2409 GreenPages Cover WEBWelcome to WholeNote’s 15th annual Green Pages guide to summer music! Though the regular concert season is drawing to a close, there’s a lot happening in the coming months, with festivals from June to September, in Toronto, other parts of Ontario, and beyond. We hope you’ll enjoy perusing these pages, with profiles provided by the festivals themselves. There’s something for everyone, whether you love classical music, opera, jazz, folk and more.

The 2019 Green Pages Team

LAYOUT & DESIGN Susan Sinclair
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 22 to 25
Ottawa, ON

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21st Century GuitarThe 21st Century Guitar is an international interdisciplinary conference examining contemporary guitar composition, performance and pedagogy. Open to the public, the conference will bring together researchers, academics, composers and practitioners from different fields who are interested in guitar performance, pedagogy, and contemporary composition for guitar and technology. Concerts featuring new works for guitar duo, guitar orchestra and technology (surround projection, 8-channel sound) will be highlighted in special performances in Freiman Hall and Dominion-Chalmers Church. Featured performers and composers include JUNO-award winning guitarist Gordon Grdina, the Cowan-Chiccillitti Duo, and jazz guitarist Miles Okazaki. Registration at the conference is $42 and provides entry to all concerts and lectures.


July 5 to 28
Toronto, ON

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Beaches International Jazz FestivalToronto’s beloved music festival and summer mainstay, the Beaches International Jazz Festival, returns from July 5 to 28 to celebrate its 31st year of unparalleled music from both established and emerging artists. Featuring multiple stages and venues, the return of festival favourites and leading musical talent, the 31st annual Beaches International Jazz Festival is one that can’t be missed.


July 20
Toronto, ON

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BIG on Bloor Festival“Sonic Future Bloor” at BIG on Bloor Festival focuses on local emerging talent with programming highlighting the incredible range of music production in Toronto. Part of Bloordale’s interdisciplinary Festival now in its 12th year; enjoy free live music from noon until midnight on car-free Dufferin to Lansdowne. Headliner: up-and-coming artist Keynes Woods.


July 21 to August 16
Midland Alliance Church, Midland, ON

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Brookside Music Festival of the BayBrookside Music hosts “Festival of the Bay” at the Midland Alliance Church. On July 21, Syrène Saxophone Quartet kicks off the festival in a lively fashion, followed by The Swiss Trio on July 26, with guests James Campbell, Ken MacDonald and Douglas Perry. Some of Canada’s foremost instrumentalists combine July 29 to present Festival Baroque, including Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto” No.5. On Wednesday August 7 hear one of the finest guitar ensembles in the world: Canadian Guitar Quartet, then dance and dine under the stars to the sounds of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s with this vivacious cast of young talent: The Toronto All Star Big Band with a gourmet dinner at the Midland Golf and Country Club Friday, August 16.


June 27 to August 15
Hamilton, ON

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Now entering its 32nd 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, world class soloists, its exuberant young orchestra and its eclectic mix of orchestral, opera, chamber, jazz, pop 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.


July 26 to 28
Prince Edward County, ON

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Classical Unbound FestivalUnbinding classical chamber music from its formal attire, and binding it more closely to our hearts and souls. Join us for 3 concerts performed by the new artistic directors, the Ironwood Quartet: Jessica Linnebach, Carissa Klopoushak, Julia MacLaine, David Marks.

Friday, July 26: “Shoulders of Giants” – The Grange Winery, 7pm. Music by Debussy, Nicole Lizée, Beethoven. Saturday, July 27: “Ironwood Unbound” – Old Church Theatre, 7:30pm. Music by Pärt, Dessner, J.S. Bach, original songs, and arrangements of folk music. Sunday, July 28: Summer Nocturne – Hillier Creek Estates Winery, 7pm. Music by Mendelssohn, Puccini, Beethoven. Admission (each concert) $30; weekend pass (all 3 concerts) $75. For tickets and more information: www.classicalunbound.com


July 24 to 28
Lorne Watson Recital Hall, Brandon University, Brandon, MB

Erickson Lutheran Church, Erickson, MB
Riding Mountain National Park, MB

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Clear Lake Chamber Music FestivalThe 14th Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival, under the artistic direction of Canadian pianists Daniel Tselyakov and 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. This year’s festival is comprised of six concerts: jazz and five chamber concerts. This year’s ambitious schedule is sure to please and promises to inspire new lovers of classical music as well as satisfy the appetites of seasoned enthusiasts. The large scale roster of talented guest artists includes Alexander Tselyakov and Daniel Tselyakov, pianists; Kerry DuWors, violin; Simon Fryer, cello; Michael Cain, jazz piano.


