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July 03, 2019
Welcome to our new Board Member

We would like to welcome Alan Humphries to the Board. For full bios of all of our Board members, please check the GVPAF Team tab.

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June 28, 2019
National Festival Update

The Provincial office has just informed us that BC will leave the National Music Festival at the end of August 2019.  Alberta and BC and any other province, who has chosen to leave the National Festival hope to form either a Western Festival or a new Canadian Festival.  Stay tuned. 

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June 13, 2019


Take Notice that a General Meeting of Members of the Society will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 5 pm in the Boardroom at 21-21 Dallas Road (Shoal Point), Victoria, BC.

The purpose of the Meeting is to approve an increase in the maximum number of board members from the existing 12 to 15.  The Special Resolution to be voted upon is:  “Be it resolved as a Special Resolution of the Members of the Society that the Bylaws as filed with the BC Registrar of Companies be amended by deleting existing Bylaw 4.2 and substituting the following in its place:  ‘4.2 The Board shall consist of no more than fifteen (15) elected members comprising the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer and up to Eleven (11) Members at Large.’”


May 23, 2019
Roberto and Mary Wood Scholarship Award

Congratulations to Lexie Krakowski for her outstanding Cello performance and for being the recipient of the 2019 Roberto and Mary Wood Scholarship Award.


May 14, 2019
Celebrating the Life of Selena James

Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 2:30pm at the Alix Goolden Hall. Selena James enjoyed a highly successful career as a soprano and as a teacher. She joined the faculty of the Victoria Conservatory of Music in 1973, and was the director of the VCM Opera Studio for thirty-five years. Under her leadership it became a vital training program for several generations of singers. In addition to her work at the VCM, Selena taught at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and in 2013 was awarded a ‘Ruby’ by Opera Canada for her contribution to the world of opera. An important member of the VCM faculty until her retirement in 2014, we are grateful for her years of dedicated teaching, for her love of opera, and of singers. Please join us, along with many of her former students, including Richard Margison, Ingrid Attrot, Benjamin Butterfield, Eve-Lyn de la Haye, Ken Lavigne, Trevor Bowes and Louis Rose, to celebrate the life of Selena James. All are welcome to attend.

May 10, 2019
Welcome to our new Board Members

We would like to welcome Melanie Johnson, Danielle Williamson, and Serena Selkirk to our Board. For full bios of all of our Board members, please check the GVPAF Team tab.


November 20, 2018
Welcome to our new Board Member

We would like to welcome Zhila Alizadeh-Borji to our Board. For full bios of all of our Board members, please check the GVPAF Team tab.


November 15, 2018
Music Festival Suite

We are very excited to announce that we will be using a new registration system for Festival 2019, Music Festival Suite. To access the system and set up a profile, please visit our registration page at Music Festival Suite. You may find links to the instruction manual under the Registration Tab located under the Festival heading above. If you need assistance, please feel free to contact us at

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September 03, 2018
Strategic Plan

We had a long summer of planning and are please to present the Strategic Plan for the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival. A copy can be found under the about tab located above.


May 11, 2018
Remembering Thomas Mayne

It is with great sadness that we honour the passing of Thomas Mayne. He was a strong supporter of Festival Awards and through his generosity touched the lives and arts educations of many student performers. We are eternally grateful for his kind support over the years. Times Colonist.

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March 15, 2018
Welcome to our new Board Member

We are very happy to welcome Peter Parrish to our Board. Peter comes to us with a wealth of experience and many great ideas. For full bios of all of our Board members, please check the GVPAF Team tab.

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January 24, 2018
Double-Double Duo Fundraising Concert

Join us on February 18th for the Double-Double Duo Concert. First Baptist Church, 877 North Park, 7:30pm Double-Double Duo features Michael Bridge on accordion and Kornel Wolak on clarinet. This unique duo wil be performing a fundraising concert for the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival. DDD concerts include: Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Leonard Cohen, Hank Williams, Benny Goodman, and folk music from Bulgaria, Brazil, and Bosnia

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October 18, 2017
New Concert Lineup for 2018

Be sure to check out our new concert series: The Rose Bowl Concert will now include Musical Theatre Highlights and has been renamed the “Voice Highlights Concert”. Fiddle Highlights will be on stage with the Ethnic Dance Highlights, and Junior Piano and Junior Strings will perform together in a fabulous concert.


September 08, 2017
Get Your Thrifty Foods Smile Card and Support Festival!

We are thrilled to advise that we have joined the Thrifty Smile Card Fundraising Program. Once loaded with an amount you determine, use it to pay for groceries and Thrifty Foods will donate 5% of the loaded amount to us. There is absolutely no cost to you. When the card runs low, simply load it again and continue shopping. Contact the office and your Smile Card will be mailed to you. Our sincere thanks to Thrifty Foods for their support.

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May 16, 2017
Roberto and Mary Wood $5,000 Scholarship Award

After viewing the performances by six of Victoria’s talented young classical musicians, Festival 2017’s Roberto and Mary Wood Jurists selected Kate Moran for her outstanding Viola performance. Congratulations Kate! We wish you and all of the other scholarship candidates the very best in your musical endeavors.

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November 02, 2016
Rachel Allen Featured Soloist

Rachel Allen, our 2016 Roberto and Mary Wood Scholarship winner, is one of the featured soloists on Saturday, November 12th when she will be sharing the stage with Andrew Greenwood singing Requiems by Faure and Durufle. First Metropolitan Church, 3:00pm.