2025 Festival to be Held April 22 – May 5

The 117th 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. Performances are FREE to attend.
Come out and see the stars of tomorrow, and help us celebrate over 100 years of Festival!

Key Info

FESTIVAL DATES: April 22 – May 5, 2025

Registration Opens: December 15, 2024

Registration Deadline: February 3, 2025

Fee Payment Deadline: TBA

Please note:
CHOIR WEEK is April 22-25, 2025 and
BAND WEEK is April 28 – May 2, 2025

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Congratulations to those EMSAF participants who will be representing Edmonton at Provincials this year!

Opening Gala

Schedules for Duets, Trios, Choirs, Bands, Chamber Music, and other groups only get sent to the teacher. Students should contact their teachers to see when they perform if they are in a group.

Performances (FREE Admission)

Performances will be held at MacEwan University – Alberta College Campus (10050 MacDonald Drive NW), McDougall United Church (10025 101 Street NW), the Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre (8426 Gateway Boulevard NW), and Archbishop MacDonald Catholic High School (14219 109 Avenue 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.