15th Annual Summer Music Guide
GREEN PAGES COVER PHOTO: SUMMER MUSIC IN THE GARDEN, TORONTO, ON
SUMMER MUSIC GUIDE
Welcome to WholeNote’s 15th annual
Green Pages guide to summer music!
Though the regular concert season
is drawing to a close, there’s a lot
happening in the coming months, with
festivals from June to September, in
Toronto, other parts of Ontario, and
beyond. We hope you’ll enjoy perusing
these pages, with profiles provided
by the festivals themselves. There’s
something for everyone, whether
you love classical music, opera,
jazz, folk and more. Visit us online at
thewholenote.com/green for links
to the festivals’ websites and other
media links, photos and more.
2019 GREEN PAGES TEAM
PROJECT MANAGER: Karen Ages
PROJECT EDITOR: Kevin King
PROOFREADING: Danial Jazaeri
LAYOUT & DESIGN: Susan Sinclair
WEBSITE: Kevin King
For more information about
our Green Pages, contact
call Karen at 416-323-2232 x.26
THE 21ST CENTURY GUITAR
➤ August 22 to 25
The 21st Century Guitar is an international interdisciplinary conference examining
contemporary guitar composition, performance and pedagogy. Open to the
public, the conference will bring together researchers, academics, composers and
practitioners from different fields who are interested in guitar performance, pedagogy,
and contemporary composition for guitar and technology. Concerts featuring
new works for guitar duo, guitar orchestra and technology (surround projection,
8-channel sound) will be highlighted in special performances in Freiman Hall
and Dominion-Chalmers Church. Featured performers and composers include
JUNO-award winning guitarist Gordon Grdina, the Cowan-Chiccillitti Duo, and
jazz guitarist Miles Okazaki. Registration at the conference is $42 and provides
entry to all concerts and lectures.
BEACHES INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
➤ July 5 to 28
Toronto’s beloved music festival and summer mainstay, the Beaches International
Jazz Festival, returns from July 5 to 28 to celebrate its 31st year of unparalleled
music from both established and emerging artists. Featuring multiple stages and
venues, the return of festival favourites and leading musical talent, the 31st annual
Beaches International Jazz Festival is one that can’t be missed.
BIG ON BLOOR FESTIVAL
➤ July 20
“Sonic Future Bloor” at BIG on Bloor Festival focuses on local emerging talent
with programming highlighting the incredible range of music production in
Toronto. Part of Bloordale’s interdisciplinary Festival now in its 12th year; enjoy
free live music from noon until midnight on car-free Dufferin to Lansdowne.
Headliner: up-and-coming artist Keynes Woods.
Big on Bloor Festival, Toronto, ON
BROOKSIDE MUSIC “FESTIVAL OF THE BAY”
➤ July 21 to August 16
Midland Alliance Church, Midland, ON
Brookside Music hosts “Festival of the Bay” at the Midland Alliance Church.
On July 21, Syrène Saxophone Quartet kicks off the festival in a lively fashion,
followed by The Swiss Trio on July 26, with guests James Campbell, Ken
MacDonald and Douglas Perry. Some of Canada’s foremost instrumentalists
combine July 29 to present Festival Baroque, including Bach’s “Brandenburg
Concerto” No.5. On Wednesday August 7 hear one of the finest guitar ensembles
in the world: Canadian Guitar Quartet, then dance and dine under the stars
to the sounds of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s with this vivacious cast of young talent:
The Toronto All Star Big Band with a gourmet dinner at the Midland Golf and
Country Club Friday, August 16.
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BROTT MUSIC FESTIVAL
➤ June 27 to August 15
Now entering its 32nd season, the Brott Music Festival (est. 1988) is the largest
non-profit orchestral music festival in Canada, and, the only festival with a fulltime,
professional orchestra-in-residence. The Brott Music Festival is renowned
for its extremely high artistic standard, world class soloists, its exuberant young
orchestra and its eclectic mix of orchestral, opera, chamber, jazz, pop and education
concerts at various venues across Southern Ontario. We have attracted world
class soloists and other artists/personalities to Hamilton, including James Ehnes,
Anton Kuerti, Pinchas Zukerman, Marc Garneau, Karen Kain, Valerie Tryon,
former Prime Minister Kim Campbell, Mordecai Richler, Roberta Bondar and
Michael Ondaatje, to name only a few.
CLASSICAL UNBOUND FESTIVAL
➤ July 26 to 28
Prince Edward County, ON
Unbinding classical chamber music from its formal attire, and binding it more
closely to our hearts and souls. Join us for 3 concerts performed by the new artistic
directors, the Ironwood Quartet: Jessica Linnebach, Carissa Klopoushak, Julia
MacLaine, David Marks.
