inter-varsity choral festival (IVCF)

The Inter-Varsity Choral Festival (IVCF) is an annual celebration of choral music where university choirs from Ontario and Quebec rehearse together and perform in a combined concert. The festival is hosted on a rotational basis by member choirs.

IVCF was founded in 1949 by the National Federation of Canadian University Students (NFCUS), who suggested that there be a regular competitive music festival in Ontario. The solution was a yearly festival of university choirs. The original participants were McMaster University, the University of Western Ontario, and University of Toronto's Victoria College. The Ontario Agricultural College Union Philharmonic Choral Society and the University of Guelph Chorus joined two years later.

By 1980, the festival had undergone some major changes. Toronto's Hart House Chorus and the Queen's Choral Ensemble were now permanent participants, while the University of Guelph Chorus had dropped out. The competition was restructured into an adjudicated, non-competitive two day festival, and Mary Willan Mason, a notable Toronto writer and daughter of Healey Willan, donated a cup to be presented to the host choir to recognise their efforts in organising the festival.

In 2000, the Hart House Chorus invited other Ontario university choirs to join that year's IVCF. The University of Ottawa Choral Ensemble and Trent University Concert Choir sent representatives and became the fourth and fifth permanent participants in the festival.

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Update (11/12/11): IVCF 2012 has been cancelled.

Year Host
2012 IVCF cancelled
2011 University of Western Ontario Choir
2010 IVCF cancelled
2009 Hart House Chorus, University of Toronto
2008 University of Ottawa
2007 Unversity of Western Ontario Choir

Members Past and Present:

Hart House Chorus, University of Toronto

University of Western Ontario Choir

Trent University Concert Choir

University of Ottawa Choral Ensemble

Ensemble Calixa Lavallée, University of Ottawa

Queen's Choral Ensemble, Queen's University

Simply Sweetly, McGill University

McMaster University Choir

Ontario Agricultural College Union Philharmonic Choral Society, Ontario Agricultural College

Polyhymnia, Queen's University

Trinity Glee Club, University of Toronto

University of Guelph Chorus

University of Toronto Chorus

University of Waterloo Choir

Victoria College Choir