmonton Cantando

Sunday evening, April 16 through Wednesday, April 19

Concert bands, Wind Ensembles and Orchestras start performances at 6:30 pm through 10 pm on Sunday and all day Monday and Tuesday. Workshops are generally scheduled for the day following their performance but can be arranged on the same day for a few select groups.

Choirs perform on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings with workshops held in the afternoon.

Jazz ensembles perform on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with workshops following each performance.

GUEST ARTISTS perform in the Winspear on Monday and Tuesday evenings.


Okanagan Cantando

Monday, April 24 and Tuesday, April 25

Concert Bands, Wind Ensembles and Orchestras perform on Monday and Tuesday at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre (a GREAT venue with workshops immediately following.) There is a possibility that Sunday, April 23 will be available and we should know this by summer according to the PAC.

Choirs and Jazz Ensembles perform in Kelowna on Monday and Tuesday – choirs perform in the morning with workshops in the afternoon, jazz ensembles also perform the same days with workshops immediately following their performance.

GUEST ARTISTS perform on Monday and Tuesday evening at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre.


Whistler Cantando

Thursday evening, April 27 to Sunday noon, April 30

Concert Bands Choirs and Jazz Ensembles perform on Friday and Saturday (with options for Sunday morning) with workshops immediately following their performance.

A dance and social for all participants is held Thursday evening with GUEST ARTISTS performing on Friday and Saturday evening.




You can choose your performance and workshop times to better fit your schedule and it makes schools with many ensembles a breeze to register.

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