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 15 to August 8, 2021
Hamilton, ON

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Brott Music Festival, Canada’s largest orchestral festival, has been enthralling audiences for 34 years - the majority of performances are focused on greater Hamilton, Halton and Niagara regions. This summer, COVID-friendly concerts will take place at the Ancaster Fairgrounds welcoming audience “bubbles” in their cars. Orchestra, soloists and singers perform on stage under a tent. Large video screens either side of the stage illuminate performers. Sound will be projected both live and via FM channel. Additional performances at Sue Anne Staff Winery in Jordan, the Collingwood Music Festival and Toronto Summer Music Festival, Koerner Hall. Visit our website or call us!


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 DRIVE-IN concerts 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 - all projected onto a massive, 900 sq. ft. screen and transmitted over your FM radio. Early-bird promotional rates are in effect until June 14 with $10 from every drive-in ticket going toward the Unison Benevolent Fund.


July 7 to August 18, 2021

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Free Humbercrest "Virtual Summer Concert" series. Please join us every Wednesday evening at 7pm for a free 30-minute concert. Use our website to connect. 

Concerts include solo voice, trumpet, piano, cello, organ, brass ensemble, choral, featuring both professional and emerging artists. There should be something for everyone! However, if you want “blue-grass” that ain’t us! The repertoire is within a classical frame, still with some “easy-listening” selections!


July 29 to August 5, 2021

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Many Voices, Many Stories - Dario et La DiablesseNo Strings Theatre aims to provide opportunities for pre-college youth and emerging artists to develop their skills in all aspects of the music theatre arts under the guidance of professional artists. Our “Many Voices, Many Stories” initiative tells the untold stories of Canadian history through artistic expressions of workshops and productions and supports the development of new works by new generation artists. This season will be the development of Dario et la Diablesse: A Caribbean Musical by Sasky Louison and Darryl Joseph-Dennie. It will be overseen by dramaturgs Richardo Keens-Douglas (script) and Mark Cassius (music), and choreographer Shakeil Rollock. The product will include a table read, interviews, and a behind-the-scenes look at the developmental process.


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


July to October, 2021
Hamilton, ON

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Something Else! FestivalThe eighth iteration of our annual Something Else! Festival will resemble last year's festival - in pieces, outdoors, again, but spread over an even wider timeline. Depending on the status of public health concerns, we plan on presenting once per week to once every other week, one to six acts, over one to three events per day. Our festival and music series will be spread across a handful to a dozen or so Saturdays at the luscious Bayfront Park, while our Composite Arts Series, “Watch it Burn!” will be slotted one Thursday per month at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Hopefully, starting no later than late July, the following Southern Ontario and Canadian artists should grace our stages: Eve Egoyan (plays Erik Satie), Silvervest, Eyevin Trio, Togetherness!, Lina Allemano 4, Brass Knuckle Sandwich, Chimera, So Long 7, See Through 4, plus many more.


August 5 to 29, 2021
Stratford, ON

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Stratford Summer MusicWe’re gearing up for our 2021 season! Every weekend in August we’ll be back with a host of events for music lovers of all ages. As well as the return of our signature Floating Barge, we’ll also be back at Revival House for our Friday Night Live jazz series. Watch for events in Market Square, Gallery Stratford, the Stratford-Perth Museum, Tom Patterson Island, and Avondale United Church. Some of our guest artists this year include Laila Biali, Marcus Nance, Dayna Manning, Tom Allen, Stewart Goodyear, Jens Lindemann, Heather Bambrick, members of INNERchamber, TorQ Percussion Quartet and more!


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!


July 30 to August 1, 2021
Durham, ON

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Symphony In the BarnCelebrating its 26th year, SITB welcomes you to reunite for a spectacular weekend celebrating “agri-culture”: world class performances set on an idyllic biodynamic organic farm. Honouring Beethoven’s 251st birthday, SITB presents all five Piano Concerti with internationally renowned soloists (Sunny Ritter, Francine Kay, Karolina Kubalkova, Richard Herriot, co-artistic director Kati Gleiser) accompanied by string orchestra conducted by co-artistic director Kevin Mallon and SITB founder Michael Schmidt. Enjoy concerts under the stars in our open air pasture; safely spaced audience follows all health unit guidelines. Breathe the fresh air, delight in the magic of the farm, the possibly spontaneous accompaniment from a contented cow, or a visit from a passing chicken. Performances also live-streamed to our global audience.


July to October 2021
St. Catharines, ON (Online)

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TD Niagara Jazz Festival 2021The TD Niagara Jazz Festival celebrates all types of jazz and world music, performed in intimate indoor and outdoor venues in the heart of Niagara’s stunning wine country.* Join us year-round for music and events the whole family can enjoy!

Niagara's Online Summer Mardi Gras (July 24): experience Mardi Gras from the comfort of your own home! Get dressed up, dance to the music and indulge in New Orleans culture with guest artists from Niagara and New Orleans.

Emancipation Day: featuring a Black History and Cultural Tour of the Niagara region (July 31) and a virtual Emancipation Day picnic (August 1) with various workshops and guest artists, including Juno award-winner Sammy Jackson!

Visit us online for more events!
NOTE: *During the pandemic the festival has shifted to online presentations*


July 30 to August 1 and September 10 to September 26
Campbellford, ON

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WestbenWestben’s 50-acre farm in Northumberland Country, near Campbellford will once again be filled with live music, smiles and in-person audiences.  Tickets are now on sale for a welcome back weekend of concerts July 30 to August 1 and for the new "Open-Air Fall Fest" September 10 to September 26. There is lots to explore and discover this year at Westben. The Barn seating has been reconfigured and there are two new outdoor venues – Willow Hill amphitheatre and a new campfire venue.

Also new is the "Sounds in Nature Experience", featuring a guided nature walk on the Mary West Trail with a sound installation by Andy Thompson. Featured artists include Robert Michaels, Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Laila Biali, Leahy, Kerri Ough, Ben Whitely, Sammy Jackson, Andre Laplante, Ken Tizzard, Bennett-Finley family and Serena Ryder and more.


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