allcanadian jazz festival heatherbambrickimgp8097September 20 to September 22

Memorial Park, Port Hope, ON

The All-Canadian Jazz Festival is a weekend celebration of the best in Canadian jazz. Join us in our concert tent in historic downtown Port Hope, just an hour east of Toronto. Our 12th annual festival features a world premiere collaboration of pianist Renee Rosnes and saxophonist PJ Perry, in the All-Canadian Legends concert on Saturday night. The festival opens with Tom Lavin and the Legendary Powder Blues on Friday night, and closes with latin big-band Cimarron on Sunday afternoon. In between you’ll hear Club Django, Alex Pangman, Mike Murley, Elizabeth Shepherd, the Bebop Cowboys and much more, hosted by JazzFM’s Heather Bambrick. Full lineup info and tickets are available on our website.


July 4 to August 22 (Every Thursday at 7:30pm)
Midland Cultural Centre, 333 King St.
Midland, ON

Brookside Music Association and John Alden French, artistic director, invite you to experience summer evenings with live classical music in scenic Southern Georgian Bay. The 2013 summer concert series is a cornucopia of high caliber music presented weekly during July and August by these world-class artists: Quartetto Gelato; Mauro Bertoli, piano; True North Brass; Triple Forte, piano trio; Penderecki String Quartet; Pivot Chamber Soloists; Sheng Cai, piano; and Soprello – Alistair MacRae, cello and Allison Pohl, soprano. Visit our website for more details and single concert or series ticket information.

Box office: 705-527-4420

June 20 to August 15
Burlington Performing Arts Centre; St. John’s Anglican Church, Ancaster; Mohawk College, McIntyre Performing Arts Centre
Burlington, Ancaster and Hamilton, ON

Twenty-six years of the Brott Music Festival and 25 of the National Academy Orchestra of Canada – two milestones of significance! We have a truly celebratory season for you, one of musical experiences for people of all ages and musical tastes; Beethoven, jazz, Pops, exuberant high teas and Verdi’s great masterpiece Aida all culminate in our grand finale, a massive rarely performed tour-de-force, Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand. All this is performed by our brilliant National Academy Orchestra, the cream of the crop of Canadian musical talent, and features virtuoso soloists who will bring you to your feet in standing ovations. The sound of excellence is about to unfold!

905-525-SONG (7664)

canadian open old time fiddle championshipAugust 7 to August 11
200 Fiddle Park Ln.
Shelburne, ON

The 63rd Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship takes place August 7 to 11 in Shelburne, Ontario. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Shelburne, the event features Canada’s top fiddlers in competition for more than $17,000 in prizes! Community events in conjunction with the Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship include camping, a giant fiddle parade, an open air market, Saturday afternoon fiddle and step-dance show, fiddle jam sessions, a concert by Everything Fitz with special guests Nate Douglas and Emily Flack, a beer garden, Battle of the Bands, a non-denominational church service, 24 hour meals and entertainment at the Legion, and community pork BBQ. Local bands That 60s Show and Glory Days, a Bruce Springsteen tribute, will perform at the Entertainment Gardens.


Various times throughout the month of June
Various locations within Toronto, ON

June is a musical month at the City of Toronto Historic Sites!

Choose from an eclectic selection of musical performances at City of Toronto Historic Sites this June. Spadina Museum’s Music in the Orchard features the eight-piece ensemble VeneElation on June 9 and the Taffanel Wind Ensemble on June 16. At Colborne Lodge, dance to Regency fiddle music on June 15 or march to fife and drum during Fort York’s exciting War of 1812 Festival Weekend. From June 20 to 22, Fort York hosts the Indigenous Arts Festival, where visitors will thrill to a rich roster of new and traditional music, dance and theatrical performances. Enjoy Bollywood-style dancing at Scarborough Museum’s “Canada Rocks!” on June 27. Montgomery’s Inn continues to host the Solfeggio Music Series and on June 29, soprano Felicia Mittica is featured.

