Podium – Conference & Festival

Podium, Canada’s choral conference, is co-presented by Choral Canada and one of Canada’s provincial choral organizations every two years. Choral Canada organizes a national conference in cooperation with a provincial host. The conference provides a unique opportunity for professional development through conducting master classes, numerous workshops and reading sessions for conductors, choirs and administrators, as well as outstanding performances by Canadian choirs including the National Youth Choir.

Early Podium conferences (1982, 1984 and 1986) were held as part of existing provincial events in Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia respectively. The first self-supporting conference, Podium East, was hosted by the New Brunswick Choral Federation and Mount Allison University Department of Music in Sackville, New Brunswick in 1988. While each conference has its own special flavour, focus and theme, the name Podium has been maintained since that time.

Podium 2018 will take place
June 29 – July 3, 2018 in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

National conferences have been held in:

1982 Kingston, ON
1984 Winnipeg, MB
1986 Vancouver, BC
1988 Sackville, NB
1990 Calgary, AB
1992 Waterloo, ON
1994 Saskatoon, SK
1996 Québec City, QC
1998 Halifax, NS
2000 Edmonton, AB
2002 Toronto, ON
2004 Winnipeg, MB
2006 Victoria, BC
2008 Sackville, NB
2010 Saskatoon, SK
2012 Ottawa, ON
2014 Halifax, NS
2016 Edmonton, AB