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Volume 14 - Issue 9 - June 2009

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artistic delights for your enjoyment.And then there’s the food.Seventeen restaurants and a dozenstreet vendors, more than enoughvariety for most palates.905-472-2022www.markham-festival.orgMill Race Festival ofTraditional Folk MusicJul 31 - Aug 2Old Galt, downtown Cambridge,ONThe 17th annual Mill Race Festivalof Traditional Folk Music isa free outdoor event taking placeon four stages in the old Galtdowntown area of Cambridge,Ontario over the Civic Holidayweekend, July 31, August 1 & 2.Traditional forms of folk musicand dance are presented by manyprofessional local and internationalperformers and groups. Achildren’s stage and activity area,craft vendors and events for folkmusicians and singers from thepublic to participate are also partof the festival. All audience areasprovide seating and some areshaded by tents. The festival willgo on rain or shine.519-621-7135www.millracefolksociety.comMiramichi Folksong FestivalAug 3-7 (with Pre FestivalGospel Concert Aug 2)City of Miramichi, NBFive days of authentic, traditionaland contemporary folk music.New Brunswick Day breakfast,noon luncheons, evening concerts,story telling workshop,children’s show, and dinner/theatre (based on 50 years of theFolk festival). Opening concert tofeature internationally-acclaimedfolk singer Edith Butler andfiddler Samantha Robichaud.Performers are local, provincal,maritime, national and international.Weekly pass includes allshows, except breakfast and noonluncheons. Daily tickets are alsoavailable. Children under 12 accompaniedwith a parent are admittedfree for Tuesday to Thursdayevening concerts, excludingbreakfast and noon luncheons.506-622-1780 or 506-623-2150www.miramichifolksongfestival.comMontreal Baroque FestivalJun 25-28Old Montreal, QCPurcell’s The Fairy Queen,Dido & Aeneas, Arise my Muse,Anthems, Fantasias, are someof the delights of “Death ByChocolate”, the 7th edition ofMontreal Baroque. Add to thatan evening of baroque dance &music in the magnificent ChâteauRamezay, the Montreal debut ofthe renowned Flanders RecorderQuartet, artists such as DanielTaylor, Suzie LeBlanc, NathanielWatson, Harry v.d. Kamp, MonikaMauch & Les Voix Humaines,and an opportunity to taste someof the best chocolate and join aparade! A rendez-vous not to bemissed!1-514-845-7171 or 1-866-845-7171www.montrealbaroque.comMuhtadi InternationalDrumming FestivalJun 6-7Queen’s Park, Toronto, ONThis year, the Muhtadi InternationalDrumming Festival, atwo-day event that celebrates thedrum as a global symbol of culturalunity, will commemorate its10th anniversary in Toronto. ThisLast June at the TDCanada Trust Toronto Jazz FestivalThe Elmer Iseler Singers will appear at Stratford Summer Music July percussion-based event is thelargest of its kind in Canada, offeringover 30 live performancesthat represent more than a dozendifferent world cultures, as wellas drumming workshops for alltastes and experience levels. Thisyear’s festival features favouritesGurpreet Chana (The TablaGuy), Samba Squad, HummingbirdTassa Group, Njacko Backo,Baro Dununba, Archie Alleyne,and festival newcomers SteáfánHannigan, Mexicree, and KahilEl’Zabar.Music at Port MilfordJul 19 - Aug 16St. Mary Magdalene Church,Picton, ONMusic at Port Milford SummerFestival and Music School celebratesits 23rd season. Fridayevening performances featurethe Tokai Quartet, WindermereString Quartet, and Port MilfordFaculty Artists with Marie Berard,Concert Master of The CanadianOpera Company. Seasonpass , Single Ticket . Visit“The County” and experienceworld class music in a locationknown for its exquisite beaches,historic homes, bike tours, antiques,and vineyards. Free studentperformances of chamber,orchestral and choral works at2pm on Saturdays at the historicPort Milford site.613-476 7647 or 613-476-7735www.mpmcamp.orgMusic at SharonJun 7, 14, 21, 28 and Jul 5Sharon Temple, Sharon, ONBring a picnic, stroll the spaciouslawns surrounding the historicSharon Temple, then enjoy greatmusic--in a location quite closeto Toronto that feels far away!Music at Sharon returns this summer,presenting five concerts onSunday afternoons at 3:00 p.m.Highlights include pianist AntonKuerti playing Beethoven’s DiabelliVariations preceded by hisillustrative talk, and pianistNikolai Demidenko in an all-Romanticprogram of Schumann andChopin. Also mezzo KrisztinaSzabó singing popular and folksongs transformed by great composers;the Elmer Iseler Singersin Peter Togni’s acclaimed Lamentationsof Jeremiah and JohnBeckwith’s Sharon Fragments;and The Nathaniel Dett Choralesinging “Songs of Uplift”.416-597-7840www.sharontemple.caMusique RoyaleMay-SepVarious towns in Nova ScotiaMusique Royale is a summertimecelebration of Nova Scotia’s musicalheritage. A cross-provincefestival, now in its 24th season,Musique Royale brings performancesof early and traditionalmusic to settings of historic andcultural significance in communitiesranging from the small fishingtowns of the South Shore tothe magnificent highlands of CapeBreton. This season we are proudto present over 30 concerts andevents featuring artists of local,national, and international renown.Wherever you are in NovaScotia this summer, MusiqueRoyale has a concert for you!902-634-9994www.musiqueroyale.comOttawa International ChamberMusic Festival – Chamberfest 09Jul 25 - Aug 8Ottawa, ONThe Ottawa Chamber MusicSociety presents the 16th OttawaInternational ChamberMusic Festival, featuring chambermusic of the highest possibleartistic standard. Chamberfest 09offers over 90 indoor and outdoorconcerts performed by over 25048 WWW.THEWHOLENOTE.COM JUNE 1 - JULY 7, 2009

