Indian River Festival

Welcome to Indian River Festival

May 2018                                        

We are so excited that our summer season lineup is ready for you! We look forward to providing another wonderful experience for you, our supporters, benefactors, volunteers, performing artists, and staff.

Tickets are on sale NOW.

Did you know we have a new TRIO PACKAGE in partnership with Watermark Theatre and Victoria Playhouse? BUY A PACKAGE AND SAVE!

Check our new venue seating chart and a virtual tour of the church!

Come to join us at our OPEN HOUSE June 8th at 1 pm for music and food and be one of the first to experience Historic St. Mary’s before the season starts!

We look forward to having you join us this summer. Come to see why they say Music breathes here!

See you soon!

Special Events                                        

Friday, June 8, 1-4pm
OPEN HOUSE – free
Come to enjoy local food and refreshments and be the first of the season to walk through Historic St. Mary’s.   Come for our official opening and experience this magnificent facility and find out why space has been nominated and voted one of the best acoustical venues in the country.
Saturday, June 9, 1-3pm
OPEN STAGE
If you have ever wanted to opportunity to perform at the incredible Historic St. Mary’s Church, now is your chance! The Indian River Festival will host three Open Stage events this season! If you are a musician, vocalist, amateur or otherwise, come out to experience the amazing acoustics of this beautiful church!
Tuesday, June 26, 7 pm
Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of The Indian River Festival Association
will take place on Tuesday, June 26 at 7 pm in the Pavilion at Indian
River. All members are welcome to attend. Lights snacks and
refreshments will be served after the meeting. Please RSVP here
Saturday, July 28, 1-3pm
OPEN STAGE
This will be the second opportunity to perform at the incredible Historic St. Mary’s Church this summer. If you are a musician, vocalist, amateur or otherwise, come out to experience the amazing acoustics of this beautiful church!
Saturday, August 25, 1-3pm
OPEN STAGE
This will be the third opportunity to perform at the incredible Historic St. Mary’s Church this summer. If you are a musician, vocalist, amateur or otherwise, come out to experience the amazing acoustics of this beautiful church!
Sunday, September 9, 1-3pm   $20 (incl tax/fees)
Harvest Soupfest / Fall Halls – Fundraiser
Join us for an early fall afternoon filled with music and an array of comforting, homemade soups. This will be the seventh year for this fundraising event which has been a delicious success each year. Various restaurants and chefs create soups made with fresh, local ingredients. For the price of your ticket, you can sample four different soups which come in 4oz servings, served with homemade rolls and surrounded by wonderful music. Wander between our new pavilion where the soup will be served and Historic St. Mary’s where music will be performed presented by Fall Halls. It’s a truly old-fashioned gathering where you can enjoy scrumptious fall flavors, time with friends and family, music, and above all, you are helping us to continue bringing exceptional music to an extraordinary venue.
For only $20, choose from 4 delicious soups from local restaurants! This includes musical entertainment provided by Small Halls Inc. as part of the Fall Flavours / Fall Halls line-up in beautiful Historic St. Mary’s Church!
  • Contact Us

    Are you an artist wishing to perform in Historic St. Mary’s / Indian River Festival? 
    Are you interested in purchasing tickets?
    Tickets may be purchased online from our website HERE; at Ticketpro.ca; at any participating Ticketpro Outlet; or by calling 1-888-311-9090.
    Festival, Gold and Season Packages can be purchased HERE
    Where is the Indian River Festival office located?  
    Our office is located in Kensington Town Hall, PEI. 55 Victoria Street, Suite 18. Our telephone numbers are  902.836.4933 & 1-866-856-3733. During the summer months our office moves to Historic St. Mary’s.
    Where is the Box Office located?
    The Box office is located @ Historic St. Mary’s Church during the summer months with hours below:
    June through August
    Opened daily, 12pm-5pm
    902.836.3733 | 1-866-856-3733
    Interested in a virtual tour of Historic St. Mary’s? Click HERE
JUN
22
Fri
7:30 pm
Join three-time Juno nominee and modern-day Renaissance woman, Sarah Slean and the popular ECMA-nominated Island ensemble, the Atlantic String Machine, for an incredible night of music! sarahslean.com atlanticstringmachine.com TICKETS: Currently only available by purchasing your[…]

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JUN
24
Sun
3:00 pm
Named after the singing femmes fatales of Greek mythology, Sirens is lauded for its pure tone quality, sensitive musicality, and tight ensemble. Without a conductor at the podium, haunting harmonies and subtle stage movement separate […]

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JUN
29
Fri
7:30 pm
“THE GREAT ESCAPE” is ECMA award-winning Meaghan Blanchard’s fourth album. The songs are strong, at times deeply personal, and sown throughout are the narratives of men and women who have rumbled with profound universal themes:[…]

