The WholeNote’s 14th annual Green Pages will be published as usual in our upcoming big SUMMER edition (June/July/August). The print magazine hits the stands June 1 but there are always a few festivals that begin earlier!

The Green Pages includes festival profiles and pictures, concert and event listings. Look forward to an exciting overview of the summer musical map – classical, jazz, opera, folk, world music and much more – in beautiful and sometimes unexpected locations.


LAYOUT & DESIGN: Susan Sinclair
PROOFREADING: Sara Constant / Karen Ages
WEBSITE: Kevin King

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.

August 18
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

MILOSBravo Niagara! is dedicated to presenting the world's leading Canadian and international artists in Niagara-on-the-Lake and the surrounding Niagara wine country. On August 18th, Bravo Niagara! presents classical guitarist Miloš Karadaglić, hailed as “one of the most exciting and communicative classical guitarist today” (New York Times), at the historic 1792 St. Mark's Anglican Church in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The program entitled The Voices of the Guitar features special guest Marc Djokic (violin) and his quartet performing works by Bach, Boccherini, Granados, De Falla, Rodrigo, Piazzolla, Villa Lobos, as well as George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney! Don't miss this rare recital featuring MILOŠ - his only Canadian appearance of 2018!


July 12 to August 23
Midland, ON

Brookside Music Festival of the BayBrookside Music hosts 'Festival of the Bay' at the Midland Cultural Centre. On July 12, The Toronto All Star Big Band kicks off the festival in a lively fashion, followed by “First Lady of Musical Theatre”  Louise Pitre performing La vie en rouge, a tribute to Edith Piaf July 19. July 26 the Rolston String Quartet show us why they were winners of the 2018 Cleveland Quartet Award. Then join our fundraiser on board Miss Midland on August 10 for Huronia Hot Strings' Gypsy Jazz featuring vocalist Jessica Lalonde. August 16 come for a Taste of Vienna featuring violinist Wolfgang David while feasting on a Viennese dessert. Lastly on August 23, pianist Takeshi Kakehashi and Wolfgang David team up to bring you Beethoven, Brahms and Strauss for a passionate finale.


May 25 to June 16
Saint-Lambert, South Shore of Montreal, Montreal, North Shore of Montreal

Festival ClassicaFor its 8th edition, Festival Classica will present 60 indoor and outdoor concerts. Under the theme of From Schubert to the Stones, the Festival will run from May 25 to June 16, 2018 in Saint-Lambert, several cities on the South Shore, and on the island of Montreal and the North Shore. Festivalgoers will be treated to exceptional performances by numerous renowned artists, including Stéphane Tétreault, Guillaume Andrieux, Jean-Philippe Sylvestre, Russell Braun, Alice Ader, the Solistes de l’OSM, the Orchestre Métropolitain and Marc Martel. Unique concerts will be presented in tribute to remarkable composers: André Mathieu, Claude Debussy and Jacques Hétu!


September 12 to 16
Guelph, ON

Guelph Jazz FestivalJoin us to celebrate our 25th Anniversary with five days of world-class creative music in one of Ontario’s loveliest cities. Our intimate community-powered festival features the best in contemporary improvised music, offers ticketed concerts plus a free outdoor series on Friday and Saturday in Market Square, and hosts free educational programming with panel talks and artist interviews. Some of the artists featured include: Darius Jones’s Le bébé de Brigitte (Lost in Translation), Steve Swell’s Soul Travelers, Jean Derome’s Somebody Special: Music of Steve Lacy, Satoko Fujii’s This Is It!, Amirtha Kidambi’s Elder Ones, Agustí Fernández & Yves Charuest, Konk Pack, Nick Fraser Quartet with Tony Malaby, and many more.


August 8 to 12
Shelburne, ON

Heritage Music FestivalThe Heritage Music Festival, featuring the 68th Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship, will take place August 8-12, 2018 in Shelburne, Ontario. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Shelburne, the event features a variety of entertainers, including The Trews, the Beckett Family, and Louis Schryer, 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, an open air market, and non-denominational church service. Proceeds of the Heritage Music Festival support Shelburne Rotary’s many charitable projects.


