ARTS CAnterbury APplications for the 2024/25 school year ARE NOW closed

Results will be emailed March 18th between 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Located in the southeast sector of Ottawa, Canterbury is a hub of creative activity for over 1300 students. It is a school with a 40–year tradition of excellence made up of students from our local community and students who have auditioned for the specialized Arts Canterbury program. Students in the Arts Canterbury program enroll in one of the following art disciplines: dance, drama, literary arts, music, or visual art. There is rich diversity in the school population that is respected and encouraged. As a result, the students are motivated, creative, energetic and committed to their studies, their school, and their community. The extra-curricular athletic program at Canterbury lends balance to both academics and arts. Our goals are to nurture excellence in our students by challenging them with the best of the academic, artistic, and athletic worlds, and to help students become well-rounded individuals who care about and understand our greater community.

*FOR PRES: FOR SITE: Updated Canterbury Arts Presentation 2023/24

In case you missed the Arts Open House on November 1st 2023, here is the slideshow...

Canterbury Arts Open House Presentation Nov 1st 2023
Dance Slide 2023/24 - Why dance at Canterbury High School?
SrJazz Band - Sunny Ray
Stompa strings slide

                Listen to the performances of "Sunny Ray" by the Senior Jazz Band and  "Stompa" performed by our orchestra composed by Canada's own Serena Ryder - featured on the CBC!

Application/Audition Dates  

2024/25 School Year

*Exact audition dates coming soon. Approximate dates are listed below.

To Receive an audition slot

ALL APPLICANTS must apply between Nov 15th - Dec 7th, 2023

Nov 15th, 2023: Applications Open for the 2024/25 School Year!

Dec 7th, 2023: Applications Close 

Results letters will be emailed March 18th between 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM.


Feb 27, 2024 8:45 AM - 3:00 PM:  Expression of Interest for Students with no formal ballet training and any style of dance experience - Prospective students will take part in a Hip-Hop Dance Workshop and Observe two Canterbury Dance Classes.

Feb 5-12, 2024:  Group Ballet Auditions for Students with 3+ years training.

See Dance Page for Details


Nov 9th 2023: Drama Virtual Information Session 7:00 - 7:45 PM (link will be posted on the drama page) 

Saturday, January 20th 2024: current Grade 8 Drama Group Auditions (at Canterbury High School)

January 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 2024: current Grade 8 Drama Individual Audition/Interviews 

January 29, 30, 2024: Current Grade 9, 10, 11 Group and Solo Auditions (in-person)

See Drama Page for details


Literary Arts

Nov 7th 2023 Virtual Info Session 8:00 - 8:45 PM  

Jan 11th 2024 by 3:00 PM:  Portfolios Due Date 

Jan 24, 25, 26, 29 or 30, 2024:  Literary Arts Virtual Individual Interviews *All Literary Arts Interviews will be VIRTUAL* (10 mins) 

See Literary Arts Page for Details


Nov 8th 2023  Virtual Info Session 7:00 - 7:45 PM 

Jan 10th 2024 GROUP AUDITIONS/AUDITION PREP SESSIONS:(mandatory for all music applicants)

-WINDS/PERCUSSION - Workshop and Audition Information, 6:00 PM-7:00 PM

-VOCALS -  Group Audition 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

-STRINGS - Group Audion 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Jan 24, 25, 26, 29 or 30, 2024 Vocal, Strings and Winds/Percussion Solo Audition (20 mins)

See Music Page for Details


Visual Arts

Jan 18th and 19th, 2024 Group Life Drawing Workshops (1 hour) (at Canterbury High School)

Jan 24, 25, 26, 29, 30 or 31 2024 Live Portfolio Viewing and Interview (15 mins) (at Canterbury High School)

See Visual Art Page for Details