2023 Festival to be Held April 17 – 30

The Edmonton Music & Speech Arts Festival (EMSAF) will be partaking in any and all COVID-19 protocols as dictated by Alberta Health Services (AHS), the City of Edmonton, and/or MacEwan University throughout the Festival. As things continually continue to change, please watch our website to see what proof of vaccination and/or tests will be required.

The 115th Annual Edmonton Music & Speech Arts Festival (formerly known as the Edmonton Kiwanis Music Festival) creates over 2,500 opportunities for over 20,000 music students, actors, musicians, and music lovers to perform in front of an audience and receive professional adjudication.
Come out and see the stars of tomorrow, and help us celebrate over 100 years!

Key Info

Festival Dates: April 17 – 30, 2023

Registration Opens: December 12, 2022

Registration Deadline: February 6, 2023

Fees Due: March 31, 2023

Please note:
CHOIR WEEK is April 17-21, 2023 and
BAND WEEK is April 24-28, 2023

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2023 Fundraiser!

Stay tuned for news about this year’s fundraiser!

Opening Gala

Congratulations to all our participants. We look forward to an entirely live festival in 2023!

Performances (FREE Admission)

Performances will be held at MacEwan University – Alberta College Campus (10050 MacDonald Drive NW), McDougall United Church (10025 101 Street NW), and the Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre (8426 Gateway Boulevard NW).

The Edmonton Music & Speech Arts Festival acknowledges that we are on Treaty 6 territory, and that we are beneficiaries of this Treaty of peace and friendship signed in 1876.

In that spirit, we extend our hands and hearts to the Indigenous nations of the Cree, Dene, Blackfoot, Saulteaux, Nakota Sioux, as well as the Métis who have made Edmonton their home long before the building of our city — and to all Indigenous people who continue to make this city their home. We acknowledge the many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples whose footsteps have marked these lands for generations, including the many places that you are joining from. We are grateful for the traditional Knowledge Keepers and Elders who are still with us today and those who have gone before us. They have been great stewards of the land and incredible creators of art, music, life, and love. Our recognition of this land is an act of reconciliation and an expression of our gratitude to those whose territory we reside on, or are visiting.