July 6 to August 17
Huntsville, ON

Huntsville Festival of the ArtsEntering its 26th season of presenting excellence in the performing arts, the Huntsville Festival will once again feature a series of international, national and local performing arts concerts. The eclectic lineup features Jim Cuddy, Downchild Blues Band, country stars Doc Walker, blues man Matt Andersen, jazz pianist Michael Kaeshammer and alt rockers Whitehorse among others and will feature tributes to Stuart McLean, Oscar Peterson, and the music of 60's/70’s folk artists from James Taylor to Bob Dylan. A special Choir!Choir!Choir! evening will be held at Deerhurst Resort on July 13. Daytime concerts, children’s shows and the return of Nuit Blanche North are highlights.


June 30 to August 25
Leith, ON

Leith Summer Festival presents five concerts in the Historic Leith Church, 12 km from Owen Sound on Georgian Bay. It's a wonderfully intimate venue with superb acoustics enjoyed by musicians and audiences alike. The LSF begins Saturday, June 30 with songs by Julie Nesrallah, mezzo, and Robert Kortgaard, piano. On Saturday, July 14, Robi Botos, piano, and Paul Novotny, bass, play innovative traditional jazz. The Penderecki String Quartet performs Schafer, Grieg and Beethoven on Saturday July 28. Jonathan Crow, violin, Philip Chiu, piano and Gabriel Radford, horn play Schumann and Brahms on Saturday August 11, while the piano quartet Ensemble Made in Canada closes the season on August 25. All concerts at 7:30 pm. Tickets at Roxy Theatre, Owen Sound, 519-371-2833.


May 31 to June 10
Toronto, ON

LULAWORLDThe annual LULAWORLD festival showcases new work and collaborations by local and international Latin, Brazilian, jazz, folk and global artists. In addition to three CD releases, highlights of LULAWORLD 2018 include a community brass band that you can perform with, special guest salsa artists from Puerto Rico, Los Angeles and Montreal, a residency with Olodum’s Mestre Memeu direct from Brazil, indigenous reggae, rock and blues by Shauit and Digging Roots, Philadelphia-based jazz poet Ursula Rucker, and a music and street mural exchange with Valparaiso, Chile. The festival includes ten free, family friendly  outdoor performances on June 1 and 2 in collaboration with the Dundas West Fest community street festival. LULAWORLD is presented by Lula Music and Arts Centre.


June 15, 16, 17
Markham, ON

Markham Village Music FestivalThe Markham Village Music Festival is back on the third weekend in June on the Main Street of Markham Village. On June 15 & 16, the Festival will be held on Markham Road, north of Highway 7. The Festival features four stages of entertainment, craft and food vendors, Farmers’ Market and a Kids’ Zone in Morgan Park. Morgan Park (one block east of Main Street) will feature the carnival rides that will operate on Friday evening, Saturday and NEW this year, Sunday afternoon. On Saturday the petting zoo will be back, and there will be great entertainment on the Youth Stage on Saturday and Sunday featuring the winners of the Markham Youth Expo. There will be crafts and swimming in Morgan Pool. Great family fun!


June 1 to 17
Montreal, QC

Festival ClassicaThe Montreal Chamber Music Festival presents its 23rd season, offering a wonderful array of gems from the chamber music repertoire, exciting premieres, and new collaborations, with performances by many of our most revered artists along with brilliant new discoveries. Beginning with a new spring series at The Ritz-Carlton Montreal in April and May, the Festival moves to Pollack Hall for the TD JAZZ and classical series in June. With our theme “Droit au Cœur!" (Straight to the Heart!), we emphasize our love for chamber music, the most intimate and collaborative of art forms. Highlights include the Canadian premiere of the New York Philharmonic String Quartet and special events to celebrate the “Year of the Cello” in concert and film.


May 7 to September 3
Toronto, ON

Music MondaysA lunchtime concert series at the Church of the Holy Trinity – welcome to our 27th 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. Please join us. Bring your lunch – and a friend – every Monday at 12:15pm from May to Labour Day.

