Welcome to The WholeNote’s 12th annual Green Pages, a pot pourri of summer festivals and events across the musical map – offering classical, jazz, opera, folk, world music and much more in a range of unique and beautiful locations.

Here you will find brief profiles of 40 widely diverse summer festivals and/or concert series, provided by the presenters themselves. Detailed listings for many of them can be found in the special summer listings section of our June 2016 issue.

And visit The WholeNote’s own 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.




LAYOUT & DESIGN: Susan Sinclair

PROOFREADING: Sara Constant/
Karen Ages

WEBSITE: Bryson Winchester

For more information on our Green Pages, contact karen@thewholenote.com or phone Karen at 416-323-2232 x26

September 9 to 11, 2016
Port Hope, ON

Google “Canadian Jazz” and you’ll find this three-day outdoor tented festival near the top of the list. The All-Canadian Jazz Festival was born 15 years ago to celebrate and support the burgeoning Canadian jazz scene and every year this is accomplished with a uniquely Canadian performance lineup. There’s a free Friday night concert starring Brass Transit. Don’t miss Saturday evening’s farewell performance by an “All-Canadian Jazz Legend” with Chelsey Bennett opening. Stellar afternoon lineups include Dione Taylor, Amanda Martinez, Tia Brazda, Red Hot Ramble, the Marianne Trudel Quartet, the Jive Bombers, “Coltrane!” featuring Kirk MacDonald & Pat Labarbera and John MacLeod & the Rex Hotel Orchestra.

July 2 to 24, 2016
Toronto, ON

A massive four-week celebration of music with over 12 stages, a StreetFest and approximately one million in attendance. Features include a dynamic musical roster, exciting activities and an enticing lineup of gourmet food trucks. The festival will showcase the sensational musical talents of both established and emerging artists, with jazz, blues, Latin, swing, global, world beat, big band, Dixieland, Afro-Cuban, funk, R&B, ska, soul and more. Featured events include musical performances at Woodbine Park, StreetFest, Taste of Jazz, Salsa Celebration, Beaches Tune Up Jazz Run and the Farmers Market Jazz Series. All of this is taking place at the 28th International Beaches Jazz Festival, July 2 to 24. Free for all ages. For a full schedule please visit www.beachesjazz.com/complete-concert-schedule.

June 18 to November 12, 2016
Toronto, ON

It was 50 years ago that the Beatles last played Toronto. To mark the anniversary, Museums & Heritage Services is collaborating with curators, collectors, musicians, community partners and sponsors to create 60s-themed events. Take in walks, talks, exciting concerts and the exhibit “When the Beatles Rocked Toronto,” which looks at life in Toronto in the 60s, opening June 18 at the Market Gallery on the second floor of the St. Lawrence Market. Toronto was Canada’s Beatlemania epicentre – the only city where they performed all three years, 1964, 1965 and 1966 – and their impact was electrifying. Experience that unique era again or for the first time! Visit www.toronto.ca/beatles50 for all the details. Don’t miss any of the other musical events at the City of Toronto’s Historic Sites – go to www.toronto.ca/museum-events.

July 7 to August 18, 2016
Midland, ON

Now in its sixth year, Brookside Music Association presents “Festival of the Bay” in Midland between July 7 and August 18, bringing world-class music – from classical to jazz, from piano to brass – to the shores of Georgian Bay in the heart of Ontario’s cottage country. This year features: July 7: Weston Silver Band; July 14: Tien Hsieh, piano; July 21: Sonic Escape Flute & Violin; August 4: Lafayette String Quartet; August 11: Anagnoson & Kinton piano duo; August 18: Hogtown Brass Quintet. All concerts will take place in our beautiful Midland Cultural Centre.

June 22 to August 18, 2016
Hamilton, Brantford, Waterdown and Ancaster, ON

Now entering its 29th 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 Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, a PopOpera of great vocal arias and ensembles, Verdi’s magnificent Requiem, music you know and love by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Elgar, Rimsky-Korsakov, Ravel – and what more could you want!

August 13 to 26, 2016
Prince Edward County, ON

World-calibre classical music and musicians, barns, wineries, beaches: concerts in unconventional contexts. The barn and winery venues are set among natural elements, and the vitality of the County’s gastronomic and viticulture scenes underlays the concerts’ intimacy and casualness – stripping away barriers to the music for you, the audience, and us, the musicians. Jessica Linnebach, violin; Joanna G’froerer, flute; Michelle Gott, harp; Rachel Mercer, cello; Sean Rice, clarinet; Yehonatan Berick, viola; Yosuke Kawasaki, violin; Jonathan Krehm, clarinet. Performing: Alwyn, Andriessen, Beaser, Debussy, Haber, Hindemith, Hoover, Morlock, Mozart, Mozetich, Muczynski, Poenitz, Ravel, Staniland, Stravinsky, Sung, Tansman, Villa-Lobos. A new, unique not-for-profit festival by musicians, taking classical music out of the concert hall and giving it to YOU.

