Canada Music Week was initiated in 1960 to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Association. Canada Music Week is celebrated at the end of November to coincide with St. Cecelia’s Day, the patron saint of music.
In 1957 Violet Isfeld, who was then president of the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Association, proposed that a National Week for Music be initiated in 1960. The response was enthusiastic and the celebration so successful that the next year (1961) it was decided by the CFMTA council to make “Canada Music Week” an annual event. Today, Canada Music Week is a registered trademark.
Canada Music Week is celebrated coast to coast. It aims to bring attention to the public through various means, the importance of Canadian music.
The BCRMTA Coquitlam/Maple Ridge Branch presents the North Fraser Music Festival every spring. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for our students to perform prepared repertoire, and to receive verbal and written feedback from a highly qualified adjudicator in a friendly and non-competitive atmosphere. At the end of the performance, each student is awarded with a Gold, Silver, Bronze, or participation certificate. During the Honours Concert, the performers are presented with a medal for their achievement. Scholarship awards are generously contributed by participating teachers, and are then presented to the adjudicators choice students in Junior, Intermediate and Senior categories.
The North Fraser music Festival began in 2002, and with continued growth and popularity has now over 350 entries in 2015. The Festival is held at Hyde Creek Community Church, 2145 Nova Scotia Avenue in Port Coquitlam. Some of our past adjudicators have included Dr. Corey Hamm, Dr. Terrance Dawson, Ellen Silverman, and Catherine Bundt.