Festival History

The Canadian Choral Festival of GLBTT and Friends choruses occurs every 4 years.


Edmonton 1998

Festival 98

Special Guests

Heather Bishop

Svend Robinson


Participating Choirs

in order of appearance

Vancouver Women’s Chorus

Ottawa Gay Men’s Chorus/Le choeur gai d’Ottawa

Regina’s Prairie Pride Chorus

Calgary Men’s Chorus

Singing Out!

Rainy City Gay Men’s Chorus

Synchronicity (AVWC)

Vancouver Lesbian And Gay Choir


The Women Next Door

Rocky Mountain Singers

Forte, The Toronto Men’s Chorus

Sapphic Song Weavers

The Bridge City Chorus

Vancouver Men’s Chorus





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Festival98LOGOEdmonton 1998

Festival 98

Edmonton Vocal Minority was only three years old when its founding Artistic Director, David Garber, suggested the idea of inviting Queer choruses from across Canada to Edmonton for a weekend festival. Although the GALA Choruses festivals in the US were firmly established and welcomed international participation, EVM felt that a lot of Canadian choruses did not attend these festivals due to the cost and the week-long time commitment. A shorter homegrown festival seemed like the perfect alternative.

Festival 98 was born and word quickly spread. With the help of Edmonton’s entire Queer community, planning got underway. The city’s Pride Committee even moved Pride Day to coincide with the Festival!

The main concert venue was the recently opened Francis Winspear Centre, and the free public closing concert was held in Edmonton’s city hall with guest speakers Svend Robinson, MP, and Edmonton City Councillor, Michael Phair.

Festival ’98 commissioned two new works by Canadian singer-songwriter’s Heather Bishop and David Sereda as a lasting legacy of the festival. In addition to Bishop and Sereda, Seattle’s fabulous opera divas, The Derivative Duo, were featured guest performers.

Although EVM was a young organisation that was still working to establish itself, it dared to dream a big dream. As other choruses from across the country take turns hosting and staging these festivals, the dream has taken on a life of its own. Each festival improves upon the last, and Queer Canadian choristers now have an event that is uniquely their own. Edmonton Vocal Minority is proud to have played its small role in celebrating and nurturing Queer culture in Canada.

Kirk Kryvenchuk

EVM General Manager and Assistant Artistic Director