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August 21 to 24
Bracebridge, ON

The 9th Annual OperaMuskoka Festival takes place August 21-24 2018, in Bracebridge, Ontario. The opening night opera will be Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte, produced by Sharon Tikiryan, M.Mus. Sharon will also sing the role of the calculating maid. Wednesday August 22 will be our Annual Stars of Tomorrow Concert, featuring young people from Toronto and the surrounding area of Muskoka. Both these events take place at the Rene M. Caisse Memorial Theatre. At the Pinegrove Fellowship Church in Bracebridge on Thursday August 23, the Festival will feature a Vocal Masterclass with Jennifer Tung of the Royal Conservatory of Music, followed by her concert in the evening. The Festival concludes on Friday August 24, with a Violin Masterclass with Moshe Hammer, and an evening concert also at Pinegrove Fellowship Church, 295 Taylor Rd.


September 7 to 16
Picton, ON

Now in its 15th season, the festival will open with a concert featuring our new artistic directors, the renowned New Orford String Quartet, and a special work by composer John Burge, Death of a Lady's Man - a world premiere with a nod to Leonard Cohen. The following evening will be devoted to Renaissance and Baroque music with Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal. The weekend will end with a piano recital by André Laplante. The second weekend begins with Erin Wall, in an evening of song and operatic arias. The next evening features Mark Fewer and his jazz trio, David Braid (piano), Joseph Phillips (bass). In our last concert, Mark Fewer is joined by classical musicians Bénédicte Lauzière, Eric Nowlin, Joseph Johnson and Wonny Song to perform chamber music.


August 14 to 19
Prince Edward County, ON

This year’s festival main stage shows are deep in big-name Juno and Grammy royalty - Robi Botos, Carol Welsman, and the Brian Barlow Big Band - we’ll showcase saxophonists Tara Davidson, the JUNO-winning Allison Au, bassist Marika Galea, violinist Drew Jurecka, and pianist Adrean Farrugia. The festival makes it a point to support emerging artists, and we bring back outstanding young performers who have a history with us. Marika Galea will be playing every day this year. She came to us first as part of her high school band that participated in our jazz education program, and then won the Rising Young Star award, and later performed on our stage with her own groups. Drew Jurecka returns after his highly-acclaimed run as our featured artist in 2017.


May 27 to June 10
Hamilton, ON

Saint Joseph's ArtsFest brings music and theatre performances to the GTHA area. In the superior acoustics of Saint Joseph's Church in Hamilton, this year's festival brings together artists not only from Canada, but also from Estonia and the Czech Republic. Both of these European countries are celebrating their 100th anniversaries. Highlights of the Festival will include the Prague Mixed Choir (Conductor: Jiří Petrdlík) and Aare Tammesalu (cellist from Estonia). We are also pleased to present A Man for All Seasons under the stage direction of Lana Borsellino. Featured will be works by Haydn, Smetana, Arvo Pärt, and the sublime Miserere by Allegri with Julie Ludwig. Come to a concert or stage play, then enjoy an evening meal on trendy Locke Street in Hamilton.


July 16 to August 26
Stratford, ON

Stratford Summer MusicCanadian & international musicians of excellence return to Stratford Summer Music for our 18th season of concerts and events. Featured artists include Blind Boys of Alabama, Jeremy Dutcher, Angela Hewitt, Jan Lisiecki, Ron Sexsmith, Tanya Tagaq, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and Stéphane Tétreault. There will also be Friday night cabarets at Revival House, Bach Musical Brunches at The Prune Restaurant on Saturdays and Sundays, free lunchtime BargeMusic, early morning BachWalks, and making its Canadian debut, The Moon Museum, a 27-foot replica of the moon by artist Luke Jerram, set on Tom Patterson Island and featuring free programs of world music from August 16-25. Make music part of your Stratford experience today. Visit our webpage or call our box-office for more information.


July 27 to August 5
Toronto, ON

Founded in 1986, Summer Opera Lyric Theatre has been bringing together young vocalists, professional singers and teachers of great stature. SOLT features the stars of tomorrow, as our young artists advance towards careers at the national and international level. The SOLT 2018 Opera Workshop presents three great works for the stage: Manon by Massenet, Semele by Handel, and Mozart’s Fior and Dora (Così fan tutte). The diversity of roles and the amazing variety of style, both vocal and dramatic, makes this summer opera festival a special treat for Toronto’s opera fans. Toronto’s Mini Opera Summer Festival at Robert Gill Theatre is conveniently located in the heart of the city. Please add SOLT 2018 to your summer calendar!


