INDIAN RIVER - The Indian River Festival will launch its 23rd season with an open house on June 8.
The festival offers folk, jazz, blues, roots, classical, choral, traditional, and contemporary music all in the acoustically perfect St. Mary’s Church.
The special open house on Friday at 1 p.m., is free and features local music and food. Opening ceremonies start at 1:30 p.m. with special guests and musical performances and local restaurants offering food samples.
“If you have never been to St. Mary’s Church, this is your chance to come see this incredible venue and hear what is in store for the summer season,” said Don Quarles, executive director of the festival. “We want everyone to come and enjoy local music and food and be one of the first to step foot inside beautiful historic St. Mary’s before the season starts.”
The event will feature pianist Sarah Hagen, P.E.I. native Christine Campbell, and more.
Food samplings will be provided by Samuels Coffee House, Open Eats, Island Stone Pub, Broadway 45, The Table, O'Neil Home Gallery and Café and more.
The lineup of artists for the 2018 Indian River Festival summer season is set. It includes Sarah Slean with the Atlantic String Machine, Michael Kaeshammer, The Sirens, Lennie Gallant, Amanda Jackson, Mike Biggar, Payadora Tango Ensemble, Chris Norman, Trio Tangere, Justin Nozuka, The Sweet Lowdown, Marc Djokic & Isabel Bayrakdarian, Dave Carroll, Dennis & Kinley, The Ennis Sisters, Meaghan Blanchard, Nick Doneff, Alicia Toner, Hillsburn, Ensemble Made in Canada and much more.
All summer concerts takes place in St. Mary’s Church on Hamilton Road in Indian River and doors open one hour prior to concert time. Guests are encouraged to arrive early, enjoy a drink and conversation in the pavilion beside the church, “then relax and find out why everyone says music breathes here,” added Quarles.
The festival has received many accolades throughout the years including a Music P.E.I. Award for Achievement in Classical Music, several ECMA nominations for event and venue of the year, twice named in the Globe and Mail as one of the best small summer classical music festivals in Canada, and most recently was listed as one of the top summer classical music festivals in Canada by CBC Music and was a nominee for medium-size festival of the year with Music Canada Live.
Tickets for all concerts are available via the IndianRiverFestival.com website, Ticketpro website, by calling 1-888-311-9090 or by calling or visiting the box office or calling 902-836-3733.