Green Pages | 15th Annual Summer Music Guide

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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.



15th Annual 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 for links

to the festivals’ websites and other

media links, photos and more.




PROOFREADING: Danial Jazaeri

LAYOUT & DESIGN: Susan Sinclair

WEBSITE: Kevin King

For more information about

our Green Pages, contact or

call Karen at 416-323-2232 x.26


➤ August 22 to 25

Ottawa, ON

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.



➤ July 5 to 28

Toronto, ON

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.



➤ July 20

Toronto, ON

“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


➤ 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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➤ June 27 to August 15

Hamilton, ON

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.



➤ 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




➤ 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


➤ July 17 - August 11

Collingwood, ON

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

Elora, ON

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).



➤ 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!




➤ 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.



➤ September 11 to 15

Guelph, ON

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.



➤ August 7 to 11

Shelburne, ON

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.



➤ July 22 to August 26

Haliburton, ON

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

Calgary, AB

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”.



➤ August 12 to 17

Kincardine, ON

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!



➤ July 3 to 7

Toronto, ON

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.



➤ 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


Elora Festival Elora, ON


➤ June 7 to 23

Toronto, ON

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.



➤ 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!



➤ June 7: Salle Pollack, McGill University, 555 Sherbrooke Street West,

Montreal, QC

June 11 to 16: Salle Bourgie, Montreal Museum of Fine Summer 2019 | 49


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!”



➤ July 4 to 18

Ottawa, ON

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.

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➤ 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.!



➤ 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.




➤ 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

Ottawa, ON

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.



➤ 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.



➤ 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


➤ 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.



➤ 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 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 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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➤ 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.



➤ July 15 to August 25

Stratford, ON

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.



➤ 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.



➤ 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.




➤ 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!



➤ 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.



➤ June 3 to 15

Toronto, ON

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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➤ August 14, 16 to 18

Markham, ON

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!



➤ 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

1-844-LIV-JAZZ (548-5299)

TD Niagara Jazz Festival Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON


➤ July 11 to August 3

Toronto, ON

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!





➤ 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, where you can

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