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September 27 to October 6
Barrie, ON

Colours of Music features 30 performances in ten days, held noon, 2:30pm and 7:30pm, in churches throughout Barrie. See performances by choirs, quartets and pianists from across Canada and around the world: clarinetist James Campbell; violinists Brian Lewis and Mark Fewer; pianists Michael Kim, Robert Kortgaard, Peter Tiefenbach, Ben Smith and Angela Park; Cecilia String Quartet; Amara Piano Quartet; Tallis Choir; Amabile Boys and Mens Choirs; Sinfonia Toronto; Canadian Guitar Quartet; banjoist Jayme Stone; harpist Judy Loman; flutist Nora Shulman; organist Ian Sadler; and Gillian MacKay conducting the U of T Wind Ensemble! Also featured will be two new compositions by composer-in-residence Andrew Ager, commissioned by Colours of Music, and a concert version of Bizet’s Carmen.


elora festivalJuly 12 to August 4
Elora, ON

A Celebration in Song!

The Elora Festival launches the 2013 season with a triumphant rendition of Verdi’s Requiem, in tribute to his 200th anniversary, with the Elora Festival Singers, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and guest soloists. Other festival highlights include the JUNO award-winning Leahy, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra performing with guest soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, Russia’s preeminent Moscow String Quartet, the Jorge Miguel Flamenco Ensemble, Carl Orff’s ever popular Carmina Burana performed with Toronto’s TorQ Percussion Ensemble, former Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven Page, a choral celebration in honour of Britten’s 100th anniversary, JUNO award-winner Steve Bell, New York’s Sonic Escape and much more!

519-846-0331 or 888-747-7550

July 18 to August 11
Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts
Parry Sound, ON

The Festival of the Sound welcomes visitors to Canada’s premier summer classical chamber music festival on the shores of beautiful Georgian Bay. Twenty-five days of non-stop music-making fill this season. All of our concerts and events are specifically designed to showcase the incredible acoustics and warm ambiance of our world class concert hall, the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts. The festival’s main performance venue is located right on the Parry Sound waterfront, marrying beautiful music and a spectacular setting.

1-866-364-0061 or 705-746-2410

guelph jazz festvalSeptember 4 to September 8
Guelph, ON

2013 will mark the 20th anniversary of the Guelph Jazz Festival, which runs September 4 to 8. The festival has four main components: the main stage, showcasing Canadian and international artists in a series of collaborative performances; Market Square, a free open-air event in downtown Guelph; the Colloquium, featuring free educational workshops, panel discussions and keynote lectures; and the Jazz Around Town Series, with local restaurants and pubs presenting jazz bands in their venues. To round out the celebrations, the festival’s Nuit Blanche is a late-hours celebration with some 30 jazz-tinged art performances. See the website after June 26 for a full list of performers, concerts and ticket pricing.


highlands opera studioAugust 6 to August 29
Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion,
5358 County Rd. 21
Haliburton, ON

Live opera in the heart of cottage country! The Highlands Opera Studio is a haven for emerging opera professionals. For four weeks, they hone their already prodigious skills under the tutelage of some of the world’s top opera professionals and then perform in a series of concerts: “Operatic Highlights” concerts (a different program every night), on August 6, 8 and 16; a “Tribute to Benjamin Britten,” on August 13; and La Traviata, August 23, 25, 27 and 29. Join us as well for a fundraiser, “Richard Margison and Friends,” a matinee on Sunday, August 11.


highlands summer festivalJuly 1 to August 9
Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion,
5358 County Rd. 21
Haliburton, ON

Six weeks of outstanding live summer theatre in the heart of cottage country! Enjoy the rollicking comedy revue Nunsense (July 1 to 12); Wingfield’s Inferno, the fun-filled one man show featuring Rod Beattie (July 7 to 9); the North American classic, Thornton Wilder’s Our Town (July 15 to 26); Bohemians in Brooklyn with CBC Radio Two’s Tom Allen and others (July 21 to 23); and Neil Simon’s comedy The Sunshine Boys (July 29 to August 9).


huntsville festival 1July 4 to August 28
37 Main St. E.
Huntsville, ON

The Huntsville Festival of the Arts is a year-round celebration of the performing arts with an emphasis on the summer months of July and August. Summer 2013 will once again feature an eclectic lineup including iconic Canadian roots/folk icon Bruce Cockburn, international jazz ambassadors the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the renowned Soweto Gospel Choir, Natalie MacMaster, Downchild Blues Band and country star Deric Ruttan, among many others. On July 13 a full evening of activities will take place in the downtown core featuring buskers, street performers and the festival’s third annual Nuit Blanche North.


indian river festival st marys churchJune 16 to September 19
1374 Hamilton Rd.
Indian River, PEI

The Indian River Festival offers a summer long series of fine music concerts in the acoustic and historic beauty of St. Mary’s Church, Indian River, PEI. The caliber of artists is exceptional and further enhanced by the extraordinary natural acoustics of the century-old wooden church. We have been named one of Canada’s best summer classical music festivals! The genres presented include classical, jazz, Maritime, contemporary, choral, blues, world music and more, by Canada’s finest performers.