July 17 to August 11
Collingwood, ON

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Collingwood Summer Music FestivalThe Collingwood Summer Music Festival celebrates its first season in 2019 by presenting over 100 world-class artists in Collingwood, Ontario. The inaugural concert on July 18 features the Elmer Iseler Singers together with ChoralWorks, the Collingwood Festival Orchestra and guest soloists Mayumi Seiler and Daniel Wnukowski. From traditional classical to cool jazz, you are sure to find events that cater to your tastes - including two concerts geared specifically towards families with children. For 2019, we’ve also invited award-winning ensembles and celebrated personalities such as the Gryphon Trio, Quartetto Gelato, Rolston String Quartet, Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley Duo, R.H. Thomson, Trevor Copp among others. Visit our website for more information.


July 12 to 28
Elora, ON

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Elora FestivalExperience a world of music at the Elora Festival! We present 3 weeks of vocal/choral/chamber music delights in one of the prettiest towns in Ontario. Welcome to our 40th season! Join us for The Elora Singers, State Choir LATVIJA, Natalie MacMaster, Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Measha Breuggergosman, Piano Six, “Unforgettable: Nat King Cole,’’ Laplante/Seilor/Carr Trio, Voices of Light film, Jane Archibald, “KUNÉ, a Family Series” and “Elora Festival Kids Camp” - and so much more. The Elora Festival has encompassed all forms of classical music, jazz, international music, popular and folk since 1979. All concerts take place in gorgeous Elora, Ontario, with its natural beauty, vibrant cultural scene, shopping, restaurants and lodgings.


May 24 to June 16
Saint-Lambert, Montréal, QC

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Festival ClassicaThe 9th Festival Classica will be held in Saint-Lambert, along with satellite concerts presented in 8 cities in the Montérégie region, on the island of Montréal and on the North Shore. From Berlioz to the Bee Gees: more than 65 indoor and outdoor concerts, featuring Natalie Choquette, Stéphane Tétreault, Jean-Philippe Sylvestre, Valérie Milot, Alexandre Da Costa and many more artists!
In 2019, we mark the 150th anniversary of the death of the famous composer Hector Berlioz (1803-1869), the 200th anniversary of the birth of composer and cellist Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880), as well as the 150th anniversary of the birth of composer Albert Roussel (1869-1937).


July 19 to August 10
Parry Sound, ON

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Festival of the SoundConcerts - cruises - films - talks: Canada’s finest jazz and classical summer music festival is back for it’s 40th great season! Experience world-class chamber, jazz and folk music combined with the beautiful landscape of Georgian Bay! In its illustrious history, the Festival of the Sound has become a go-to destination for musicians and music lovers alike. The festival is recognized as a top summer offering by organizations such as the CBC and Festivals & Events Ontario and consistently attracts musicians of international acclaim. Cruise the bay with the Hannaford Brass, Scantilly Plaid and Dave Young, or party on land with Janina Fialkowska, Moshe Hammer, Leslie Fagan, New Zealand String Quartet and many, many more! With a summer featuring tango, celtic, roots and latin jazz concerts, make this your year to attend!


August 23 to 29
Royal Conservatory of Music, 273 Bloor St W., Toronto, ON

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Fifth Canadian Chopin Piano Competition and FestivalThe Canadian Chopin Society presents a festival and competition celebrating the legacy of Chopin and artistry of young Canadian pianists. The week-long event is an opportunity to follow the pianists who will compete for the chance to represent Canada in the prestigious “International Chopin Piano Competition” in Poland.  Plan to be a part of this excitement, and deepen your connection with Chopin! Highlights include an evening with musicologist Alan Walker, author of recently released biography of Chopin; a recital by Polish-Canadian pianist Krzysztof Jablonski in Koerner Hall; and dazzling competition performances. Full listing of events, schedules, festival passes are available on our website.


