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 23, from 4:30pm to 8pm. Concert tickets, at $10, are available at the door, on Eventbrite.com or on our website.
Google “Canadian Jazz” and you’ll find this three-day outdoor festival near the top of the list. The All-Canadian Jazz Festival was born 14 years ago to celebrate and support the burgeoning Canadian jazz scene and every year this is accomplished with a uniquely Canadian performance lineup. There’s a Free Friday Night Concert starring Shakura S’Aida and Saturday evening’s headliner is 2015 JUNO Award winner Jane Bunnett and Maqueque. Stellar afternoon lineups include Robi Botos, Elizabeth Shepherd, the Souljazz Orchestra, Brownman Electryc Trio, Barbra Lica, Union Duke, 2ish, Heavyweights Brass Band, Big Rude Jake and Michael Occhipinti.
A massive three-week celebration of music with over 10 stages, a StreetFest and approximately 1 million in attendance. Features include a dynamic musical roster, exciting activities and an enticing lineup of gourmet food trucks. The festival will showcase the sensational musical talents of both established and emerging artists, from jazz, blues, Latin, swing, global, world beat, big band, Dixieland, Afro-Cuban, funk, R&B, ska to soul and more. Featured events include musical performances at Woodbine Park, StreetFest, Taste of Jazz, Pan Am Celebration, Beaches Tune Up Jazz Run and The Farmers Market Jazz Series. All of this is taking place at the 27th International Beaches Jazz Festival, June 10 to 26. Free for all ages. For a full schedule please visit www.beachesjazz.com/complete-concert-schedule.
The second annual Belfountain Music Festival will feature eight chamber music concerts and five student recitals. Performers include Arco Violini, the Ton Beau String Quartet, the Accolade Trio, the Glenellen String Quartet, Zachary Ebin, Julie Ranti, Maria Dolnycky, Alex McLeod, Jeannine Maloney and more. All concerts will take place at the historic Melville White Church, just around the corner from the Belfountain Conservation Area, Forks of the Credit Provincial Park and the Elora Cataract Trailway. Admission is $20 for adults and $5 for children; student recitals are free admission.
Now in its fifth year, Brookside Music Association presents “Festival of the Bay” in Midland and Meaford between July 2 and August 29, bringing world-class music – from classical to jazz, from piano to brass – to the shores of Georgian Bay in the heart of Ontario’s cottage country. Highlights include the world premiere of Wendake/Huronia, a new work by Canadian composer John Beckwith, commissioned by Brookside to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Champlain to the region – featuring the renowned Toronto Consort, the Brookside Festival Chamber Choir and First Nations singers and drummers. Other artists include Mauro Bertoli, Wolfgang David, Jackie Richardson and Joe Sealy, Leopoldo Erice, Susan Aglukark, the New Zealand String Quartet and Sinfonia Toronto.
Now entering its 28th 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, its world-class soloists, its exuberant young orchestra and its 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 2nd Biannual Canadian Flute Convention, affectionately known as Flutestock No. 2, will be taking place at the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto from Thursday, June 18 to Sunday, June 21, 2015. The 2015 Canadian Flute Convention is packed with over 100 events and activities, including concerts, lecture recitals, workshops, seminars, movement classes, reading sessions and a bustling flute market. Artists and delegates will gather from all over Canada and abroad to take part in the four-day festivities. Flutestock No. 2 promises to be a memorable event filled with music, laughter and surprises! We cordially invite you to join us this June in the heart of downtown Toronto for the 2015 Canadian Flute Convention.
The 65th Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship takes place August 5 to 9 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, Kelli Trottier fiddle and stepdance show, fiddle jam sessions, a concert by the Beckett Family featuring Linsey and Tyler Beckett, a non-denominational church service and a community pork BBQ. Barn dance and jamboree on August 5. Proceeds to support the charitable work of the Rotary Club and other community groups.
The summer is full of music at the City of Toronto Historic Sites! Spadina Museum kicks it all off with Music in the Orchard, an annual series of one-hour, outdoor Sunday afternoon concerts. The lineup is June 7: Michael Franklin and Amir Samimi; June 14: VentElation; and June 21: Dan Fortin and Michael Davidson. June 18 to June 21, Fort York hosts the Indigenous Arts Festival and Na-Me-Res Traditional Outdoor Pow Wow, featuring 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 28. Enjoy live jazz music, dancing and croquet on the lawns, period refreshments and more. Bookmark our website for details on these and other great upcoming events!
The 10th 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 30 to August 3. 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.
The Cui International Music Festival will gather artists from around the world in a celebration of classical music. Based at York University, talented pianists and singers will engage audiences of all ages in educational programs, masterclasses and performances. Concerts will include world-recognized faculty and guest artists from Europe, Hong Kong, China and the USA. The public is invited to masterclasses and performances hosted at Grace Church on-the-Hill, the Church of the Holy Trinity (Music Mondays) and other wonderful Toronto venues. Programs are free to the public. For a listing of our distinguished faculty, guest artists and full program schedules, visit our website.
Experience world-class music in intimate settings this July at the Elora Festival! From choral and classical to folk, jazz and blues – the Elora Festival has something for everyone! Featuring Mark Masri, VOCES8, Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, Black Umfolosi, Stewart Goodyear and more! Twenty-two performances, five intimate venues, one world-class festival. Come celebrate with us July 10 to 26. Find out more at www.elorafestival.ca.
Du 16 au 19 juillet 2015, le Festival du Loup commémore 400 ans de présence francophone en Ontario. Cette année, l’événement sera transporté dans le temps vers le XVIIe siècle. Au menu : des contes, de la musique, de la nourriture locale, des kiosques, un encan de loups, le concours de hurlement et beaucoup de plaisir pour toute la famille.
From July 16 to 19, 2015, le Festival du Loup will commemorate 400 years of francophone presence in Ontario. Guests will be transported back in time to the 17th century. The festival’s program will include French stories and music, local food, artisans, a painted wolf art auction, a howling contest and lots of fun for the whole family.
In its 36-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/jazz 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 9, and celebrate 36 years of great classical music.
Fabulous performing artists in a spectacular wilderness setting – this is the Forest Festival. This five-day annual festival of concerts that link nature and music is held at two venues in Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve – the stunning, lakeside amphitheatre that overlooks a floating stage on serene and isolated Bone Lake and the historic Logging Museum at the Forest Base Camp. We invite you to experience majestic forests, sparkling lakes, breathtaking sunsets, star-studded night skies and, of course, truly great music.