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 30,000 entries, including some non-Chinese descendents 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 contestants has increased steadily from 1,300  in 2000  to 7,000  in 2017.
  • 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 18th CALCY will include 7 Categories being performed in Mandarin, Cantonese and English. Categories include Solo, ancient poem and Parent-child Recitals; Choral Speaking; Singing; Painting; Calligraphy; Story Telling and Chinese General Knowledge Quiz.
  • The contest will be held at Bur Oak Secondary School, Markham on Saturdays and Sundays in early April, 2018  for  a total of 4 days.
  • Over 250 trophies plus monetary awards will be presented at the Award Ceremony to be held in May 2018.  About 1,000 contestants, parents and guests would attend 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 Trade Office (Canada); Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library, University of Toronto; School boards of GTA; Toronto Chinese Writers Association; and many organizations, businesses and professionals.