Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival / Toronto Kiwanis Dance Festival
The Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival was founded in 1944 by Col. George W. Peacock of the Salvation Army and a member of the Kiwanis Club of Toronto. He was so impressed with a festival that he attended in Winnipeg, that he brought the idea home and established it here. It was an immediate success and has since been held every year.
The first winner was the legendary musician Glenn Gould - and the festival has never looked back! His certificate shown above is on display at the Canadian national archives...
The Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival is collectively sponsored by 14 Kiwanis clubs in the Greater Toronto Area. There are over 500 areas of competition, including piano, choral, vocal bands, orchestras, ensembles, solo instruments, and even speech arts and drama. The Toronto Kiwanis Dance Festival - held directly following the music festival has also grown in size and stature; and, has become a popular proving ground for many of the city's dance troups and clubs.
There are now over 3,000 music festival entries each year, involving over 32,000 participants. Twenty halls are required to stage the various competitions, and over $40,000 in scholarship money is awarded.
For more information on The Kiwanis Music Festival of Dance Festival, please visit kiwanismusictoronto.org