Welcome to The WholeNote’s 18th annual Green Pages guide to summer music! We invite summer music festivals 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. 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 13 to 17, 2022
Brantford, ON

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Brantford Summer Music 2022We are shining a light on one of Ontario's most beautiful and historically significant cities with a summer music festival presented this summer at the lovingly restored 1919 Sanderson Centre. The vision of the festival is to present a wide and inclusive variety of musical genres featuring local, national and international artists. The inaugural festival will feature the extraordinary Indigenous playwright/composer/author/performer Tomson Highway in his cabaret Songs in the Key of Cree, followed by the Toronto Mass Choir, Canada's finest gospel choir, under the baton of Brantford's own Karen Burke, and prize-winning Simcoe concert pianist Bryn Blackwood. Come to Brantford this summer and take in the lovely parks, the Glenhyrst Art Gallery and the many pleasures of the lower Grand River Valley.


July 7 to August 26, 2022
Midland, ON

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Brookside Music Festival of the Bay 2022Brookside Music's 2022 Festival of the Bay in Midland is looking forward to a variety of musical summer evenings both indoors and out.

This year the Festival will consist of five glorious indoor concerts featuring world class performers held at both the Midland Cultural Centre and the Alliance Church, and scattered between them will be four FREE outdoor events to be enjoyed on the lawn behind the Calvary Baptist Church.

Look forward to hearing pianist Cheng Cai, Flute and Harp with Suzanne Shulman and Erica Goodman, the Zodiac Trio and a Festival of the Sound Chamber Ensemble among others.


June 30 to August 18, 2022
Hamilton, ON

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Brott Music Festival is one of Hamilton’s four cornerstone arts organizations and has been delighting audiences for 35 years. Its summer of live, in-theatre concerts begins June 30th as Trudel makes his debut as interim artistic director with Beethoven’s “Ninth”, a program dedicated to the memory of Boris Brott. The Festival ends its summer season with a fully staged production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music.

Audiences will also look forward to hearing the sounds of PopOpera, the Italian opera La Cenerentola (Cinderella), festival favourite Valerie Tryon and the Festival’s debut at the new Ancaster Memorial Arts Centre, an evening of Frank Sinatra classics and a night to revisit the 70s and 80s with ABBA with “Jeans ‘n Classics”.


July 8 to 15, 2022
First Presbyterian Church, Collingwood, ON

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Collingwood Music FestivalThe Collingwood Music Festival brings exceptional performances to First Presbyterian Church in Collingwood, featuring award-winning artists in the fields of classical, world, jazz and Indigenous genres. This summer, you'll hear the brilliant, symphonic power of the National Academy Orchestra of Canada, followed by a program of popular spirituals with the Nathaniel Dett Chorale and a swingin' a cappella choir - Countermeasure, which will have you singin' along and dancing in the aisles.

And that's just the start! This year, we are also hosting FREE events for youth in nearby Duntroon Highlands Golf Club on Saturday, July 9, with an enchanted, musical pathway coupled with the serenity of nature - all outdoors with charming views of the bay. For more info, visit our website or call us!


July 8 to 24, 2022
Elora, ON and Fergus, ON

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Elora FestivalWe are excited to announce our return to a live summer festival!

For three weekends in July, the village of Elora will resound with live music once again, with performances by ensemble-in-residence The Elora Singers, international guest artists, and celebrated Canadian musicians including Sarah Slean, Canadian Brass, Autorickshaw, Tyler Duncan and more!

Our line-up of over 30 concerts is second-to-none and showcases a variety of musical styles, ranging from solo artists to world music and small ensembles to mainstage attractions. Concerts take place throughout Elora and nearby Fergus, Ontario. Tickets are on sale now!


July 17 to 31, 2022
Parry Sound, ON

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Festival of the Sound 2022The Festival of the Sound returns “Home Again” this year to in-person concerts at the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts! For two weeks from July 17 to 31, Parry Sound will ring out once again with concerts featuring the Elmer Iseler Singers, this year’s Stockey Young artistic director Cameron Crozman, and the 50th anniversary celebration of Canadian Brass, as well as perennial favourites Leslie Fagan, Guy Few, Joel Quarrington, Suzanne Shulman, the Elora Singers, and many others.