Friday, July 26: “Shoulders of Giants” – The Grange Winery, 7pm. Music by
Debussy, Nicole Lizée, Beethoven. Saturday, July 27: “Ironwood Unbound” –
Old Church Theatre, 7:30pm. Music by Pärt, Dessner, J.S. Bach, original songs,
and arrangements of folk music. Sunday, July 28: Summer Nocturne – Hillier
Creek Estates Winery, 7pm. Music by Mendelssohn, Puccini, Beethoven. Admission
(each concert) $30; weekend pass (all 3 concerts) $75. For tickets and more
CLEAR LAKE CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
➤ July 24 to 28
Lorne Watson Recital Hall, Brandon University, Brandon, MB
Erickson Lutheran Church, Erickson, MB
Riding Mountain National Park, MB
The 14th Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival, under the artistic direction of
Canadian pianists Daniel Tselyakov and Alexander Tselyakov, has become an
important part of Canada’s cultural calendar. The most exciting and first of its kind
that Manitoba has to offer, this festival is a celebration of summer with classical
music, jazz and outstanding musicians in the natural beauty of Riding Mountain
National Park, Manitoba. This year’s festival is comprised of six concerts: jazz
and five chamber concerts. This year’s ambitious schedule is sure to please and
promises to inspire new lovers of classical music as well as satisfy the appetites
of seasoned enthusiasts. The large scale roster of talented guest artists includes
Alexander Tselyakov and Daniel Tselyakov, pianists; Kerry DuWors, violin;
Simon Fryer, cello; Michael Cain, jazz piano.
Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival Manitoba
COLLINGWOOD SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL
➤ July 17 - August 11
The Collingwood Summer Music Festival celebrates its first season in 2019 by
presenting over 100 world-class artists in Collingwood, Ontario. The inaugural
concert on July 18 features the Elmer Iseler Singers together with ChoralWorks,
the Collingwood Festival Orchestra and guest soloists Mayumi Seiler and Daniel
Wnukowski. From traditional classical to cool jazz, you are sure to find events that
cater to your tastes - including two concerts geared specifically towards families
with children. For 2019, we’ve also invited award-winning ensembles and celebrated
personalities such as the Gryphon Trio, Quartetto Gelato, Rolston String
Quartet, Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley Duo, R.H. Thomson, Trevor
Copp among others. Visit our website for more information.
➤ July 12 to 28
Experience a world of music at the Elora Festival! We present 3 weeks of vocal/
choral/chamber music delights in one of the prettiest towns in Ontario. Welcome
to our 40th season! Join us for The Elora Singers, State Choir LATVIJA, Natalie
MacMaster, Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Measha Breuggergosman, Piano Six,
“Unforgettable: Nat King Cole,’’ Laplante/Seilor/Carr Trio, Voices of Light film,
Jane Archibald, “KUNÉ, a Family Series” and “Elora Festival Kids Camp” -
and so much more. The Elora Festival has encompassed all forms of classical
music, jazz, international music, popular and folk since 1979. All concerts take
place in gorgeous Elora, Ontario, with its natural beauty, vibrant cultural scene,
shopping, restaurants and lodgings.
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➤ May 24 to June 16
Saint-Lambert, Montréal, QC
The 9th Festival Classica will be held in Saint-Lambert, along with satellite
concerts presented in 8 cities in the Montérégie region, on the island of Montréal
and on the North Shore. From Berlioz to the Bee Gees: more than 65 indoor
and outdoor concerts, featuring Natalie Choquette, Stéphane Tétreault, Jean-
Philippe Sylvestre, Valérie Milot, Alexandre Da Costa and many more artists!
In 2019, we mark the 150th anniversary of the death of the famous composer
Hector Berlioz (1803-1869), the 200th anniversary of the birth of composer and
cellist Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880), as well as the 150th anniversary of the
birth of composer Albert Roussel (1869-1937).
FESTIVAL OF THE SOUND
➤ July 19 to August 10
Parry Sound, ON
Concerts - cruises - films - talks: Canada’s finest jazz and classical summer music
festival is back for it’s 40th great season! Experience world-class chamber, jazz
and folk music combined with the beautiful landscape of Georgian Bay! In its
illustrious history, the Festival of the Sound has become a go-to destination for
musicians and music lovers alike. The festival is recognized as a top summer
offering by organizations such as the CBC and Festivals & Events Ontario and
consistently attracts musicians of international acclaim. Cruise the bay with the
Hannaford Brass, Scantilly Plaid and Dave Young, or party on land with Janina
Fialkowska, Moshe Hammer, Leslie Fagan, New Zealand String Quartet and
many, many more! With a summer featuring tango, celtic, roots and latin jazz
concerts, make this your year to attend!
