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.


Monday July 20th features the Dixie Demons on the Island Queen with a tribute to the traditional jazz of New Orleans. Earlier in the day is a movie and talk about what life is like being a member of a string quartet.

On Tuesday, the focus is on harps, while Wednesday features the music of Brahms at various stages of his career.

As the week progresses, the program gets more eclectic with Suzanne Shulman’s flute featured in the first concert on Thursday; the Cecilia String Quartet at 3:30 and the evening performance featuring the works of Beethoven and Schubert.

Friday offers the opportunity to see a Sinfonia Concertante, which is a mixture of symphony and concerto. The concerto allows members of a symphony orchestra to appear as prominent soloists, while at the same time they blend in as a part of the ensemble. The evening features pianist Andre Laplante in recital.

Saturday July 25 offers an evening of “swing” jazz, with the Stockey Centre set up as a cabaret.

Patrons are offered a wonderful opportunity to experience the Canadian National Brass Project, conducted by Festival favourite, James Sommerville. This unique concert features 20 top brass players from 10 Canadian orchestras and is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion.

Before jumping into the car to catch a concert, check out the Festival of the Sound’s website to make sure tickets are still available. If they are, 40 Bay Street B&B is just a short stroll down the street from the Stockey Centre where all this great music is being showcased..

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