2021 Festival to be Held November 15-24

(There will be no online participation in this Festival)

Details and Dates of the April 2022 Festival will be posted after the November Festival

The Edmonton Music & Speech Arts Festival (EMSAF) will be partaking in the Government of Alberta Vaccine Restrictions Exemption Program. This means anyone attending the November Festival who is 12 years of age or older will have to be prepared to prove that they are double-vaccinated, have documentation of a medical exemption, or proof of a privately-paid negative PCR test within 72 hours of when they are to perform/attend the Festival. Please note: The Festival will adjust accordingly as/if things change leading up to and through the Festival.

The 113th 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: November 15-24, 2021

Registration Opens: September 20, 2021

Registration Closes: October 13, 2021 at 11:59 PM

Payment Due: November 1, 2021

Due to the circumstances and uniqueness caused by COVID-19 for this year, selections performed this fall can be performed again in the spring (April 2022).

Please note:
CHOIR WEEK is April 19-22, 2022 and
BAND WEEK is April 25-29, 2022

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CN Pledges Support for Festival

The Edmonton Music & Speech Arts Festival (EMSAF) is honoured to have been chosen to receive support from CN.

In her letter, Suzanne Dalzell, Manager, Strategic Partnerships, Public & Governmental Affairs at CN says, “At CN, we are committed to giving back to communities and causes throughout our network. We recognize the important role that the Edmonton Music & Speech Arts Festival plays to provide children and adults with the chance to showcase their talents and learn from professional Canadian musicians and actors.”

The Festival wishes to thank CN for its sponsorship.

Opening Gala

2022 Opening Gala

There will not be an Opening Gala for the November 2021 Festival. Stay tuned for information about the April 2022 Opening Gala.

Come and hear Edmonton’s future stars at the Edmonton Music & Speech Arts Festival’s Opening Gala.


FREE to the public!

Performances (FREE Admission)

Performances will be held at MacEwan University – Alberta College Campus (10050 MacDonald Drive NW).

The Festival programme and Festival-at-Glance schedule will be available ONLINE.

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.