THE FIFTH CANADIAN CHOPIN PIANO
COMPETITION AND FESTIVAL
➤ August 23 to 29
Royal Conservatory of Music, 273 Bloor St W., Toronto, ON
The Canadian Chopin Society presents a festival and competition celebrating
the legacy of Chopin and artistry of young Canadian pianists. The week-long
event is an opportunity to follow the pianists who will compete for the chance
to represent Canada in the prestigious “International Chopin Piano Competition”
in Poland. Plan to be a part of this excitement, and deepen your connection
with Chopin! Highlights include an evening with musicologist Alan Walker,
author of recently released biography of Chopin; a recital by Polish-Canadian
pianist Krzysztof Jablonski in Koerner Hall; and dazzling competition performances.
Full listing of events, schedules, festival passes are available on our website.
GUELPH JAZZ FESTIVAL
➤ September 11 to 15
The 2019 Guelph Jazz Festival features world-class creative, improvised music
in ticketed and free concerts in a lively community setting. Highlights of this
year’s program include Jen Shyu, Nine Doors; Tomas Fujiwara’s 7 Poets Trio;
Ingrid Laubrock, Tom Rainey and Hank Roberts; Brodie West Quintet; Erwan
Keravec solo and duo with Hamid Drake; NAIL: Lori Freedman, Nicolas Caloia,
Ab Baars and Ig Henneman; Karuna: Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph Duet;
Paula Shocron, Guillermo Gregorio and Pablo Díaz; Susan Alcorn; John Kameel
Farah; Chik White; The Titillators; Malcolm Goldstein and Rainer Wiens; Atlas
Revolt; Way North. Additionally, the festival’s free colloquium features artist talks,
keynotes, panel discussions, interviews, and other complementary programming.
Tickets and passes on sale July 2.
HERITAGE MUSIC FESTIVAL
➤ August 7 to 11
The Heritage Music Festival, featuring the 69th Canadian “Open Old Time Fiddle
Championship”, will take place August 7 to 11 in Shelburne, Ontario. Sponsored by
the Rotary Club of Shelburne, the event features a variety of entertainers, including
The Washboard Union, Country Superstars “Live in Concert”, and Scott Woods,
as well as Canada’s top fiddlers in competition for thousands of dollars in prizes.
Community events include camping, “Bands and Brews” at the Fiddle Park, a giant
fiddle parade, a pork BBQ, and non-denominational church service. Proceeds of
the Heritage Music Festival support Shelburne Rotary’s many charitable projects.
HIGHLANDS OPERA STUDIO
➤ July 22 to August 26
Our 2019 season celebrates “Women in Opera”! Hear the best young opera
stars of today and tomorrow in the beauty of the Haliburton Highlands, only
2.5 hours northeast of the GTA. Established in 2007 by internationally-acclaimed
Canadian tenor Richard Margison and Canadian stage director/violist Valerie
Kuinka, Highlands Opera Studio is an advanced, intensive professional training
and networking program for emerging opera professionals. Chosen from 150+
applicants from across Canada and internationally, hear the 2019 participants
in public masterclasses, multiple concerts, community events, and fully-staged
operas; Ariadne auf Naxos, Suor Angelica, and 2 new prize-winning Canadian
operas: The Chair and Book of Faces. Love to sing? Get involved in the Highlands
Opera Community School!
➤ September 5 to 8
Highlight performances for the 2019 Honens Festival include the Miró Quartet
(with Calgary native William Fedkenheuer), award-winning Polish piano /
accordion Duo 19:21, and pianists Jon Kimura Parker, Nicolas Namoradze
(2018 Honens Prize Laureate), Pedja Mužijević, Susanne Ruberg-Gordon, and
Katherine Chi (2000 Honens Prize Laureate). Honens Family Day at the Taylor
Centre for the Performing Arts takes place on Saturday, September 7 and includes
masterclasses (piano and violin), storytellers, and a 70th birthday tribute to revered
Canadian composer Alexina Louie (who will make a special cameo appearance).
The festival wraps up at Central Memorial Park with the ever-popular Open Air.
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And headlining this year’s Bison Noir is rising star singer / songwriter Gabriel
Kahane performing his 2018 release, “Book of Travelers”.
KINCARDINE SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL
➤ August 12 to 17
Celebrating its 28th anniversary, KSMF is well-known for excellent programming
and presentations. This year, August 12 to 17, the Evening Concert Series
has a wonderfully eclectic, top-quality smorgasbord of music for you, from trailblazing
artists such as Ensemble Made In Canada – “Mosaïque” to relaxing
entertainment with Dan Needles and Ian Bell in “True Confessions from the
Ninth Concession,” to a classical extravaganza Saturday 17: Vivaldi’s Gloria and
excerpts from Mendelssohn’s Elijah with full chorus and symphony orchestra.
Don’t miss the free “4 O’Clock in the Park” concerts in downtown Victoria Park.
Music classes run August 12 to 16 for everyone from beginners to experienced
players. Guitar, strings, bands and vocals on Lake Huron - Music and the Beach!
