On November 24, the final of the second Edmonton Chinese Singing Contest was held at the Muttart Hall Theatre at MacEwan University.
Close to 100 students and persons auditioned for the contest. After the first round of auditions, 70 contestants advanced to the preliminary contest on November 18. From the preliminary round, 46 contestants were chosen to continue to the finals where they competed in four categories: elementary, junior and senior high, adult and non-citizen or non-immigrant. After nearly four hours of competition, four people were awarded First Place, seven people received Second Place, and ten persons won Third Place. Special awards were also given to eight additional contestants from the four categories.
During the award ceremony, special guests delivered speeches. The special guests included: consul Fu Yunan from the China Consulate in Vancouver; Dr. Liang Tian, Special Chinese Advisor for Alberta Education; Ms. Grace Chi as the co-organizers representative and Ms. Peggy Yu as the representative for the judges.
The CIE presented Organization awards to the following five schools: Dovercourt, Caernarvon, Edith Rogers, Ottewell and Ross Sheppard. Appreciation certificates were also presented to the five judges and six co-organizers.
The Edmonton Second Chinese Singing Contest was organized by the CIE and by co-organizers such as the Edmonton Tianjin Association, the Edmonton Beijing Opera Society, Greenland Music, the Canada China Friendship Society of Edmonton, the Edmonton Chinese Unity Association and the Edmonton Chinese Journal.
The singing contest was not only to encourage students to improve their singing skills. It also provided the opportunity for students to learn more about the Chinese language and culture as well as to build their confidence. Five judges provided free individual tutoring for those attending the final.
This competition was very successful and well received by both the participants and audience. Many people expressed their appreciation that CIE organized this event.