Welcome to The WholeNote’s 16th 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. We've received the responses listed below, some to say they have cancelled outright, others to say they are offering live-streamed and other online events they hope you’ll tune in to, and still others to say “Like many of you, we don’t know what is coming next yet, but please stay tuned.” 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!

The 2020 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.

July 9 to 15, 2020 (postponed to July 2021)
Collingwood, ON

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Collingwood Summer Music FestivalNewsflash! Our artistic director, Daniel Vnukowski, is running a series of free virtual concerts throughout the summer months. Visit www.ePianist.com for details. 

The Collingwood Summer Music Festival showcases music performances of the highest calibre catering to a wide variety of audiences, presenting internationally renowned artists of classical and world music genres each summer. Our July 2020 events, featuring free noon performances for youth and three Ontario premieres, have been postponed to the summer of 2021. Please subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates regarding dates, artist lineup, super-special promotions and much more.


Parry Sound, ON

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Festival of the SoundAfter celebrating its 40th anniversary season in 2019, Festival of the Sound will be taking a sabbatical for the 2020 season due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Canada’s finest jazz and classical summer music festival will return in 2021 for its 41st season! 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 and Events Ontario and consistently attracts musicians of international acclaim. Experience world-class chamber, jazz, and folk music combined with the beautiful landscape of Georgian Bay! With a programme curated by artistic director and clarinetist James Campbell featuring concerts, cruises, and masterclasses, our return will be one to remember!


August 5 to 8, 2021
Shelburne, ON

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It is with great disappointment that the Rotary Club of Shelburne must inform our loyal supporters that we have made the decision to postpone the Heritage Music Festival and 70th Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship. To this end, the Heritage Music Festival and 70th Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship will take place August 5 to 8, 2021. We are excited to bring you an amazing line up of talent and special added features for our 70th celebration. We thank you for your continued support and we wish you all the best of health and happiness until we see you at the HMF and 70th Fiddle Championship in 2021.


July 4 to 17, 2020
Ottawa, ON

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Music and BeyondMusic and Beyond is a classical music and multi-disciplinary festival that takes place in Ottawa each July. Our mandate is to link music with a wide range of art forms and cultural disciplines. Music and Beyond also places a strong importance on developing new audiences for classical music, particularly young people. Music and Beyond was named “Event of the Year” at the 2018 Ottawa Tourism Awards. In its first ten seasons, Music and Beyond has presented a total of over 900 concerts and events, as well as over 3,800 “mini-concerts”. The festival has presented some of Ottawa, Canada and the world’s greatest musicians, artists, performers and writers. Music and Beyond will release a very exciting series of videos from July 4 to July 17, 2020. Please visit www.musicandbeyond.ca


August to November, 2020
Toronto, ON

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Music MondaysA lunchtime concert series at the Church of the Holy Trinity - welcome to our 29th season! 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. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Music Mondays has been postponed to August. We hope to offer a shortened series of live-streamed concerts beginning on Monday, August 3, running until November 2. Please check our website for the most up-to-date information as program changes may occur.  Please plan to join us online every Monday at 12:15pm from August to November.


Ottawa, ON

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Ottawa Chamberfest offers Chamber Chats: At Home, Chez vous, hosted by celebrated broadcaster/writer Eric Friesen. Taking place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm EDT, these 45-minute interactive episodes combine chat with pre-recorded and live performances and feature guest artists and lecturers from all over the world.

Chamberfest brings together the boldest names in ensemble and solo performance for musical celebration in the nation's capital, through its concert series, community engagement and education (CEE), and its summer festival.


September 18 to 20, 2020
Port Dover, ON, world-wide online free shows

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South Coast Jazz & BluesWelcome to the 7th annual South Coast Jazz festival on Lake Erie, Port Dover, September 18 to 20. Join our social media @southcoastjazz1 for free concerts and up-to-date information.

2020 features Jackie Richardson and Micah Barnes, Jazz West, Queen Pepper, Ian Bell Aaron Bell Aleef Mehdi, Ben Duff and more. Free Online concerts and prizes, too!

Visit our website for all bios, videos, event schedules, tickets and information and email us at info@southcoastjazz.com.


