The Fort Saskatchewan Music Festival now has another reason to celebrate.
The festival, a part of the city’s music scene since 1959, is entering its 60th year of giving local music students a place to perform.
The festival also recently received a $5,400 grant from MIX 107 that will go towards covering some costs of the annual event.
“Golden West Broadcasting has been one of our biggest supporters over the last several years,” said Lisa Tomchyshyn, president of the festival. “Without sponsors like these, our festival would not be possible.”
The entirely donor-funded festival offers students on-stage performance opportunities in vocals, musical theatre, choir, band, piano and other areas of music. Professional judges give the students feedback and advice after they share their talents, with top performers receiving monetary awards.
“Having an outlet like music gives so many kids the ability to learn a skill that they can be proud of,” Tomchyshyn said.
The festival will use MIX 107's donation to help pay judges' fees and the cost of venues such as the Dow Centennial Centre.