2017 SUMMER MUSIC GUIDE

Welcome to The WholeNote’s 13th annual Green Pages, an overview of summer festivals and events across the musical map – classical, jazz, opera, folk, world music and much more – in unique and beautiful locations across the country!

The summer of Canada’s sesquicentennial brings with it a diverse range of musical opportunities to choose from. Here you will find brief profiles of 47 distinct summer festivals and/or concert series, provided by the presenters themselves. These listings are published in the special summer listings section of our June 2017 issue, while our online version of this guide lives here, at www.thewholenote.com/green. Festival profiles have been supplemented with photos, videos, links to social media and more, and information will be updated on an ongoing basis.

You can also visit The WholeNote’s online listings at www.thewholenote.com/ask-ludwig where listings will be added through the summer, and you will be able to search by date, geographic location, genre, keyword and more.

We wish you a melodious and magnificent summer!

THE 2017 GREEN PAGES TEAM

PROJECT MANAGER: Karen Ages
PROJECT EDITOR: Kevin King
LAYOUT & DESIGN: Susan Sinclair
PROOFREADING: Sara Constant / Karen Ages
WEBSITE: Bryson Winchester / 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.

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September 7 to 10
Calgary, AB

2017 Honens FestivalA celebration of piano brimming with innovative performance projects and dynamic community concerts, the 2017 Honens Festival marks Canada’s 150th birthday by showcasing some of the country’s brightest classical music stars alongside Honens Laureates. Festival highlights include a recital by Montrose Trio (pianist Jon Kimura Parker, violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith); a performance by Katherine Chi, 2000 Honens Prize Laureate; a collaboration between Canada’s Cecilia String Quartet and 2015 Honens Prize Laureate Luca Buratto; a late-night cabaret featuring composer-performer Dinuk Wijeratne; a full day of activities at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre; and Open Air – a free outdoor concert at Central Memorial Park.

403-299-0140
www.honens.com/honens2017
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July 7 to 30
Toronto, ON

Beaches International Jazz FestivalThe Beaches International Jazz Festival is celebrating its 29th year and we want you to come celebrate with us! Be part of Toronto’s biggest jazz music celebration and street party of the year. Beaches International Jazz is Canada’s largest free festival. You will be happy you came, and be sad you left. Or sad when the festival is done. Whichever comes first. July 7 to 9: second annual Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside (Jimmie Simpson Park); July 14 to 16: second annual Latin Carnival (Woodbine Park); July 21 to 23: Woodbine Park Main Stage (Woodbine Park); July 27 to 29: Streetfest (Queen St. E from Beech Ave. to Woodbine Ave.); July 28 to 30: Woodbine Park Main Stage.

416-698-2152
www.beachesjazz.com
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July 6 to August 24
Midland, ON

Brookside Music Association Festival of the BayBrookside Music hosts Festival of the Bay at the Midland Cultural Centre July 6 to August 24. In July, Tom Allen’s Bohemians in Brooklyn provide a mixture of cabaret, nostalgia, fun and phenomenal music, featuring Patricia O’Callaghan. Then join us on board Miss Midland for Huronia Hot Strings, Gypsy Jazz featuring eclectic violinist Leslie Dawn Knowles. Next, Valdy, Nadina & Karel serve folk to baroque on a score of bebop and swing. In August, pianist Philip Chiu, first recipient of the Prix Goyer – Canada’s largest prize for an emerging classical artist – performs Of Church and State. And finally, Louise Pitre is Chasing Rainbows – where Canada’s “First Lady of Musical Theatre” immortalizes the songs of Judy Garland.

416-628-1356
www.brooksidemusic.com
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June 21 to August 17
Hamilton, ON

Brott Music FestivalNow entering its 30th 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, exuberant young orchestra and eclectic mix of orchestral, chamber, jazz, pops and education concerts at various venues across Southern Ontario. A stunning array of great music in all its forms: classical, contemporary, chamber, opera, jazz, blues and rock. A fully-staged production of Bizet’s Carmen, a PopOpera of great vocal arias and ensembles, Mozart’s magnificent Requiem, music you know and love by the great musical Impressionists Debussy & Ravel, the Music of James Bond and so much more!