internationally renowned artists.Venues include some of the city’smost beautiful churches, museums,and heritage sites that willimpress new fans and aficionadosalike. This year’s headliners includeJames Ehnes, Jon KimuraParker, Donna Brown, GryphonTrio, the St. Lawrence StringQuartet and Anton Kuerti.613-234-6306www.chamberfest.comPrince Edward CountyJazz FestivalAug 18 - 23Regent Theatre and other venues,Prince Edward County, ONCentered around the historicRegent Theatre in Picton, andat various wineries, bistros andart galleries throughout PrinceEdward County, this year’sjazz festival will be six days ofpure, mainstream jazz. WithCarol Welsman and Guido Bassoopening the Regent Theatre concertseries, it promises to be afabulous event. Also appearingduring the festival will be someof Canada’s premier jazz musiciansincluding Oliver Jones,Chet Doxas, Hilario Duran, RobiBotos, Lorraine Desmarais andMark Eisenman. In addition, thefestival’s 2008 Rising Young Star(courtesy Ken Page MemorialTrust), Daniel Jamieson, will bereturning with his quintet.613-476-8416 x28www.pecjazz.orgPrince Edward CountyMusic FestivalSep 17-19The Church of St. MaryMagdalene, Picton, ONBridging the Old and the New!Festival artistic director and pianistStéphane Lemelin welcomesCanadian Andrew MacDonald,resident composer-in-residenceand recognized classical/electricguitarist. The Penderecki StringQuartet returns with guest artistsJames Campbell (clarinet), DavidCurrie (double-bass), NormandForget (oboe), and Joseph Petric(accordion). Veronica Tennantnarrates a piece composed forher by MacDonald, Green Stepsin Sunshine, Friday evening at7:30 p.m. Saturday daytime familyconcerts at 10:00 a.m. withJoseph Petric. JAMMING! withJames Campbell and AndrewMacDonald at 2:00 p.m. at Books& Company, Picton.Evening Concerts: Single /Student Festival Pass: / Student Saturday Daytime Concert: Family / Adult / Child .Free Admission with Festival Pass613-393-3798www.pecmusicfestival.comStratford Summer Music –9th SeasonJul 20 - Aug 16Venues in downtown Stratford,Avon River Flats, Tom PattersonIsland, Knox PresbyterianChurch, Church Restaurant,MusicBarge, Pazzo Ristorante,St. Andrew’s Church.Stratford Summer Music is Stratford’sother festival. This ninthseason continues the tradition ofpresenting performances by greatCanadian and international artistsat concerts and events bothindoors and along the beautifulAvon River parkland. Amongthis summer’s artists are the internationallyacclaimed sopranoIsabel Bayrakdarian featuredin a five-concert Portrait; theGrammy-nominated organistCameron Carpenter who willbe making his Canadian debut;and Andrew Gant, composer/conductor of Her Majesty QueenElizabeth’s Chapel Royal Choir,London, who will deliver threelectures with music on Purcell,Handel and Mendelssohn (each ofwhom composed for, or sang in,the sovereign’s choir in his ownday). For the nighttime crowds,there are3 four weekends of guitarjazz at Pazzo Ristorante andthe Saturday Night Live Cabaretsat The Church Restaurant. WorldMusic groups and barbershopquartets perform most days atnoon on the MusicBarge. TheOLG Bluegrass Blowout willcelebrate Simcoe Day in Augustwith a six-hour concert by Ontario’sfinest bluegrass ensembles.Bach’s Coffee Cantata takes flightmost appropriately at Balzac’sCafé and the RBC Festival Finalesalutes US heroes Martin LutherKing and Barack Obama with theNathaniel Dett Chorale, LincolnAlexander and Jackie Richardson.Music for everyone presented inone of Canada’s most beautifulsummer spots!1-519-273-1600 or 1-800-567-1600www.stratfordsummermusic.caMORE FESTIVALS ON PAGE 52 JUNE 1 - JULY 7, 2009 WWW.THEWHOLENOTE.COM 49

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