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Festival Focus

September 2021
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.

2022-2024 SMFA Syllabus

The 2022-2024 SMFA Syllabus is now available online. Visit our home page for the highlights regarding important changes to regulations and classes.
Hard copies will be available soon and can be ordered by clicking on the link below:
Mark your calendars for a Syllabus Information Zoom Meeting on Saturday, October 2. Editor Sherry Sproule will highlight and explain changes to the classes and regulations, and answer your questions. Meeting link and more information will be e-mailed to District Festival Corresponding Secretaries before end of September.

SMFA Annual General Meeting - November 6, 2021 - Virtual Format

Please register by November 3, as a voting or non-voting member, according to the number of entries in all classes published in the official program for the 2019 District Festival.
  • Less than 150 entries – 1 vote
  • 150 to 299 entries – 2 votes
  • 300 entries or more – 3 votes
Following the AGM, Sherry Sproule will present the 2022-2024 SMFA Syllabus and discuss the exciting new changes.
Lenora Bells, Teacher Recruitment/Mentor Liaison will speak to the membership regarding her work in support of District Festivals, communities and teachers.

Nominations are accepted for TWO three-year positions on the SMFA Board of Directors. Please 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

Moving forward with Covid-safe Festivals
The Delta variant continues to cause grave concern throughout our province, particularly for those not vaccinated. The Covid Committee will remain in place for the 2022 festival year to monitor case numbers and provincial restrictions, and to offer support to District Festivals. Stay tuned for communication from the Provincial Office, and feel free to reach out to staff, your Board Liaison and neighbouring festivals as you make plans for the year ahead. Stay well!

SMFA welcomes Lenora Bells to the Provincial Office team

We are pleased to welcome Lenora Bells to our administrative team, as Teacher Recruitment/Mentor Liaison. Lenora will work remotely and can be reached at her email

Lenora brings a wealth of teaching, adjudicating, and presentation experience to this position. Her knowledge and passion for the music festival system serve her well as she tackles the following priorities in this position:

  • Meet with District Festivals to assess needs (teachers, accompanists, mentors for new teachers)
  • Work with District Festivals to provide teachers with training, mentorship, and support networks
  • Support festivals by building stronger relationships with local teachers/potential new teachers
  • Provide guidance to supporting mentors
  • Recruit teachers to the use of SMFA programs and promoting the benefits of music festivals

We look forward to working with Lenora during the next few months as we prepare for another festival season.

Canada West Performing Arts Festival - Saskatoon in 2022

The provincial performing arts associations of Western Canada (Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia) have partnered to present the Canada West Performing Arts Festival!
The CWPAF will be held in rotation with Saskatchewan hosting in 2022 (date to be announced), Alberta hosting in 2023, and British Columbia hosting in 2024.

Competitors wishing to represent Saskatchewan at the Canada West Performing Arts (CWPA) Festival must first enter these classes at the District level. First and second place District Festival winners, receiving a mark of 88 or higher, are eligible to enter the Canada West/Excellence Provincial level. Each District Festival is allowed two District Winners to the Provincial Finals for each of the Saskatchewan Canada West Excellence Classes. Please consult the
2022-2024 SMFA Syllabus for information on Canada West Excellence Classes.

Team Saskatchewan,  chosen by the adjudicators at the Provincial Final Competition, will have the opportunity to compete at the Canada West Performing Arts Festival.

Event Press Release

Meadow Lake teen successful at first-ever virtual Provincial Finals Competition

Piper MacFarlane is taking her love for music to new levels.

MacFarlane, 15, finished second overall in the Junior Musical Theatre class at the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association’s Provincial Finals competition where she performed her rendition of What it Means to be a Friend.

“It was kind of shocking because they had posted YouTube videos of the various entries, but I had to work and had other commitments, so I didn’t have a chance to watch them until after the ceremony,” MacFarlane explained. “But, my mom did watch them and she said there were some really good people and she wasn’t sure if I would place or not. When my name was called, my jaw dropped… it was kind of crazy – not expected, but awesome.”

According to MacFarlane’s mother, Holly, it was thrilling to hear her daughter’s name announced by the adjudicator.

“We are so proud of Piper and how hard she works,” Holly MacFarlane said. “Music is a big part of what Piper loves to do, and she is very passionate about it. To see her work so hard and then, of course, to reap the rewards of that hard work was amazing.”

For Piper MacFarlane, she said the second-place finish has opened her eyes to even more potential options as far as her love for music is concerned.

“It’s really brought light to what my next steps may be,” she said. “Before it was always a fun little music festival, but now I have competed at provincials. Could this be a career option? Do I want to go to Westerns next year or do something more?

MacFarlane’s performance can be viewed for a limited time at
Source: Northern Pride, Meadow Lake (Phil Ambroziak)

Recognizing the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

On September 30, 2021, SMFA will recognize National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (which coincides with Orange Shirt Day) as a statutory holiday. The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a day to listen to, learn about, act on and honour the impact of residential schools and consider ways to address the 94 Calls to Action, outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Final Report. In response to Call to Action #80, this national holiday will provide Canadians with an opportunity “to honour Survivors, their families and communities.”

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.

SMFA programs 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.
Culture Days - September 24 to October 24

Culture Days raises the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. With the support of volunteer groups at the national, provincial and local levels, hundreds of thousands of artists, cultural workers, organizations and groups, volunteers and supporters self-mobilize to host free participatory public activities that take place in hundreds of cities and towns throughout the country each fall.

Culture Days 2020, like most public events around the world, had to adapt in order to take place during COVID-19. Public safety measures included the addition of virtual and DIY activities, as well as extending the Culture Days dates to four weeks. These measures will remain in place for Culture Days 2021, which will take place September 24 to October 24, 2021. 

Like always, there will be a myriad of free, interactive activities for all ages to enjoy safely indoors, outdoors and online! Visitors can find small-gathering or self-guided events near them, while going digital allows participants to virtually criss-cross the country and discover live-streamed performances and other online presentations.

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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Provincial Office Address

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

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

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2021-2022 Calendar of Events
SMFA Annual General Meeting - November 6, 2021
2022 Wallis Opera Competition - February 25 & 26, 2022
2022 SMFA Musical Theatre Competition - February 25 & 26, 2022
District Festivals - March through May, 2022
2022 Provincial Finals - June 2 to 5, 2022
2022 Canada West Performing Arts Festival (Saskatoon) - Date TBA

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