Every two years, Podium,
Canada’s choral conference and festival, is co-presented by Choral Canada and one of Canada’s provincial choral organizations. Podium
will take place in Montreal for the first time in its history from May 14 to 17, 2020 in collaboration with the Alliance chorale du Québec. This major event with its sharing of ideas, repertoire and best practices will have a positive impact on the choral milieu in Montreal and throughout Quebec.
The conference provides a unique opportunity for professional development through conducting master classes, numerous workshops and reading sessions for conductors, choirs and administrators, as well as outstanding performances by Canadian choirs chosen by jury and the National Youth Choir. All the concerts are open to the public. Early Podium
conferences (1982, 1984 and 1986) were held as part of existing provincial events. The first self-supporting conference, Podium East
, was hosted by the New Brunswick Choral Federation and Mount Allison University Department of Music in Sackville, NB in 1988. While each conference has its own special flavour, focus and theme, the name Podium
has been maintained since that time.