September 11 to 15
Guelph, ON

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Guelph Jazz FestivalThe 2019 Guelph Jazz Festival features world-class creative, improvised music in ticketed and free concerts in a lively community setting. Highlights of this year’s program include Jen Shyu, Nine Doors; Tomas Fujiwara’s 7 Poets Trio; Ingrid Laubrock, Tom Rainey and Hank Roberts; Brodie West Quintet; Erwan Keravec solo and duo with Hamid Drake; NAIL: Lori Freedman, Nicolas Caloia, Ab Baars and Ig Henneman; Karuna: Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph Duet; Paula Shocron, Guillermo Gregorio and Pablo Díaz; Susan Alcorn; John Kameel Farah; Chik White; The Titillators; Malcolm Goldstein and Rainer Wiens; Atlas Revolt; Way North. Additionally, the festival’s free colloquium features artist talks, keynotes, panel discussions, interviews, and other complementary programming. Tickets and passes on sale July 2.


August 7 to 11
Shelburne, ON

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Heritage Music FestivalThe Heritage Music Festival, featuring the 69th Canadian “Open Old Time Fiddle Championship”, will take place August 7 to 11 in Shelburne, Ontario. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Shelburne, the event features a variety of entertainers, including The Washboard Union, Country Superstars “Live in Concert”, and Scott Woods, 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, and non-denominational church service. Proceeds of the Heritage Music Festival support Shelburne Rotary’s many charitable projects.


July 22 to August 26
Haliburton, ON

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Highlands Opera Studio. Photo by David SweeneyOur 2019 season celebrates “Women in Opera”! Hear the best young opera stars of today and tomorrow in the beauty of the Haliburton Highlands, only
2.5 hours northeast of the GTA. Established in 2007 by internationally-acclaimed Canadian tenor Richard Margison and Canadian stage director/violist Valerie Kuinka, Highlands Opera Studio is an advanced, intensive professional training and networking program for emerging opera professionals. Chosen from 150+ applicants from across Canada and internationally, hear the 2019 participants in public masterclasses, multiple concerts, community events, and fully-staged operas; Ariadne auf Naxos, Suor Angelica, and 2 new prize-winning Canadian operas: The Chair and Book of Faces. Love to sing? Get involved in the Highlands Opera Community School!


September 5 to 8
Calgary, AB

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Honens FestivalHighlight performances for the 2019 Honens Festival include the Miró Quartet (with Calgary native William Fedkenheuer), award-winning Polish piano / accordion Duo 19:21, and pianists Jon Kimura Parker, Nicolas Namoradze (2018 Honens Prize Laureate), Pedja Mužijević, Susanne Ruberg-Gordon, and Katherine Chi (2000 Honens Prize Laureate). Honens Family Day at the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts takes place on Saturday, September 7 and includes masterclasses (piano and violin), storytellers, and a 70th birthday tribute to revered Canadian composer Alexina Louie (who will make a special cameo appearance). The festival wraps up at Central Memorial Park with the ever-popular Open Air. And headlining this year’s Bison Noir is rising star singer / songwriter Gabriel Kahane performing his 2018 release, “Book of Travelers.”


August 12 to 17
Kincardine, ON

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Kincardine Summer Music FestivalCelebrating its 28th anniversary, KSMF is well-known for excellent programming and presentations. This year, August 12 to 17, the Evening Concert Series has a wonderfully eclectic, top-quality smorgasbord of music for you, from trail-blazing artists such as Ensemble Made In Canada – “Mosaïque” to relaxing entertainment with Dan Needles and Ian Bell in “True Confessions from the Ninth Concession,” to a classical extravaganza Saturday 17: Vivaldi’s Gloria and excerpts from Mendelssohn’s Elijah with full chorus and symphony orchestra. Don’t miss the free “4 O’Clock in the Park” concerts in downtown Victoria Park. Music classes run August 12 to 16 for everyone from beginners to experienced players. Guitar, strings, bands and vocals on Lake Huron - Music and the Beach!


July 3 to 7
Toronto, ON

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XV Latvian Festival of Song and Dance in CanadaThe Latvian Song Festival Association in Canada has presented a festival every five years since 1953. We present choral, instrumental and dance performances, featuring Latvian composers and choreographers from Canada and abroad. This summer, over 2000 Latvian singers and folk dancers from around the world will perform at venues in downtown Toronto. Guest artists include the State Choir LATVIJA (Maris Sirmais), folk-dance ensemble LIGO (Janis Purvins) and folk ensemble RAXTU RAXTI. We will celebrate Latvia’s centenary and the contributions of Latvian-Canadian artists to Canadian culture. Each of our concerts will include music by Imant Raminsh, Talivaldis Kenins and Janis Kalnins. In addition, we will launch a new Centrediscs recording of orchestral and chamber music by these composers.