XV LATVIAN FESTIVAL OF SONG AND DANCE IN CANADA
➤ July 3 to 7
The Latvian Song Festival Association in Canada has presented a festival every
five years since 1953. We present choral, instrumental and dance performances,
featuring Latvian composers and choreographers from Canada and abroad. This
summer, over 2000 Latvian singers and folk dancers from around the world will
perform at venues in downtown Toronto. Guest artists include the State Choir
LATVIJA (Maris Sirmais), folk-dance ensemble LIGO (Janis Purvins) and folk
ensemble RAXTU RAXTI. We will celebrate Latvia’s centenary and the contributions
of Latvian-Canadian artists to Canadian culture. Each of our concerts
will include music by Imant Raminsh, Talivaldis Kenins and Janis Kalnins. In
addition, we will launch a new Centrediscs recording of orchestral and chamber
music by these composers.
LEITH SUMMER FESTIVAL
➤ June 29 to August 24
419134 Tom Thomson Lane, Leith, ON
Leith Summer Festival presents five concerts in the Historic Leith Church during
the summer. This acoustically wonderful venue offers an intimate encounter
between musicians and audience. The season opens on June 29 with Krisztina
Szabó, mezzo-soprano and Robert Kortgaard, piano. Next is Angela Park, piano;
and Andrea Tyniec, violin with a captivating program on July 13. The Payadora
Tango Ensemble performs on Sunday, July 28 in a matinee performance
of tango, drawing from the traditional to the contemporary. On August 10, Peter
Tiefenbach, piano; Mireille Asselin, soprano; Matthew Dalen, tenor; and Adam
Harris, baritone, present “The Cannabis Cantata”. The season wraps up with the
Rolston String Quartet performing Haydn, Ligeti and Schubert on August 24.
Tickets at the Roxy Box Office at 519-371-2833 or www.roxytheatre.ca.
Elora Festival Elora, ON
➤ June 7 to 23
Each June, Luminato, Toronto’s international festival of arts and ideas,
takes over the city with a flurry of cultural activities and events designed to
provoke, delight and inspire audiences of all ages. Over the festival’s 12-year
history, more than 9.1 million people have experienced over 3,600 productions
featuring 15,000+ artists from more than 40 countries around the world.
Luminato 2019 takes place June 7 to 23 at various venues across the city, jampacked
with the most exciting theatre, music, visual art, opera, dance, film and
more from Canada and around the world. Spanning 17 days, the festival lineup
features both paid and free indoor and outdoor events, including a larger-thanlife
mirrored maze and massive choral event.
MARKHAM VILLAGE MUSIC FESTIVAL
➤ June 14 to 15
Main Street Markham Rd., Markham, ON
Markham Village Music Festival closes Markham Road from Hwy 7 to Bullock
on Friday evening and Saturday. The festival features 4 stages of entertainment
with a variety of music and dance. Special this year - a salsa stage on
Friday and Saturday night, “Exodus: Bob Marley” tribute. Throughout the
festival, there will be many performances from our diverse communities, lots
of craft and food vendors (including food trucks) and a Farmers’ Market.
The Kids Zone will be in Morgan Park, one block from Main Street. There will
be carnival rides, a youth entertainment stage, petting zoo, arts, crafts and much
more. Fun for the whole family!
MONTREAL CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
➤ June 7: Salle Pollack, McGill University, 555 Sherbrooke Street West,
June 11 to 16: Salle Bourgie, Montreal Museum of Fine
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Arts, 1339 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC
This season marks the beginning of a three-year project by the Montreal Chamber
Music Festival to celebrate the life of the great Ludwig van Beethoven, entitled
“Beethoven Chez Nous!” In 2019, 2020 and 2021, the festival will feature cycles
of complete works by Beethoven, some with a very special twist! Highlights this
year are the Beethoven Violin Sonatas performed by 2019 Grammy winner James
Ehnes and pianist Andrew Armstrong; and the Beethoven Symphonies as transcribed
for piano by Franz Liszt, with six outstanding pianists from across the
world. The festival opens with a new show by Quebec’s star entertainer Gregory
Charles, an exuberant survey of the past 250 years in music. This year we also
showcase star tenor Joseph Kaiser and the best young talent in “BMO Hottest
Classical Artists Under 30!”
MUSIC AND BEYOND
➤ July 4 to 18
Music and Beyond is a classical music and multidisciplinary arts festival that
takes place July 4 to 18 in Ottawa. It presents classical music in all formations and
pursues links between other art forms, cultural disciplines and music, including
visual art, drama, poetry, dance, architecture, circus, magic, science, comedy,
law, food and wine, and even yoga! Music and Beyond is virtually unique in the
international field of music festivals by making this a core part of its mandate.
By tying together a wide range of cultural disciplines, the festival creates a more
“festive” atmosphere, helping to attract an even broader audience to music.