July 20 to 23
Waterloo, ON

Sun Life Financial UpTown Waterloo Jazz FestivalBringing the community together through jazz! For its 26th season, the Sun Life Financial UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival is exploring improvisation in music and art including an improvised aerial act performed to live music, and a visual artist creating a work based on one of our performances in full view of our patrons. Artists include Manteca, Jim Gelcer, Fern Lindzon, Turboprop, Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night Club, Coco Love Alcorn, Francisco Pais, Mark Kelso & the Jazz Exiles, Mike Downes, Marito Marques and Ted Warren. Events begin Friday July 20 at 5:30 pm and continue through to Sunday July 22 at 4:30 pm.


August 15, 17 to 19
Markham, ON

TD Markham JazzThe TD Markham Jazz Festival is an exciting and vibrant 3 ½ day event featuring well known professional jazz musicians performing on three stages on beautiful Main Street Unionville, in Markham. The Festival starts on Wednesday August 15 with a ticketed Opening Night concert, including a reception and silent auction at the intimate Varley Art Gallery. From August 17-19, Main Street comes alive with 30+ free performances all day and evening on outdoor stages, on the street, and in bars and restaurants. Enjoy acclaimed Canadian and International artists performing all styles of jazz and blues. Early confirmed artists include Dee Dee Bridgewater, Deva Mahal, Dan Hill, Ian Hendrickson-Smith, Jaymz Bee's Tiki Collective, Barbra Lica, and Adrean Farrugia with Brad Goode.


July 5 to 8
London, ON

TD Sunfest 18Celebrate the enchantment of summer with Canada’s premier festival of the global arts. Now in its 24th year, FREE-admission, TD Sunfest transfigures London’s Victoria Park into a culturally diverse jewel, where over 35 top world music and jazz groups from all corners of the planet entertain on five stages. 2018 headliners range from red-hot bands like Liniker e Os Caramelows (Brazil) and Hannah Williams & The Affirmations (UK), to legendary acts like Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics (Nigeria/UK). New this year is the Government of Ontario-supported program “Roots, Riddims & Reggae,” showcasing the diverse sounds of the Caribbean. And with 225+ exhibitors, TD Sunfest ’18 will continue to whet festival-goers’ appetites for scrumptious international cuisine and unique crafts & visual art.


May 7 to September 3
Toronto, ON

TD Toronto Jazz FestivalTD Toronto Jazz Festival, running from June 22 to July 1, celebrates its 32nd edition as it returns to the Bloor-Yorkville area, the hub of the Festival. This summer, legendary musicians such as Herbie Hancock, Bela Fleck and all the original Flecktone members, Gregory Porter, Holly Cole, The Bad Plus will headline, joining rising stars like Elise LeGrow, Cécile McLorin Salvant and Lake Street Dive. Yorkville will play host to over 175 free concerts, featuring the very best in jazz from Toronto, across the country and around the world. Experience forward thinking musicians pushing the boundaries of jazz at Heliconian Hall, a showcase highlighting JUNO winners and nominees, and everything from big bands to samba to New Orleans brass bands.


July 12 to August 4
Toronto, ON

Reflections of Wartime - 2018 marks 100 years since the end of WWI and this year's Festival will explore music written during or inspired by times of war and conflict, past and present. Don't miss performances by the Borodin Quartet, New Orford Quartet, a staged L'Histoire du Soldat featuring the TSO Chamber Soloists, Ben Heppner's tribute to Gospel Music, a World War II Big Band Concert, and a celebration of Vivaldi at the Church of the Redeemer and much much more including many free, PWYC, and educational events.


June 9 to August 5
Campbellford, ON

Westben Concerts at The BarnExperience music in a natural setting at Westben. Now in its 19th season, Westben is where the best of music and nature spring to life! Nestled amongst the peaceful hills of Northumberland County two hours east of Toronto, near Campbellford, Westben's primary performance venue is a custom-built, timber-frame barn. The Barn seats 400 and combines state-of-the-art acoustics with a rustic yet sophisticated atmosphere. On sunny days from June to August massive walls and doors roll away allowing music to waft over the surrounding meadow. Westben’s 19th season features classical, broadway, jazz, folk and fiddle music, with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Sarah Harmer, Colin Mochrie, Michael Kaeshammer, Vancouver Chamber Choir, Danel String Quartet, Wallis Giunta, Alexander Dobson and more.


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