June 29 to August 24
419134 Tom Thomson Lane, Leith, ON

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Leith Summer Festival presents five concerts in the Historic Leith Church during the summer. This acoustically wonderful venue offers an intimate encounter between musicians and audience. The season opens on June 29 with Krisztina Szabó, mezzo-soprano and Robert Kortgaard, piano. Next is Angela Park, piano; and Andrea Tyniec, violin with a captivating program on July 13. The Payadora Tango Ensemble performs on Sunday, July 28 in a matinee performance of tango, drawing from the traditional to the contemporary. On August 10, Peter Tiefenbach, piano; Mireille Asselin, soprano; Matthew Dalen, tenor; and Adam Harris, baritone, present “The Cannabis Cantata”. The season wraps up with the Rolston String Quartet performing Haydn, Ligeti and Schubert on August 24. Tickets at the Roxy Box Office at 519-371-2833 or www.roxytheatre.ca.


June 7 to 23
Toronto, ON

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Each June, Luminato, Toronto’s international festival of arts and ideas, takes over the city with a flurry of cultural activities and events designed to provoke, delight and inspire audiences of all ages. Over the festival’s 12-year history, more than 9.1 million people have experienced over 3,600 productions featuring 15,000+ artists from more than 40 countries around the world.
Luminato 2019 takes place June 7 to 23 at various venues across the city, jam-packed with the most exciting theatre, music, visual art, opera, dance, film and more from Canada and around the world. Spanning 17 days, the festival lineup features both paid and free indoor and outdoor events, including a larger-than-life mirrored maze and massive choral event.


June 14 to 15
Main Street Markham Rd., Markham, ON

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Markham Village Music FestivalMarkham Village Music Festival closes Markham Road from Hwy 7 to Bullock on Friday evening and Saturday. The festival features 4 stages of entertainment with a variety of music and dance. Special this year - a salsa stage on Friday and Saturday night, “Exodus: Bob Marley” tribute. Throughout the festival, there will be many performances from our diverse communities, lots of craft and food vendors (including food trucks) and a Farmers’ Market.
The Kids Zone will be in Morgan Park, one block from Main Street. There will be carnival rides, a youth entertainment stage, petting zoo, arts, crafts and much more. Fun for the whole family!


June 7: Salle Pollack, McGill University, 555 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC
June 11 to 16: Salle Bourgie, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1339 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC

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Montreal Chamber Music FestivalThis season marks the beginning of a three-year project by the Montreal Chamber Music Festival to celebrate the life of the great Ludwig van Beethoven, entitled “Beethoven Chez Nous!” In 2019, 2020 and 2021, the festival will feature cycles of complete works by Beethoven, some with a very special twist! Highlights this year are the Beethoven Violin Sonatas performed by 2019 Grammy winner James Ehnes and pianist Andrew Armstrong; and the Beethoven Symphonies as transcribed for piano by Franz Liszt, with six outstanding pianists from across the world. The festival opens with a new show by Quebec’s star entertainer Gregory Charles, an exuberant survey of the past 250 years in music. This year we also showcase star tenor Joseph Kaiser and the best young talent in “BMO Hottest Classical Artists Under 30!”


July 4 to 18
Ottawa, ON

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Music and BeyondMusic and Beyond is a classical music and multidisciplinary arts festival that takes place July 4 to 18 in Ottawa. It presents classical music in all formations and pursues links between other art forms, cultural disciplines and music, including visual art, drama, poetry, dance, architecture, circus, magic, science, comedy, law, food and wine, and even yoga! Music and Beyond is virtually unique in the international field of music festivals by making this a core part of its mandate. By tying together a wide range of cultural disciplines, the festival creates a more “festive” atmosphere, helping to attract an even broader audience to music.


May 6 to Sept 2
Church of the Holy Trinity, Toronto, ON

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Music MondaysA lunchtime concert series at the Church of the Holy Trinity - welcome to our 28th 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. Suggested donation $10. Please join us and bring your lunch - and a friend - every Monday at 12:15pm from May to Labour Day.

416-598-4521 x223

June to September
Across Nova Scotia

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Since 1985, Musique Royale presents a province-wide summer festival, touring incredible musicians to some of the provinces most far off and precious venues. In store for 2019, the summer festival includes emerging artists Aureas Voces with romantic Nova Scotian folk arrangements, Bach and Vivaldi Sonatas with violinist Mark Fewer and harpsichordist Hank Knox, The Best of Boxwood’s annual salute to the Canadian Maritimes dance music, heartfelt “And So It Goes” with baritone Brett Polegato and Robert Kortgaard, flashy artistry on the violin with “Two Davids,” and “Pres du Soleil” exploring Medieval and Oriental Music with Montreal’s Ensemble Caprice and Constantinople. Concerts are across Nova Scotia in over 25 beautiful and historic venues. Stay tuned at www.musiqueroyale.com!