➤ May 6 to Sept 2
Church of the Holy Trinity, Toronto, ON
A lunchtime concert series at the Church of the Holy Trinity - welcome to our
28th season! Music Mondays has served as a launching pad for emerging talent
since its inception in 1992. Our concerts take place in the warm acoustics of
Holy Trinity Church, just steps away from the Eaton Centre. We feature an
eclectic mix of everything from classical solo and chamber music to jazz, fusion
and world music. Our goal is to provide the highest possible musical experience
to a pay-what-you-can downtown Toronto audience. Suggested donation $10.
Please join us and bring your lunch - and a friend - every Monday at 12:15pm
from May to Labour Day.
➤ June to September
Across Nova Scotia
Since 1985, Musique Royale presents a province-wide summer festival, touring
incredible musicians to some of the provinces most far off and precious venues.
In store for 2019, the summer festival includes emerging artists Aureas Voces
with romantic Nova Scotian folk arrangements, Bach and Vivaldi Sonatas with
violinist Mark Fewer and harpsichordist Hank Knox, The Best of Boxwood’s
annual salute to the Canadian Maritimes dance music, heartfelt “And So It
Goes” with baritone Brett Polegato and Robert Kortgaard, flashy artistry on the
violin with “Two Davids,” and “Pres du Soleil” exploring Medieval and Oriental
Music with Montreal’s Ensemble Caprice and Constantinople. Concerts are
across Nova Scotia in over 25 beautiful and historic venues. Stay tuned at www.
NYO CANADA - ODYSSEY TOUR
➤ July 21 Ottawa, ON – presented by Chamberfest
July 22 Montreal, QC – Maison symphonique de Montréal
July 25 Parry Sound, ON – presented by Festival of the Sound
July 27 Stratford, ON – Presented by Stratford Summer Music
July 29 Toronto, ON – Koerner Hall
The National Youth Orchestra of Canada (NYO Canada) celebrates its 59th
season with a 5-city Canadian tour, preceding the orchestra’s first trip to Spain.
The country’s preeminent training orchestra, NYO Canada is comprised of
100 gifted musicians between the ages of 16 and 28, who come together each
summer to attend an 8-week intensive training institute, followed by a national
and international tour. This year’s orchestra includes musicians from nine provinces.
British conductor Michael Francis leads the summer tour, which features
Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet; Manuel de Falla’s The Three Cornered Hat; Mahler’s
Symphony No. 5; Sinfonia Sacra by Andrzej Panufnik; and a new work by Canadian
composer Jared Miller.
➤ August 20 to 23
Bracebridge and Windermere, ON
The OperaMuskoka Festival celebrates its 10th Anniversary this year. We are
pleased to welcome Toronto City Opera’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata to
the Rene M. Caisse Memorial Theatre in Bracebridge on August 20, 2019. On
August 21, we have scheduled our annual “Stars of Tomorrow” Concert which
will feature very talented young performers from around Ontario. The third
day, August 22, will be an instrumental masterclass and concert with the Mississauga
Youth Orchestra. For our closing day, August 23, we have scheduled a
piano and vocal masterclass, followed by an evening concert featuring the very
talented Jennifer Tung.
ORCHESTRA BREVA - EROICA: A SESQUICENTENNIAL
TRIBUTE TO LAURA SECORD
➤ May 25, 26 and June 20, 21, 23
Windsor, Tecumseh, Ingersoll, Brantford, Niagara, ON
Laura Ingersoll Secord’s remarkable and significant contributions to
our country’s history are recognized in this concert celebration highlighting
her heroic acts and life’s journey, illustrated through music significant
to her time and circumstance. All who have served humanity in times
of war and peace, through acts of bravery and sacrifice, will be honoured.
Featuring classical musicians, Indigenous artists, local historians, new works
and Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony, conducted by Melanie Paul Tanovich.
May 25, 8pm: Assumption Hall, Windsor; May 26, 8pm: Paroisse Ste Anne
Parish, Tecumseh; June 20, 8pm: Ingersoll Cheese Museum, Ingersoll;
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June 21, 8pm: Sanderson Centre, Brantford; June 23, 2pm: Queenston Heights,
➤ July 25 to August 8
This year presenting violinist James Ehnes, Canadian Brass, pianists Janina Fialkowska,
Hinrich Alpers, and Angela Hewitt, a celebration of baroque composer
Barbara Strozzi’s 400th birthday, Art of Time Ensemble performing the Beatles’
Abbey Road, the Netherlands’ Syrène Saxophone Quartet, Dover Quartet, and
many more! Celebrating 25 years, Ottawa Chamberfest brings together the boldest
names in ensemble and solo performance for musical celebration in the nation’s
capital throughout the year with a Concert Series and Community Engagement
and Education programming, culminating in the Chamberfest summer festival.
