July 2023 Newsletter

- Posted by Author: Audrey Moorhouse in Category: Actor | 4 min read

July 7, 2023 |   – Newsletters



  • What to Expect
  • The Festivals New Website
  • The 2023 Gala Dinner
  • The New Buzz in Town
  • This is Our Staff
  • Cottage Vacations
  • The Lilli Lewis Blues & Gospel Cruise
  • The Cloud Gallery


So, someone from the Festival asked me, “What are you most looking forward to this year?”

The short answer: “Everything!” I think maybe a little more detail was wanted.

Start with all the piano music during the first few nights. Three great pianists, not just in Canada, but on the world’s musical stages, will all appear together in Mozart’s Concerto for Three Pianos. Then Marc-André Hamelin, Angela Hewitt, and Janina Fialkowska will each give a solo recital.

Perhaps even more fascinating will be to hear all three of them in conversation with Eric Friesen.

Then, there’s an entire day of Bach, four concerts devoted to the music of the master of all
masters. Angela Hewitt’s piano recital is the climax of this day.

I eagerly await Jodi Contin’s session on the traditional world of Anishnabek song.

Then there’s the much-anticipated return of the New Zealand String Quartet, and especially the rare opportunity to hear the song cycle, On Wenlock Edge, by Vaughan Williams, sung by Russell Braun.

For sheer entertainment, you can’t beat Leslie Fagan and Guy Few, teaming up again with colleagues for the annual Opera Gala, an evening guaranteed to mix off-hand comedy and incredible singing.

So many wonderful events. I’m looking forward to everything! Visit the Festival Calendar

See you at the Festival July 19 – Aug 5, 2023, as told by Music lover Ken Stephen.


Exciting News! Introducing the New Festival of the Sound Website!

Discover our revamped website at https://www.festivalofthesound.ca. It’s now easier than ever to learn about the festival and get tickets!

  • Start off with a one-of-a-kind performance by cellist Cameron Crozman

  • Explore our event calendar and plan your festival journey

  • Purchase tickets effortlessly on our sleek new website

  • Sign up for our newsletter and receive exclusive updates and insider information

Join us at #FestivalOfTheSound for the summer’s most magical musical experience!

Visit https://www.festivalofthesound.ca now and dive into the magic.

Party Pieces – The 2023 Gala Dinner 

It’s been three years without a Festival Gala Dinner and we are thrilled to be back. Those who attend this formal event each year know it is a time for great food, fabulous entertainment, and fantastic people, while also knowing all the money raised goes to support our programming.

What is less well known is that Chef Jeremy Korten at Trestle Brewing has built an excellent fine dining menu at the mouth of the Seguin River. Chef Korten, formerly Chef de Cuisine at Oliver & Bonacini, Blue Mountain, has brought the quality we require and the originality we aspire to. Lots of local ingredients ensure freshness, and the leadership in the kitchen ensures quality. This menu is not available at the restaurant during the summer months so if you want to experience something new in Parry Sound you have to be at the Stockey Centre on Sunday, July 23.

Pair this with the dynamic musical talents of people like Cameron Crozman, Leslie Fagan, Guy Few, Carolyn Maule, New Zealand String Quartet, Joel Quarrington, and other musicians from our Festival family and you are guaranteed a remarkable, one-of-a-kind evening.

Tickets are $200 each and are available through the Box Office. Our staff are eager to help you, just call 705 746 2410 or 1 866 364 0061.

There’s a Buzz Around Town

Many people make a point of collecting the Festival t-shirt each summer. This year, in addition to a special 2023 shirt that recognizes the 20th Anniversary of the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts we have a new shirt featuring one of Artistic Director James Campbell’s favourite aphorisms. Take a look at our staff modelling these shirts and more in the Staff section of this newsletter.

Michael Martyn

Executive Director

Sandra Little

Finance & Administrative Officer

Annette Pastoor

Office Manager

Kyra Ruggles

Administrative Assistant

Audrey Moorhouse

Administrative Assistant

Joey Forbes

Production Assistant


Chris Todd

Stage Manager

Cottage Vacations

Not sure where you’re staying in Parry Sound this summer? Book with www.cottagevacations.com and get 10% off your Festival of the Sound tickets. This offer is good for passes, cruises, and regular concert tickets.

Direct from New Orleans: Lilli Lewis

If you’re in the Parry Sound / Muskoka Region on Sunday, July 9, make sure you join us, 6 – 8 pm on The Island Queen for a two hour sunset cruise with New Orleans singer/pianist Lilli Lewis. Part blues, part gospel, part jazz and all soul Lilli is the real deal. Festival of the Sound is proud to offer this exclusive, special engagement with the stunning talent Rolling Stone called “one of the best we’ve seen”.

Get Your Head in the Clouds…The Cloud Gallery

The walls of the Stockey Centre will be appointed with paintings from the artists represented by Cloud Gallery. Voted one of the top art stops outside of Toronto by the Globe & Mail, Cloud Gallery is run by the father/son team of Mark and Blake Fletcher.

Cloud Gallery is dedicated to presenting the works of contemporary landscape painters in Ontario. The works are perfect for our lobby and our Festival. Make sure you schedule some extra time to take in these stunning works.