Harvest is here and the air is filled with the enthusiastic first sounds of budding beginner band students. I hope your school year is off to a great start and the …
The Moose Jaw Band and Choral Festival uses four main venues all located in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Mae Wilson Theatre
The Moose Jaw Cultural Centre, located at 217 Main St. N. in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada, is home to the Mae Wilson Theatre and the Conexus Visual Arts Centre.
The 420-seat Mae Wilson Theatre is the site of many shows each year including concerts of every type of music, musicals, plays, concerts, ballets, and films. Local school groups to internationally-recognized acts have performed on the Mae Wilson stage.
The theatre has been restored to the glory and splendour it had when it first opened as the Allen Theatre in 1916.
A. E. Peacock Collegiate is Moose Jaw’s only comprehensive high school. Although it first opened it’s doors to students in 1931, we continually strive to provide a high quality, diverse, and relevant education for Moose Jaw and area students.
Our facility is the pride of the community and includes many unique attributes such as the 800 seat Centennial Auditorium.
St. Aidan Church Hall
St. Aidan Anglican Church was formed in 2003 by amalgamating four Anglican congregations (of the Anglican Church of Canada) into one new parish in one building. The building we eventually selected is the former St. John’s Anglican Church, located in downtown Moose Jaw, beside the bus depot at High St. and 1st Ave. East. The cornerstone was laid in 1909.
The building was constructed in the years 1906-07 and was built originally as Zion Methodist Church (prior to the formation of the United Church in 1925). The building was patterned after Zion Methodist Church in Winnipeg which has since been destroyed by fire leaving Zion the only remaining church of this particular design in Western Canada. The building overall is Romanesque in style with the dominant features of pillars and dome reminiscent of the Pantheon in Rome. The original building cost $65,000.00 in 1906/07 plus $6,000.00 for the Casavant Organ and additional funds for the pews.
St. Andrew’s United Church
In the heart of downtown is St. Andrew’s United Church, one of Moose Jaw’s most iconic buildings. Built as a Presbyterian Church in the 1910’s, gutted by fire and rebuilt in the 60’s, the church today has beautiful stained glass, and a breathtaking interior, St Andrew’s is also Moose Jaw’s first officially “affirming” church, welcoming all people regardless of age, income, sexual orientation, gender identity, or ethnic background. We even welcome band and choral students!
Karen McKenzieBand Director Victoria School Saskatoon, SK.
I just wanted to thank you and the committee for all the work you do to organize this festival. I had a group that performed there yesterday, and I was SO impressed with our experience. Probably the best clinic experience we had and it was so nice for the clinicians to tag team the way they did. It was a great way for my gr 8’s to finish off their junior high band career. I hope to be back next year! Well done. With much appreciation,
Jeff JohnsonJazz band clinician 2012
The goal of music education through band/choir programs and Festivals like the Moose Jaw Band and Choral Festival is to encourage students to love music not merely as entertainment or amusement. Instead, our goal is to provide a caring, nurturing and creative environment that both encourages and empowers students to share in and embrace in each other a sense of what is good, just and beautiful.
Both the arts and athletics play an integral role in the lives of our kids and thank goodness, otherwise we’re left with simply going to work, coming home and mowing the lawn.
It’s a great festival and it’s really well run. You are treated like absolute royalty. The facilities are great, the kids are great, and the bands have been great. It’s been everything we were told it was.
We are very thankful for the financial support we receive from businesses and citizens of Moose Jaw and beyond. The support of these people and businesses helps us to maintain a quality festival. Also, thanks to St. John’s Music Regina for providing the drum kit for our jazz band venue.