Festival of the Sound celebrates 35 years of music

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Every July and August, Parry Sound celebrates a the Festival of the Sound, is now in it's 35 year.  The three-week (mostly) chamber music festival along with an influx of classical music lovers from all over the world.  This music festival started in 1979 when Anton Kuerti (pianist) purchased a cottage in the area, and invited some of his musician friends to play at one of three concerts he organized.

1980 was the official beginning of the Festival of the Sound, with Mr. Kuerti as the Director. Five years later, James Campbell (clarinet) joined as the Artistic Director, and still holds that position.

The Festival has twice received the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for the Arts; CBC Radio has recorded concerts and TV Ontario has filmed programs – all of which attests to the caliber of programming that occurs.

Originally held in the Parry Sound High School gymnasium, the Festival moved to the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts (named for the principal benefactor of the project) in 2003. Built from natural stone and wood from the area, the Stockey Centre is located on Georgian Bay, which offers a spectacular setting to the beautiful music played here.

Since opening, 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast has been pleased to host some of the famous musicians from around the world that have played at this festival. String quartets, singers, violinists, cellists, choirs, orchestras and musicians-in-residence are featured every year.

In addition to concerts, special events such as the Opera Gala, boat cruises, masked balls and concerts held in some of the most beautiful spaces in Parry Sound – such as Tower Hill, and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.

Being such a popular music festival, tickets go quickly. You can view the program and purchase tickets on-line or become a member of the Festival of the Sound and receive preliminary programs in the mail.

40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast still has some vacancies during the Festival – please check to to see if we have a room available for you!


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