History of the Kiwanis Music Festival

The Festival http://kmf.ottawa.com has been in continuous existence from 1945 to the present.

It was originally known as the Ottawa Music Festival Association until 1985 when the Kiwanis Clubs of the National Capital Region assumed shared responsibility with non-Kiwanian volunteers for the Festival. The name of the organization was then changed to the Kiwanis Music Festival - National Capital Region.

The Festival has grown in size from about sixth place in the Province of Ontario to second place, and has maintained a steady growth in number of entries ever since. Altogether, about 4,000 competitors will participate in the Festival, performing to audiences that will total over 10,000 people. This is only possible due to the efforts of over 400 volunteers, both Kiwanian and non-Kiwanian, who work for the KMDFA, giving over 3,500 hours of their time each year.

The Kiwanis Music Festival Association is responsible for preparing and presenting a competitive Music Festival annually. The 1999 Music Festival will take place from April 13 to May 1 in ten different halls. All types of performers of all ages and degrees of education and ability will have the opportunity to perform and be adjudicated by teachers and performers of the highest professional standing from across North America.

The Festival is managed and maintained by a Board of Directors consisting of 11 non-Kiwanians and representatives from each Kiwanis Club in the National Capital Region. A small Management Committee of community volunteers and one Kiwanian is directly responsible for the organization and running of the Festival on a year-round basis. The volunteer Kiwanians act as Hosts during the Festival while the Kiwanian Board members take a more direct involvement in management before, during and after the Festival.

This is an excellent venue to see the talent of our youth in Ottawa. Be sure to stop by any of the venues during the Festival, and in particular the Highlights Concert on Friday May 21, at the Centrepointe Theatre in Nepean.

For more information contact Barb Perrin at 238-2311 or Ross Hadwen at 225-8179