The world’s largest festival of its kind, the Ottawa Chamberfest summer festival
is a 2019 Festivals and Events (FEO) Ontario “Top 100” and winner of seven
consecutive Lieutenant-Governor’s Awards for the Arts.
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
➤ September 13 to 22
Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Picton, ON
The 16th annual PEC Chamber Music Festival will warm up with a free familyfriendly
outdoor concert on Saturday September 7 at 2pm, featuring The True
North Brass at Macaulay Heritage Park. The Festival takes place over 2 weekends,
September 13-22, and will celebrate the piano in Chamber Music. First
weekend features the New Orford String Quartet with violist Alosysia Friedman,
esteemed pianists Jon Kimura Parker and Jamie Parker (in a rare 2-piano concert)
and the famed Gryphon Trio. Second weekend features soloists from the highlyregarded
Quebec ensemble Les Violins du Roy, mezzo-soprano and CBC broadcaster
Julie Nesrallah, and Charles Richard-Hamelin, silver medallist in the 2015
“Chopin Competition”. Tickets available at the door or online on our website.
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY JAZZ FESTIVAL
➤ August 13 to 18
Picton, Prince Edward County, ON
The Prince Edward County Jazz Festival is proud to present a fresh and wideranging
mix of performances encompassing Newport and Cuba, big bands and
small, new faces, recent Juno winners and nominees, and a pivotal year when
transcendent albums shook jazz to its foundations. The all-star cast of performers
are simply Canada’s best. Wednesday: “Jazz Overture” dinner with the John
Sherwood Trio. Thursday matinee: Commodores Big Band featuring Hanna
Barstow. Thursday: “1959 Jazz Transformed” - featuring Colleen Allen Quintet.
Friday, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque. Saturday matinee: Robi Botos and Jodi
Proznick. Saturday evening: Jodi Proznick’s Sun Songs and the Mike Murley
Trio. Sunday: Brian Barlow Big Band spotlighting Oscar Peterson’s Canadiana
Suite. Free performances throughout several venues in the county.
Ottawa Chamberfest Ottawa, ON
SOMETHING ELSE! FESTIVAL
➤ June 20 to 23
The Rock on Locke, Church of St. John the Evangelist, 320 Charlton
Ave. W., Hamilton, ON (+ Free event Friday noon to 4pm only:
Whitehern House & Garden, 41 Jackson St. W., Hamilton, ON)
Zula Presents: Something Else! Tickets: ($20-25 adv.) Passes: ($100/125).
Something Else! has established itself as one of North America’s most vital
exploratory music festivals. Each day offers an adventure in sound, embracing
beloved visionaries alongside emerging voices; longtime partnerships alongside
spontaneous collaboration. Its sixth year is headlined by virtuoso vocalist/
violinist Iva Bittová, clarinet innovator Don Byron, and percussionist Hamid
Drake (alongside his trio Indigenous Mind featuring Joshua Abrams & Jason
Adasiewicz). The festival’s international cast also includes William Hooker, Sara
Schoenbeck, Harris Eisenstadt, Sam Newsome, Joanna Duda, Eucalyptus, Yves
Charuest, EAR-CAM (Glen Hall, Tomasz Krakowiak, Christine Duncan, John
Oswald), Géraldine Eguiluz Trio & more.
SOUTH COAST JAZZ
➤ August 17 to 18
Port Dover Community Centre, 801 St. George St., Port Dover, ON
6th annual South Coast Jazz & Blues – Norfolk County. Beachside Port Dover,
rural Lake Erie. Tickets and information at www.southcoastjazz.com. Live music,
catered farm fresh food and fun! Saturday August 17 – Main Stage: Port Dover
Community Centre, 801 St George Street, 5-11pm – Powder Blues Band, Dave
Restivo, Alison Young, Eric St. Laurent, Juliann Kuchocki & more! Sunday
August 18 – Brant Hill Inn, 30 John Street, Port Dover, dinner show and river
cruise, 5:30-8pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519-774-2787 (ARTS).
Indoor and outdoor venues. Norfolk County’s official premier event. Past headliners
include Holly Cole, David Sanborn, Jane Bunnett, Gene DiNovi and
hundreds more! Come stay and play, and make a memory that will last a lifetime!
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STONEBRIDGE WASAGA BEACH BLUES
➤ September 13 to 15
Wasaga Beach, ON
Since the first wave of legendary Blues performers crashed ashore in Wasaga Beach
in 2010, Stonebridge Wasaga Beach Blues has exploded to become a world class
destination embraced by both new and die-hard blues fans. Keep an eye on the
Wasaga Beach Blues website for the updated schedule as performers are confirmed.
Until then, expect nothing less than an insanely talented lineup of musicians to be
burning up the two main stages. Stonebridge Wasaga Beach Blues 2019 is undoubtedly
gearing up to outdo itself - once again. For the time being, perhaps it can be
best described as a “hidden gem that features world class Blues, with an intimate
venue with a casual and relaxed atmosphere.” It does not get better than that.