July 5 to July 7
Blue Mountain Resort, ON

Get set for Jazz On The Mountain At Blue, Canada’s newest music festival taking place July 5 to 7, in beautiful Blue Mountain Village, Ontario! With free concerts at Events Plaza and ticketed shows on the main stage, this family-friendly festival features iconic singer Holly Cole, contemporary keyboard master Jeff Lorber, British jazz/pop sensation Swing Out Sister and legendary saxophonist Kenny Garrett. Highlights include daily outdoor concerts in the heart of the village with established and up-and-coming artists, a Masterclass Series at Blue Mountain Inn, offering intimate performances and learning sessions with six renowned bassists, and a late night Club Series in the village on Friday and Saturday from 10pm to 2am. Mainstage concerts are free for kids 12 and under!

kincardine summer music festival logoAugust 4 to August 16
Kincardine, ON

Celebrating its 22nd anniversary, this professional concert series presents jazz, blues, classical, world and chamber music over two weeks in Kincardine on Lake Huron.

August 4 to 9 features Ralph Bowen, jazz sax; Heather Bambrick, jazz vocalist; KSMF Jazz Faculty Ensemble: Jules Estrin, trombone; Kelly Jefferson, sax; Brian O’Kane, trumpet; Earl MacDonald, piano; Mike Downes, bass; Mike Rud, guitar; Ted Warren drums; the Heavyweights Brass Band; and more!

August 12 to 16 features Peter Allen, concert pianist; Quartteto Gelato; Warhol Dervish musical collective; and more! Special pre-festival event: Tom Allen in Bohemians in Brooklyn June 28.

Sundays to Fridays enjoy free 4 O’Clock in the Park concerts in Kincardine’s Victoria Park, including the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band. Check our website for updates.


live from the rock folk festivalAugust 9 to August 11
Pull-A-Log Park
Red Rock, ON

Come to Red Rock, one hour east of Thunder Bay, to enjoy a weekend full of music, family activities, food, artisans, camping and friendship along the shores of beautiful Lake Superior. Celebrate our 11th anniversary along with Del Barber, Bill Borne, Garnet Rogers, the Marigolds and 20 other artists representing folk and roots, blues, bluegrass and country! Greet the day with morning yoga, go for a swim in Lake Superior, take a hike on a local trail, enjoy the campfire jams or wow the crowd on the open mic stage. We look forward to seeing you soon!

luminatoJune 14 to June 23
Festival Hub, David Pecaut Square, 55 John St.
Toronto, ON

Luminato Festival’s free concerts at the Hub provide a blend of world music, hip hop, singer-songwriters and symphonies. This year’s festival features superstars Serena Ryder and k-os, world music legends Amadou and Mariam, and X Alfonso, experimental artist Laurie Anderson and much more. Don’t miss the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s “A Symphonic Birthday Party,” a free performance celebrating the 200th birthdays of Wagner and Verdi, and “Music Mob,” where the audience is invited to play along with the TSO. In addition to free concerts, Luminato Festival offers a diverse array of ticketed performances, including a tribute to Joni Mitchell, Feng Yi Ting (an opera in Mandarin) and a special late-night performance by the TSO. For more information, see our website.


lunenburg folk harbour festivalAugust 8 to August 11
Old Town Lunenburg, NS

The Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, August 8 to 11, brings this historic port alive with music from the top of its highest hill to its working wharf. The festival features a balance of traditional and contemporary folk performers, promising newcomers and seasoned folk artists. The festival weekend begins August 8 with a traditional music conference, this year examining the music of the Franco-diaspora from Nova Scotia to Louisiana and points in between. Festival weekend passes include conference admission. 2013 performers include Lennie Gallant, Connie Kaldor, David Myles, the Once, Old Man Luedecke and many more. The magical blend of captivating music, stunning scenery and warm Lunenburg hospitality guarantee wonderful memories that draw people back year after year. See our website for tickets and details.


markhamm jazz festival 1August 15 to August 18
Unionville, Markham, ON

The Markham Jazz Festival is a fabulous four-day event featuring top notch professional jazz musicians of all jazz genres, performing on three main stages on and around beautiful Main Street Unionville in Markham.

