The WholeNote Summer Festivals
For over a decade the Artists' Garden Cooperative (AGC) has been offering a venue to acoustic musicians and spoken word performers. In a relaxing, natural atmosphere, small audiences enjoy a wide variety of music styles, from jazz to classical, roots to blues. Plein Air garden concerts run each Wednesday evening in July and August, from 7:30pm to 9pm. Light refreshments are available. The community is invited to experience the garden and hear sample performances by Plein Air performers at the AGC Annual Launch Party, a free event, on Tuesday, June 24, from 4:30pm to 8pm. Concert tickets, at $10, are available at the door, on Eventbrite.com or on our website.
This uniquely Canadian annual jazz festival occurs in the picturesque small town of Port Hope, just one hour east of Toronto. While in Port Hope, enjoy exquisite shops and eclectic restaurants on the "best-preserved main street in southern Ontario." Go fishing on the Ganaraska River or zip-lining in the Northumberland Forest. Friday night's concert in the park featuring Fathead is free. Saturday and Sunday afternoon passes to see five diverse, award-winning jazz performances, including Redhot Ramble, Griffith Hiltz Trio, Susie Arioli and the recently reunited Manteca group, are just $20 each. Saturday night at the Capitol features Kellylee Evans and the Mike Francis Quartet for just $40. Weekend passes are $70.
Bravo Niagara!'s vision is to define the Niagara Region as a destination for innovative and inspired musical performances of the highest calibre. Bravo Niagara! is a celebration of the arts – music, wine, visual and culinary experiences – creating a "Symphony of the Senses." Set amidst Niagara's natural beauty and historic riches, the wineries are transformed into exquisite concert venues for unforgettable performances. On September 5, 2014, Bravo Niagara! presents the Ontario debut of the Ehnes Quartet: "Falling for Music at Château des Charmes." The Ehnes Quartet comprises a "dream-team lineup" – violinists James Ehnes and Amy Schwartz Moretti, violist Richard O'Neil and cellist Robert deMaine. Stay tuned for "Spring into Music @ Stratus" in April 2015.
Now entering its 27th season, the Brott Music Festival (est. 1988) is the largest non-profit orchestral music festival in Canada, and the only festival with a full-time, professional orchestra-in-residence. The Brott Music Festival is renowned for its extremely high artistic standard, world-class soloists, exuberant young orchestra and eclectic mix of orchestral, chamber, jazz, pops 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.
The 64th Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship takes place August 6 to August 10 in Shelburne, Ontario. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Shelburne, the event features Canada’s top fiddlers in competition for thousands of dollars in prizes! Community events in conjunction with the Championship include camping, a giant fiddle parade, an open air market, Ballagh Bunch fiddle and stepdance show, fiddle jam sessions, a concert by the Beckett Family featuring Linsey and Tyler Beckett, a beer garden, Hotel California Eagles Tribute Band, a non-denominational church service, 24-hour meals and entertainment at the Legion, and a community pork BBQ. New this year is a barn dance and jamboree on August 6. Proceeds to support the charitable work of the Rotary Club and other community groups.
Chautauqua Institution is a unique learning community in western New York, located just three hours from Toronto. Every summer it comes alive with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, concerts, interfaith worship and programs and recreational activities for the entire family. Join more than 100,000 visitors that come to this beautiful historic lakeside village. Attend a chamber music concert, the theater or visit one of the two gallery spaces. See performances by the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Chautauqua Opera Company, Chautauqua Dance program, or a popular concert in the outdoor amphitheater. With a history deeply rooted in lifelong learning, Chautauqua offers more than 300 Special Studies classes during the summer, covering such topics as photography, yoga, culinary arts and foreign language. For more information visit our website.
June is a musical month at the City of Toronto Historic Sites! Spadina Museum’s Music in the Orchard series features eclectic cellist and composer Kye Marshall on June 1. Classical wind instrumentalists, VentElation, play from their rich musical repertoire on June 8. On June 15, the popular Ton Beau String Quartet performs. From June 20 to June 22, Fort York hosts the Indigenous Arts Festival, which features a great roster of new and traditional music, dance and theatrical performances. Arrive in 1920s style for Spadina Museum's Gatsby Garden Party on June 22. Enjoy live jazz music, dancing and croquet on the lawns, period refreshments and more. Montgomery’s Inn continues to host the Solfeggio Music Series throughout the summer.
The Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival, under the artistic direction of one of Canada's leading concert pianists, 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. The festival will take place this August long weekend, from July 31 to August 4. For tickets or more information contact us by phone or email. See directions on our website.
Photo: Alexander Tselyakov, festival artistic director, piano professor of Brandon University.
Colours of Music – 29 performances in ten days, held at noon, 2:30pm and 7:30pm most days in churches throughout Barrie. Choirs, quartets and pianists from across Canada and around the world. Pianists Michael Kim, Mauro Bertoli, Robert Kortgaard, Peter Tiefenbach, Lance Anderson, Stephanie Mara and Matthew Walton; the Cecilia String Quartet; bassist Andrew Downing; Charron Brothers with step dancer Sarah Robinson and guitarist Nate Douglas; organists Andrew Adair, Simon Walker, Marty Smyth and David Briggs; soprano Monica Whicher; the Amity Piano Trio; Ensemble Polaris; cellists Gavriel Lipkind and Paul Marelyn; violinist Wolfgang David; trumpeters Guy Few, and Stan and Jonathan Elliotson; Songbirds Alison Jane Taylor and Laura Aylan-Parker; "Bohemians in Brooklyn" with singers Patricia O'Callaghan and Bryce Kulak; harpist Lori Gemmell; and narrator Tom Allen. Choirs include That Choir and the Choir of St. James Cathedral.
The Festival of the Sound is for you. It’s for you if you live in the area, it’s for you if you come here to play and it’s for anybody that loves music. In its 35-year history, the Festival of the Sound has become a go-to destination for musicians and music lovers alike. It’s Canada’s premier summer classical music event, at the Charles W. Stockey Centre for Performing Arts, on the beautiful shores of Georgian Bay. It’s where the world’s greatest musicians come to play. So come join us, from July 18 to August 10, and celebrate 35 years of great classical music.
Imagine sitting in the middle of a forest, away from the lights of the city, in an amphitheatre overlooking a lake listening to live music as the sun sets. Or imagine yourself listening to incredible musicians while sitting in a place of historic significance to the forest that surrounds you: a Historic Logging Museum. This is the Forest Festival: six days, nine outstanding, all-Canadian performances, one unforgettable experience. Join us this August for a celebration of the senses that elevates the spirit, soothes the soul, connects music and nature and leaves you…spellbound.
The Highlands Opera Studio provides patrons with an opportunity to enjoy outstanding opera in the beautiful setting of the Highlands of Haliburton, Ontario. A select group of singers chosen from international auditions will receive world-class vocal and theatrical coaching throughout the program as well as introductions for future international performance opportunities. While in Haliburton, the singers will be cast in productions of Tosca by Giacomo Puccini, Rita by Gaetano Donizetti or William Walton’s The Bear, presented at the Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion. There will also be public master classes and several exciting concerts during the month. Come to Haliburton to meet and hear some of Canada’s top emerging operatic talent. Visit our website for details and ticket purchase.
The Highlands Summer Festival presents six weeks of live theatre and concerts in the heart of Ontario's Cottage Country. This year's offerings include: Great Expectations, Back in '59, The Last Resort, Billy Bishop Goes to War, and I Hate Hamlet. Do something dramatic this summer!
An eclectic mix of national- and international-calibre artists presented at the intimate 400-seat Algonquin Theatre in downtown Huntsville. In addition to mainstage presentations, there are free concerts at venues throughout the community, including Nuit Blanche North, an evening of interactive art installations happening on July 12. This summer’s lineup includes Measha Brueggergosman, Jesse Cook, Holly Cole, Colin James, Alan Doyle, Hawksley Workman, the Nagata Shachu Taiko drummers and so much more! Over the long weekend in August the Huntsville Jazz Festival returns for its fifth season, featuring Joe Sealy, Jane Bunnett with Cuban group Maqueque and piano wiz Michael Kaeshammer.
The Indian River Festival offers a summer-long series of concerts in a magnificent heritage church, set within sight of beautiful Malpeque Bay. Discover excellence in classical, jazz, Maritime, world and contemporary music by the finest artists from Prince Edward Island and across Canada, all in the world-class acoustical setting of St. Mary’s Church, Indian River.