New this year is our Canadian PianoFest, hosted by legendary Janina Fialkowska and featuring Stewart Goodyear, David Jalbert, Charles-Richard Hamelin, the Bergmann Duo, and this year’s Chopin Competition winner Xiaoyu Liu.

We can’t wait to welcome you back! Tickets are on sale now.


July 28 to August 29, 2022
Haliburton County, ON

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Highlands Opera Studio. Photo by David SweeneySet in the beautiful surroundings of the Haliburton Highlands in Central Ontario, Highlands Opera Studio provides advanced operatic experience to a select group of talented emerging professionals with the main objective to provide these singers with the necessary skills to embark on a career in opera. Established opera professionals (international artist agents, vocal coaches, general directors of professional opera companies, etc.) are invited to interact with and advise our participants during the intensive season, resulting in new connections, many leading to employment and/or artist representation (national and international). Core activities also include 17 to 19 live public events/performances: multiple performances of 2-3 fully staged operas, 3-4 public masterclasses, 5-6 concerts, and free community events.


September 1 to 5, 2022
Toronto, ON

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Intersection is an annual multi-day festival that celebrates musical experimentation, and confronts people in their own environment, on common ground. The festival unites the creative energy of Toronto-based musical artists and collectives from numerous disparate experimental music communities along with visiting special guest artists. Through installations, improvisations, compositions, and performance pieces, as well as our flagship all-day music marathon at Yonge-Dundas Square, Intersection connects both active and passive audiences with contemporary music-making. We are passionate about our accessible, barrier-free philosophy that engages folks who may otherwise never experience contemporary music and aim to bring these artists and their audiences together to spark a dialogue and build a stronger community.


June 25 to August 21, 2022
Leith, ON

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Leith Summer Festival 2022Leith Summer Festival and artistic director Robert Kortgaard present five concerts in the summer in the Historic Leith Church, 12km from Owen Sound. Leith Church is an intimate venue with excellent acoustics. The Festival begins on Saturday, June 25 with VC2, a cello duo, performing repertoire inspired by Beethoven. Sunday, July 10, Patricia O'Callaghan, soprano, with Robert Kortgaard, piano, and Andrew Downing, bass, present classical, cabaret and jazz gems. Sunday, July 24, Jonathan Crow, violin, and Phillip Chiu, piano, perform a program of French music. Saturday, August 6, Paul Novotny, bass and Robi Botos, piano focus on the music of summertime. Sunday, August 21, Agne Radzeviciute and Dmitri Levkovich, piano duo, play classical romantic and turbulent duets and solos. Tickets are $35 at www.roxytheatre.ca.


June 17 to 18, 2022
Main Street Markham, Markham, ON

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Markham Village Music Festival 2022The annual Markham Village Music Festival features five stages of entertainment with all genres of music including music from our diverse communities. Performers include Blackboard Blues Band, Lazo Finn, Jerome Tucker Band, Goodnight Sunrise, Donnybrook Organ Trio, Jimmy Miller and the Buzz and much more. There will be more than 50 craft and food vendors, Farmers' Market, Kids Zone and fun for the whole family. Main Street businesses will be open to welcome you to the street.

Markham Road will be closed to vehicular traffic north of Highway 7 for this event. Free parking and totally accessible. Festival hours: Friday, June 17 from 6PM to 11PM; Saturday, June 18 from 10AM to 9PM.


June 6 to September 5, 2022
Church of the Holy Trinity, Toronto, ON

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Music Mondays 2022Music 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. The acoustics of Holy Trinity are very special - warm and inviting. Live concerts are back! Please join us for this, our 31st season. Bring your lunch – and a friend – every Monday at 12:15pm from June 6th to Labour Day, September 5th!

