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Volume 25 Issue 9 - July / August 2020

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July/August issue is now available in flipthrough HERE, bringing to a close 25 seasons of doing what we do (and plan to continue doing), and on stands early in the week of July 5. Not the usual bucolic parade of music in the summer sun, but lots, we hope, to pass the time: links to online and virtual music; a full slate of record reviews; plenty new in the Listening Room; and a full slate of stories – the future of opera, the plight of small venues, the challenge facing orchestras, the barriers to resumption of choral life, the challenges of isolation for real-time music; the steps some festivals are taking to keep the spirit and substance of what they do alive. And intersecting with all of it, responses to the urgent call for anti-racist action and systemic change.


GREEN PAGES HERITAGE MUSIC FESTIVAL ➤ August 5 to 8, 2021 Shelburne, ON It is with great disappointment that the Rotary Club of Shelburne must inform our loyal supporters that we have made the decision to postpone the Heritage Music Festival and 70th Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship. To this end, the Heritage Music Festival and 70th Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship will take place August 5 to 8, 2021. We are excited to bring you an amazing line up of talent and special added features for our 70th celebration. We thank you for your continued support and we wish you all the best of health and happiness until we see you at the HMF and 70th Fiddle Championship in 2021. 519-278-0016 Collingwood Summer Music Festival Collingwood, ON COLLINGWOOD SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL ➤ July 9 to 15, 2020 (postponed to July 2021) Collingwood, ON Newsflash! Our artistic director, Daniel Vnukowski, is running a series of free virtual concerts throughout the summer months. Visit for details. The Collingwood Summer Music Festival showcases music performances of the highest calibre catering to a wide variety of audiences, presenting internationally renowned artists of classical and world music genres each summer. Our July 2020 events, featuring free noon performances for youth and three Ontario premieres, have been postponed to the summer of 2021. Please subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates regarding dates, artist lineup, super-special promotions and much more. 705-300-2405 FESTIVAL OF THE SOUND ➤ Parry Sound, ON After celebrating its 40th anniversary season in 2019, Festival of the Sound will be taking a sabbatical for the 2020 season due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Canada’s finest jazz and classical summer music festival will return in 2021 for its 41st season! In its illustrious history, the Festival of the Sound has become a go-to destination for musicians and music lovers alike. The festival is recognized as a top summer offering by organizations such as the CBC and Festivals and Events Ontario and consistently attracts musicians of international acclaim. Experience world-class chamber, jazz, and folk music combined with the beautiful landscape of Georgian Bay! With a programme curated by artistic director and clarinetist James Campbell featuring concerts, cruises, and masterclasses, our return will be one to remember! 705-746-2410 MUSIC AND BEYOND ➤ July 4 to 17, 2020 Ottawa, ON K1N 6Z9 Music and Beyond is a classical music and multi-disciplinary festival that takes place in Ottawa each July. Our mandate is to link music with a wide range of art forms and cultural disciplines. Music and Beyond also places a strong importance on developing new audiences for classical music, particularly young people. Music and Beyond was named “Event of the Year” at the 2018 Ottawa Tourism Awards. In its first ten seasons, Music and Beyond has presented a total of over 900 concerts and events, as well as over 3,800 “mini-concerts”. The festival has presented some of Ottawa, Canada and the world’s greatest musicians, artists, performers and writers. Music and Beyond will release a very exciting series of videos from July 4 to July 17, 2020. Please visit 613-241-0777 @musicandbeyond @musicandbeyondott MUSIC MONDAYS ➤ August to November, 2020 Toronto, ON A lunchtime concert series at the Church of the Holy Trinity - welcome to our 29th season! Our concerts take place in the warm acoustics of Holy Trinity Church, just steps away from the Eaton Centre. We feature an eclectic mix of everything from classical solo and chamber music to jazz, fusion and world music. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Music Mondays has been postponed to August. We hope to offer a shortened series of live-streamed concerts beginning on Monday, August 3, running until November 2. Please check our website for the most up-to-date information as program changes may occur. Please plan to join us online every Monday at 12:15pm from August to November. 416-598-4521 @MusicMondaysToronto @musicmondayscs 32 | Summer 2020

