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Midwinter Magic: Toronto Fundraising Concert

Tuesday, February 16th, 7:00pm
Heliconian Hall, Toronto

Join us in Toronto for this special fundraising event! The evening will include performances by some of the Festival's favourite artists such:

  • The divine Patricia O’Callaghan, who eases from genre to genre with heart-stopping presence.
  • Mary Lou Fallis, Canada’s adorable leading lady and undisputed prima donna of the stage.
  • Brett Polegato, our dashing baritone of international opera and concert hall renown.
  • Andrew Downing, versatile and best double bass player extraordinaire.
  • And at the piano, the four hands and twenty fingers of the unstoppable (just try, we dare you…) Peter Tiefenbach and Robert Kortgaard.

There will also be a silent auction with a number of fantastic items to bid on. CLICK HERE to view the list of silent auction items available.

Enjoy some wine and refreshments while taking in fabulous music all in support of the Indian River Festival!

Tickets: $45 ($20 tax receipt). CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets online, or call the Ticketpro Box Office at 1-888-311-9090.

As the winter days begin to lengthen ever so slightly through January, I think more and more about the warmth and beauty of summertime PEI and another great season of music and fun at IRF 2016.

We are still glowing from the excitement of last season…. not just the wonderful musical moments shared by so many, but also the continuing joy and pride in the fact that our stellar venue is looking better than ever and the stunning new pavilion next door has become such a convivial gathering place for all.

The musical fun is being prepared for your enjoyment, too! We will continue to offer an array of genres performed by the best of the best Canadian musical artists.

They all want to come to the beautiful Malpeque Bay area of the gentle Isle!

Keep current with our website so you can plan your IRF experience this summer.

The entire IRF team is looking forward to welcoming you.

See you at the Festival!
Best wishes,
Robert Kortgaard
Artistic Director

Construction complete!

The festival’s new outdoor pavilion is now open one hour prior to show time and at intermission– audience members are invited to enjoy the space and grab some refreshments before the show!

Comfort and Joy: The Indian River Festival Cookbook

Indian River Festival board members, volunteers and musicians have contributed their favourite recipes to create the "Comfort and Joy" Cookbook. All proceeds from this fundraising cookbook will go directly towards improving the comfort of our Festival audience...perhaps new seat cushions for the pews! These make excellent gifts or souvenirs!

CLICK HERE to purchase your cookbook online!

The Indian River Festival was the recent recipient of the Music PEI Award for Achievement in Classical Music. We are delighted to be recognized for our efforts to present the finest in classical music and artists and we will continue that commitment to excellence in 2014.

Recent Press Reviews

"In my life, I have oft been present in a theatre or other venue when standing ovations have been proferred by an audience as the sincerest form of appreciation said audience could offer to performers who have entertained them, and perhaps moved them and touched them during the preceding couple of hours. The standing "O" should be a rare and special appreciation, reserved for very special tributes to artistry on stage. It is cheapened when it becomes a sort of Pavlovian response, due on every occasion, almost demanded from an audience as a ritual of attendance. And I have been present on occasions when it was undeserved, when the performance on stage was pedestrian to the point of boredom. But I have seldom participated in a standing "O" as spontaneous, as prolonged and so richly deserved as the one that erupted when the last notes of Carmina Burina faded away in the glorious ambience of St. Mary's Church at Indian River on the evening of July 3. It is a remarkable and joyful thing to have the spirit lifted and caressed by a work of true artistic merit and worth. That is what happened communally that evening as the Indian River Festival launched its summer season."

Jack MacAndrew, The View From Here

"This summer-long event at a French Gothic church near the western PEI town of Kensington may have the best collection of musicans of any small festival in the country. There's a strong emphasis on the voice, with visits by sopranos Isabel Bayrakdarian, Nathalie Paulin and Suzie LeBlanc; baritone Peter Barrett; cabaret singer Patricia O'Callaghan; Punjabi ghazal singer Kiran Ahluwalia; vocal ensemble musica intima and Cape Breton singer-songwriter J.P. Cormier. There are also performances by the Gryphon Trio and a versatile supporting ensemble anchored by pianists Peter Tiefenbach and Robert Kortgaard, who steers the whole thing as artistic director."

Robert Everett-Green, Globe and Mail, June 2007

"St Mary's Church in Indian River, PEI is quite simply the best place to hear live classical music performed in Atlantic Canada."

Adrian Hoffman, CBC host and producer

A world of fine music, classical, jazz, maritime and world, is to be found at the Indian River Festival, held annually through July and August at St. Mary's Church, located in beautiful, picturesque Prince Edward Island (PEI). We are proud to say this is the 13th Anniversary of the Indian River Festival and we invite music lovers from all over the world to PEI, St. Mary's Church and truly a most spectacular music festival. Here at the Indian River Music Festival you will experience the cream of our local PEI and maritime performers as well as international, classical and jazz artists performing in the near-perfect acoustical setting of St. Mary's Church, designed by famed PEI architect, William Critchlow Harris, over a century ago.

You are invited to peruse the Indian River Music Festival catalog of fine concert offerings for this season. Make your selections and purchase your choices online. You may book using your Visa, Mastercard, Amex or Discover card through Paypal, a name you can trust. We also invite you to consider membership in the Indian River Festival and some of our exciting music festival packages as well as a visit to the historic venue of the music festival, St. Mary's Church.

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Featured Concerts

Isabel Bayrakdarian

Amelia Curran

Julie Nesrallah
Caroline Leonardelli

The Barra MacNeils

Sarah Harmer

Matt Dusk

Wolak-Donnelly Duo

Cecilia String Quartet