Free performances outdoors during the days and evenings of August 16 to 18 include Maceo Parker, Lionel Loueke, Dave Douglas, Lorraine Klassen and so many more! Enjoy various groups performing all genres of jazz, with more than 25 mainstage acts on three stages, complimented by street performances and bars/restaurants featuring their own jazz combos.

Thursday night will kick it all off with a ticketed gala, and then Sunday night closes the festival with a ticketed event at the Varley Art Gallery featuring trumpeter Dave Douglas. Find us on Facebook and Twitter!


mill race festival 2August 2 to 4 (Friday 1pm to 7pm, Saturday and Sunday 1pm to 11pm)
Downtown Cambridge (Water St. and Main St.), ON

The 21st Annual Mill Race Festival is a free event that celebrates the diversity of folk music from around the world, showcasing local and internationally renowned performers from the Irish music of Comas to local band Love Banshee. The festival also includes a tasty choice of foods and refreshments to enjoy while exploring workshops, sing-arounds and sessions for the whole family!

The festival is set around an amphitheatre naturally created among the ruins of an old mill and the streets are filled with the sounds of fiddles. Toes, defying restraint, must tap merrily to lively jigs, reels and hornpipes while colourfully costumed dancers parade through the downtown. Come out and join us!

All venues are walking distance and continue rain or shine! Find us on Facebook and Twitter!


June 21 to June 24
St-James Theatre, 265 St-Jacques St.
Old Montreal, QC

Montreal Baroque is a unique early music festival that takes place in historic Old Montreal, in dusty 17th-century attics, gardens, crypts, chapels, chateaux, museums and banks! Along with the dozen concerts, you can join a grand parade through the streets of the Old City and come to the late-night musical café! The 2013 edition, New Worlds, will include the Canadian premiere performances of Vivaldi’s opera Motezuma and of Mexican baroque ensemble La Fontegara; Rebel’s Elemens, complete with baroque ballet and circus acts, in Comedia del Arte tradition; and an evening when Baroque Goes Wild with a DJ and a VJ.


music at port milfordJuly 13 to August 10
89 Collier’s Rd.
Milford, ON

2013 marks Music at Port Milford’s  27th 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, as the students and faculty prepare vigorously for their multiple performances throughout July and August, bringing the highest caliber chamber music to Ontario. This summer’s faculty includes the prestigious Linden String Quartet and Tokai String Quartet, the rapidly rising piano quartet Ensemble Made in Canada, esteemed Canadian pianist Peter Longworth, and Marie Berard, the concertmaster of the Canadian Opera Company.

914-439-5039 or 613-476-7735

music niagaraJuly 12 to August 11

Music Niagara presents a five week summer festival of classical, jazz, vocal, choral and country music in unique venues in and around the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, in the heart of Niagara’s beautiful wine country. Musicians come from around the world to perform for audiences of locals and the thousands of visitors who visit the remarkable community, known for its history, arts, wine and culinary delights. The 2013 program includes notable artists Anúna, Stewart Goodyear, André Laplante, Jay Leonhart, Brent Carver, Quartetto Gelato, the Horse Flies, the Gryphon Trio, the Elora Festival Singers, the Karakoro Drums of Japan, the New Zealand String Quartet, the Vienna Piano Trio, the Sunparlour Players, the New Orford String Quartet and Robert Silverman. Ticket prices range from $20 to $50 and are available by phone or through our website.


July 4 to September 7
Venues throughout Nova Scotia; office in Lunenburg, NS

Musique Royale is a summertime celebration of Nova Scotia’s musical heritage. A cross-province festival now in its 28th season, Musique Royale brings performances of early and traditional music to settings of historic and cultural significance in communities ranging from the small fishing towns to the magnificent highlands. Artists this year include Anúna (Irish National Choir), Boxwood group led by Chris Norman, Peter Togni’s Responsia with a vocal quartet led by Suzie Leblanc, organist Robert Quinney, Parthenia Viol Quartet and Maritime Brass.


