- THE FIRST FIFTY YEARS -
When the first Kiwanis Club in Newfoundland was organized in November, 1950, one of the first projects considered was the establishment of a competitive Music Festival, organized along the lines of those being held in Britain for over 100 years and established in Canada in Edmonton in 1908.
On the surface, it would appear unusual that a service club comprising business and professional people would become involved with a highly organized and technically sophisticated musical event such as a Music Festival, but experience has shown, and continues to be evident, that service clubs, particularly Kiwanis clubs, have had eminent success in encouraging artistic excellence while maintaining financial stability and organizational efficiency in the administration of music festivals in Canada. The co-operation between Kiwanians, musicians and the community at large has been essential and abundantly in evidence in St. John's throughout the past 50 years. As a Kiwanis Festival Chairman in Peterborough said in 1951 when he was asked for advice from their successful festival experience, "There will be some difficult times as deficits turn up and arguments develop between the Club and the "prima donnas" as to the merits of procedure, syllabus, adjudicators and so on, but none of them are very important as a little time passes and they are seen in their proper perspective".
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