Natalia Kuzma plays at the Yellowknife Music Festival Showcase on May 14, 2019. All photos on this page: James O'Connor/Cabin Radio
The final event in the 2019 Yellowknife Music Festival filled the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre on Tuesday night.
Some two-dozen musicians, vocalists, and choirs performed at the showcase prior to the presentation of certificates.
The acts onstage were the top performers in this year’s festival (as chosen by the adjudicators), scholarship winners, and Alberta festival candidates.
The Alberta Provincial Music Festival is May 26 to June 1 in Edmonton.
The Yellowknife Music Festival was started by Classics on Stage Yellowknife (COSY), lead by Susan Shantora, who organized the first event in 2009. The Music Teachers’ Association of the NWT took over in 2015.
Shantora served as MC of Tuesday’s showcase concert, noting there was “an absolute record” number of registrations in the piano category during the festival.
She also told the crowd the festival does much more than provide a launching pad for careers in music.
“[It makes for] informed audience members and informed community members,” she said.