The SweetWater Music Festival showcases the best musicians from across Canada and beyond performing classical, jazz, and contemporary music.

For over 18 years, SweetWater, based in Owen Sound and Meaford, Ontario, has treated audiences to four days of outstanding performances during its annual September Festival in a beautiful, rural setting on Georgian Bay.

Throughout the year, SweetWater’s special concert events spotlight some of Canada’s top musicians as well as emerging, aspiring artists during the Next Wave Showcase. Since 2020, SweetWater has also launched several online musical experiences.

Audiences are always treated to one-of-a-kind, intimate and cutting-edge musical experiences that engage the mind and spirit.

SweetWater also captivates and enriches its local community by spreading the joy of music. From musicians visiting local schools to an annual community play along, SweetWater is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of musicians and audiences.

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July in January

  • July in January 2022

    SweetWater Music Festival presents

    Rosebud String Quartet with Julie Hereish

    Music from SweetWater’s 2021 September festival with the Rosebud String Quartet and guest cellist Julie Hereish in a program that includes Britten’s first string quartet, Canadian composer Carmen Braden’s The Raven Conspiracy, and the first movement of Schubert’s beloved cello quintet.

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  • July in January 2022 – Featured Artists

    Rosebud String Quartet

    The Rosebud String Quartet was formed in 2013 in Rosebud, Alberta at the inaugural Rosebud Chamber Music Festival, an annual summertime chamber music showcase in the Alberta Badlands. Comprised of principal players from the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company and National Ballet of Canada, the RSQ performs regularly in various Toronto-based series and chamber music festivals across Canada. Upcoming projects include an album of Haydn and Mozart chamber music with violist Steven Dann and appearances at Toronto Summer Music, Ottawa Chamberfest, Sweetwater Music Festival, and Rosebud Chamber Music Festival.

    Aaron Schwebel, violin
    Sheila Jaffé, violin
    Keith Hamm, viola
    Leana Rutt, cello

  • Julie Hereish, Cello

    Hereish studied the cello in her native city Montreal and in Vienna, Austria. She’s currently the assistant principal cello for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (a position she previously held with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra). Hereish co-founded the piano quartet Quatuor Philanthros and the cello octet Élément 8. She has performed across Canada as well as at various chamber music festivals including Music By The Sea, Rosebud Chamber Music Festival, and Rockport Music Festival. She has also joined the Canadian Opera Company as a guest continuo cellist and has been a feature performer at SweetWater since 2019.