July 21 to 24, 2016
Riding Mountain National Park, MB

The 11th Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival, under the artistic direction of one of Canada’s leading concert pianists, Alexander Tselyakov, has become an important part of Canada’s cultural calendar. The first of its kind and most exciting 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 in the third week of July, from the 21st to the 24th. For tickets or more information contact us by phone or email. See directions on our website.

204-571-6547 or 204-727-9631
July 8 to 24, 2016
Elora, ON

Experience world-class music in intimate settings this July at the Elora Festival! From choral and classical to world music and jazz – the Elora Festival has something for everyone! Featuring NYO Canada, Fubuki Daiko, the Elora Festival Singers, Molly Johnson, the Barra MacNeils, Russell Braun and more! 24 performances, six intimate venues, one world-class festival. Come celebrate with us July 8 to 24. Find out more on our website.

July 15 to August 7, 2016
Parry Sound, ON

In its 37-year history, the Festival of the Sound has become a go-to destination for musicians and music lovers alike. It is Canada’s premier classical and jazz music festival, internationally recognized by various organizations including 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 15 to August 7, the Festival of the Sound hosts over 60 events, consisting of 50 unique musicians and 20 ensembles from Canada and around the world. And it all takes place on the beautiful shores of Georgian Bay. It’s where the world’s great musicians come to play.

September 14 to 18, 2016
Guelph, ON

Join us for five days of innovative world-class music in one of Ontario’s loveliest cities. Heralded as one of the most visionary musical events in Canada, our intimate community-powered festival celebrates the best in cutting-edge jazz and creative improvised music, and plays host to unique workshops, panels and lectures in a free education colloquium. Also free is the Friday evening and Saturday full-day Jazz at Market Square, the most popular event that puts music in an open-air venue on one of Guelph’s funkiest downtown streets. Check the website for updates on the artistic lineup.

August 4 to September 1, 2016
Haliburton, ON

Love great singing? Need to escape the city? Celebrate our tenth anniversary and hear the best young professional voices Canada has to offer in the beauty of the Haliburton Highlands, only 2 ½ 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 approximately 150 applicants from across Canada through competitive auditions, the 2016 vocal participants can be heard throughout the month of August and into September, in masterclasses with Richard Margison, four concerts and three fully staged operas: The Brothers Grimm and The Bremen Town Musicians by Dean Burry, and Faust by Charles Gounod. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit our website.

July 2 to August 26, 2016
Huntsville, ON

An eclectic mix of national- and international-calibre artists presented at the intimate 400-seat Algonquin Theatre in downtown Huntsville. In addition to mainstage presentations, there are free concerts at venues throughout the community, including Back Street, an afternoon of interactive art installations, activities and music happening on July 23. This summer’s lineup includes Bruce Cockburn, Sarah Harmer, Downchild Blues Band, The Nylons, Hawksley Workman and so much more! Over the long weekend in August, the Huntsville Jazz Festival returns for its sixth season, featuring Oliver Jones, a tribute to John Coltrane, and Adi Braun singing the music of Rosemary Clooney, Judy Garland and Peggy Lee.

June 19 to September 18
Indian River, PE

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

1-866-856-3733 or 902-836-3733
July 31 to August 13; concert series April 16 to December 17
Kincardine, ON

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, KSMF presents an expanded concert series April 16 to December 17.

Live concerts starring brilliant vocalists and wonderful instrumentalists include Broadsway with Heather Bambrick, Diane Leah and Julie Michels; Kati Gleiser, concert pianist; Andrea Tyniec, concert violinist with her Stradivarius violin; Duo Novus – Kristin Toczko and Emily Belvedere, harpists; Marc Djokic, violin with Beverley Johnston, percussion; and Christina Haldane, soprano. All this plus the popular free 4 O’Clock in the Park concerts July 31 to August 12, and daily music classes August 8 to 12 for everyone from beginners to experienced players, age 7 to Adult. Guitar, Strings and Bands – a fun time and great for families!
Kincardine Summer Music Festival – creating fabulous musical experiences for 25 years!

July 5 to 28, 2016
Waterloo, ON

Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society July: Chamber Music by the Park – our busy July packs nine concerts into four weeks. The variety is impressive: two by ensembles from the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (5th and 15th); arguably the world’s leading guitar duo (Eden-Stell, 7th); one world-famed string quartet (New Zealand, 10th); one great Baroque quartet (Pallade Musica de Montreal with soprano, 13th); Russian-Canadian pianist Alexander Tselyakov with members of Toronto’s Canadian Sinfonietta (16th); ensembles from the University of Waterloo’s amazing orchestra (19th); a trio of fine Ukrainian pianists (24th); and the brilliant and entertaining Syrène Saxophone Quartet (Netherlands, 28th). All are in our diminutive air-conditioned concert hall, seating 85, with one of the best pianos around… All classical, with a touch of jazz. And all for $180 (students $120), or buy individually.

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