905-525-7664
www.brottmusic.com

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June 18 to 20
Toronto, ON

Canadian Flute Association Summer in the City Flute FestivalThe first CFA Summer in the City Flute Festival brings 11 flutists from four countries! We welcome these spectacular artists, five of whom will make their Canadian debut. Guest flutists: Sergio Pallottelli (USA/Italy); from the USA, Christine Beard, Brielle Frost and Vincenzo Volpe; from Peru, Cesar Vivanco and Sini Rueda; from Brazil, Ayres Potthoff; and Canadians Christopher Lee, Louis Papachristos, Samantha Chang and Laurel Swinden. Supporting musicians include Christopher Burton (piano), Rodrigo Alquati (cello), Ryan Frost (percussion), Sean Bellaviti (piano) and James Brown (guitar). From Latin jazz to classical and chamber music, this highly anticipated event takes place from June 18 to June 20 in Toronto. Three nights, three concerts of incredible music. Information and tickets at www.canadaflute.com.

416-294-4259
www.canadaflute.wordpress.com/events/summercity
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May 27 and June 26, August 18 to 27
Ottawa, Toronto and Prince Edward County, ON

Classical Unbound Festival 2World-calibre, acclaimed classical music and performers in winery-barns, vineyard fields and rustic churches; two late-August weekends, with seven different concerts (+ May/June Urban-Outreach concerts). Venues set within nature, where Prince Edward County’s gastronomic and viticulture scenes underlie each concert’s intimacy and casualness – stripping away barriers to the music for you, the audience, and for us, the performers. Special guests: Krisztina Szabó and Jon Kimura Parker, Yosuke Kawasaki, Jessica Linnebach, Joanna G’froerer, Rachel Mercer, Yehonatan Berick, Karen Donnelly, Carissa Klopoushak, Julia MacLaine, David Pell, Evan Mitchell, David Marks, Nicholas Hartman, Steven van Gulik, Vadim Serebryany, Rachel Krehm, Sasha Johnson, Fanny Bray, Jaeyoung Chong, and Jonathan Krehm. A new, unique festival by top-flight performers, taking classical music out of their concert halls and giving it to you.

613-567-1925
www.classicalunbound.com
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July 12 to 16
Brandon, Erickson and Riding Mountain National Park, MB

Clear Lake Chamber Music FestivalThe 12th 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. The festival will take place the second week of July. For tickets or more information contact us by phone or email tselyakov@hotmail.com. See directions on our website.

204-571-6547
www.clearlakefestival.ca
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July 21 to August 13
Parry Sound, ON

Festival of the SoundConcerts – Cruises – Films. Canada’s finest Jazz and Classical Summer Music Festival. Experience world-class chamber and jazz music combined with the beautiful landscape of Georgian Bay! In its 38-year history, the Festival of the Sound has become a go-to destination for musicians and music lovers alike. The festival is internationally recognized by various organizations, including by the CBC as one of Canada’s Top Summer Festivals, and by Festivals & Events Ontario as one of the Top 100 Festivals or Events in Ontario. From July 21 to August 13, the Festival of the Sound hosts over 60 events, consisting of 50 unique musicians and 20 ensembles from Canada and around the world. Contact our box office at 1-866-364-0061 and book your tickets today.

705-746-2410
www.festivalofthesound.ca
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September 13 to 17
Guelph, ON

Guelph Jazz FestivalJoin us for five days of world-class creative music in one of Ontario’s loveliest cities. Heralded as a visionary musical event, our intimate community-powered festival celebrates the best in contemporary improvised music, offers ticketed concerts plus a free outdoor series on Friday and Saturday in Market Square, and hosts a free educational colloquium with panel talks, keynotes, and artist interviews. Some of the artists featured include: BassDrumBone with Ray Anderson, Mark Helias and Gerry Hemingway; John Butcher, Thomas Lehn and Matthew Shipp; Peter Brötzmann solo; Peggy Lee’s Film in Music; René Lussier’s MEUH; Ray Anderson’s Pocket Brass Band; Matthew Shipp solo; Cluttertones with Lee Pui Ming; Barnyard Drama with Christine Duncan and Jean Martin; plus many more.