August 3 to August 31
The NAISA Space, Wychwood Theatre and other locations at the Artscape Wychwood Barns
as well as Toronto Island for Synthecycletron

An annual summer tradition of exploring the world of sound art through performances, installations and workshops as well as the Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium and the Sound Travels Intensive workshops. Composers-in-residence include Francis Dhomont and Barry Truax. The festival also features installations The Sonic Suit by Satoshi Morita and Tele Echo Tube by Hill Haroki Kobayashi at the NAISA Space as well as the annual summer-long interactive sound sculpture Synthecycletron, by Barry Prophet, on Toronto Island.


June 10 to June 22
AGO, the NAISA Space and Trinity Park
Toronto, ON

New Adventures In Sound Art is co-presenting several special events with NXNE in June. At the First Thursdays event at the AGO, enjoy an installation performance by Nataliya Petkova with her sound sculpture [x]Tensions which “reads” and amplifies the sound characteristics of all surrounding surfaces, performing a territorial sound reading. Presented June 11 to 22 is ELASTIC PLANETS by Instant Places (Ian Birse and Laura Kavanaugh), an audiovisual machine that generates infinitely varied digital paintings in concert with a multichannel soundscape. ELASTIC PLANETS LIVE will be performed on June 10. Follow NAISA’s artistic director, Darren Copeland, on an underwater sound walk through Trinity Square on June 13 in which he will project underwater soundscapes onto the square using a portable directional speaker system.


newmarket jazz 4 group shotAugust 2 (Friday): 6pm to 10:30pm; August 3 (Saturday): free workshops 10am to 1pm, festival 3pm to 11pm; August 4 (Sunday): 1pm to 11pm
Riverwalk Commons, 200 Doug Duncan Dr.
Newmarket, ON

Newmarket jazz+ Festival (NJF) celebrates local visual artists, musicians and entertainers on August 2, 3 and 4 at Riverwalk Commons. Support talented artists of the York Region! “Jazz+” offers more than jazz! Friday night is Caribana North until 10:30pm, then stroll over to enjoy live entertainment at restaurants, pubs and shops on Newmarket’s (closed) Main Street! Saturday: free art/music workshops and art show, with performances by Justin Hines, George St. Kitts, Juice, Julian Troiano, Stacey Kaniuk and Chris Hau. Sunday enjoy Canadian greats Lorne Lofsky, Jackie Richardson, Rob Tardik, Neil Chapman and George Olliver.

NJF – a long weekend of great local entertainment, foods, kids’ activities, workshops and family fun for only $5 a day (free for kids 12 and under).


ottawa chamberfestJuly 25 to August 8
Ottawa, ON

How truly marvellous is the human voice?

It is our first instrument. Its power remains unmatched to express feeling, to convey colour and tone. It is the ultimate inspiration for any instrumentalist who aspires to create a beautiful phrase.
For the 2013 edition of the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, we present “Viva Voce: Inspired by Song,” a festive program that explores the profound influence of voice on instrumental music making.


plein air salon garden concertsJuly 3 to August 28
The Artists Garden Cooperative, 345 Balliol St.
Toronto, ON

For over a decade the Artists’ Garden Cooperative ( AGC ) Plein Air salon concert series has been offering the community a talent showcase for acoustic music. This summer enjoy special showcase performances by Lara Solnicki and David Occhipinti of Toronto, and the Words & Jazz tour, featuring spoken word artists and musicians Golda Solomon, E.J. Antonio, Will Connell Jr. and Toronto’s own Chris Hercules. Concerts start at 7:30 pm. Purchase tickets for $10 at the door at 7pm on the concert night or pay online at our Eventbrite links. To catch previews of our performers, join us at our Annual Launch Party, Tuesday, June 25, from 4:30pm to 8pm at 345 Balliol St., Toronto.


prince edward county jazzAugust 13 to August 18
Various locations, Picton, ON

Jazz up your summer in beautiful Prince Edward County at a true jazz festival now in its 13th year. Top jazz artists such as Oscar Peterson’s Night Train featuring Dave Young and Robi Botos, the Jensen Sisters, “The Canadian Songbook” featuring Phil Dwyer, Laila Biali and a re-creation of Benny Goodman at Carnegie Hall concert. All main stage events will be held in the historic renovated Regent Theatre. The gala opening at Huff Estates Winery will feature the popular Dixieland jazz band Dixie Demons. Enjoy concerts, free jazz van stops at wineries and much more! Come for the jazz and stay for the restaurants, inns, wineries, vibrant arts scene, beaches and shops. TD supports our spotlight on emerging young talent.

