For Immediate release:
February 1, 2019 – Indian River – If you are in Toronto on February 11th, help support Indian River Festival and Historic St. Mary’s by attending our 4th annual MidWinter Magic – Toronto Fundraiser!
Come celebrate our 4th annual Midwinter Magic fundraising concert in support of Historic St. Mary’s church and Indian River Festival. This important annual fundraising event promises great food, including the best oysters on the planet (Malpeques from PEI), a silent auction, features wines from Amethyst Wines and incredible musical performances!
“We realized a few years ago that there were many Toronto area supporters of the Indian River Festival who have enjoyed performances in our beautiful venue while on vacation or in residence for the summer. Also, many of our wonderful Canadian musicians who have performed for us there are based in the Toronto region.” says Robert Korgaard, IRF’s Artistic Director.
“It just made sense to create a fun, casual, Maritime style event as a wintertime reunion for many people who only see one another on PEI in the summer. They bring friends and family, the oysters get shucked, the wine flows, and every year we have a stellar lineup of musicians who come to entertain.” he says.
The 4th annual Midwinter Magic – Toronto Fundraiser for Indian River Festival takes place on Monday, February, 11th at 7:00pm at Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue in Yorkville. Doors open at 6:30pm with wonderful food and a cash bar available.
Kortgaard continues “The Heliconian Hall has proven to be ideal for this. We’re excited to be back there on Monday Feb 11 for more IRF fun.”
From their show ‘French Squeeze’, tenor/accordionist Jacques Arsenault and mezzo Marjorie Maltais will bring a sampling of Parisian boulevard delights and one of today’s most sought-after lyric baritones on the operatic stage, Brett Polegato will perform as well.
Brilliant international prize-winning pianists Dmitri Levkovich and Agne Radveziciute will dazzle with solos and four hand brilliance and Toronto singer-songwriter Julia Bentley will delight with original song stylings. Our own PEI soprano extraordinaire Tracy Cantin is thrilled to sing for us and represent the Gentle Isle and joining us that evening will be pianist Peter Tiefenbach and pianist and IRF Artistic Director, Robert Kortgaard.
“As is tradition with this fundraiser, both past and upcoming performers at the festival will be making an appearance and performing a few pieces for us”, says Don Quarles, Executive Director of Indian River Festival. “It’s a fabulous night of incredible music, wonderful food and drink, a great lineup of silent auction items from the island and away AND we must not forget wonderful friends and supporters of Festival and Historic St. Mary’s” he says.
“This year’s Silent Auction is an online component on our facebook page again that is ready for your bids NOW!” says Quarles “Last year, several items were competitively bid on by supporters who did not attend our live event. So good to take a look at our various items now as they include both Island treats and auction items from away”.
The proceeds from this Fundraiser goes towards Indian River Festival and the Historic St. Mary’s, known for it’s near perfect acoustics and has been called one of Canada’s finest musical acoustic spaces. Designed by island architect William Critchlow Harris and built in 1902, the venue sits overlooking Malpeque Bay, and is a Canadian Heritage Destination that the Festival has committed to preserving for generations to come.
For more information and to buy tickets, go to the IRF facebook page or website at IndianRiverFestival.com ; call Ticketpro at 1-888-311-9090 or the Festival Box office at 902-836-3733.
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