519-763-4952
www.guelphjazzfestival.com

August 3 to 31
Haliburton, ON

Highlands Opera StudioJoin us for our 11th season celebrating Canada’s sesquicentennial, and hear the best young professional voices Canada has to offer in the beauty of the Haliburton Highlands, only two and a half hours northeast of the GTA. Established in 2007 by internationally-acclaimed Canadian tenor Richard Margison and Canadian stage director/violist Valerie Kuinka, the Highlands Opera Studio is an advanced intensive training and professional networking program for emerging opera professionals. Chosen from 150+ applicants from across Canada through competitive auditions, the 2017 vocal participants can be heard throughout the month of August, in masterclasses with Richard Margison, four concerts and two staged operas. Experience the first public workshop performance of our new opera commission, Wiikondiwin (Feast), written and composed by Odawa First Nation composer Barbara Croall, along with four performances of Mozart’s “battle of the sexes,” Così fan tutte. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit our website.

1-855-457-9933
www.highlandsoperastudio.com
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July 5 to August 26
Huntsville, ON

Huntsville Festival of the ArtsCelebrating 25 years of presenting top quality international, national and local performing arts concerts, the Huntsville Festival has planned a special celebration season for this July and August. The opening night gala features The Canadian Brass, who opened the inaugural season in 1993. Conductor Kerry Stratton and the fully professional Festival Orchestra, a mainstay in the festival’s earlier years, will return with two concerts. The eclectic lineup features Colin James, Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy, Jesse Cook, country star Corb Lund and ageless rockers Lighthouse, along with numerous other great artists. Daytime concerts, children’s shows and the return of Nuit Blanche North are highlights.

Box Office: 705-789-4975
www.huntsvillefestival.on.ca
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June 9 to September 17
Indian River, PE

Indian River FestivalPresented by the Confederation Bridge, the Indian River Festival offers a summer-long series of concerts in a magnificent heritage church set within sight of beautiful Malpeque Bay. Discover excellence in folk, blues, roots, jazz, classical, choral, Maritime, world and contemporary music by the finest artists from Prince Edward Island and across Canada, all in the world class acoustical setting of Historic St. Mary’s, Indian River.

1-866-856-3733 or 902-836-3733
www.indianriverfestival.com
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September 15 to 17
Toronto, ON

Kensington Market Jazz FestivalDescribed as “wildly successful” by The Globe and Mail, the inaugural Kensington Market Jazz Festival debuted in style the second weekend of September 2016, when over 200 Toronto musicians performed over 100 shows at nine venues in Kensington Market. Founder Molly Johnson and her team developed this festival to celebrate the neighbourhood’s cultural history, as well as Toronto’s world-class musical fabric of professional musicians. The festival is a not-for-profit organization committed to presenting live musical excellence, and to date has supported The Stephen Lewis Foundation, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, St. Stephen’s Community Centre and the Archie Alleyne Scholarship Fund charities. The 2017 edition will take place September 15 to 17. See website for updates.

416-509-3137
www.kensingtonjazz.com
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June to August, 2017
Kincardine, ON

Kincardine Summer Music FestivalCelebrating its 26th anniversary, KSMF is known for excellent programming. In 2017, the festival continues to present fabulous live concerts starring brilliant vocalists and wonderful instrumentalists. Looking forward to Rick Fines and Roly Platt, June 16; Sultans of String Duo, August 8; and Stuart Laughton’s “Radio Dial,” August 10; plus many others. Don’t miss the popular free 4 O’Clock in the Park concerts August 6 to 11 and daily music classes August 7 to 11 for everyone from beginners to experienced players, aged 7 to adult. Guitar, Strings and Bands – a fun time and great for families! Kincardine Summer Music Festival – creating fabulous musical experiences for 26 years!

519-396-9716
www.ksmf.ca
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July 1 to August 26
Leith, ON

Leith Summer Festival and artistic director Robert Kortgaard present five concerts in July and August in the Historic Leith Church, 12km from Owen Sound on Georgian Bay. Leith Church is a wonderfully intimate venue with excellent acoustics enjoyed by musicians and audiences alike. The festival begins on Saturday, July 1 with “And So it Goes...”: songs by baritone Brett Polegato with Robert Kortgaard, piano. Saturday July 15, Duo Concertante performs Bach, Crawley and Franck. July 29 features pianist Mauro Bertoli playing Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Grieg. The Gryphon Trio appears on August 5, while the Rolston String Quartet closes the season on August 26. All concerts are on Saturday evenings, starting at 7:30pm. Tickets at the Roxy Theatre in Owen Sound.

