Welcome to The WholeNote’s 17th annual Green Pages guide to summer music! To state the obvious, it is not "business as usual" this summer due to the pandemic. Nevertheless, we invited summer music festivals, the usual way, to let you know what they're up to and how they are adapting to the times. So have a look at the profiles presented here, to stay connected to the music you love and the creative artists and individuals who are pivoting to other platforms in these unusual times. Wishing you all a happy and healthy summer!

To join our Green Pages, or to ask for more information on the directory, contact karen@thewholenote.com or phone Karen at 416-323-2232 x26.

July 10 to 16, 2021
Collingwood, ON

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Collingwood Summer Music FestivalThe Collingwood Summer Music Festival is back this summer with a power-packed week of exciting events between July 10 to 16, presenting a diverse array of internationally-renowned, award-winning artists.

Join the grand, inaugural night with six brilliant operatic soloists led by Maestro Boris Brott and the National Academy Orchestra of Canada, followed by a series of engaging classical and world music performances that feature poetry readings, storytelling, dancing, live painting, youth activities and amazing cinematic visuals. 

Early-bird promotional rates in effect until June 1st! Note: all events are livestreamed with the possibility of a limited, in-person audience based on health authority guidelines.


June 18 to 19, 2021
Markham, ON (online)

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Markham Village Virtual Music FestivalThe 44th version of the Markham Village Music Festival will take place on Friday, June 18 and Saturday, June 19. Once again, our virtual festival will include pre-recorded performances by musicians and dancers. Confirmed performers include Ron Hawkins of Lowest of the Low, Sagen Pearse, Quincy Bullen, Tania Joy, Deanna Drudge, and many more.

We will also feature historical walking tours by the Town Crier, Beatbox Competition, and interviews with performers as well as live spots for our hosts/emcees. The Festival will be shown on YouTube, Facebook Live and YouTube video embedded on our website. Funds raised will be distributed to the Unison Benevolent Fund in support of performing artists.


June 7 to September 6, 2021
Toronto, ON

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Music MondaysMusic Mondays has served as a launching pad for emerging talent, and celebration of established local talent since its inception in 1992. Our pay-what-you-can lunchtime concerts take place in the warm acoustics of Holy Trinity Church, just steps away from the Eaton Centre, in busy downtown Toronto.

Our goal is to provide the highest possible musical experience to a pay-what-you-can downtown Toronto audience. Our audience includes office workers, tourists, retired folks, young children, the homeless, students and the musically curious.

Once again this season, our concerts will take place online at A440.live at 12:15pm every Monday from June 7 to Labour Day September 6. Please plan to join us for this, our 30th anniversary season!

416-598-4521, x223


September 16 to September 19, 2021
Owen Sound and Meaford, ON

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Edwin Huizinga SweetWater Music Festival 2021SweetWater 2021 (September 16 to 19), the 17th Festival, will again feature internationally-acclaimed Canadian and global artists performing classical, jazz, and contemporary music on the shores of Georgian Bay. This year's cutting-edge musical experiences will be provided by a multi-talented group of performers assembled by artistic director Edwin Huizinga including Philip Chiu, Keith Hamm, Julie Hereish, Tamar Illana, Aaron Schewebel, Sheila Jaffe, Leana Rutt, and many others. Along with four featured concerts over four days, this year's edition will include a special preview concert as well as community concerts and other musical experiences for the new normal. The Festival will also feature virtual music experiences. Tickets go on sale at the end of June. SweetWater is keeping the music ALIVE!


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