Starts July 5

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Summer Music in the Garden at HomeJust as our gardens come to life again, so too does the music of Toronto. Harbourfront Centre’s Summer Music in the Garden series is virtual this year, bringing the sounds of the Toronto Music Garden right to your home. Concerts start July 5, every Sunday at 4 and Thursday at 7, online at harbourfront.live and features artists from Ontario, Quebec and around the world. Music by Bach, Ravel, Borodin and Telemann are accompanied by meditative raags and ancient lute techniques. Sign up for reminders at harbourfront.live to remain up to date on concerts and even a few surprises. With Summer Music in the Garden at home, the garden’s never been closer!


Robert Gill Theatre, University of Toronto, 214 College Street, Third Floor
Toronto, ON

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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. Sadly, SOLT 2020 Opera Mini-Festival is cancelled due to the COVID-19 and concerns for the safety of our audience and artists. We are looking forward to the next summer with our singers, creative teams and Masters presenting Mozart’s La Clemenza Di Tito, Menotti’s The Medium and Puccini’s La Rondine at the Robert Gill Theatre. Please support Summer Opera Lyric Theatre and many emerging artists.


July 17 to 19
Waterloo, ON

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We are disappointed that this year's Festival was cancelled due to the pandemic. We will miss the live music and the feeling of community it brings. Work has already begun on the 2021 Festival which we hope will be our best yet! Stay safe everyone and see you next year.


August 1 to November 15 2020
Owen Sound and Meaford, ON

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SweetWater Music Festival Presents SurrealSweetWater is changing with the times. Its 17th festival is postponed until 2021. But the music continues with SweetWater: Surreal. The multifaceted, music experience will include live and virtual music performances, special events, music education and more from late Summer 2020 until late Fall 2020 in Owen Sound and Meaford, Ontario. Surreal will include three featured concerts (most will be livestreamed to a wider audience) as well as community-based, small scale concerts on September 19 and 20 featuring a talented string quartet performing classical works led by artistic director Edwin Huizinga. Watch for more details throughout this summer and regularly check for updates at sweetwatermusicfestival.ca


September 2020 - March 2021 (postponed from August 14 to 16)
Markham, ON

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TD Markham Jazz FestivalThe TD Markham Jazz Festival regrets that in keeping with COVID-19 guidelines, and to be careful that our audiences and artists stay safe, we have had to cancel this year’s festival, which was to take place August 14 to 16, 2020. However, we recognize that jazz in all its genres brings joy to listeners – and never was this more important than now, during this pandemic environment, where we cannot gather in mass to celebrate all that music has to offer. And so, TDMJF is pleased to announce that we will be bringing jazz to all of our patrons in the form of a combined live (ticketed) and virtual (live-streamed) concert series that will take place from the end of September 2020 to the end of March 2021. Schedule, locations and dates to be announced by the end of July.


Niagara, On

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TD Niagara Jazz FestivalThe 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 16 to August 1 2020

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Toronto Summer MusicToronto Summer Music is delighted to announce its first-ever online festival! Save the dates: July 16 to August 1, 2020. Since the announcement that we had to cancel our in-person Beethoven Unleashed Festival, we have been working diligently to create a new digital Festival during this unique summer. Thanks to our generous supporters, we have a fabulous lineup of artists and concerts to present, all in high-quality audio and video – from emerging artists to international stars, kids concerts to multidisciplinary productions – there will be something for everyone! We will be announcing full details in early July. Stay tuned!


May 30 to August 2, 2020
Campbellford, ON

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Westben Concerts at The BarnSunshine Ahead! Bringing people together through music – reimagined Westben is genuinely sorry that Concerts at The Barn 2020 will not take place as originally planned. We do remain however fully committed to “bringing people together through music”. To reimagine this mandate, we have launched the new digital “Sunshine Ahead!” program including Musical Moments to soothe, Music for a While podcasts to inspire, interactive activities for kids and the new “Digital Concerts at The Barn” series. In keeping with improvisation and innovation, Westben’s Performer-Composer Residency has shifted online where all 80 applicants from around the world have the opportunity to participate, create and share new works. Westben is focusing on sunshine now and ahead and hoping to stay connected with you.


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