Richmond hosts MusicFest Canada

TYoung musicians from across Canada are filling up local hotels in this week as Richmond hosts this year’s MusicFest Canada festival.

The 42nd annual event runs to May 17, offering up to $100,000 in scholarships and awards to participants.

What began in 1972 with a handful of Canadian musicians is now a national competition that brings together more than 10,000 of the country’s finest young musicians.

Participants range in age from 12 to 25, and the festival lays claim to North America’s largest annual event dedicated to developing young musical talent.

Featured ensembles this year include the Alberta Winds, the University of Michigan Glee Club, the Humber College Studio Jazz Ensemble, the Humber College Faculty Band and Friends, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Caleb Chapman Crescent Superband.

MusicFest Canada is an invitation-only event, with performers qualifying at affiliated festivals. The weeklong event features daily instrument and choral clinics and workshops, along with adjudicated performances. Those performances are open to the public and free to attend.

The Executive Plaza Hotel will host jazz combos and ensembles while the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel will host concert bands and orchestras. Fraserview Mennonite Brethren Church is the third Richmond venue, hosting choral performances and vocal jazz.

Visit musicfest.ca for a full schedule.

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