519-371-2833
www.leithfestival.ca

June 1 to 11
Toronto, ON

Celebrating the 15th anniversary of Lula Lounge, the 2017 Lulaworld festival will bring together artists with roots in Cuba, Chile, Tibet, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Portugal and beyond for 11 days of original collaborations and new projects that cross borders, genres and generations. This year’s edition of Lulaworld features more than 20 performances including two CD releases, a street mural project, lessons in Brazilian forró, Cuban salsa, and Tibetan dance, a panel on music in the media and a community street brass band performance that you can take part in. Visit www.lulaworld.ca and www.lula.ca for full details.

416-797-4890
www.lula.ca
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June 16 and 17
Markham, ON

Markham Village Music FestivalThe Markham Village Music Festival is celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday and 40 years of music and fun. Please visit the Markham Village Music Festival website for more information, vendor registration or to volunteer. June 16, 6pm to 11pm: Great entertainment on five stages! Children’s Village in Morgan Park 5pm to 9pm. New this year, we are hosting a Town Crier competition featuring Criers from across Canada. Enjoy culinary delights at Taste of Markham. June 17, 10am to 9pm: The music and the fun continue! Morgan Park features a petting zoo, fun inflatables and an entertainment stage. Listen to Practically Hip – a tribute band. Don’t miss the finale of the Town Crier competition. In the morning, visit the award-winning farmers’ market on Robinson street.

647-983-9054
www.markhamfestival.com
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May 26 to June 18
Montreal, QC

20170421143922 Beethoven image SGPRThe Montreal Chamber Music Festival dedicates its 22nd season to the spirit of Beethoven with "Beethoven: Passion romantique." Founder and artistic director Denis Brott, C.M. has featured the music of Beethoven on almost all festival concerts, anchored by the performance of the complete Beethoven string quartets over six concerts by the extraordinary Dover Quartet, who have “enjoyed a rise to the top [that] looks practically meteoric” (Strings Magazine). Additional artists featured this season include superstar Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki, a world premiere by Yoav Talmi, the Israeli Chamber Project, the Rolston String Quartet, the always-popular jazz series with Rémi Bolduc, Robi Botos and Natalie MacMaster, and much more. A total of 43 events, at all times of day, fill out the festival schedule for more concerts, more free events, and more Beethoven than ever before.

514-489-7444
www.festivalmontreal.org
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July 4 to 17
Ottawa, ON

Music and BeyondMusic and Beyond is a classical music and multidisciplinary arts festival that takes place July 4 to 17 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. Music and Beyond strives to reach out to people of all cultural backgrounds and all demographics.

613-241-0777
www.musicandbeyond.ca
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July 22 to August 13
Milford, ON

Music at Port Milford2017 marks Music at Port Milford’s 31st year of bringing promising 12-to-18-year-olds with a passion for chamber music together with an internationally-renowned faculty to create an inspiring summer music experience. This experience is proudly shared with Prince Edward County, ON, as the students and faculty prepare vigorously for their multiple performances throughout July and August, bringing the highest-calibre chamber music to Ontario. This summer’s chamber music festival includes performances by the Cecilia String Quartet (July 22), the Afiara Collective (July 29), Marie Bérard & Friends (August 5), and the Tokai String Quartet (August 12).

613-476-7735
www.musicatportmilford.org
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July 10 to 14
Toronto, ON

Music From ScratchFree workshop for youth – in partnership with the Canadian Music Centre, Music From Scratch is a free week-long music creation workshop for youth between the ages of 18 and 25. Facilitated by artistic director Jerry Pergolesi and guest composer/sound creator Tina Pearson, and guided by the Contact ensemble, participants engage in creative listening, writing, vocal performance, movement, and graphic and improvisation exercises, leading to the performance of a series of collaborative sound works. Music From Scratch helps participants develop new skills and the confidence to take risks both as listeners and creators. No experience necessary! Just a willingness to learn and explore your own inner creativity.

