Annual Festival of Performing Arts with classes in Dance, Piano, Band & Instruments, Strings, Voice, Choir and Speech Arts. All sessions are open to the public and the festival welcomes participants of all ages.
Syllabus and entry forms available on this site
2013 Festival: April 14 - 21, 2013
"Best of the Fest" Honours Concert: April 21, 2013
President: Margaret May
The 2013 edition of the Peace River North Festival came to a close on Sunday night with the "Best fo the Fest" Honour Concert, a sampling of some outstanding performances from the week of the festival as chosen by adjudicators Sylvia Shadick-Taylor, John White, Heath Onstine, Kerry Lynn Turner and Julie Tomaino. The adjudicators may not have enjoyed our weather, but they had nothing but praise for the efforts the performing artists of the region. The evening included the Northern Lights Youth Choir and, for the first time, the Northern Winds Community Band along with performance in piano, violin, guitar, banjo, speech, trumpet and many forms of dance by dancers from Fort St. John, Dawson Creek and Fort Nelson. Some of the dancers of Aurora Dance Centre in Fort Nelson had driven as far as Wonowon when they got the word that they had been chosen for the show, and they turned around and came back to be a part of the evening.
The final evening also included the announcement of our provincial delegates and presentation of the major awards of the festival. Our region will be represented at the BC Performing Arts Festival in Chilliwack by a talented group of delegates, as follows:
|Junior Piano Delegate||Wesley Kao Phan|
|Piano Observer||Luke Noble|
|Guitar Observers||Colson Fellers||Myles Hanna|
|Dance Category||Dance Delegate||Alternate|
|Ballet I||Darcee Mora||Emily Cui|
|Ballet II||Tennille Johnson|
|Ballet III||Shiau Shan Kao Phan|
|Stage I||Lenore Loewen||Abby White|
|Stage II||Keily Stewart||Takisha Johnson|
|Stage III||Katherine Grimes||Erin Maxfield|
|Modern II||Morgan Mora||Zahria Stokes|
|Modern III||Sonja Beale||Milanne Desfosses|
|Junior Classical||Christy Stephens|
|Senior Classical||Wesley Kao Phan|
|Junior Romantic||Rachelle Troyer|
|Senior Romantic||Wesley Kao Phan|
|Baroque||Wesley Kao Phan|
|Junior Popular||Clayton Fehr|
|Senior Popular||Luke Noble|
|Junior 20th Century||Terrence Zhou|
|Senior 20th Century||Luke Noble|
|Duet||Shiau Shan & Wesley Kao Phan|
|Junior Adjudicator's Award||Rachelle Troyer|
|Intermediate Adjudicator's Award||Luke Noble|
|Senior Adjudicator's Award||Wesley Kao Phan|
|Junior Strings||Abigail Ryder|
|Senior Strings||Katie Haab|
|Guitar & Banjo||Colson Fellers|
|Vocal Solo||Kay Leesa Fehr|
|Adjudicator's Award||Morgan Mora|
|Dance Excellence, 13 & over||Shiau Shan Kao Phan|
|Dance Excellence, 12 & under||Lenore Loewen|
|Most Promising, 13 & over||Keily Stewart|
|Most Promising, 12 & under||Emily Cui|
|Love of Dance||Shianne Fairlie|
|Camaraderie Award||Sydney Decker|
|Light up the Stage||Darcee Mora|
|Top Group Dance||Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre|
|Most Entertaining Dance||The Move Dance Centre|
|Duo Excellence Ballet, 13 & over||Ashley White & Bailey Taylor|
|Duo Excellence Ballet, 12 & under||Ally Dietz & Ashlyn Taylor|
|Duo Excellence Stage, 13 & over||Elan Miller-Jeannotte & Lauren Hrab|
|Duo Excellence Stage, 12 & under||Mackenzie Gosling & Darcee Mora|
Music classes wrapped up at the Peace River North Festival with a day of Bands performing in front of adjudicator John White. There were some wonderful performances over the four days of music and adjudicators had some positive feedback and encouragement for our talented young performers.
There is one more chance to see a sampling of four days of outstanding music at the Best of the Fest Honours Concert on Sunday, April 21 at 6:30 pm at the North Peace Cultural Centre. Adjudicators have chosen some of their favourite performances from all sections of the festival; piano, guitar & banjo, violin, instrumental, voice and speech.
Thursday will see the start of the dance portion of the festival which will run until Sunday. Adjudicators Kerry Lynn Turner and Julie Tomaino will add an entertaining list of dances to the Best of the Fest program.
Local piano students have spent two days displaying their skills as the Peace River North Festival in front of friends, family and adjudicator, Sylvia Shaddick-Taylor. Ms. Taylor is a professional pianist and teacher from Edmonton and students and local teachers were encouraged and inspired by her positive comments and impressive demonstrations on the piano. Her work is not yet done as she will return to the Cultural Centre on Tuesday, April 16 at 11:00 to share her expertise on the violin with a whole new group of students in the Strings division of the festival. Everyone is welcome to come out and see these hard-working young performing artists.
The Peace River North Festival is scheduled for April 14 - 21, 2013, featuring classes in Piano, Strings, Choir and Voice, Guitar and Banjo, Bands and Instruments, Speech Arts and Dance. Details of all classes can be seen in the 2013 syllabus.
The best performances of the Peace River North Festival will take the stage at the "Best of the Fest" Honours Concert on Sunday, April 22 at 6:30 pm at the North Peace Cultural Centre. See a great variety of performances featuring outstanding young performing artists in music and dance.
The 2012 Peace River North Festival of the Arts kick off bright and early on Sunday, April 15, the start of a week of performances by young artists in Piano, Guitar & Banjo, Strings, Voice & Choir, Instruments & Band, Speech and Dance. Sessions run all day at the North Peace Cultural Centre and are open to the public at a cost of $3.00 per session.
The Festival winds up with the “Best of the Fest” Honours Concert on Sunday, April 22, which features the top performances from each division as selected by the adjudicators. It is a showcase of talented young performing artists who have worked hard all year to hone their skills. Tickets are $12.00 for adults and $6.00 for children and seniors and can be purchased through the Cultural Centre box office.
Sunday, April 15 Piano: 9:00 am, 1:00 pm, 6:30 pm
Monday, April 16 Piano: 9:00 am Guitar & Banjo: 11:00 am Piano: 1:00 pm
Tuesday, April 17 Piano: 9:00 am Strings: 1:00 pm Voice & Choir: 5:00 pm
Wednesday, April 18 Instruments: 9:30 am Junior Bands: 1:00 pm Senior Bands: 5:30 pm
Thursday, April 19 to Sunday, April 22 Dance
Sunday, April 22 Best of the Fest Honours Concert: 6:30 pm
Students in the School District #60 band program practising for the festival.