2022 National Award Winners

Eric Davidson – John Weinzweig Centenary Scholarship – Senior Award
Elijah Mok – John Weinzweig Centenary Scholarship – Junior Award
View announcement http://acnmp.ca


Click here for 2022 local award winners.

Festival News for 2022

Contemporary Showcase Edmonton commissioned a new piece:

We have an exciting new commission for Piano Levels 6 – 8.  

As a tribute to Gladys Odegard for her many years of service, we have commissioned renowned Edmonton composer, John Estacio, O.C..  
John has written a work for Contemporary Showcase Festivals across Canada commemorating the admirable effort that students, parents and teachers have given to maintain music studies throughout the pandemic.  Now and Then is in 3 movements depicting time before Covid, during Covid and in better times to come. The music is available now for download from our website and is free for performance at this year’s Showcase Festival.

Now and Then
Short Suite for Piano
   I.Hustle Bustle   II. Snowfall on a quiet Monday afternoon   III. Onwards!
Composed by John Estacio

Gr. 6 – any 1 movement
Gr. 7 – any 2 movements
Gr. 8 – entire work

Click here for details.

Special project in memory of Erin Bai (1999-2020)

The Alberta Registered Teachers Association (ARMTA), Edmonton Branch, has commissioned a new work for piano in memory of Erin Bai, daughter of Leslie Bai who is a very dedicated volunteer with both ARMTA and Contemporary Showcase Edmonton.  

  • Students wishing to perform this piece at the 2022 Contemporary Showcase Festival may enter it in either Class 105 or 106.
  • Students may play it by itself or along with another selection.
  • ARMTA Edmonton Branch will be providing a $100 scholarship from donations received in Erin’s memory for the best performance of this new work.

RemembERINg written by Lynette Sawatsky
Listen to a recording here.
Purchase music here.

Canadian Music Loan Library

At present, the music in the library is mostly for piano solo.  
There is also some piano duet music and a couple pieces for voice, guitar and percussion (individually).
A list of the music with approximate grading is available here.
If you would like to peruse the music available and borrow something for teaching this fall, please contact Sylvia Taylor at ivory88@interbaun.com.  
You would be able to borrow the music until the Showcase Festival in November.

Young Composers
Program 2022

Students ages 12 and up are mentored through the process of writing a composition. One group lecture and work session is followed by 3 half hour lessons with a composer. Students are encouraged to attend other students’ lessons.

October 2, 16, 23, 30

Allard Hall, MacEwan University
Centre for Performing Arts and Culture
11110 – 104 Ave

Registration Deadline
September 24, 2022

Final concert
Held during Contemporary Showcase Festival, Nov. 18-20.


Senior – Diana Tayler
Junior – Marie Alice Conrad

Showcase Festival

A non-competitive festival of music of Canadian Composers for all ages, levels and disciplines.

November 18-20, 2022

Holy Trinity Anglican Church
10037 84 Ave NW, Edmonton
(corner of 84 Ave & 101 St)

Registration Deadline
October 21, 2022

Gala concert:
Friday, November 25, 2022
Holy Trinity Anglican Church

Featured Composers:

Nancy Telfer
Mary Gardiner
Click here to browse for music.


Sr/Int Piano – Joseph Fridman
Jr/Beg Piano – Diana Wiens
Strings – Murray Vaasjo
Winds – Raymond Baril
Voice – Maura Sharkey-Pryma
Creative Music – John Burge (via Zoom)


Donations are gratefully accepted to help run our programs. Your donation can help us keep registration fees low while helping to bring in highly qualified and experienced clinicians and composers. Donations also help to create scholarships for students receiving recognition awards. 

Click here to read our donation letter.

Donations can be 
– an ongoing monetary donation of any amount
– a one-time donation of any amount
– class sponsorship – $50
– Bottle Drive Fundraiser
– advertising in our program 
Click here for sizes and rates.

Donations should be sent to
Treasurer, 10331  137 Street,
Edmonton, AB, T5N 2H2

E-transfer donations to:

Please specify which of the above options you’re donating.

Thank you for your support!


Volunteers are always needed to help run our festival, mostly as secretaries and hall monitors. If you would consider assisting Contemporary Showcase Edmonton, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@csedmonton.com.

Teachers are encouraged to each sign up for 1 volunteer shift to help make the festival possible.  This could include being a secretary during their students’ performances with the understanding they will not indicate to the clinician any connection with the student. We thank you in advance for your assistance!!


Membership in our non-profit society is open and free to anyone age 18 or over. If you would like to be included on our membership list, please forward your contact information to
Sylvia Taylor at ivory88@interbaun.com.

Members receive occasional information and special news about our organization throughout the year.

sPecial 25th Anniversary Commissions
Student Premieres 2018