The town of Collingwood couldn’t be more excited to be hosting a brand new world-class music festival this summer.
Founder and artistic director Daniel Wnukowski is a widely successful world musician who was raised in the Collingwood area. His goal is to carry on the legacy of the widely successful Collingwood Music Festival which ran from 2001-2011 in making high calibre classical music genres accessible to everybody.
This newer incarnation features a refreshing mix of classical, jazz and world music and tons of family-friendly fun. The festival takes place over eight jammed-packed days spanning the latter half of July and the early part of August. The festival kicks off on July 18 and officially wraps up on August 11th.
1. There is Something for Everybody
One of the main goals of the festival is to make high calibre classical and jazz music accessible to everybody.
With no less than twenty genres on display, including dance and theatre performances, there is literally something to discover out there for everybody. Age is not an issue. In fact, some of the performances are geared specifically toward families with young children.
With so much sound and creativity on display to explore and experience, almost anybody is guaranteed to find their niche.
2. So Much to Do
This year’s roster features a jam-packed schedule features over 100 amazingly talented artists and performers from both Canada and across the globe.
Highlights include the crossover-classical group Quartetto Gelato, renowned jazz duo Diana Brathwaite and Chris Whiteley, the South American Payadora Tango Ensemble and the Rolston String Quartet.
3. Learn Something New
The festival features widely accessible events geared toward educating anybody about the joys of music. Youth receive free admission providing they are accompanied by an adult.
There is no need to have any sort of musical background or specialized training in order to participate. All you need to bring is a sense of wonder and excitement.
4. Support a Great Cause
The founders of the festival have an explicit goal of reaching out to local youth by providing a platform to learn and interact with classical music.
The festival provides pre-season outreach to local schools in the Simcoe County Area through family-friendly concerts and activities. Meanwhile, the Emerging Artist Series and all-age workshops allow burgeoning young musicians to connect to and interact with world-class teachers and mentors.