416-598-4521, x223


August 3, 2022
Koerner Hall, Toronto, ON

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NYO Canadas 2022 Borealis TourJoin us as 82 of today’s brightest young classical musicians take to the stage and perform a new work by 2022 SOCAN composer Katerina Gimon and a repertoire of beloved classical masterpieces, including a performance by the 2022 Michael Measures first prize winner as a featured soloist. The 2022 Borealis Tour is the long-awaited reunion of NYO Canada, its new music director, Maestro Sascha Goetzel and the Toronto audience!

For more than 60 years, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (NYO Canada) has been widely regarded as Canada’s orchestral finishing school and one of the best training orchestras in North America. Consisting of Canada’s finest pre-professional musicians, NYO’s legacy can be heard through the impact of their alumni, who comprise 40% of orchestras in Canada today!


July 21 to August 4, 2022
Ottawa, ON

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Ottawa Chamberfest 2022Chamberfest™ is back in full force! A theme of light overcoming darkness runs through our 2022 festival, with the best and brightest artists gracing our stages.

Ottawa’s internationally-acclaimed chamber music festival returns this summer with a diversity of performers showcasing an eclectic repertoire that spans genres and generations. Enjoy new music and familiar musicians in unfamiliar mashups at our city’s best spots.

Grammy-nominated wind quintet Imani Winds, six-voice a cappella ensemble Nordic Voices, and mezzo-soprano Marion Newman, of Kwagiulth and Stó:lo First Nations, English, Scottish and Irish heritage are among the brilliant artists performing at Ottawa Chamberfest this summer. See Cris Derksen, Imani Winds, Gryphon Trio, Danish String Quartet, Quatuor Danel, and more at Chamberfest this summer!


September 16 to 18, 2022
Simcoe Recreation Centre, Simcoe, ON

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South Coast Jazz & Blues 9th annual festival on the shores of Lake Erie. Saturday the 17th headliners include Juno Winners Jully Black, Laila Biali and Pat Collins. For tickets and full schedule visit our website.

Early bird prices end soon. General admission to VIP tables of 8 with dinner. World class music, local food/drinks and fun. Don’t forget your dancing shoes!


July 21 to August 14, 2022
Stratford, ON

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Stratford Summer Music 2022Stratford Summer Music, an annual multi-week music festival that presents multiple events featuring 100+ artists, is set in indoor and outdoor venues throughout downtown Stratford, Ontario. With an artistic vision to produce, to the highest standards possible, an annual program of diverse and exciting musical performances by local, provincial, national and international artists and to provide the widest possible range of musical genres on our stages, Stratford Summer Music exposes audiences to a standard of musical excellence difficult to find outside large urban centres.


June 21 to August 28
Toronto, ON

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Summer Music in the Garden returns for its 21st season at Harbourfront Centre with new curator, Gregory Oh. Visit the Toronto Music Garden for free concerts by the water on Thursdays at 7pm and Sundays at 4pm from June 21 to August 28.


July 29 to August 7, 2022
Alumnae Theatre, Toronto, ON

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Summer Opera Lyric Theatre 2022Summer Opera Lyric Theatre (SOLT) was founded in 1986 with a mandate to promote musical and dramatic education in Canada showcasing artists in all stages of development through a variety of innovative and challenging operatic repertoires.

SOLT brings together young vocalists, students, professional singers and teachers of great stature. Its unique programs combine learning and performing in an environment reflecting the professional operatic world of today. This summer, SOLT brings three great works to the stage: Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, Humperdinck's Hansel And Gretel and Menotti's The Consul. A total of 12 performances will be at Alumnae Theatre starting from July 29 until August 7.


July 22 to 24, 2022
Waterloo, ON

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Sun Life Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival 2022The Sun Life UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival is back live and in-person! Join us this summer for a weekend of world-class music featuring Matt Dusk performing his "Matt Dusk Sings Sinatra" show, the jazz/blues rock of Monkey House (if you like Steely Dan, you will love Monkey House), the heartfelt vocals of Steven Taetz and many more wonderful performers. Check our website for the complete line up. There will also be a program of family activities along with an assortment of food vendors. Best of all, the Festival is free!. What could be better than spending a warm summer afternoon or evening with family and friends enjoying great live music? We look forward to seeing everyone there!