STRATFORD SUMMER MUSIC
➤ July 15 to August 25
A world of music for everyone. Canadian and international musicians of excellence
return to Stratford Summer Music for our 19th season of concerts and
events with new artistic director, Mark Fewer. Featured artists include Amir
Amiri, Tom Allen, Laila Biali, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Rémi Bolduc, James Campbell,
Steven Dann, Simone Dinnerstein, Janina Fialkowska, Ben Heppner, Jodi
Proznick, Stéphane Tétreault and Dave Young. Returning this year will be the
newly branded “Friday Night Live at Revival” (formally the “Cabaret Series”),
“Illustrated Musical Lectures” by Robert Harris, “Music for an Avon Morning”,
“BargeMusic” and “Musical Brunches” at The Prune. Also, new series added this
year include “Music and Health”, “Stratford Originals” and “Musical Families.”
Visit our website or call our box-office for more information.
SUMMER MUSIC IN THE GARDEN
➤ June 27 to September 15
479 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON
The popular “Summer Music in the Garden” concert series returns for its 20th
season by the shores of Lake Ontario. Treat yourself to 18 free concerts this
summer, featuring outstanding artists and a wide range of musical styles. Concerts
take place in the Toronto Music Garden on most Thursdays at 7pm and Sundays
at 4pm, and are approximately one hour in length. Bench seating is limited, so
feel free to bring a blanket or lawn chair - and don’t forget your hat or umbrella
and sunscreen as shade is also limited. Concerts proceed weather permitting.
Please call our info desk for up-to-the-minute rain call.
SUMMER OPERA LYRIC THEATRE
➤ July 26 to August
Robert Gill Theatre, Toronto, ON
Summer Opera Lyric Theatre (SOLT) continues its tradition of bringing the
summer opera mini-festival to the city. This summer, SOLT concentrates on
diversity and inclusion, comedy and tragedy, found in the great works for the
lyric stage and the lessons we can learn about ourselves and those who we love.
The festival includes 3 operas: Verdi’s La Traviata, Canadian Team Davies
and Benson’s Earnest, the Importance of Being, and the double bill of Puccini’s
Gianni Schicchi and Vaughn Williams’ Riders to the Sea, performed by aspiring
young artists. Music directors: Michael Rose, Suzy Smith and Jo Greenaway.
Tickets are available through the box office of St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts;
single tickets are $28.
SUN LIFE FINANCIAL UPTOWN
WATERLOO JAZZ FESTIVAL
➤ July 19 to 21
Waterloo City Centre, 100 Regina St. S, Waterloo, ON
This annual music Festival in downtown Waterloo is free and features world class
international, national and local jazz performers. Over the 3 days, we will feature
a wide variety of music that will appeal to music lovers of all ages and tastes
– from intimate solo performers to the high energy of rock/fusion; from traditional
small ensembles to dynamic big bands and even electro-funk-rap. There
will be something for everyone. After the performance, you can meet the artist
and purchase their latest CD. Between sets, there are many interesting food and
beverage options available onsite – enjoy a craft beer or your favourite wine with a
variety of food from different vendors. Since we are downtown, you can also head
to a local restaurant. Come and join us – it promises to be our best Festival yet!
SWEETWATER MUSIC FESTIVAL
➤ September 20 to 22
Owen Sound and Meaford, ON
SweetWater is all about ‘evolution’ for its 16th festival of world-class music.
The 2019 festival will be artistic director Mark Fewer’s final one at the helm.
He’s got a few musical treats left on his bucket list. The stellar line-up includes
the SweetWater debut of world-famous countertenor Daniel Taylor, Adrian
Butterfield, David Braid, Kenneth Slowik, and Rachel Brown. SweetWater’s next
artistic director, violinist Edwin Huizinga, will also be a featured performer. Free,
interactive activities include the family fav “Mozart for Munchkins”, community
play-along “Classical Jam”, and string instrument showcase “Luthier Exhibit”,
and “Luthier Performance” - moderated by Robert Harris. Friday night opening
gala ($55) Saturday early evening concert and Sunday matinee ($40), late night
jazz ($30). Festival pass (4 Concerts) $150.
TAFELMUSIK BAROQUE SUMMER FESTIVAL
➤ June 3 to 15
Musicians from around the world gather in Toronto for the annual Tafelmusik Baroque
Summer Festival, featuring the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir,
and presented in conjunction with the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute. Join
us for a series of five free concerts in Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre;
Walter Hall, University of Toronto; and Grace Church on-the-Hill. All concerts
are open to the public. Tickets required for “Opening Night” on June 3 and “The
Grand Finale” on June 15. For tickets and more information, visit our website.