613-476-8416 x28 or 1-877-411-4761

prince edward county music festival 3September 20 to September 28
Picton and Bloomfield, ON

The Prince Edward County Music Festival is celebrating its tenth season. Artistic director Stéphane Lemelin has sought to create a stimulating blend of old and new in every season’s programming, and this tenth season is an opportunity to present a retrospective of many audience favourites, as well as to introduce new features to the festival. 

Among performers at the 2013 festival are the Gryphon Trio, Montreal harpsichordist Luc Beausejour, soprano Donna Brown, violinist Jacques Israelievitch and pianists David Jalbert and Andrew Tunis. Audience members can also look forward to a hilarious evening of musical high jinks with soprano Mary Lou Fallis and pianist Peter Tiefenbach. The festival will also host Jeunesses Musicales’ performance of Puccini’s La Boheme.

Box office: 613-476-8416 x28 or 877-411-4761

August 8 to August 11
Burrows Hall Community Centre Parklands (1081 Progress Ave.) and Albert Campbell Square (150 Borough Dr.)
Scarborough, ON

The Scarborough Town Jazz Festival is a community festival planned for four days and will begin Thursday, August 8, with an awards night. Featured performers include Lenny Williams, Melba Moore and Liberty Silver.

The District of Scarborough is a vibrant, multi-cultural community. The wide diversity of cultures, with their different types of music and instruments, has resulted in the emergence of new combinations and we aim to reflect this mixture during our festival for all to enjoy.

There will also be music workshops by some of our well known performers such as Hilario Duran and Alines Morales, as well as arts and crafts, international cuisine, dance, prizes, fresh farm produce, games for young children and corporate exhibits. Be there to enjoy!


June 7, June 13 to June 16
Burlington Downtown and Waterfront

Canada’s Largest Free Music Festival!

Sound of Music Festival merges of all kinds of free live music for every age and huge amounts of fun in one amazing location. Genres include jazz, folk, pop, big band, country, blues, latin and children’s music, plus Downtown Streetfest, with street-side performers and outdoor patios. From new and emerging artists to Canadian icons and fan favourites, the award-winning festival offers a fantastic line-up. Join us Father’s Day weekend, Burlington Downtown and Waterfront, to see over 100 acts at over ten performance areas and enjoy the most memorable days of your whole summer.


stratford summer musicJuly 15 to August 25
25 Ontario St.
Stratford, ON

An annual multi-week music festival with over 100 events featuring Canadian and international artists set in indoor and outdoor venues throughout downtown Stratford. This season includes the Vienna Boys’ Choir, pianist Jan Lisiecki, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Murray Schafer at 80, Mzansi Youth Choir of South Africa, Organ Week, We Sing the World Choral Symposium, Robert Harris’ Music that Changed the World Lecture Series, Toronto Mass Choir and Band, Speed Control’s School of Rawk Camp and Bicycle Opera. The weekly Music At Rundles luncheon series presents musical tributes to famous singers by Canadian accordionist Joseph Macerollo and the free annual BargeMusic series continues to present noon-hour concerts of a wide variety of musical genres by a range of Canadian and international ensembles.


sweetwater music festivalSeptember 20 to September 22
Leith and Owen Sound, ON

Our tenth anniversary season begins as usual in the intimate and acoustically beautiful historic Leith Church. Works by Schulhoff, Haydn, Ryan and Dvořák will be performed by Annalee Patipatanakoon, Roman Borys, Philip and David Ying, Denise Djokic and Edwin Huizinga. On Saturday in the nearby scenic town of Owen Sound on Georgian Bay, a jazz concert showcasing the works of Reinhardt and Grappelli will be performed at the Tom Thomson Gallery by the Van Django quartet. Also, in the gallery, the festival will host an interactive exhibit by local and international luthiers. The Saturday evening main stage event is a performance of all the Brandenburg concerti. Sunday’s concert includes work by Bach, Mozart and Haydn, with performances by James Campbell and Mark Fewer.


June 4 to June 16
tafelmusik baroque summer festivalBloor Street United Church (June 4, 8pm), Walter Hall at U of T (June 9, 12:30pm and June 13, 1pm) and Grace Church on-the-Hill (June 16, 7:30pm – free tickets available Tuesday June 11 at 10am at Tafelmusik box office)
Toronto, ON

Musicians from around the world gather in Toronto for the annual Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute. An intensive 14-day residency in instrumental and vocal baroque performance, the institute features four free concerts open to the public. See our website or call us for more details.

