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Indian River Festival features concerts from folk, jazz, blues and roots to classical, choral, traditional and contemporary

The Indian River Festival has announced the artists for its 2019 summer season.

The festival, now in its 24th year, includes the best in folk, jazz, blues, roots, classical, choral, traditional and contemporary music – all in the acoustically perfect Historic St. Mary’s Church in Indian River.

The lineup of artists for 2019 summer season includes Jeremy Dutcher, Tracy Cantin, The Once, Brett Polegato, Catherine MacLellan, VC2 Cello Duo, David Myles, Ironwood Quartet, The Fretless, French Squeeze, Rose Cousins, Indian River Festival Chorus, The Small Glories, Saskatoon Children’s Choir, Dmitri Levkovich and Agne Radzeviciute, Scandinavian String Alliance, Lina Boudreau, Pro Coro, Shari Ulrich, Bach Sonatas with Mark Fewer and Hank Knox and more.

thoughts turn to the wonders of summertime in Canada, I feel pulled towards the shores of Malpeque Bay on beautiful P.E.I. with increasing excitement surrounding the upcoming season of delights at the Indian River Festival," said artistic director Robert Kortgaard.

"Our fabulous team has been working through the year to get the brightest and best in multiple musical genres lined up for another great summer."

All summer concerts take place in St. Marys' Church on Hamilton Road in Indian River and doors open one hour prior to concert time. Everyone is encouraged to arrive early, enjoy a drink and conversation in the pavilion and then relax and find out why everyone says that music breathes in this P.E.I. location.

"Our awe-inspiring venue has never looked better. The adjacent pavilion provides a convivial setting for a cool drink and conversation with music lovers from far and wide who have come to know that an IRF experience is second to none,” says Kortgaard.

“The best Canadian musicians love to be inspired by the amazing acoustics, the beauty of the surrounding area and the warmth of the Island hospitality. You will be, too.”

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, being named twice in the Globe and Mail as one of the best small summer classical music festivals in Canada and, most recently, a listing as one of the top summer classical music festival’s in Canada by CBC Music.

Even though regular tickets are not on sale until April 2, the festival is releasing artist names now so music lovers can take advantage of the savings from packages for multiple concerts.

"Although some restrictions apply to our packages, savings are incredible,” says Don Quarles, executive director of the festival. “In fact, regular single tickets buyers are purchasing packages, as they found they attended several concerts last year and know they are going to do the same in 2019. The good news is, if you don't use the tickets yourself, you can give to family or friends so they, too, can enjoy the Indian River festival experience.”

Did you know?

  • The 2019 Indian River Festival season will start with a special open house on June 7 at 1 p.m., which is free and available to the community to attend. There will be several open stage events for performers wishing to have the opportunity to grace the stage in Historic St. Mary's Church.
  • For festival tickets, visit, the Ticketpro website, call 1888-311-9090 or by call or visit the festival office in Kensington, 902-836-4933.


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