The mandate of the Kiwanis Music Festival – NCR is to encourage and promote the enjoyment and study of music in our community’s young people through the production of an annual competitive music festival. The Festival runs a full three weeks every April, featuring over 3,000 entries (over 10,000 participants) and managed by a small part-time staff and over 400 volunteers. The participants compete for over $50,000 in scholarships and trophies. It takes place at various churches and schools around Ottawa. Our Festival concludes with the Highlights Concert, a full-length concert held at Algonquin Commons Theatre featuring some of the best and most entertaining of the young participants. We are a registered charity supported by donations, sponsorships, and participant registration fees and governed by a voluntary Board of Directors.