416-961-6601 x207
www.contactcontemporarymusic.org/music-from-scratch
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June 4, 11 & 18 and July 9 & 16
Toronto, ON

Music in the Orchard at Spadina MuseumBring your blanket or lawn chair to Spadina Museum, Toronto’s authentic 1920s mansion, and enjoy outdoor musical performances on Sundays in June and July. Every performance is planned with a nod to Spadina’s historical importance, and is inspired by the richness and diversity of Toronto’s jazz-era music scene. This event is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto’s year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada’s 150th birthday. Sundays, June 4, 11, & 18 and July 9 & 16, 1:30pm to 2:30pm. Admission is pay-what-you-wish.

416-392-6910
www.toronto.ca/spadina
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May 1 to August 28
Toronto, ON

Music MondaysA lunchtime concert series at the Church of the Holy Trinity – welcome to our 26th 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. Our goal is to provide the highest possible musical experience to a pay-what-you-can downtown Toronto audience. Please join us for this, our 25th anniversary season. Bring your lunch – and a friend – every Monday at 12:15pm from May through the end of August.

416-598-4521 x223
www.musicmondays.ca
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June 3 to September 23
Nova Scotia

Musique Royales Summer 2017 Festival of Music in Historic Nova ScotiaMusique Royale is a not-for-profit organization based in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, dedicated to promoting traditional and early music in historic venues throughout the province. Since 1985, Musique Royale has continued to celebrate venues of architectural and historic significance and bring world-class music to communities across the province. Artistic and managing director Barbara Butler continues to guide the organization in its original mandate while promoting its growth from a summer festival to a year-round concert series on the south shore. Whether you are a local resident in a seaside community on the South Shore, or a visiting traveller in the magnificent highlands of Cape Breton, Musique Royale has a concert for you!

902-634-9994
www.musiqueroyale.com
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August 26 to 28
Toronto, ON

Our summer season culminates in the next development stage of Tyler Check and Tristan Hernandez’s Liam the Musical: a life-affirming musical looking at autism through the adventurous lens of a teenage boy. August 26 to 28, 7:30pm at Wychwood Theatre, Artscape Wychwood Barns. Contact to pre-book tickets.

416-551-2093
www.nostringstheatre.com
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June 29 and July 16
Toronto, ON

For this, the sesquicentennial celebration, No Strings Theatre presents a season comprised entirely of Canadian music theatre. Our summer season hits the ground running with a cabaret adaptation of last season’s Emerging Artist Program production of The Great Canadian Show Tune! This encore performance is a Pride Toronto affiliate fundraising event, Thursday June 29, 7:30pm at Statlers Piano Cocktail Bar. Following this is our third performance in the Denise Williams & Friends theatrical concert series, putting the NST teaching staff into the spotlight as concert headliners. Be sure to catch our sneak peeks of our two main music theatre productions: Lambert & Morrison’s The Drowsy Chaperone and Check & Hernandez’s Liam the Musical with our Youth and Emerging Artist Programs, Sunday July 16 at 4pm. Check online for more details.

416-551-2093
www.nostringstheatre.com
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July 4 to 30
Toronto, ON

20170515161646 DrowsyNo Strings Theatre’s signature Youth Summer Music Theatre Intensive, now in its 12th season, gears up to present Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison’s The Drowsy Chaperone. These will be the culminating performances of our four-week music theatre intensive. From July 28 to 30 at the Tarragon Theatre, join in the magic! For those interested in the intensive, there are still a handful of roles and positions available. Check out our website for more details.

416-551-2093
www.nostringstheatre.com
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August 22 to 25
Bracebridge, Port Carling, Glen Orchard and Muskoka, ON

The OperaMuskoka Festival began in 2009 to provide young singers with an opportunity to train in and perform opera and classical music in the Muskoka area. One of the highlights of our eighth Annual OperaMuskoka Festival is Daevyd Pepper, one of our original young singers. He graduated this year from the U of T Faculty of Music with a Master of Music in Opera Performance. Daevyd is producing and will be performing in our opening night presentation of Puccini’s La Bohème on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. The festival now includes all the arts: vocal, instrumental, drama and visual artists.

