Kiwanis Music Festival Windsor-Essex County


The Kiwanis Music Festival is an annual competitive event that provides an opportunity for hundreds of our area’s music students to hone their skills, showcase their talents, and gain confidence in their abilities through performance.  This event was established to nurture, encourage, and support our youth in both their personal and artistic development.  The study of music is continually proven to be a stimulating and rewarding tool in the education process.

The Festival is a two-week competition hosted each spring which culminates in an awards ceremony and community concert celebration.


The festival movement has flourished in Canada for over 100 years since the first festival took place in Edmonton, Alberta in 1908.  Windsor followed by hosting its first festival in 1947 and today there are over 200 local festivals that take place each year in different parts of Canada where participating students have the opportunity to advance to Ontario’s provincial level if they are successful.  Since 1998, the Windsor Festival has been an independent corporation with a Board of Directors made up of members of the Kiwanis Club of Windsor and an Executive Committee. Both groups are volunteers as are the over 150 volunteers to contribute their time and skill to keep the festival alive.