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TD MARKHAM JAZZ FESTIVAL
➤ August 14, 16 to 18
The TD Markham Jazz Festival is an exciting and vibrant 3 1/2 day musical
delight featuring well known professional jazz, blues and crossover musicians
performing on three stages on beautiful Main Street Unionville, in Markham.
The festival starts on Wednesday, August 14 with a ticketed opening night kickoff
party at the Markham Museum! From August 16-18, Main Street comes
alive with 30+ free performances all day and evening on outdoor stages, on the
street, and in bars and restaurants. Come and enjoy over 150 acclaimed professional
jazz musicians performing all styles of jazz and blues. While here, visit
art galleries, socialize in pubs and restaurants, dance up a storm at our beer and
wine garden stage, and enjoy one-of-a-kind shopping - all in a magical environment
that will create memories to last!
TD NIAGARA JAZZ FESTIVAL
➤ July 19 to 21 – St. Catharines, ON
July 26 to 28 – Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Recently voted “Best New Festival in Ontario,” the 6th annual TD Niagara Jazz
Festival is an exciting not-for-profit jazz festival dedicated to celebrating the art
form of jazz in the Niagara Region. The festival inspires, educates and develops
future jazz audiences while combining live jazz with a Niagara experience –
food, wine, culture and natural wonders. The summer festival (July 19 to 21 and
July 26 to 28) includes free family events: World Music on the Beach and Jazz
in the Park, as well as the all-new Niagara’s Summer Mardi Gras and Soul Jazz
in the Vineyard, a Dixieland Jazz Lunch, a Nat King Cole tribute and more…
Featuring: Shuffle Demons, Allison Young, Heavyweights Brass Band, Kellylee
Evans, Ori Dagan and more…. Info, tickets, & passes: www.niagarajazzfestival.
com; 1-844-LIV-JAZZ (548-5299); TW/INST/FB: @jazzniagara; #LiveLoveJazz
TD Niagara Jazz Festival Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
TORONTO SUMMER MUSIC
➤ July 11 to August 3
TSM’s 2019 festival, “Beyond Borders”, explores and celebrates the cross-cultural
influences that have pervaded classical music from the times of Mozart and
Mahler, right up to the composers of today. We attract music lovers of all ages,
and families across the GTA, to enjoy classical music in a relaxed, engaging,
and fun environment. Don’t miss performances by Adrianne Pieczonka, Jon
Kimura Parker, Daniel Taylor, Angela Hewitt performing Bach’s beloved Goldberg
Variations, the Dover Quartet, The Art of Time Ensemble with Canadian
singer-songwriter Sarah Slean, the Rolston String Quartet, conductor Gemma
New, and world premieres by celebrated Canadian composers Alexina Louie and
Christos Hatzis. In addition, we have a variety of free events and family events,
chats, educational activities and much more!
TD SUNFEST: CANADA’S PREMIER
WESTBEN CONCERTS AT THE BARN
CELEBRATION OF WORLD CULTURES
➤ June 2 to August 4
➤ July 4 to 7
6698 County Road 30, Campbellford, ON
Victoria Park, London, ON
Welcome to Westben’s 20th anniversary season with 25 performances and events
Find your summer vibe - hot dancing shoes and cool Sunfest cerveza beer are of classical, broadway, jazz, folk, comedy, fiddle and Indigenous music. See James
a must during the special 25th edition of “Canada’s Premier Celebration of Ehnes, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Jeremy Dutcher, Basia Bulat, Brent Butt,
World Cultures”! Voted one of the best overseas music festivals by the UK’s Joyce El Koury, Jason Howard, Rose Cousins, Kuné, André Laplante, Mayumi
prestigious Songlines Magazine, TD Sunfest transfigures London’s Victoria Park Seiler, The Fitzgerald Family, Matt Dusk and more. Ask about our “Dare to
into a culturally diverse jewel, where 40 top world music and jazz groups from Pair” series of wine tasting, local foods and storytelling, as well as the new
all corners of the planet entertain on five stages. Our 2019 international headliners
range from Middle Eastern sensation 47Soul to Spain’s Grammy-winning the peaceful hills of Northumberland County two hours east of Toronto, near
“Secret Concert” and “VIP Chocolate Voices Experience”. Nestled amongst
Marinah and Chile’s 12-piece Newen Afrobeat orchestra. Canadian acts include Campbellford, Westben’s primary performance venue is a custom-built, timberframe
barn located on a 50-acre farm. Enjoy a glass of wine on the meadow or
Quebec’s AfrotroniX and Le Vent du Nord, and with more than 225 exhibitors,
this beloved free-admission event will whet festival goers’ appetites for scrumptious
global cuisine and unique crafts and visual arts.
take a stroll by the pond. Westben - always a new experience!
Thank you for taking a look at this year’s Green Pages! If you are looking for a specific
form of summer festivities, visit us online at thewholenote.com/green, where you can
do more browsing or conduct a more focused search.
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