There have been some major changes with regards to the 2021 Cariboo Festival format, as it is virtual for the 2021 year


Please make sure to read the 2022 Festival Syllabus before completing your registration, making sure to note all major submission deadlines and performance requirements that are specific to the 2022 Festival. 

PDF copies of the entrants’ performance piece(s) are required for proof of purchase. Pictures of musical performance books will also be allowed; front cover as well as the performance piece itself are required for photograph and must be legible. 


All repertoire submissions must be emailed by March 5, 2021


Please see submit via WeTransfer ( ) to email address


Pleaes review pg 4-5 with regards to Performance Guidelines as well as Video Recordings; pg 6-8 with regards to Entry Requirements and rules specific to disciplines.


We have also include an overall FAQ section with regards to the virtual format (see pg 25) 


Please confirm the phone number and email address you have entered in on this registration is correct, as the Cariboo Festival will be emailing correspondence with regards to the entrant and performance scheduling. 



The Cariboo Festival society is a non-profit organization that provides a unique creative, artistic and cultural experience to the community. The Cariboo Festival includes:

  • Performance classes in voice, piano, band and instrumental, and speech arts (poetry, public speaking and drama).
  • The incentive amateur children, youth, adults, and groups (choirs, classes, bands) to prepare and perform a selection at a high level of excellence for an adjudicator. The incentive, in combination with the challenge of a competitive atmosphere, enhances the whole experience for performers and the audience.
  • Self-confidence and experience gained by performing in a public setting.
  • Opportunities for participants to share their efforts with the community and receive valuable feedback and instruction from masters in their field.

The benefits to the community include:

  • Developing citizens with a higher awareness of the arts.
  • Bringing in highly qualified adjudicators who provide insight and inspire participants to continue to grow in, and share, their love of the arts.
  • The encouragement of valuable life skills, such as preparation and presentation, public speaking, and public decorum and etiquette.


The annual cost to run a festival of this calibre is about $13,000, of which about one-third is raised through entry fees and the rest fundraised. In addition, the number of volunteers needed adds up to over 1200 hours every year. The Cariboo Festival is always looking for new volunteers!

In summary:

  • "Art breaks down barriers and builds up communities."
    Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General of Canada
  • Canadians predominate on the professional stage because of the festival experience, according to Michael Kim, piano adjudicator of the 2007 national festival.

The first Cariboo Festival was held in May of 1957 with 200 entries. President of the Festival at that time was Catherine Boyce. Other founding members were Hazel Huckvale, Marty Simon, Ann Stevenson, Marie Sharpe, and Toes Uchida. That first year most entries were vocal solos and school choirs  along with spoken verse and choral speech. A one- act play and several square dance groups were also included. Approximately 600 entries were adjudicated in a one day event that lasted until midnight! There were few piano entrants as Williams Lake had few piano teachers. Mr. Halloren came from Quesnel twice a month to teach piano. In the early 1970's Gail Carson and Carrie Barker obtained their Teacher's Certificates and the piano entries started to increase. They also organized a committee and raised money for a community grand piano for the use of  these piano entrants. (This info was taken from an article in the Tribune in November 1996).

In 2022 we celebrate 64 years of the Cariboo Festival! Celebrate with us by participating through registraiton, participating through attending the performances, providing financial sponsorship, renewing your membership, becoming a new member, volunteering, or simply spreading the word in our community.