July 21 Ottawa, ON – presented by Chamberfest
July 22 Montreal, QC – Maison symphonique de Montréal
July 25 Parry Sound, ON – presented by Festival of the Sound
July 27 Stratford, ON – Presented by Stratford Summer Music
July 29 Toronto, ON – Koerner Hall

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NYO Canada Odyssey TourThe National Youth Orchestra of Canada (NYO Canada) celebrates its 59th season with a 5-city Canadian tour, preceding the orchestra’s first trip to Spain. The country’s preeminent training orchestra, NYO Canada is comprised of 100 gifted musicians between the ages of 16 and 28, who come together each summer to attend an 8-week intensive training institute, followed by a national and international tour. This year’s orchestra includes musicians from nine provinces. British conductor Michael Francis leads the summer tour, which features Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet; Manuel de Falla’s The Three Cornered Hat; Mahler’s Symphony No. 5; Sinfonia Sacra by Andrzej Panufnik; and a new work by Canadian composer Jared Miller.


August 20 to 23
Bracebridge and Windermere, ON

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The OperaMuskoka Festival celebrates its 10th Anniversary this year. We are pleased to welcome Toronto City Opera’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata to the Rene M. Caisse Memorial Theatre in Bracebridge on August 20, 2019. On August 21, we have scheduled our annual “Stars of Tomorrow” Concert which will feature very talented young performers from around Ontario. The third day, August 22, will be an instrumental masterclass and concert with the Mississauga Youth Orchestra. For our closing day, August 23, we have scheduled a piano and vocal masterclass, followed by an evening concert featuring the very talented Jennifer Tung.


May 25, 26 and June 20, 21, 23
Windsor, Tecumseh, Ingersoll, Brantford, Niagara, ON

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Orchestra Breva Eroica A Sesquicentennial Tribute to Laura SecordLaura Ingersoll Secord’s remarkable and significant contributions to our country’s history are recognized in this concert celebration highlighting her heroic acts and life’s journey, illustrated through music significant to her time and circumstance. All who have served humanity in times of war and peace, through acts of bravery and sacrifice, will be honoured. Featuring classical musicians, Indigenous artists, local historians, new works and Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony, conducted by Melanie Paul Tanovich.
May 25, 8pm: Assumption Hall, Windsor; May 26, 8pm: Paroisse Ste Anne Parish, Tecumseh; June 20, 8pm: Ingersoll Cheese Museum, Ingersoll; June 21, 8pm: Sanderson Centre, Brantford; June 23, 2pm: Queenston Heights, Niagara-on-the-Lake.


July 25 to August 8
Ottawa, ON

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Ottawa ChamberfestThis year presenting violinist James Ehnes, Canadian Brass, pianists Janina Fialkowska, Hinrich Alpers, and Angela Hewitt, a celebration of baroque composer Barbara Strozzi’s 400th birthday, Art of Time Ensemble performing the Beatles’ Abbey Road, the Netherlands’ Syrène Saxophone Quartet, Dover Quartet, and many more! Celebrating 25 years, Ottawa Chamberfest brings together the boldest names in ensemble and solo performance for musical celebration in the nation’s capital throughout the year with a Concert Series and Community Engagement and Education programming, culminating in the Chamberfest summer festival. The world’s largest festival of its kind, the Ottawa Chamberfest summer festival is a 2019 Festivals and Events (FEO) Ontario “Top 100” and winner of seven consecutive Lieutenant-Governor’s Awards for the Arts.


September 13 to 22
Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Picton, ON

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The 16th annual PEC Chamber Music Festival will warm up with a free family-friendly outdoor concert on Saturday September 7 at 2pm, featuring The True North Brass at Macaulay Heritage Park. The Festival takes place over 2 weekends, September 13-22, and will celebrate the piano in Chamber Music. First weekend features the New Orford String Quartet with violist Alosysia Friedman, esteemed pianists Jon Kimura Parker and Jamie Parker (in a rare 2-piano concert) and the famed Gryphon Trio. Second weekend features soloists from the highly-regarded Quebec ensemble Les Violins du Roy, mezzo-soprano and CBC broadcaster Julie Nesrallah, and Charles Richard-Hamelin, silver medallist in the 2015 “Chopin Competition”. Tickets available at the door or online on our website.


