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Canadian Winds • Vents canadiens


The Journal of the Canadian Band Association

Revue de L'Association Canadienne des Harmonies

Canadian Winds is the professional journal of the Canadian Band Association.

The first issue of the journal was released in the fall of 2002 and has since been published bi-annually, in the fall and spring.


Sample Issue (Fall 2021)

Aims & Scope:
Canadian Winds/Vents canadiens publishes a wide range of articles related to wind band activity, broadly construed. The journal seeks to be both a scholarly and pedagogical publication, accessible to all instrumental music educators. Although the primary readership is Canadian, with articles focussed on issues salient to Canadian contexts, the journal aspires to be outward-looking, providing a forum for dialogue and engagement with the international wind band community.

Articles are refereed by practicing professionals who judge manuscripts on their importance, originality, timeliness, scope, accuracy, and style. Canadian Winds does not publish articles that are promotional or endorsing of products or services.

Information for Authors:
Articles submitted for publication should be characterised by:

  • Clarity and precision: articles should be in a straightforward, conversational style. Format should adhere closely to the Chicago Manual of Style (Chicago A and Chicago B are both acceptable). Please consult the many free, online sources available.

  • Length: articles should normally be 1800-3500 words. Short features of less than 1800 words will be considered, subject to content considerations.

  • Usefulness: articles should address the interests of a broad cross-section of more than 2,000 instrumental music educators and community musicians who read the journal.

  • Manuscripts with excessive “mechanical” errors (spelling, grammar, etc.) will be returned to authors for revision before being sent to referees for consideration.


Format of Submissions:

  • Articles should be submitted, via email attachment, to:

  • The author’s name or identifying information should not appear on the manuscript, but should be included in the email.

  • A separate 150-word biographical sketch and a high-resolution JPEG headshot should accompany submissions.

  • Photographs (with photo credit) or graphics are welcome with any submission. All images should be sent as separate attachments and not embedded in the body of the text. Images should generally be no less than 300 dpi.

  • Authors are responsible for securing all permissions and clearances for copyrighted materials.

Undergraduate Critical Essay Competition:

  • Canadian Winds proudly announces the annual Canadian Band Association Undergraduate Critical Essay Competition. The goal of the competition is to encourage and foster emerging voices in the Canadian wind band community.

  • The winning submission will be published in the spring issue of Canadian Winds. The winner and runner-up will both receive cash prizes.

  • Essays should relate in some way to the year’s competition theme. 2022 Theme: Post-pandemic Wind Bands in Canada

  • Submissions should include academic references and reflect critical thought and engagement, not just information sharing or expressions of personal opinion.

  •  Eligibility: Open to university students currently studying at, or recently graduated from, a Canadian institution. [Students are eligible if they graduate in the same year as the submission deadline.

  • Deadline: February 28, 2023

  • Click here for more information about the Undergraduate Critical Essay Competition

Submission Deadlines:

  • August 10 (Fall issue)

  • January 10 (Spring issue)


The Canadian Band Association, founded in 1931, is a national organization of approximately 2,000 members representing school, university, community, and military band directors, students, administrators, music industry, composers, arrangers and others interested in bands and band music in Canada


The Canadian Band Association includes nine provincial associations: British Columbia Band Association, Alberta Band Association, Saskatchewan Band Association, Manitoba Band Association, CBA (Ontario), Ontario Band Association, Quebec Band Association, New Brunswick Band Association, and the Nova Scotia Band Association.



Over 2,000 copies are distributed to members and subscribers.



Library subscriptions are available for $210 CDN per annum.

  To Subscribe:

  Contact:  Chelsey Hiebert



Don’t miss this opportunity to increase awareness of your firm among these highly-concentrated, pre-qualified buyers of music industry goods and services!  All advertisers are recognized as supporters of the Canadian Band Association and receive a link to their website on the CBA website sponsor page.  Ads will also be clickable in the PDF version provided to membership and all libraries.  Advertisers who are also supporting members of the CBA Howard Cable Prize in Composition can contact the CBA office to make arrangements to combine their products for additional savings, billed annually each Spring.

  2022 RATES:

   Ad Type                                    1 Issue               2 Issues               Ad Dimension in Inches               RATE SHEET DOWNLOAD

   Eighth Page                                $275                   $235                  3.5 wide x 2.25 high

   Quarter Page                             $395                   $365                  3.5 wide x 4.625 high

   Half Page                                    $595                   $545                  7.375 wide x 4.625 high or 3.5 wide by 9.5 high

   Full Page                                     $795                   $755                  7.375 wide x 9.5 high

   Inside Front or Back Cover      $895                   $855                  8.625 wide x 11.125 high

   Outside Back Cover                $1115                   $935                  8.625 wide x 11.125 high

​  Technical Requirements

   Full Bleed available for Full Page & Cover Ads only

   Full Colour

   Halftone screen - 133 to 150 lines

   All ads must be print ready

   Digital Requirements – Finished layouts in high resolution (minimum 300 dpi ) JPEG, TIFF, or PDF (fonts embedded).

   Cancellations - must be received in writing prior to copy deadline. Covers are non-cancelable.

   Accounts – Billed at time of publication. Payment due upon receipt of invoice.

   Deadlines Publication Dates:             Ad Copy                Distribution

    Canadian Winds Spring Issue           March 10                 April 10

    Canadian Winds Fall Issue           September 25        November 10

   To Reserve Advertising Space:

  Contact:  Chelsey Hiebert


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