During the summer of 2021, the Collingwood Music Festival introduced a series of drive-in events, in which each concert was projected live onto a massive 40-foot wide, 3-storey high screen positioned outdoors at our venue’s spacious parking lot. Ticket patrons tuned into their car radios to capture the accompanying audio of each performance, which was professionally engineered by Dave Burnham. We also provided livestreams of each event for those wishing to enjoy the concerts from home, partnering with a local film production team – Mountain Goat Film Productions.
The festival’s hybrid model allowed us to expand our audience reach and heighten their engagement with the events, by combining traditional concerts with the many of the remarkable technological feats available to us. Multimedia enhancements included the projection of painting sessions set to music with two local painters and the time-lapse photography of our nearby Saugeen First Nations Reserve. Prior to the start of each performance, we also facilitated lively Q&A discussions together with the participating artists and encouraged audience participation in the form of chat boxes and telephone inquiries.
2021 Collingwood Music Festival Highlights
- A Woman’s Love, in which modern poet Vera Pavlova shared the stage live with her daughter, the soprano Natalia Pavlova, tuning in from Rome;
- The Powerhouse Trio, featuring Mayumi Seiler on violin, Angela Park on piano and Cris Derksen on electric cello. This performance included Derksen’s moving composition that combined Indigenous folklore with the urban frenzy of electronic beats;
- The heartfelt, poignant poetry of Dr. Duke Redbird, whose poem “Stolen Children, Stolen Souls” brought tears to our eyes;
- A screening of the award-winning movie, Rumble: The Indians who Rocked the World, which was our greatest box office success at the drive-in.
July in January 2022
Collingwood Summer Music Festival presents
The finale of Collingwood’s 2021 summer festival, with Ravel’s Shéhérazade alongside twentieth-century Lebanese songs and many other jewels of the East. Featured performers include Joyce El-Khoury (soprano), Serouj Kradjian (piano), Joseph Petric (accordion), Kathleen Kajioka (violin), Jesse Dietschi (double bass), Naghmeh Farahmand (percussion), and Bill Franks (painter).
July in January 2022
Shéhérazade – Featured Artists
Joyce El-Khoury (soprano)
Serouj Kradjian (piano)
Joseph Petric (accordion)
Kathleen Kajioka (violin)
Jesse Dietschi (double bass)
Naghmeh Farahmand (percussion)
Bill Franks (painter)