About Us

Our Organization:

  • The “Association of Chinese Arts and Literary Contest for Youth” (ACALCY) is a non-profit community-based organization, which is 100% operated by devoted volunteers.


Our Goal:

  • Chinese language has become an increasingly important international language.  Our goal is to promote Chinese language, arts and culture as well as to enhance social harmony.  Parents, teachers and volunteers of different backgrounds jointly created this platform for our youth to share their skills and talents, and to appreciate the culture of our heritage.


Our Participants:

  • This annual event is open to all students from kindergarten to Grade 12 in Ontario.
  • Over 40,000 entries, including some non-Chinese descendants since year 2000. Our contestants are from over 100 Chinese heritage schools, credit courses and individuals all over Ontario – GTA, Hamilton and Waterloo etc.   The number of contestant entries has increased steadily to 5,000 in 2019.
  • Strong supports from parents, teachers of Chinese heritage schools and art studios help the promotion of this annual event.
  • Over 70 adjudicators from their professional fields.
  • Over 300 dedicated youth and adult volunteers helping out each year.


The Contest:

  • The 20th CALCY will include 8 Categories to be performed in Mandarin and Cantonese. Categories include Recitals (Nursery Rhymes, Solo Recitals, Parent-child Recitals and Ancient Poem), Painting, Calligraphy, Story Telling and Composition.
  • The contest will be held at Bur Oak Secondary School, Markham on Saturdays and Sunday on March 28 and April 5 and 6, 2020 for a total of 3 days.
  • Over 200 trophies plus monetary awards will be presented at the Award Ceremony to be held on May 18, 2020.  About 1,000 contestants, parents and guests attended the CALCY Award Presentation Ceremony each year.


Supports and Funding:

  • The collective contributions from hundreds of volunteers are invaluable.
  • Completely rely on sponsorships to the Event and on advertisements in our programme book.
  • Our gratitude and appreciation go to all Sponsors (past & current) including: Ontario Trillium foundation, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto); the two Toronto School Boards and the two York Region School Boards; Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library, University of Toronto; Toronto Chinese Writers Association; and many organizations, businesses and professionals.