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.