40th Annual Festival of the Arts around corner

Local performances will be ongoing at Martin Exeter Hall

Performers will be taking to the stage with vocal, piano, speech arts and instrumental performances for the 100 Mile Festival of the Arts at the Martin Exeter Hall, starting on April 17 and wrapping up on April 29 at 7 p.m, with a Showcase Concert.

There are approximately 395 participants this year, starting in age at five years.

Folks are welcome to attend all of the performances, cost is by donation with the proceeds going to the operations of festival.

The use of cell phone, camera or audio recording devices are not allowed during performances.

“I encourage everyone to come out and support the performers anytime, especially the evening concerts.” says Ginny Alexander Festival committee spokesperson.


Dr. Colleen Whidden is adjudicating the vocal program, April 17-18.

Vocals start at 1:30-2:45 p.m, the Musical Theatre division: Ballad begins at 3 p.m., Comedy at 4:30 and Ensembles begin at 5:15.

At 7:30 p.m., Eclectica Community Choir preforms.

On April 18, vocal starts at 10 a.m. with Collage, Country, Folk Song, Traditional, Minstrel and Canadian Repertoire.

Classical Repertoire begins at 1:30 p.m., followed by Art Song at 2:45, and a workshop begins at 4.

Workshops are scheduled throughout the event and Alexander encourages people to attend.

“Everyone, especially the students, is asked to attend the workshops. This is the first year we have included [workshops] during adjudicators time.”


Anita Perry is the adjudicator for piano.

On April 19-22 at 2:30 p.m., adjudication begins with Canadian content continuing until 4:45; 20th/21st Century at 5 and Classical at 7:15. The evening ends with French content.

Piano Ensembles begin April 20 at 10 a.m., followed by Romantic at 10:45, Baroque at 1, J.S. Bach begins at 3:15 and Intermediate at 4. The evening features Sonata at 6:30 p.m. and Quick Study at 8.

On April 21, Piano Ensembles: Adult and Student begin at 9 a.m. Beginners at 10:20- 2:10, when 20th/21st Century commences. Classical begins at 3:25 p.m., Sonata at 4:25. Popular Music starts at 7 p.m., with a concert recital at 8 p.m.

On April 22, Sacred at 9 a.m., Quick Study at 9:30 and Composition at 9:55, and a composition workshop at 10:15-11 a.m.

Speech and dramatic

Speech and Dramatic Arts begin April 25 with adjudicator Susan Bertoia at 10 a.m., with Group Speech and Readers Theatre. At 2:15 p.m., Solo Speech – Humourous Poetry, Canadian Author at 3:10 and Narrative Poetry at 4. Drama, Traditional and Shakespearean start at 6:30 p.m.

On April 26, Choral Speaking begins at 10 a.m. and Poetry at 11:15. Prose, Story Reading, Improvisation and Sight Reading from 1 to 2:45 p.m., and workshop from 3:30 to 5 p.m.


Apr. 27 Instrumental adjudicator Peter Stigings starts at 9:30 a.m. with School Bands, and Ensembles, Canadian and Popular, 1-3:30 p.m.

At 3:30 p.m., the Peter Skene Ogden (PSO) Secondary Tour Band will perform in the PSO auditorium; 100 Mile House Community Band at 7 p.m., followed by Concerto, Recital, and Sonata at Martin Exeter Hall.

April 28 at 9 a.m., Solos 1 and 2 start at 9 a.m., followed by a workshop at 1 p.m.