Arts and Culture

The Canadian International Organ Competition

Renowned organist Martin Baker presents his concert The Art of Improvisation at the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in Montréal at the 2021 CIOC.

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Organist Louis Robilliard hosts a Masterclass as part of the 2021 CIOC.

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2021 second prizewinner, Ben Bloor, performs at the CIOC finals at the Maison symphonique de Montréal.

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The Organ Takes Centre Stage

Montréal’s rich musical tradition along with its long history of organ building, exceptional instruments, and quality organists, explain why it is known as “North America’s organ capital”. Organs are successfully being restored in several institutions and Montréalers are rediscovering the joys of organ music with great interest.

This enthusiasm has contributed significantly to the success of the Canadian International Organ Competition (CIOC), which brings together a selection of the world’s most talented young organists every three years for one of the largest and most prestigious organ competitions in the world. On this occasion, an international jury composed of renowned concert organists from leading conservatories, major orchestras, and cathedrals such as Notre-Dame de Paris, selects the prizewinners and shares their deep knowledge and artistry through concerts, masterclasses and outreach events throughout Montréal.

In addition to giving a voice to the world’s finest organists, the CIOC brings organ music to the public, increasing their understanding and appreciation of it. Generally associated with sacred music, the organ lends itself equally well to a vast range of contemporary repertoire and performance spaces – it is said to be both the king of instruments and a powerful orchestra on its own.

Power Corporation is proud to partner with CIOC to promote the beautiful art of organ music and to support emerging artists.



First edition of the Canadian International Organ Competition


In-person attendees


Competitors at each edition of the CIOC, aged up to 35 years old


Internationally renowned organists make up the jury panel


Countries represented by the competitors over the years


Public events


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