During the summer of 1979, renowned pianist Anton Kuerti organized three concerts by outstanding Canadian musicians. The enthusiastic response to these programs inspired him to propose an annual concert series. In 1985, James Campbell began his tenure as the Festival’s second Artistic Director, a position he still holds with distinction.

Initially held in the gymnasium of the local high school, the Festival has grown from a two-week Festival in one venue with a budget of $60,000 in 1980 to a three-week Festival held in multiple venues in 2019 with a budget of $760,000. 

In 2003, the Festival of the Sound got its home, the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts, on the Georgian Bay waterfront. With a desire to share its love for music with the local community, the Festival launched its innovative and highly successful school music program, Music Scores, in 2005. 

Since 2016, the Festival has annually been named one of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals and Events by Festivals and Events Ontario. The Festival of the Sound is proud to have presented an acclaimed world-class chamber music festival on the spectacular Georgian Bay for over forty years. 

Due to the pandemic, programming transitioned to a virtual platform.  In the face of adversity, the Festival adapted and responded creatively to fulfill its mission: to deliver a celebration of classical music for the enrichment of audiences and artists of all ages.

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  • July in January 2022

    Festival of the Sound presents

    This is Our Sound!

    Festival of the Sound’s 2021 summer festival finale, This is Our Sound! features an eclectic program with excerpts of many beloved works, including Beethoven’s Septet in Eb major, Op. 20, Bach’s second cello suite, Dvorak’s piano quintet, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and more.

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  • July in January 2022

    Featured Works and Artists


    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Septet in Eb Major, Op. 20
    Tempo di Menuetto
    Tema con Variazioni

    Mark Fewer, violin; Hezekiah Leung, viola; Bryan Cheng, cello; Joel Quarrington, bass; James Campbell, clarinet; Kathleen McLean, bassoon; Ken MacDonald, horn

    J.S. BACH: Prelude from Cello Suite No.2 in D minor BWV1008
    Cameron Crozman, cello

    ANTONIN DVORAK: Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81
    Allegro, ma non tanto
    Daniel Tselyakov, piano, Rolston String Quartet

    TIM CORLIS: Sounding Thunder “The Song of Francis Pegamagabow” with script by Armand Garnet Ruffo
    Brian D. Mclnnes, narrator; Jodi Contin-Baker, singer; Waawaate Fobister, actor; Jennifer Kreisberg, singer; Larry Beckwith, conductor; Mark Fewer, violin; Bev Johnston, percussion; Guy Few, trumpet; Rachel Thomas, trombone; James Campbell, clarinet; James Mckay, bassoon; Joel Quarrington, bass

    GENE DINOVI: “Song for the Sound” (world premiere) composed July 2021
    Gene DiNovi, piano; James Campbell, clarinet

    GIOCCOMO ROSSINI: Duetto for cello and bass in D Major
    Bryan Cheng, cello; Joel Quarrington, bass

    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART:  “Protegga il giusto cielo” (Don Giovanni)

    LUIGI DENZA: Finiculi, Finicula
    Leslie Fagan, soprano; Colin Ainsworth, tenor; Krisztina Szabo, mezzo soprano; Guy Few, piano