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Festival Focus

September 2022
Welcome to Festival Focus, the official newsletter of the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association. This format is intended to draw you to our website with details of each article. We hope that you enjoy reading our newsletter.

SMFA Fall Conference & AGM - Moose Jaw - November 18 & 19

Conference Schedule

6:00 p.m. Registration
7:00 p.m. Session #1: Diversity and Inclusivity (Pronoun Usage and Meaningful Land Acknowledgements) - Krista Brost/Doug McCosh

8:00 p.m. Session #2: Care and Feeding of Your Adjudicator - Mariel Unger
9:00 p.m. President's Reception & Entertainment

8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast/Networking
9:00 a.m. Session #3: Syllabus Presentation - Sherry Sproule/Alisha Mann
10:00 a.m. AGM
11:30 a.m. Entertainment, Volunteer Luncheon/Award Presentations
2:00 p.m. Session #4: Open Mike: Q & A - Tammy Villeneuve/Claire Seibold
3:00 p.m. Session #5: Volunteer Recruiting - Dianne Gryba/Jeri Ryba

Please register for the Conference by October 18, as a voting or non-voting member, according to the number of entries in all classes published in the official program for the 2022 District Festival. District Festivals that did not hold a festival in 2022 are entitled to 1 vote.
  • Less than 150 entries – 1 vote
  • 150 to 299 entries – 2 votes
  • 300 entries or more – 3 votes
A block of rooms is on hold, at a conference rate, at Temple Gardens Hotel & Spa.
Guest Room rate: $189/night + taxes/fees
Reserve before October 18, 2022 to guarantee room rate and availability.


Nominations are accepted for THREE three-year positions on the SMFA Board of Directors. Consider nominating someone from your District Festival and submit the Board Nomination Form to Sherry Sproule at by October 15. Candidates must be in attendance at the AGM.
In accordance with the SK Non-profit Act, board members must:
i. be residents of Saskatchewan;
ii. be at least 18 years of age;
iii. be of sound mind;
iv. not be bankrupt.

Nominations for the SMFA Volunteer Recognition Award will be accepted until October 15. Please consider nominating one or two volunteers who have been outstanding contributors to your District Festival. Submit the nomination form, together with a brief biographical introduction and photo, to

Canada West Performing Arts Festival - Saskatoon - July 21 to 23

The first annual Canada West Performing Arts Festival was a resounding success! Many thanks to the University of Saskatchewan Music Department for hosting us on the beautiful U of S Campus. Thank you to the volunteers, scholarship donors (listed in the program), Roger Jolly (piano tuning) and Stephen Nicholson (photography). As always, we are grateful for support from Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation.

Saskatchewan sweep in Musical Theatre, 24 years & under! Left to right: Forrest Hiebert (1st place), Declan Hewitt (2nd place), Corie Groome (3rd place)

Congratulations to all the Saskatchewan participants, and to these competitors who placed in their classes:
Classical Voice (12 years & under): Kathleen Booker (2nd place)
Classical Voice (17 years & under): Adam Brookman (3rd place)
Classical Voice (24 years & under): Elise Parsonage (1st place)
Piano (12 years & under): Shailynn Li (2nd place)
Piano (24 years & under): Jerry Hu (1st place); Connor Elias (3rd place)
Strings (24 years & under): Catherine McLellan (2nd place)
Brass (17 years & under): Olivia Florizone (1st place)
Brass (24 years & under): Keegan Isaac (1st place)
Speech Arts & Drama (12 years & under): Liné Linde (2nd place)
Speech Arts & Drama (17 years & under): Steyn Hoogstad (1st place); Emma Gillingham (3rd place)
Speech Arts & Drama (24 years & under): Allison Gordon (2nd place)
Musical Theatre (12 years & under): Sadie Gryba (1st place); Ruby Hickman (3rd place)
Musical Theatre (17 years & under): Rosette Caina (2nd place); Adam Brookman (3rd place)
Musical Theatre (24 years & under: Forrest Hiebert (1st place); Declan Hewitt (2nd place); Corie Groome (3rd place)

Media Release – Results

Program – with Scholarship Winners

CWPAF 2023 in Edmonton - looking ahead

The 2nd annual Canada West Performing Arts Festival will be administered by the Alberta Music Festival Association (AMFA) and will be held in Edmonton from July 20 to 23, 2023.
2023 Canada West Performing Arts - Rules & Syllabus
Please note the following changes effective in 2023:
  • For solo classes (vocal, piano, strings, speech, musical theatre), age divisions will change to 13 years & under, 17 years & under, 22 years & under.
  • For solo classes (woodwinds, brass, classical guitar) and chamber groups, age divisions will change to 17 years & under, 22 years & under.
  • Program notes are no longer required at any level of competition.

Please help us raise Funds for Festival

DONATIONS are gratefully accepted and tax receipts will be issued. To donate to SMFA, please click on the button below.


Thank you for your support!

Culture Days - September 23 to October 16

Culture Days is a national celebration of arts and culture. Each year in the fall, millions of people attend thousands of free participatory arts and culture events across the country both in-person and online. Culture Days programs invite the public to get hands-on and behind-the-scenes to highlight the importance of arts and culture in our communities. Visit to find a directory of events in Saskatchewan.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

On September 30, 2022, SMFA will recognize National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (which coincides with Orange Shirt Day) as a statutory holiday. This day honours the lost children and survivors of residential schools and their families, and endeavours to acknowledge and better understand the history and harms done. 
On National Day of Truth and Reconciliation Day, and every other day, we encourage everyone to take the time to learn more about the true impact of residential schools and to find ways to address the Calls to Actions on their own reconciliation journey. 

We are Treaty people.

Creative Kids

Creative Kids connects children and youth to unique, life-changing artistic and cultural experiences in their community. They provide financial support to Saskatchewan families so all kids have an opportunity to participate in creative activities like drama, art, dance, heritage, and music.
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Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators' Association

Provincial Office Address

SMFA programs and services reach lands covered by Treaties 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 10, the traditional lands of the Cree, Dakota, Dene, Lakota, Nakota and Saulteaux peoples,
as well as homeland of the Métis.

The Provincial Office of the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association is located at:
1600 MacPherson Avenue
Regina, SK   S4S 4C9

Mail to:
PO Box 37005
Regina, SK   S4S 7K3

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2022-2023 Calendar of Events
SMFA Annual General Meeting & Fall Conference - November 18 & 19, 2022 in Moose Jaw
SMFA Concerto Competition - February 25 & 26, 2023 in Regina
District Festivals - February through May, 2023
SMFA Provincial Finals Competition - June 1 to 4, 2023. Location TBA

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