September 15 to 18, 2022
Owen Sound and Meaford, ON

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SweetWater Music Festival 2022SweetWater 2022 once again will offer up internationally-acclaimed Canadian and global artists performing classical, jazz, and contemporary music on the shores of Georgian Bay. Artistic director Edwin Huizinga has assembled a talented group of musicians including The Fretless, Sheila Jaffé, Ahmed Moneka, Carissa Klopoushak, Joseph Phillips, and many more. Along with four featured, four Mainstage concerts over four days, this year's edition will include a special Thursday night preview concert, four community concerts outdoors, and other musical experiences. Festival Passes and tickets go on sale at the end of June. SweetWater is making music happen!


July 20 to 24, 2022
Various intimate locations throughout the Niagara Region

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The TD Niagara Jazz Festival is a cutting edge celebration of all types of jazz, performed in intimate indoor and outdoor venues in the heart of Niagara’s stunning wine country. The TD Niagara Jazz Festival presents the finest Canadian and internationally-acclaimed jazz musicians by way of spectacular concerts, wine, craft beer, and culinary packages, and free performances throughout Niagara-on-the-Lake and selected locations throughout Niagara.


July 7 to 10, 2022
Victoria Park, London, ON

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TD Sunfest 22After a two-year hiatus, one of the jewels of summer returns to its in-person home in Downtown London’s beautiful Victoria Park. From Thurs., July 7th through Sun., July 10th, 2022, TD Sunfest will feature 42 top world music and jazz acts performing on 2 mainstages and 5 satellite stages. 2022 international headliners range from Ukrainian folk-punk phenomenon DakhaBrakha to Argentine electrotango pioneers Tanghetto.

The eclectic music will be complemented by over 225 equally diverse food, craft and visual art exhibitors lining the footpaths in the Park. Best of all, the festival remains affordable (FREE admission) and accessible to everyone. Whatever your passions, whatever your background – wherever your spirit takes you – TD Sunfest is yours to enjoy: a thrilling, one-of-a-kind celebration of life and community.


June 18 to September 11, 2022
Kataganek/Indian River, PEI

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Under The Spire Music Festival 2022Presented by the Confederation Bridge, Under the Spire Music Festival (USMF) offers a summer long series of concerts in a magnificent heritage church located in idyllic rural Prince Edward Island. This former church was built for music by famed PEI architect William Critchlow Harris, who took his inspiration from the inside of a violin. Today the exceptional acoustics in the space have gained an international reputation, making it a favourite for both performers and their fans alike. Now entering its 27th season in 2022, this summer-long festival attracts thousands of music lovers annually to the acoustically perfect Historic St. Mary’s. This summer, step inside the music and join us under the stunning 200-year-old vaulted, wooden ceiling for some of the best in classical, traditional, folk, jazz and world music!


July 1 to July 31 and September 9 to 25, 2022
Campbellford, ON

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Westben Centre for Creativity 2022Now in its 23rd season, Westben is where music comes to life amidst breathtaking nature. Located near Campbellford, two hours east of Toronto, Westben’s summer festival features over 30 performances of classical, broadway, jazz, pop, fiddle, roots and comedy with Canadian Brass, Brian Finley, Eve Parker Finley, Adam Fisher, Karina Gauvin, Ofra Harnoy, Michael Kaeshammer, Sarah Lewis, Barbra Lica, Natalie MacMaster, David Maracle, OKAN, Joel Plaskett, William Prince, Queer Songbook Orchestra, Suzie Ungerleider,Julian Taylor, Mary Walsh, Carol Welsman, Caitlin Wood. The September Open-Air Fall Fest features Sarah Harmer, JJ Yun Li Bui and Kuné as well as Sound in Nature Experiences. Concerts take place in the beautiful 400-seat timber-framed Barn, on Willow Hill Amphitheatre and around the campfire venue on a 50-acre farm.


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