August 13 to 18
Picton, Prince Edward County, ON

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The Prince Edward County Jazz Festival is proud to present a fresh and wide-ranging mix of performances encompassing Newport and Cuba, big bands and small, new faces, recent Juno winners and nominees, and a pivotal year when transcendent albums shook jazz to its foundations. The all-star cast of performers are simply Canada’s best. Wednesday: “Jazz Overture” dinner with the John Sherwood Trio. Thursday matinee: Commodores Big Band featuring Hanna Barstow. Thursday: “1959 Jazz Transformed” - featuring Colleen Allen Quintet. Friday, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque. Saturday matinee: Robi Botos and Jodi Proznick. Saturday evening: Jodi Proznick’s Sun Songs and the Mike Murley Trio. Sunday: Brian Barlow Big Band spotlighting Oscar Peterson’s Canadiana Suite. Free performances throughout several venues in the county.


May 24 to June 2
Toronto, ON

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SING FestivalSING! TORONTO is Canada’s premier a cappella festival. All the amazing sounds of the unaccompanied human voice come together for ten days of glorious singing featuring pop, jazz, folk, gospel, choral, world, barbershop and live looping music. Featured groups this year include international superstars The Swingles (UK), Mzansi A Cappella Ensemble from South Africa, Cuba’s Vocal Sampling; some of Canada’s leading a cappella groups including Countermeasure, Freeplay, Retrocity, Hampton Avenue, The Watch, and Pressgang Mutiny, a SING! Mass Choir conducted by Kurt Sampson with Toronto’s Juno Award-winning Cadence; celebrated Canadian singers Heather Bambrick, David Sereda, Patricia O'Callaghan; up and coming groups The Ault Sisters, WIBI, Yonge Guns and Turkwaz. Choose from 10 concerts, 4 free outdoor stage events and 7 workshops.


June 20 to 23
The Rock on Locke, Church of St. John the Evangelist, 320 Charlton Ave. W., Hamilton, ON (+ Free event Friday noon to 4pm only: Whitehern House & Garden, 41 Jackson St. W., Hamilton, ON)

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Something Else FestivalZula Presents: Something Else! Tickets: ($20-25 adv.) Passes: ($100/125).
Info: www.zulapresents.org

Something Else! has established itself as one of North America’s most vital exploratory music festivals. Each day offers an adventure in sound, embracing beloved visionaries alongside emerging voices; longtime partnerships alongside spontaneous collaboration. Its sixth year is headlined by virtuoso vocalist/violinist Iva Bittová, clarinet innovator Don Byron, and percussionist Hamid Drake (alongside his trio Indigenous Mind featuring Joshua Abrams & Jason Adasiewicz). The festival’s international cast also includes William Hooker, Sara Schoenbeck, Harris Eisenstadt, Sam Newsome, Joanna Duda, Eucalyptus, Yves Charuest, EAR-CAM (Glen Hall, Tomasz Krakowiak, Christine Duncan, John Oswald), Géraldine Eguiluz Trio & more.


August 17 to 18
Port Dover Community Centre, 801 St. George St., Port Dover, ON

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SJC Poster Update 36th annual South Coast Jazz & Blues – Norfolk County. Beachside Port Dover, rural Lake Erie. Tickets and information at www.southcoastjazz.com. Live music, catered farm fresh food and fun! Saturday August 17 – Main Stage: Port Dover Community Centre, 801 St George Street, 5-11pm – Powder Blues Band, Dave Restivo, Alison Young, Eric St. Laurent, Juliann Kuchocki & more! Sunday August 18 – Brant Hill Inn, 30 John Street, Port Dover, dinner show and river cruise, 5:30-8pm. Email info@southcoastjazz.com or call 519-774-2787 (ARTS). Indoor and outdoor venues. Norfolk County’s official premier event. Past headliners include Holly Cole, David Sanborn, Jane Bunnett, Gene DiNovi and hundreds more! Come stay and play, and make a memory that will last a lifetime!


September 13 to 15
Wasaga Beach, ON

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Stonebridge Wasaga Beach BluesSince the first wave of legendary Blues performers crashed ashore in Wasaga Beach in 2010, Stonebridge Wasaga Beach Blues has exploded to become a world class destination embraced by both new and die-hard blues fans. Keep an eye on the Wasaga Beach Blues website for the updated schedule as performers are confirmed. Until then, expect nothing less than an insanely talented lineup of musicians to be burning up the two main stages. Stonebridge Wasaga Beach Blues 2019 is undoubtedly gearing up to outdo itself - once again. For the time being, perhaps it can be best described as a “hidden gem that features world class Blues, with an intimate venue with a casual and relaxed atmosphere.” It does not get better than that.