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JUL
6
Fri
7:30 pm
The prolific Vancouver Island-based singer/ songwriter/pianist/producer has earned a loyal international following as a triple threat. He’s a piano virtuoso with a technical mastery of many different styles, an eloquent[…]

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JUL
8
Sun
3:00 pm
Dennis Ellsworth and Kinley Dowling are an Island duo who have been friends and musical collaborators for years. They will share music from their recent debut album, which has received multiple Music PEI award nominations.[…]

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JUL
13
Fri
7:30 pm
Come to enjoy a night of great blues music and originals with PEI’s Amanda Jackson trio, who were CBC Searchlight Top Ten finalists and Music New Brunswick’s Blues Recording of the year winner, Mike Biggar and[…]

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JUL
15
Sun
3:00 pm
These imaginative, dynamic performers explore the fire from which Maritime music ignited, with glowing traditional and just realized tunes for flutes, fiddle, pipes, keyboards, voice and inspired choreographed dance. Chris Norman, David Greenberg and Matthew[…]

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JUL
20
Fri
7:30 pm
Trio Tangere is an upbeat, instrumental trio with smooth sounds and style. Its world music repertoire is channeled through the violin and guitars. They will be performing Canadian, Brazilian and French classics. triotangere.com

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JUL
22
Sun
3:00 pm
Isabel Bayrakdarian, an Indian River Festival favorite and internationally acclaimed soprano, is joined by virtuoso violinist, Marc Djokic, a recent Prix Goyer winner, and our Artistic Director, pianist Robert Kortgaard, for sparkling gypsy tunes, zarzuela[…]

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JUL
27
Fri
7:30 pm
An award-winning songwriter, professional speaker and incredible story-teller, Carroll became a worldwide YouTube sensation with his hit “United Breaks Guitars”. With the video approaching its 10th anniversary and close to 18 million views, Dave[…]

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JUL
29
Sun
3:00 pm
“The burst of flame” aptly describes the musical intensity and pianistic pyrotechnics of this gifted duo. Grand Prize winners of the 2017 Canadian Music Competition, and national Youth Ambassadors, Charissa Vandikas and Linda Ruan love[…]

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AUG
3
Fri
7:30 pm
The Sweet Lowdown (Miriam Sonstenes, fiddle; Amanda Blied, guitar; Tad Ruszel, mandolin) offer original acoustic roots music. You’ll hear influences as far-ranging as Celtic jigs, Appalachian fiddling, and contemporary pop. Drawing from these influences, yet[…]

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AUG
5
Sun
3:00 pm
Join Music PEI’s 2018 Songwriter of the year, Alicia Toner, with a blend of roots, country, rock, and Americana and Justin Nozuka, award-winning Canadian folk, soul, rock singer/songwriter with millions of YouTube views, for[…]

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AUG
10
Fri
7:30 pm
The world loves a tango, and when the technical virtuosity, playful spontaneity and rhythmic vitality of this exciting ensemble hit the stage, the deep-rooted influence of Buenos Aires tango tradition inspires the folk, traditional[…]

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AUG
12
Sun
3:00 pm
As a tribute to Leonard Bernstein, the sensational Venuti String Quartet delves into jazz-influenced music that inspires them: Balkan Gypsy music, Ravel’s String Quartet, jazz improvisation. Critics praise the compositions and arrangements by the[…]

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AUG
17
Fri
7:30 pm
The Ennis Sisters have weathered a lifetime of phases and a series of musical explorations together. Come to join them as they return to their roots, singing contemporary folk songs with a traditional Irish Newfoundland twist.[…]

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AUG
19
Sun
3:00 pm
Both named as CBC Music’s “30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30”, cellist Bryan and pianist Silvie Cheng perform worldwide with profound artistic spirit, stunning virtuosity and a fresh approach to glorious Russian masterpieces.

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AUG
24
Fri
7:30 pm
Their debut album, “In The Battle Years”, garnered Hillburn an East Coast Music Award last year. With soaring harmonies and densely-layered arrangements, this folk-rooted band’s sound is unique. Having just released their 2nd album, “The[…]

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AUG
26
Sun
3:00 pm
Peter Tiefenbach’s contemporary reimagining of Bach’s comic Coffee Cantata, set in a coffee bar, pairs with musical party pieces performed by three Glenn Gould School vocal stars. A twist on Bach and a nod to[…]

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AUG
31
Fri
7:30 pm
Lennie Gallant is a native of Rustico, Prince Edward Island. This renowned Canadian singer-songwriter has recorded eleven albums (nine in English and two in French), which have won him a host of awards and nominations[…]

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SEP
16
Sun
3:00 pm
The dynamic Ensemble Made in Canada is touring this musical tribute to all provinces and territories with 14 multi-genre Canadian composers (classical, jazz, singer-songwriter, electronic, First Nations) encapsulating the glories of every region. Paired with[…]

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