705-764-1381
www.operamuskoka.com
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July 22 to August 4
Ottawa, ON

Ottawa Chamberfest 1In a summer where Ottawa will be humming with activity, Ottawa Chamberfest presents a true showcase: curating what chamber music is, was, and is becoming, for the long-time fan and newcomer alike. Featuring Stephen Hough (July 23), the Miró Quartet (July 25), violin virtuoso Julian Rachlin performing Vivaldi and Piazzolla’s Four Seasons (August 1), and a unique full-album performance of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (August 4). Experience a two-week celebration of 500 years of music: July 22 to August 4, 2017. Founded in 1994, the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival brings together the boldest names in ensemble and solo performance in the nation’s capital. The world’s largest festival of its kind, Ottawa Chamberfest is a 2017 Festivals and Events Ontario “Top 100” Festival.

613-234-6306
www.chamberfest.com
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September 15 to 24
Picton, ON

Programmed in the spirit of celebrating Canada's 150th birthday, our six concerts offer a thrilling combination of exceptional music and musicians, thematically woven around different time periods in Canada's history. Entitled Picton 1867, Brass in the Park, Music for Peace - Remembering 1917, Bach's Goldberg Variations, Celebrating Canada's Founding Nations, and Bridges to the Future. All concerts will take place in the beautiful and acoustically excellent St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church in Picton, with the exception of the family outdoor concert planned for Macaulay Heritage Park. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Regent Theatre box office. See website for more details.

613-393-3798
www.pecmusicfestival.com
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August 15 to 20
Picton, ON

In 2017, Canada’s 150th year, the Prince Edward County Jazz Festival takes special note of an abundance of jazzy milestones with a week-long slate of performances by Canada’s elite musicians. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first jazz recording – Livery Stable Blues by the Original Dixieland Jass Band. And what a year 1917 was for important birthdays: Ella, Dizzie, Thelonious and Buddy. Featuring Phil Dwyer, Guido Basso, Terry Clarke, Don Thompson, Reg Schwager, the Alex Dean Quartet, Bernie Senensky, Gord Sheard, Drew Jurecka, the Brian Barlow Big Band, Neil Swainson, Heather Bambrick, Sinal Alberto, Luanda Jones, Dave Young, Robi Botos and many more.

613-399-2477
www.pecjazz.org

June 16 to 19
Hamilton, ON

Zula (Music & Arts Collective Hamilton) Presents has been organizing the annual Something Else! Festival of Creative Music since June 2014, along with the year-round series of the same name. The festival (and the series) focus on programming world-renowned visiting artists, revered local musicians and young up and comers, specializing in newer traditions in jazz, improvised music, experimental sounds and the avant-garde. The fourth edition of the festival lineup is nothing short of the cream of creative music today, a fantastic representation of many scenes from around the world. Admission tickets and passes to all six events, chock-full of exciting and imaginative programming, can be purchased via our website.

289-993-1993
www.zulapresents.org
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June 10 to 18
Burlington, ON

Sound of Music FestivalSo much music, so much fun. Every year in June, music takes over the Burlington downtown and waterfront. The largest local music event of the year features an eclectic combination of emerging artists, blasts from the past and current performers. A mix of free and ticketed shows continues all over town for nine days. Activities include the Kick-Off Concert, Sound of Music Club Series, Grande Festival Parade, free concerts for four days on Father’s Day Weekend, Downtown Streetfest, Silver Series, Children’s Village, carnival and vendors. Bring the whole family, you’ll find something for everyone.

905-333-6364
www.soundofmusic.ca
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August 18 to 20
Port Dover, ON

South Coast JazzA year-round, rural beach-side destination featuring world-class music, wine and food with a main event Jazz & Blues Festival August 18 to 20 at the Port Dover Community Centre, Arena, Patio, and more locations all over Norfolk County! Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, Rob Piltch, Mark Kelso, Bill King, Red Hot Ramble, Dee Dee & the Dirty Martinis, Colin Hunter, Joe Sealy, Avery Raquel, Latin, soul, R&B, jazz, blues, merchandise and food vendors, youth stage, catering, illusionist Lucas Wilson and more! Music, food, and wine/beer pairings too!

1-888-655-9090
www.southcoastjazz.com
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June 2 to 11
Hamilton, ON

Started three seasons ago, St. Joe’s ArtsFest features Southern Ontario artists performing in the fantastic acoustics of St. Joseph’s RC Church in Hamilton. The 2017 season will feature two evenings of T.S. Eliot’s drama Murder in the Cathedral. The church is situated on Hamilton’s trendy Locke St., with excellent restaurants and pubs within minutes of the concert location. All tickets are $20 CAD at the door (and nobody will be turned away!).