July 15 to August 25
Stratford, ON             

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Stratford Summer MusicA world of music for everyone. Canadian and international musicians of excellence return to Stratford Summer Music for our 19th season of concerts and events with new artistic director, Mark Fewer. Featured artists include Amir Amiri, Tom Allen, Laila Biali, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Rémi Bolduc, James Campbell, Steven Dann, Simone Dinnerstein, Janina Fialkowska, Ben Heppner, Jodi Proznick, Stéphane Tétreault and Dave Young. Returning this year will be the newly branded “Friday Night Live at Revival” (formally the “Cabaret Series”), “Illustrated Musical Lectures” by Robert Harris, “Music for an Avon Morning”, “BargeMusic” and “Musical Brunches” at The Prune. Also, new series added this year include “Music and Health”, “Stratford Originals” and “Musical Families.” Visit our website or call our box-office for more information.


June 27 to September 15
479 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON

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Summer Music in the GardenThe popular “Summer Music in the Garden” concert series returns for its 20th season by the shores of Lake Ontario. Treat yourself to 18 free concerts this summer, featuring outstanding artists and a wide range of musical styles. Concerts take place in the Toronto Music Garden on most Thursdays at 7pm and Sundays at 4pm, and are approximately one hour in length. Bench seating is limited, so feel free to bring a blanket or lawn chair - and don’t forget your hat or umbrella and sunscreen as shade is also limited. Concerts proceed weather permitting. Please call our info desk for up-to-the-minute rain call.



July 26 to August
Robert Gill Theatre, Toronto, ON

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Summer Opera Lyric TheatreSummer Opera Lyric Theatre (SOLT) continues its tradition of bringing the summer opera mini-festival to the city. This summer, SOLT concentrates on diversity and inclusion, comedy and tragedy, found in the great works for the lyric stage and the lessons we can learn about ourselves and those who we love.
The festival includes 3 operas: Verdi’s La Traviata, Canadian Team Davies and Benson’s Earnest, the Importance of Being, and the double bill of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Vaughn Williams’ Riders to the Sea, performed by aspiring young artists. Music directors: Michael Rose, Suzy Smith and Jo Greenaway.
Tickets are available through the box office of St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts; single tickets are $28.


July 19 to 21
Waterloo City Centre, 100 Regina St. S, Waterloo, ON

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Sun Life Financial UpTown Waterloo Jazz FestivalThis annual music Festival in downtown Waterloo is free and features world class international, national and local jazz performers. Over the 3 days, we will feature a wide variety of music that will appeal to music lovers of all ages and tastes – from intimate solo performers to the high energy of rock/fusion; from traditional small ensembles to dynamic big bands and even electro-funk-rap. There will be something for everyone. After the performance, you can meet the artist and purchase their latest CD. Between sets, there are many interesting food and beverage options available onsite – enjoy a craft beer or your favourite wine with a variety of food from different vendors. Since we are downtown, you can also head to a local restaurant. Come and join us – it promises to be our best Festival yet!


September 20 to 22
Owen Sound and Meaford, ON

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SweetWater Music FestivalSweetWater is all about ‘evolution’ for its 16th festival of world-class music. The 2019 festival will be artistic director Mark Fewer’s final one at the helm. He’s got a few musical treats left on his bucket list. The stellar line-up includes the SweetWater debut of world-famous countertenor Daniel Taylor, Adrian Butterfield, David Braid, Kenneth Slowik, and Rachel Brown. SweetWater’s next artistic director, violinist Edwin Huizinga, will also be a featured performer. Free, interactive activities include the family fav “Mozart for Munchkins”, community play-along “Classical Jam”, and string instrument showcase “Luthier Exhibit”, and “Luthier Performance” - moderated by Robert Harris. Friday night opening gala ($55) Saturday early evening concert and Sunday matinee ($40), late night jazz ($30). Festival pass (4 Concerts) $150.


June 3 to 15
Toronto, ON

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Musicians from around the world gather in Toronto for the annual Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Festival, featuring the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, and presented in conjunction with the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute. Join us for a series of five free concerts in Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre; Walter Hall, University of Toronto; and Grace Church on-the-Hill. All concerts are open to the public. Tickets required for “Opening Night” on June 3 and “The Grand Finale” on June 15. For tickets and more information, visit our website.