416-964-9562 x241

td sunfest 2013  calypso roseJuly 4 to July 7
Victoria Park
London, ON

Spread a blanket in London’s beautiful tree-lined Victoria Park and discover why TD Sunfest has been voted one of the American Bus Association’s TOP 100 destinations in North America. The 2013 edition of “Canada’s Premier Celebration of World Cultures” will feature over 275 unique food, craft and visual art exhibitors and more than 35 red-hot world music and jazz ensembles, ranging from Alpha Blondy (Ivory Coast) to Fanfare Ciocarlia (Moldova) and Anthony Joseph & the Spasm Band (UK). And, this summer, be sure to jam to The SUNsational Soul & Afrofunk Experience 2013 (supported by Celebrate Ontario). Returning audience favorites include the Jazz Stage and Sunday afternoon’s Le village québécois.


td toronto jazz festival 1June 20 to June 29
Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St., plus 40 locations across the city
Toronto, ON

Turn up the jazz and explore the TD Toronto Jazz Festival as it plays nonstop, from June 20 to June 29, 2013. Uniting 500,000 fans at more than 40 locations across the city, the festival is the ultimate destination for music lovers. Make the festival your meeting place this summer and take in a breath of fresh jazz.

On Friday, June 21, the festival will present its first-ever FREE-FOR-ALL Friday, when admission to the entire festival is on us! Visit any participating club, venue or restaurant that day and enjoy the music free of charge as jazz plays throughout the city. Travel the city and get your jazz on without a ticket!


July 16 to August 3
Koerner Hall, Walter Hall and Heliconian Hall
Toronto, ON

Now in its eighth year of bringing outstanding classical music experiences to the city in the summer, Toronto Summer Music Festival features renowned Canadian and international artists in a series of chamber concerts, plus masterclasses, lectures, interviews and free outreach concerts.

The theme of the 2013 festival, “Paris La Belle Époque,” celebrates the unrivalled cultural phenomenon that swept turn of the century Paris. The festival showcases great musical works by French composers including Ravel, Debussy and Fauré, performed by renowned artists including France’s distinguished Trio Pennetier Pasquier Pidoux, pianist Cédric Tiberghien, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Brentano String Quartet, Juno award-winning Gryphon Trio and bass-baritone Philippe Sly.


westbenJune 8 to August 4
The Westben Barn, 6698 County Rd. 30 N.
Campbellford, ON

Westben – Concerts at the Barn celebrates its 14th season, presenting music in the countryside in a variety of genres. This season, entitled “Stories that Sing!,” includes tenor Richard Margison and baritone John Fanning, commemorating the 200th birthdays of Verdi and Wagner. Pianists Robert Silverman, Brian Finley, Leonard Gilbert and Lisa Tahara celebrate the arrival of the Steinway concert grand piano, in a multi-piano-concerto Gala Weekend. The UBC Opera Ensemble performs Bizet’s Carmen. Westben also welcomes André Laplante, soprano Suzie LeBlanc, vocalist Diana Panton, trumpeter Guido Basso and guitarist Robert Michaels. New to the Barn is “Rule Brittania!,” a British Isles Weekend and “Words and Notes,” featuring Canadian authors Judy Fong Bates and Martha Schabas.

1-705-653-5508 or 1-877-883-5777

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.


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.


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.



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!




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



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.


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 See directions on our website.


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.


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.


2014 Green Pages Coming Soon

View WholeNote Summer Festivals in a full screen map


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 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 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!


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 or phone Karen at 416-323-2232 x26.


The WholeNote's 14th annual Green Pages provides an essential overview of festivals and various musical events across the province and beyond from June to August. For classical, opera, jazz, folk, world music and beyond – the Green Pages provides a summary for those looking to catch all of the musical happenings around the GTA and afar.

Here you will find 46 distinct festivals, described by the presenters themselves. Check here for the latest information – from interactive social media links to up-to-date descriptions of upcoming festival programs and more, on our ever-evolving online platform.

Enjoy everything musical and more this beautiful summer season!

The 2018 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 or phone Karen at 416-323-2232 x26.


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 or phone Karen at 416-323-2232 x26.

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