905-528-0019
www.stjoesartsfest.ca

July 17 to August 27
Stratford, ON

Stratford Summer MusicStratford Summer Music 2017 salutes Canada 150 with a special focus on First Nations and Indigenous Canadian musicians and traditions. Featured artists include Angela Hewitt, James Ehnes, Ron Sexsmith, Jan Lisiecki and Stephane Tetreault, along with Friday night cabarets at Revival House, Saturday and Sunday musical brunches at The Prune Restaurant, Vocal Academy and more. New this year, air conditioned venues!

1-866-288-4313
www.stratfordsummermusic.ca
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June 29 to September 17
Toronto, ON

Summer Music in the GardenOur garden is your concert hall! From June 29 to September 17, let yourself be carried away by the classic sounds of brass, wood and percussive instruments from around the world as Harbourfront Centre’s annual Summer Music in the Garden series returns for its 18th season. Free concerts take place in the Toronto Music Garden on most Thursdays at 7pm and Sundays at 4pm and are approximately an hour in length.

416-973-4000
www.harbourfrontcentre.com/summermusic

July 28 to August 6
Toronto, ON

Summer Opera Lyric TheatreSummer Opera Lyric Theatre and Research Centre brings together young vocalists, students, professional singers and teachers of great stature. The programs combine learning and performing in an environment reflecting the professional operatic world of today. The SOLT 2017 Opera Workshop presents three great works for the stage: Carmen by Bizet, The Marriage of Figaro by W.A. Mozart, and a double bill performance of Canadian operas Night Blooming Cereus by John Beckwith & James Reaney and a world premiere of A Northern Lights Dream by Michael Rose. 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. Please add SOLT 2017 to your summer calendar!

416-922-2912
www.solt.ca
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July 21 to 23
Waterloo, ON

The Sun Life Financial UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival is an annual three-day free music festival held in Waterloo, Ontario, encouraging all genres of jazz. In 2017, we invite you to our 25th season where we look forward to entertaining more than 35,000 enthusiastic festival-goers!

519-885-1921
www.uptownwaterloojazz.ca
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September 15 to 17
Owen Sound and Meaford, ON

SweetWater Music FestivalSweetWater has a splash of maple for the 14th edition coming up this September. Artistic director Mark Fewer has once again assembled an amazing lineup, including baritone Russell Braun, John Novacek, James Campbell, Guy Few, Drew Jurecka, Edwin Huizinga and Aiyun Huang. Plus, a special all-Canadian lineup on Saturday night as Canada marks 150 years of Confederation. SweetWater 2017 also has free, interactive activities including Mozart for Munchkins, Classical Jam playalong, and a Luthiers Exhibit and Performance. Ticketed events include a Friday Night Opening Gala ($45); Saturday Early Evening Concert and Sunday Matinee ($35); and Saturday After Hours Jazz ($30). Festival 3-Concert Pass $105. Student tickets $10 (excluding After Hours Jazz).

519-371-2833
www.sweetwatermusicfestival.ca
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May 30 to June 11
Toronto, ON

Tafelmusik Baroque Summer FestivalMusicians from around the world gather in Toronto for the annual Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Festival with free concerts open to the public, featuring the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and participants of the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute. “Delightfully Baroque” on May 30 at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre; “Musical Interlude” on June 4, “Many Strings Attached” on June 5 and “TBSI Orchestras and Choirs” on June 8 at Walter Hall, University of Toronto; and the Grand Finale on June 11 at Grace Church on-the-Hill. All concerts are general admission. Free tickets for the Grand Finale must be obtained in advance and will be made available to the public Tuesday, June 6 at 10am, at the Tafelmusik box office (427 Bloor Street W).

416-964-6337
www.tafelmusik.org/TBSF
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August 16 to 20
Markham, ON

TD Markham Jazz FestivalThe TD Markham Jazz Festival is an exciting and vibrant five-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 16 with a ticketed Opening Night concert, including a reception and silent auction, at the intimate Varley Art Gallery.
From August 17 to 20, 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 acclaimed Canadian and international artists performing all styles of jazz and blues. Early confirmed artists include Manteca, Shakura S’Aida, Barbra Lica, Paul Reddick and Monkey Junk, Carol Welsman, and Samantha Martin and the Delta Sugar.

