Collingwood Summer Music Festival announces June live broadcasts and July Family Days


The June series features special guest RH Thomson, the Canadian actor who played Jasper Dale on Road to Avonlea and Matthew Cuthbert in Anne with an E


It’s been a journey to find unique ways to present a major musical event during a pandemic and the Collingwood Summer Music Festival has evolved with the changes to meet the challenge. The festival is pleased to announce additional activities to enrich an already exhilarating program.

The family day’s programming is now in place with music that will appeal to both young and old music lovers alike. On Sunday, July 11, the day begins at 10 a.m. with free musical activities for preschoolers taking place outside on the lawn, helping them learn the basics of music.

In the afternoon, the open-air open-air concert features living folk legend Jerry Gray of The Travelers, leading audiences through the song This Land Is Your Land among other favorites.

It is followed by a local favorite, Shipyard Kitchen Party – the folk / pop singing group inspired by Canadiana.

The evening concludes with an outdoor screening of the 2018 Canadian Screen Award winner “Rumble: The Indians Who Shaped the World”, preceded by a live chat with film producer Stevie Salas. Learn more about these events (and buy tickets for two of them) in line.

Daniel Vnukowski, Artistic Director of the Collingwood Summer Music Festival, is excited to work with a commercial indoor film production team, sound engineer and outdoor film screening team. He’s excited about the creative possibilities this has brought to fruition for this year’s performances:

“This year we are embracing technology in ways we never thought possible! We are delighted to partner with two incredible local painters – Bill Franks and Shandelle McCurdie – whose pre-recorded painting sessions will be shown on the big screen behind two of our live concerts this summer, ”said Vnukowski. “One of our musical artists will be connecting live from Rome and we are also experimenting with time-lapse photography for unique cinematic visuals. It will be an unforgettable year!

Additionally, throughout the month of June, there will be a series of pre-Midsummer Festival live broadcasts with four events online:

  • Wednesday June 16 at 7 p.m. – Fundraiser for the Actors Fund of Canada with RH Thomson (only once and will not be archived)
  • Saturday June 19 at 3 p.m. – Piano recital Franz Schubert
  • Wednesday June 23 at 7 p.m. – In the footsteps of Chopin with Dr Alan Walker (only once and it will not be archived)
  • Saturday June 26 at 3 p.m. – Piano recital Frédéric Chopin

Details and artist biographies for each summer solstice event can be found on the Collingwood Summer Music Festival website.

From Saturday July 10 to Friday July 16, in its second season, the Collingwood Summer Music Festival 2021 will present a unique live music experience, which includes a wide range of artists, including musicians nominated for the Juno and Grammy Awards, in which merge classic masterpieces with contemporary novelties. This year, the festival features six brilliant Indigenous artists, three Canadian premieres, two acclaimed poets and several engaging activities for young people.

Music lovers are invited to enjoy a series of evening concerts projected live on a giant 40-foot-wide, three-story screen located in the large parking lot of the New Life Church. Each concert is preceded by a live question-and-answer session with the artists.

You can find information about tickets and the festival program on the Collingwood Summer Music Festival website.



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