Edmonton First Chinese Singing Contest was successfully held on November 19 and 26 at the Conservatory of Music of MacEwan University. This contest was organized by Confucius Institute in Edmonton along with many local organizations, such as Conservatory of Music, Edmonton Tianjin Association, Chinese Journal, Edmonton Beijing Opera Association, Canada-China Friendship Society of Edmonton, Greenland Music Society and Aperture Studio.
32 finalists competed in three categories: elementary group, junior/senior high group, and adult group. After 3 hours of competition, the first place award went to Dhefen Goh, Emma Lukey, and Britney Trieu for each group.
The award ceremony was right after the competition. Dr. Lorne Parker, the Assistant Superintendent of EPSB and Chair of CIE Board of Directors, Consul Yunan Fu from the Chinese Consulate in Vancouver, and the representatives from co-organizers presented the medals and prizes to 32 winners. Mr. Hegang Dong summarized the entire contest on behalf of the judges. Chris Gallant also shared his feelings about the contest with all the audience as a contestant representative. A parent of an elementary contestant expressed her appreciation to the CIE for providing such a good opportunity for participants to showcase their talents as well as providing a strong support to Edmonton Mandarin bilingual program.
The purpose of the event is to encourage people to sing Chinese songs and to learn Chinese language and culture through songs. In spite of the first time, 75 people submitted their singing videos and registered for the contest, 53 were successfully selected to the preliminary contest, and 32 advanced to the finals. We expect more people participate in the contest next year.