The Festival of the Sound is back in Parry Sound

If you’re a music lover, you might want to drive a few hours down the highway to Parry Sound for the Festival of the Sound.

The festival returns this summer from July 17th to 31st with personalized offerings ranging from classical to jazz to folk music. The full brochure for the 2022 festival is available here.

The Festival of the Sound is a world-renowned chamber and classical music festival in scenic Parry Sound.

Founded in 1979 by pianist Anton Kuerti, the festival has grown to three weeks and dozens of concerts, including weekends of jazz and folk music.

Concerts are held at the Charles W. Stockey Centre, with special events such as cruises and master classes utilizing other local venues such as the Island Queen Cruise Ship or the Festival Station Office.

Artists featured include the Elmer Iseler Singers, Canadian Brass, David Jalbert and more.

This year’s folk cruises on Island Queen include a Celtic Cruise with Poor Angus, an acclaimed five-piece band from Hamilton, on July 11 and The Marigolds, a roots music group made up of an incredible singer-songwriter trio , on July 18th.

As part of the jazz lineup, the Blues Cruise will present Jackson Delta, a Juno-nominated Peterborough acoustic blues trio, on July 25th and to close out the festival, the incomparable Dave Young Quartet will be on board on July 31st.

The festival also presents a range of inclusive and family-friendly offerings.

This includes a sensory-friendly concert on Friday, July 22 at 11 a.m in the Sound Community Hub.

The event is held in partnership with Xenia Concerts, a Toronto-based organization dedicated to making concerts accessible and sensory-friendly to meet the needs of audiences traditionally excluded from live classical music experiences.

Featuring the Rolston String Quartet, this concert is designed to be family friendly, especially for the neurodiverse and disability communities in and around Parry Sound. The concert lasts about an hour and includes works by Augusta Read Thomas, Mykola Lysenko, Gabriela Lena Frank and Franz Joseph Haydn.

This show is offered to the public free of charge, but registration is required. For more information on accessibility features and how to attend the concert, visit the event page, which can be found here.

Also new this year is a partnership with the Parry Sound Public Library. Chamber Kids is a new series of free family concerts combined with an instrument petting zoo.

With the help of Long & McQuade North Bay, the Festival and Parry Sound Public Library presents these events with a range of instruments available for children and families to try out. The event will take place on July 19th on the ground floor of the Parry Sound Public Library and July 26 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Donations to the Parry Sound Friendship Center are gratefully accepted.

In addition to the free family concerts, the festival is offering $5 admission tickets to all elementary and high school students, as well as a 50 percent discount ticket for an accompanying adult. These 50 percent discounted tickets are also available for 17 to 35 year olds.

Other free events include the long-running Bands on the Bay performances on Tuesday nights at 6pm on the Stockey Center Deck, with Quatuor Despax on July 19th and the Fretless on July 26th.

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