From Kensington, Arioso sings for the love of singing and have been called a “ladies double trio vocal group”. The group is comprised of six singers and one pianist who sing a variety of folk, sacred, secular, classics and popular music.
Men of the Harvest
Men of The Harvest is a multi-denominational men’s choir formed in the fall of 2013, under the direction of Bonnie LaFrance. Since that time, Men of The Harvest have shared the unique strength and power of the male voice with audiences throughout PEI. Old favorites and contemporary pieces laden with harmony have warmed the hearts of the appreciative audiences.
Keep track of the Men of The Harvest’s schedule by following their page on Facebook.
Black Umfolosi is a self taught Acappella (Imbube) singing and traditional dance group that was formed in 1982 by the then school age members who wanted to develop themselves and contribute to their community. Specialising in imbube music, gumboot dance and Zulu dance, Black Umfolosi has toured extensively nationally and internationally –Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and Asia. They have represented Zimbabwe at international events such as Expo 1992 in Seville, Spain and the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada.
Fortunate Ones is a Juno nominated, Canadian Folk Music Award winning folk-pop duo made up of singer/pianist/accordion player Catherine Allan and singer/guitarist Andrew James O’Brien– endearing audiences with wide-eyed energy, pragmatic optimism, and an earnest mission for connection.
Fortunate Ones’ debut album THE BLISS soars – spinning memorable, singable choruses about things we all need to remember. Produced by multi award winning East coast producer
Daniel Ledwell, the tracks boast inventive, rich layers and rhythms, beneath the duo’s distinct, emotive vocals. The album features guest appearances by East Coast favorites Jenn Grant,
Don Brownrigg, and Kinley Dowling. Two singles from the album, The Bliss & Lay Me Down hit #1 on CBC Radio 2 and Fortunate Ones were selected for the inaugural Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class program, have received 3 Canadian Folk Music Award nominations and 7 Music Newfoundland & Labrador Award nominations.
Popular ECMA-nominated string ensemble, the Atlantic String Machine, returns to St. Mary’s to join forces with our very own Indian River Festival Chorus for an uplifting programme of classic and cross-over gems.
With Kelsea McLean conducting and Andrea Ellis on piano, the Indian River Festival Choir is a 40 member chorus and they are looking forward to another performance at Historic St. Mary’s.
A reworking of Joe Sealy’s JUNO-winning recording Africville Suite (1996)
Enjoy an afternoon touring through a variety of beautiful, welcoming homes on Prince Edward Island’s breath-taking North Shore. Come with friends or family and join us for a fun afternoon in support of the Indian River Festival! Tickets are available as “tour only” or “tour with lunch”. “Tour with lunch” tickets must be purchased by Thursday, July 13 @ 5pm.
Lunch details TBA
The Houses (more t0 be announced soon)
Around the Sea – Rotating House
Overlooking PEI’s National Park Beach, the 5000 sq ft, two story home (plus 3000 sq ft basement) has four 625 sq ft condo rental suites on the main level and the entire house rotates slowly throughout the day to give every suite an ocean view! Every guest that stay over here, enjoy a welcome basket filled with local food, drinks & treats to eat in their kitchen, on your 50′ deck while enjoying the sun, or taking to the beach via their own private path.
*NOTE: Tours for this space are at 12noon & 3pm only.
Lynn and Jack Coffey wanted to meld the charm of an Anne of Green Gables abode with modern conveniences and large windows to frame their spectacular view of the Southwest River. Their goal was accomplished through the architectural design and skilled workmanship of their good friend, Dan Foley, and the construction expertise of Scott Costain of Summerside. The house is situated on about 40 acres of land that includes old growth forest, pasture for horses, and a panoramic view of rolling hills, farm fields, and the river. The house incorporates several environmental features to maximize energy efficiency. The attention to detail in design can be seen in such features as the living and dining rooms being set down two feet so that someone standing in the kitchen still has an unobstructed view. The house is a showcase to some of the couple’s equine art, some of which is actually built into the interior design, like horse finials for the staircase and cabinet knobs.
Montgomery Inn at Ingleside
Come see Act II, this 140 year old house has been beautifully restored to a 4 Star Country Inn/B&B and opened its doors to the public in May of 2017. Imagine you are a bosom buddy of Lucy Maud Montgomery and are visiting her Grandfathers, Senator Donald Montgomery, home and the setting for the Ingleside series of books. You will see lots of artifacts from the late 1800’s and also the Townsend Bookcase (Circa 1770’s) that LM Montgomery wrote about in her journals. Inn owners Paul & Michele Montgomery look forward to seeing you at Ingleside!
Note the tour closes at 3:00pm at Ingleside.
The Outdoor Pavilion was a new edition to the Indian River Festival in 2015. Designed by David Sisam of Montgomery Sisam Architects, the pavilion’s open concept provides views of the beautiful Malpeque Bay countryside, while visitors enjoy refreshments from its fully functional kitchen and bar. Modern in design, the pavilion incorporates siding and shingles that tie into the look of its neighbouring Gothic church designed in 1902 by William Critchlow Harris. The Indian River Festival uses the pavilion for pre-concert and intermission events and is available for rental.
One of today’s most sought-after lyric baritones on the operatic stage, Brett has made a name for himself in a number of dramatic roles, most notably the title roles in Don Giovanni and Eugene Onegin, which his has sung at the Canadian Opera Company, the New Israeli Opera, Grange Park Opera and Vancouver Opera.
His artistic sensibility has earned him the highest praise from audiences and critics. He appears regularly on the world’s most distinguished stages including those of Lincoln Center, La Scala, the Concertgebouw, the Opéra National de Paris, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, the Teatro Real, Roy Thomson Hall, the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.
Mezzo-soprano, Julie Nesrallah is a singer, actress and broadcaster who dazzles audiences with her engaging personality, and her rich and deeply expressive voice. Miss Nesrallah is regularly engaged by leading opera companies, symphonies, festivals and chamber music ensembles across North America and around the world.
In the winter of 2014, Miss Nesrallah was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her cultural contribution to Canada as a singer and as the host of CBC Radio 2’s national classical music program, Tempo. Miss Nesrallah has been the recipient of several distinguished prizes and awards, including the Canada Council for the Arts Emerging Artist Award & Mid-Career Grant.
A bilingual folk/fusion trio from PEI who present traditional and original music inspired by their Acadian roots, and infused with pop and world rhythms.
This young acoustic power trio from Canada’s Prince Edward Island transform traditional music with vigor, curiosity, and sparks of goofy humor.
They’re new album Auprès du Poêle (“around the woodstove”) invites a new circle of listeners to both a moody and high-energy set of original and traditional songs. Expanding on the Scottish and Acadian roots of PEI’s traditional music, Ten Strings and a Goatskin weave old-school Franco-Canadian, Breton, Irish, and Scottish tunes with wickedly current grooves and clever quirks, flirting with indie’s best moments.
The Elmer Iseler Singers (EIS), conducted by artistic director Lydia Adams, enters its 39th Season. This 20- voice fully-professional choral ensemble, founded by the late Dr. Elmer Iseler in 1979, has built an enviable reputation throughout Canada, the United States and internationally through concerts, broadcasts and recordings — performing repertoire that spans 500 years, with a focus on Canadian composers.
Annually, EIS sponsors choral workshops through their GET MUSIC! Educational Outreach Initiative for secondary school conductors and choirs, concluding with a joint public performance.