Parry Sound has All that Jazz!

The Festival of the Sound has always featured a Jazz Weekend; however, based on the feedback from last year’s patrons, they have expanded the program to include more jazz performances.daveyoung

On Monday July 20th, enjoy three great events all rolled together! Take a cruise on the Island Queen and watch the beautiful Georgian Bay sun set accompanied by Dixieland Jazz, supplied by the Dixie Demons.

The Dixie Demons got their start in 1984 at Humber College, when Dan Douglas – a trombonist – was asked to put together a band for a school function. Three decades later, this Toronto-based band continues to play traditional jazz both as the Dixie Demons and independent freelancers in many different groups.

On Saturday July 20th “Benny meets Artie” – when Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman were all the rage – and rivals! Artie Shaw was known as the king of the clarinet, while Benny Goodman held the title of “King of Swing”. Clarinetists Bob DeAngelis and James Campbell join Gene DiNovi on the piano while Dave Young supplies the bass.

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Looking for a laid-back way to see Georgian Bay?

The M.V. Chippewa III boat cruise is one of the hidden secrets of Georgian Bay! A former Maid-of-the Mist, built in 1955 in Owen Sound (also located on Georgian Bay); the boat came to Parry Sound in 1995.MV Chippewa III


Running from July 1st until Labour Day, this ship offers a variety of different excursions, depending on the day of the week.

Located directly across the road from 40 Bay Street B&B, if you have stayed here before, you have more than likely seen the green and yellow Chippewa III, as well as the red and white lighthouse ticket booth.

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The Festival of the Sound is ready to go!

What has 56 events, 64 musicians and 18 ensembles and takes place in Parry Sound every summer? The Festival of the Sound, of course! Festival of the Sound Jamie Sommerville

This internationally acclaimed classical music festival, now in it’s 36th season is posed to open on Friday July 17th. To find out more about the Festival and the opening weekend, please find the details HERE.

After a wonderful kick-off to the summer with their Canada Day Cruise (my guests from Germany thought it was absolutely wonderful), the staff are working hard to bring all those final details together.

This year’s entire program was planned around suggestions from last year’s patrons’ on what their favourite chamber pieces were. They received more than 193 suggestions, making for a very interesting program of music, movies, musical boat cruises and talks.


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Celebrate Canada Day in Parry Sound!

Canada Day occurs on July 1st, the anniversary of Canada’s confederation in 1867. Canadians commemorate the day with parades, fireworks, cookouts, and concerts. And no one does Canada Day better than Parry Sound.fireworks Canada Day Parry Sound

According to Environment Canada, the weather will be great – a mix of sun and clouds and a high of 23 degrees.

Starting at 11:00 at the Stockey Centre, there are activities for the whole family. From a kid’s zone to food and craft vendors, music comes in many forms throughout the afternoon. You can pull up a seat on the patio and enjoy everything from a pipe and drum corps starting at noon to local fiddlers “The Terry Little Band”. Later in the afternoon is a blues trio; and in the evening enjoy Just4Kix with their special mix of rock. During the fireworks, music will be supplied by the Sunny Slope Bootleggers.

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