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Greater Victoria
Performing Arts Festival
21-21 Dallas Road
Victoria, BC V8V 4Z9
phone 250-386-9223
fax 250-380-6791

Performing Arts BC
Provincial Festival

Each regional festival sends its most promising young artists between the ages of 10 and 28 to participate in the annual Provincial Festival. The five-day event encompasses special master classes, lectures, coaching, workshops, technique classes and adjudications.

Daily Schedule by Section

Please note that School Dance is not included in the schedule above; schedules are available each day of sessions at the door, or by contacting the Section Head through the 'Contact' page. 

CHORAL: Note that Wednesday, April 15th sessions are at St. Aidan's Church, 3703 St. Aidans  Street, and not at First Metropolitan Church.

Jody Pilling, our Festival's President, extends a warm welcome to Festival 2015. Click here to read her message.

We are looking for volunteer cashiers for the Classical Voice section running April 24th to May 1st. If you, or anyone you know, is interested in working a session about 3 hours in the morning, afternoon or evening please contact us festival@gvpaf.org .

Venue: Pacific Opera Centre, 925 Balmoral Rd

Duties: Collect admissions, sell programs, welcome parents, teachers and performers…easy to learn!!

We offer a pass to 2 Honours Concerts (includes the Roberto and Mary Wood Concert) in thanks.

The Festival Program ($25) is available for sale at:

Tom Lee Music; Long & McQuade; Larsen Music; Victoria Conservatory of Music; Toes 'N' Taps Dance Shoppe; Ellswear Dance & Activewear; Ivy's Book Shop; Peninsula Academy of Music Arts (North Saanich); the Festival Office and at the venues.

  • Special Offers:  
    Tom Lee Music is a proud sponsor of the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival each year. Making music makes better communities! To receive a VIP Tom Lee Music discount card in the mail, please email simon.phillips@tomleemusic.ca
  • Accent Inns will offer a $79 s/d rate* for any Festival guests booking a room at the Accent Inn-Victoria and identifying themselves as part of the Festival. Mention that you are with the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival to get the discount. 

          *rate subject to availability and taxes.

Our Festival is a stepping-stone for performers to compete in the National Music Festival. "Help make music score...All it takes is $44" is an invitation to celebrate the 44th anniversary of the NMF and possibly benefit our local Festival. For every $44 donation received by the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals, $15 will be donated to our Festival. Please find more information here.

Tickets for Studio Dance and School Dance sessions and highlights concerts at Farquhar Auditorium, UVIC must be purchased at the Auditorium or online.  To buy tickets in advance go to www.auditorium.uvic.ca or purchase by phone 250-721-8480. Tickets are also available at the door.


The Studio Dance section needs a few volunteers. Can you help staff the Front of House table at the beginning or end of each day of sessions? Or help schedule the team volunteers? Please contact the office if you can offer assistance. Volunteers receive passes to Honours and Highlights Concerts.

In 2012 the Festival office moved to 21-21 Dallas Road in James Bay. It is situated at the back of the Shoal Point complex, on the second floor, overlooking Fisherman's Wharf. The stairwell is a short distance to the right of the coffee shop as you look at the building. During office hours there is an elevator through the glass door to the left of the stairs. Free one hour parking is available.