2021 AIBF Calgary Festival

Note from Rob Spears (President AIBF):

On behalf of the AIBF Board it is with great disappointment that I announce that AIBF 2021 (North & South Festivals) is being cancelled due to the ongoing COVID pandemic. Many of us have seen great changes to our music programs through this unprecedented time and, from your responses to our questionnaire, we have made the decision to cancel this year. We look forward to resuming the festivals in 2022 and hope that you and your music program stay healthy throughout the turbulent times.

Please continue to watch the AIBF website as we update information in the future.

If you have questions in the meantime, please reach out to us at [email protected].

*** For those of you who signed up for the Grade 1 Festival in Calgary, which had to be cancelled last April due to Covid-19, your registration fees will be rolled over to the 2022 festival.


Welcome to the Calgary Alberta International Band Festival 2021 - "Where young Albertans learn to play, and play to learn." We're excited to announce that we are celebrating our 51st year!

The Alberta International Band Festivals (both Edmonton North and Calgary South) are run by a volunteers. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a performance platform for outstanding junior high/middle school, high school, and community bands. The Festivals are held each year in Calgary and Edmonton. Organizers are committed to providing participants with a valuable and stimulating educational experience.

All bands are adjudicated against a standard performance rubric established by the Festival Committee. bands receive "Superior", "Excellent" or "Good" ratings from each of two adjudicators. One adjudicator gives a written evaluation, while the other provides recorded comments of the performance. the Festival also makes an archival recording for each band with no adjudicator's comments.

2021 Calgary Festival Dates

TO BE DETERMINED - Please see note above.

The Festivals are funded by grants, corporate sponsorship, donations, entry fees and ticket sales. We invite organizations, foundations and individuals interested in supporting the Festivals to contact our Sponsorship Coordinators - Cathy MacRae and Ryan Hancock at [email protected].

For additional information about or questions concerning the Alberta International Band Festival - Calgary, please contact Director of Operations - Cathy MacRae at: [email protected].