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Festival of the Sound delivers high-calibre classical music concerts over the last two weeks of July in Parry Sound, Ont. (Pictured here is cellist Cameron Crozman.)MARK S. RASH

Get ready for festivals that fill the air with sounds of classical compositions, jazz, folk and more

Throughout the GTA and beyond, musicians are tuning up for the season. At the Toronto Summer Music (TSM) Festival, this year’s theme is inspiration and fans can come out to see world-class classical musicians, as well as eclectic artists in different genres. Thanks to the curation of artistic director Jonathan Crow, this year’s lineup includes international performers, stars of tomorrow, amateur musicians, kids’ concerts and free events.

“People come to our festival because they love the music as well as the social aspect. Some say it feels like going to summer camp and others say it is like connecting with family,” explains Vanessa Goymour, Toronto Summer Music executive director.

Are you ready to engage? Check these listings.

Toronto Summer Music

July 7-30

Venues: Koerner Hall, Walter Hall, Isabel Bader Theatre, Heliconian Hall, Lula Lounge and more.

Music Niagara Festival 2022

June 18-August 20

Originally known as the Niagara International Chamber Music Festival, the festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., now offers a diverse variety of performers and musical styles. This year’s lineup includes Susan Aglukark, Trio Kyiv and the Elmer Iseler Singers. Concerts will be presented in a number of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s iconic spaces.

Venues: Unique and intimate settings.

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Jonathan Crow, artistic director of Toronto Summer Music Festival (centre) with fellow classical musicians.RYAN CHIU

Stratford Summer Music 2022

July 21-August 14

City spaces and entertainment venues in the theatre town of Stratford, Ont., will showcase 46 performances ranging from classical, jazz and folk, to DJ events. World in a Weekend is the biggest draw, running from Aug. 4-7 and featuring outdoor concerts and puppetry, including free events.

Venues: Revival House, The Avondale, Musicbarge, Stratford Market Square, Gallery Stratford.

Westben Open-Air Summer Festival

July 1-31

Located outside of Campbellford, Ont., this rural destination offers a festival of 25 concerts with classical, jazz, folk, fiddle, Indigenous and rock music, plus comedy. Performers include Ofra Harnoy, Canadian Brass and Natalie MacMaster. The main stage is a 400-seat barn with state-of-the art acoustics, and new spaces include a grassy amphitheatre and an evening firepit.

Venues: The Barn, Willow Hill, and Campfire.

Elora Festival

July 8-24

This summer, the village of Elora, Ont., will ring with the sounds of 30 concerts by world-class choirs and vocal ensembles including the Elora Singers, international guest artists and celebrated Canadian musicians. The festival also features solo performers, world music, small ensembles and mainstage attractions.

Venues: Gambrel Barn and other sites throughout the village.

Festival of the Sound

July 17-31

The first week of this Parry Sound, Ont., celebration features world-class, award-winning classical Canadian pianists while the second week focuses on choral music. There will be five sunset folk music cruises offered on Georgian Bay and the festival wraps up with the Jazz Canada weekend.

Venue: The Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts.

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