905-471-5299
www.markhamjazzfestival.com
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July 6 to 9
London, ON

TD Sunfest 17Celebrate the enchantment of summer with Canada’s premier festival of the global arts. Now in its 23rd 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. 2017 headliners range from red-hot bands Bixiga 70 (Brazil) and DakhaBrakha (Ukraine) to new discoveries Coreyah (South Korea) and Chouk Bwa Libète (Haiti). As part of the Canada150 festivities, enjoy two Government of Ontario-supported programs: “SUN Nation Under a Groove” and “Suntario150,” which will showcase artists from almost every Canadian province and territory. And with 250+ exhibitors, TD Sunfest ’17 will whet festival-goers’ appetites for scrumptious international cuisine and unique crafts and visual art.

519-672-1522
www.sunfest.on.ca
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June 23 to July 2
Toronto, ON

One of the premiere jazz festivals in North America, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival celebrates its 31st edition when it moves to the Bloor-Yorkville area this summer. Featuring an all-star lineup that includes Aretha Franklin, Joss Stone and Mavis Staples, among others, the festival has something for every music lover. Opening weekend will kick off with a special performance by Randy Bachman in the revived concert hall on Friday, June 23. R&B legend Aaron Neville will take the stage for a free outdoor concert on Saturday June 24. 
This year the TD Toronto Jazz Festival will play host to over 1,500 incredible musicians performing more than 100 free concerts. Stop by the Bloor-Yorkville area to catch the best in music from noon to 10pm each day from June 23 to July 2.
For more information, tickets and show details, visit our website.

416-928-2033
www.torontojazz.com
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August 8 to 13
Toronto, ON

The (Toronto) North Star Festival is an invitation to consider, challenge and celebrate our individual and collective ideas and experience of freedom through critical discourse and the arts. The inaugural offering of the festival is presented by the Nathaniel Dett Chorale in association with the Yale Alumni Chorus and the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and its Diasporas in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation. The theme of the festival is an Interrogation of the North Star and the legacy of the Underground Railroad through scholarly papers, choral music and dance. Venues include York University, Black Creek Pioneer Village and the Royal Conservatory of Music, with a Gala Celebration Concert at Koerner Hall on August 13. Visit www.thetorontonorthstarfestival.com or www.nathanieldettchorale.org for more details.

416-712-7740
www.nathanieldettchorale.org
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July 13 to August 5
Toronto, ON

Toronto Summer MusicToronto Summer Music Festival 2017 celebrates Canada's sesquicentennial by exploring the music of Canada and featuring the best of Canada's many world-renowned classical performers. The season includes a one-week residency by superstar Canadian violinist James Ehnes; acclaimed soprano Soile Isokoski, a tribute to beloved Canadian pianist Anton Kuerti; cherished leading ensembles such as the St. Lawrence and Rolston String Quartets, our own National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and festive TSM traditions A Night at the Opera, and the Last Night of the Festival, EH! This summer also marks Jonathan Crow's inaugural season as artistic director. Join us at Koerner Hall, Walter Hall and Heliconian Hall for some great music this summer!

416-408-0208
www.torontosummermusic.com
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July 2 to August 6
Campbellford, ON

Westben Concerts at the BarnWestben offers up a multi-genre festival program in its 18th season, capturing performances of classical, jazz, folk, broadway, fiddle and fun! On the classical front, audiences will be treated to Canadian greats, including pianists Angela Hewitt and Jan Lisiecki, the Canadian Brass, the Rolston Quartet (winners of the 2016 Banff String Quartet Competition) and tenor Michael Schade. Jazzers will hear two-time JUNO winner Emilie-Claire Barlow while folk-fans will jump at the opportunity to hear 2017 JUNO Songwriter of the Year nominee Donovan Woods!  Keeping up the laughter, the Arrogant Worms will appear.
New this summer will be the unique one-of-a-kind experiences on offer, called Find the Birds, Find the Pianist, Under the Lid, On the Record and Sounds of Nature.

705-653-5508
www.westben.ca
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