OTTAWA CHAMBERFEST ➤ Ottawa, ON Ottawa Chamberfest offers Chamber Chats: At Home, Chez vous, hosted by celebrated broadcaster/writer Eric Friesen. Taking place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm EDT, these 45-minute interactive episodes combine chat with pre-recorded and live performances and feature guest artists and lecturers from all over the world. Chamberfest brings together the boldest names in ensemble and solo performance for musical celebration in the nation’s capital, through its concert series, community engagement and education (CEE), and its summer festival. 613-234-8008 SOUTH COAST JAZZ & BLUES ➤ September 18 to 20, 2020 Port Dover, ON, world-wide online free shows Welcome to the 7th annual South Coast Jazz festival on Lake Erie, Port Dover, September 18 to 20. Join our social media @southcoastjazz1 for free concerts and up-to-date information. 2020 features Jackie Richardson and Micah Barnes, Jazz West, Queen Pepper, Ian Bell Aaron Bell Aleef Mehdi, Ben Duff and more. Free Online concerts and prizes, too! Visit our website for all bios, videos, event schedules, tickets and information and email us at 519-774-2787 SUMMER MUSIC IN THE GARDEN AT HOME ➤ Starts July 5 Just as our gardens come to life again, so too does the music of Toronto. Harbourfront Centre’s Summer Music in the Garden series is virtual this year, bringing the sounds of the Toronto Music Garden right to your home. Concerts start July 5, every Sunday at 4 and Thursday at 7, online at and features artists from Ontario, Quebec and around the world. Music by Bach, Ravel, Borodin and Telemann are accompanied by meditative raags and ancient lute techniques. Sign up for reminders at to remain up to date on concerts and even a few surprises. With Summer Music in the Garden at home, the garden’s never been closer! 905-973-4000 SUMMER OPERA LYRIC THEATRE ➤ Robert Gill Theatre, University of Toronto, 214 College Street, Third Floor Toronto, ON Founded in 1986, Summer Opera Lyric Theatre has been bringing together young vocalists, professional singers and teachers of great stature. SOLT features the stars of tomorrow, as our young artists advance towards careers Music and Beyond Ottawa, ON at the national and international level. Sadly, SOLT 2020 Opera Mini-Festival is cancelled due to the COVID-19 and concerns for the safety of our audience and artists. We are looking forward to the next summer with our singers, creative teams and Masters presenting Mozart’s La Clemenza Di Tito, Menotti’s The Medium and Puccini’s La Rondine at the Robert Gill Theatre. Please support Summer Opera Lyric Theatre and many emerging artists. 416-922-2912 SUN LIFE UPTOWN WATERLOO JAZZ FESTIVAL ➤ July 17 to 19 Waterloo, ON We are disappointed that this year’s Festival was cancelled due to the pandemic. We will miss the live music and the feeling of community it brings. Work has already begun on the 2021 Festival which we hope will be our best yet! Stay safe everyone and see you next year. 519-279-0189 @WaterlooJazz @Waterloojazz SWEETWATER MUSIC FESTIVAL ➤ SweetWater Music Festival Presents “Surreal” August 1 to November 15, 2020 Owen Sound and Meaford, ON SweetWater is changing with the times. Its 17th festival is postponed until 2021. But the music continues with SweetWater: Surreal. The multifaceted, music experience will include live and virtual music performances, special events, music education and more from late Summer 2020 until late Fall 2020 in Owen Sound and Meaford, Ontario. Surreal will include three featured concerts (most will be livestreamed to a wider audience) as well as community-based, small scale concerts on September 19 and 20 featuring a talented string quartet performing classical works led by artistic director Edwin Huizinga. Watch for more details throughout Summer 2020 | 33

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