August 14, 16 to 18
Markham, ON

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TD Markham Jazz FestivalThe TD Markham Jazz Festival is an exciting and vibrant 3 1/2 day musical delight featuring well known professional jazz, blues and crossover musicians performing on three stages on beautiful Main Street Unionville, in Markham. The festival starts on Wednesday, August 14 with a ticketed opening night kick-off party at the Markham Museum! From August 16-18, Main Street comes alive with 30+ free performances all day and evening on outdoor stages, on the street, and in bars and restaurants. Come and enjoy over 150 acclaimed professional jazz musicians performing all styles of jazz and blues. While here, visit art galleries, socialize in pubs and restaurants, dance up a storm at our beer and wine garden stage, and enjoy one-of-a-kind shopping - all in a magical environment that will create memories to last!


July 19 to 21 – St. Catharines, ON
July 26 to 28 – Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

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TD Niagara Jazz FestivalRecently voted “Best New Festival in Ontario,” the 6th annual TD Niagara Jazz Festival is an exciting not-for-profit jazz festival dedicated to celebrating the art form of jazz in the Niagara Region. The festival inspires, educates and develops future jazz audiences while combining live jazz with a Niagara experience – food, wine, culture and natural wonders. The summer festival (July 19 to 21 and July 26 to 28) includes free family events: World Music on the Beach and Jazz in the Park, as well as the all-new Niagara’s Summer Mardi Gras and Soul Jazz in the Vineyard, a Dixieland Jazz Lunch, a Nat King Cole tribute and more…

Featuring: Shuffle Demons, Allison Young, Heavyweights Brass Band, Kellylee Evans, Ori Dagan and more…. Info, tickets, & passes: www.niagarajazzfestival.com; 1-844-LIV-JAZZ (548-5299); TW/INST/FB: @jazzniagara; #LiveLoveJazz

1-844-LIV-JAZZ (548-5299)

July 4 to 7
Victoria Park, London, ON

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TD Sunfest Canadas Premier Celebration of World CulturesFind your summer vibe - hot dancing shoes and cool Sunfest cerveza beer are a must during the special 25th edition of “Canada’s Premier Celebration of World Cultures”! Voted one of the best overseas music festivals by the UK’s prestigious Songlines Magazine, TD Sunfest transfigures London’s Victoria Park into a culturally diverse jewel, where 40 top world music and jazz groups from all corners of the planet entertain on five stages. Our 2019 international headliners range from Middle Eastern sensation 47Soul to Spain’s Grammy-winning Marinah and Chile’s 12-piece Newen Afrobeat orchestra. Canadian acts include Quebec’s AfrotroniX and Le Vent du Nord, and with more than 225 exhibitors, this beloved free-admission event will whet festival goers’ appetites for scrumptious global cuisine and unique crafts and visual arts.


July 11 to August 3
Toronto, ON

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Toronto Summer MusicTSM’s 2019 festival, “Beyond Borders”, explores and celebrates the cross-cultural influences that have pervaded classical music from the times of Mozart and Mahler, right up to the composers of today. We attract music lovers of all ages, and families across the GTA, to enjoy classical music in a relaxed, engaging, and fun environment. Don’t miss performances by Adrianne Pieczonka, Jon Kimura Parker, Daniel Taylor, Angela Hewitt performing Bach’s beloved Goldberg Variations, the Dover Quartet, The Art of Time Ensemble with Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah Slean, the Rolston String Quartet, conductor Gemma New, and world premieres by celebrated Canadian composers Alexina Louie and Christos Hatzis. In addition, we have a variety of free events and family events, chats, educational activities and much more!


June 2 to August 4
6698 County Road 30, Campbellford, ON

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Westben Concerts at The BarnWelcome to Westben’s 20th anniversary season with 25 performances and events of classical, broadway, jazz, folk, comedy, fiddle and Indigenous music. See James Ehnes, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Jeremy Dutcher, Basia Bulat, Brent Butt, Joyce El Koury, Jason Howard, Rose Cousins, Kuné, André Laplante, Mayumi Seiler, The Fitzgerald Family, Matt Dusk and more. Ask about our “Dare to Pair” series of wine tasting, local foods and storytelling, as well as the new “Secret Concert” and “VIP Chocolate Voices Experience”. 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 located on a 50-acre farm. Enjoy a glass of wine on the meadow or take a stroll by the pond. Westben - always a new experience!


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