Celebrating Canadian Music
November 22-28, 2020
Canada Music Week is an annual event where music teachers, students and their families gather together in local communities to celebrate Canadian music. Canada Music Week events are presented in various formats: from recitals, to workshops, to contests - all with the premise of presenting music by Canadians for Canadians.
The aims of Canada Music Week are to bring to the attention of the public, through various means, the importance of Canadian music; to support composers and performers of Canadian music; to introduce contemporary music to young Canadians and stimulate a keener appreciation and understanding of this music; and to encourage music educators to widen their knowledge and experience of Canadian works.
Canada Music Week is dedicated to music in its fullest sense but since 1967 particular focus has been on the Canadian cultural content. Thousands of Canadians experience Canada Music Week festivities each year in their communities. In 1957 Violet Isfeld, who was then president of the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Associations, proposed that a National Week for Music be initiated in 1960 to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the founding of the Federation. The response was enthusiastic and the celebration so successful that the next year (1961) it was decided by CFMTA council to make "Canada Music Week" an annual event.
For 2020, CFMTA will be holding a Canada Music Week E-Festival. Students are encouraged to submit their videos by November 19, 2020. Full details can be found at https://www.cfmta.org/en/e-festival
To get more info on Canada Music Week events in your community, click here to visit the web site of the local ORMTA Branch near you.
Message from the Premier 2020
Message from Minister for Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industries 2020
Read past Canada Music Week reports from ORMTA's Branches
For more information, please contact ORMTA Canada Music Week Convener, Jacqueline Huffman-Krisza