The List: North America’s oldest music festival returns to Edmonton


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The 56-year partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Canada covers less than half the life of the annual Edmonton Music & Speech Arts festival. Since its inception, countless Edmonton musicians have demonstrated their skills against each other – Robert Goulet received a rating of 84 when he sang in the competition in the 1950s.


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As the Kiwanis relationship ended in 2019, the music festival – established in 1908 by the Lieutenant Governor. George HV Bulyea – is recognized as the oldest of its kind in North America and will launch its 113th installment this weekend.

Twenty judges will oversee more than 400 individual competitors in nearly 300 classes spanning categories ranging from musical theater to woodwinds and voice. The performances are free for the public and other participants.

The High Level Bridge will light up red, recognizing CN as this year’s presenting sponsor, on Saturday night to kick off the competition, which officially begins November 15 and runs through November 24 at the Royal Conservatory of Music at MacEwan University on the College of Alberta campus, 10050 MacDonald Dr. Find a full program and more information at


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15 / 10-11 / 27: The embrace of Becky Thera; Megan Klak’s still (Maison Harcourt)

23/10/11/20: At the same time: tender and tense (SNAP)

06 / 11-18: Jessica Desmoulin, Laird Goulet, Dianne Meili (Bear Claw)

11 / 6-27: Shimmer and Boom by Gregory Hardy (Peter Robertson)

12/03/11: Art-O-Rama (Harcourt)

12/4: Annual Christmas Show (Bearclaw)

22/1 / 7-2 / 20: Denouement of Lindsay Knox; Neither here nor there by Christian Pérès Gibaut (Maison Harcourt)


24 / 11-27: Screamfest (EEC)

27 / 11-22 / 1/9: Luminaria (U of A Botanic Garden)

Until 12/21: Copernicus: Where art meets science (Telus World of Science)

11 / 6-22 / 4: James Cameron – Defying the Depths (Telus World of Science)


22 / 10-12 / 31: Moolah Rouge (Cabaret Spotlight)


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11 / 6-28: The Bride (Citadel)

11/14: Masters of Illusion (Winspear – POSTPONED)

27 / 11-12 / 23: A Christmas Carol (Citadel)

12/02/05: The Nutcracker of the Alberta Ballet (Jubilee)

12/09/18: Be Merry from Ballet Edmonton (Varscona)

12 / 11-28: Elf – The musical (Festival location)

12/17/18: The Nutcracker of Shumka (Jubilee)

11/22/18: Anastasia (Jubilee)

22/1 / 20-2 / 7: The top of the mountain (Varscona)

22/1 / 20-24: Elvis concert (multiple locations)

22/3/6: Letterkenny (Jubilee)

22/3 / 9-27: Cottagers and Indians (Varscona)

3/22/11: The Life and Music of George Michael (River Cree)

22/4 / 27-5 / 15: Bloomsday (Varscona)

5/22/14: The Clairvoyants (River Cree)

5/22/25: Henry Rollins (Shoctor Theater)

6/11/4: The Fab Four – The Ultimate Tribute (River Cree)


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22/6 / 21-7 / 10: Hamilton (Jubilee)

22/11 / 8-13: Superstar of Jesus Christ (Jubilee)


11/21: Eddie Izzard (Jubilee)

22/1 / 28-30: The Price Is Right Live (River Cree)

4/22/29: Taylor Tomlinson (Jubilee)

6/22/10: Howie Mandel (River Cree)

6/22/10: Miranda Sings (Arden Theater)

6/22/18: Trevor Noah (Place Rogers)

10/22/23: Tracy Morgan (River Cree)


11/12: Ralph (Starlite)

11/13: Dominique Fils-Aimé (Festival location)

11/16: The Weather Station (Starlite)

11/17: Gordon Lightfoot (River Cree)

11/17: Colin James (Festival location)

17 / 11-18: Sam Roberts (Midway)

19/11: Lindsay Ell (Midway)

20/11: Leif Vollebekk (Union Room)

11/20: Jr. Gone Wild (Starlite)

23/11: Bahamas (Winspear)

24 / 11-25: City and Color (Jubilee)


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26/11: Large wreck (Midway)

11/26: Concerns with METZ (Starlite)

26/11: The Tenors (Jubilee)

27/11: Chantal Kreviazuk (Cry of the river)

12/2: USS (Midway)

12/4: GWAR (halfway)

12/4: Harpoonist & the ax murderer (The Station)

12/9: BADBADNOTGOOD (Midway)

12/20: July Conference (Jubilee)

11/22/18: Anastasia (Jube)

1/22/17: The Weeknd (Rogers Place – POSTPONED)

1/22/21: Propagandhi with Choke (Starlite)

22/1/21: Dierks Bentley (Place Rogers)

1/22/25: Charlotte Cardin (Starlite)

2/22/4: Blackie and the Rodeo Kings (Winspear)

22/2/5: Arkells (Place Rogers)

22/2/19: JoJo (halfway)

22/2/22: Jesse Cook (Winspear)

22/2/22: Billy Talent (CEE)

22/3/11: Dervish (Festival location)

3/22/11: Wild Rivers (Starlite)


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3/22/12: Glass Tiger (River Cree)

3/22/15: Godspeed You! Black Emperor (Union Hall)

3/22/15: Chet Faker (Midway)

3/22/18: Said the whale (Starlite)

3/22/26: James Vincent McMorrow (Winspear)

4/22/13: Herb Alpert and Lani Hall (festival location)

4/22/16: Perforated Panel Nerds (Union Hall)

4/22/24: Roy Forbes (Northern Lights Folk Club)

4/22/25: Hawksley Workman (Arden Theater)

4/22/29: Cancer Bats + Comeback Kid with Misery Signals (Starlite)

4/22/30: Valdy (Northern Lights Folk Club)

22/5/2: Mother Mother (Jubilee)

5/22/5: Chris Webby (Union Hall)

22/5/7: KALEO (EEC)

5/22/7: Rage Against the Machine with Run the Jewels (Rogers Place)

5/22/9: James Taylor with Jackson Browne (Rogers Place)

5/22/14: Marcus King (Midway)

6/22/4: Shad (Starlite)

6/22/8: Ring of Purity, Dawn Richard (Union Hall)

6/22/11: Jann Arden (River Cree)

7/22/5: Shawn Mendes (Roger Place)

10/22/29: SCREAM (CEE)

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