News from Your Festival

In This Issue

From the President
Plant Sale Fundraiser
Meet Our Cover Artist: Sara Tyson
In Conversation with Cameron Crozman

Hello Festival Family!

Welcome to the May edition of our monthly newsletter! In this issue, you will find information about our upcoming Plant Sale fundraiser, a sneak peek behind the creation of this year’s cover art, and an interview with one of the Festival’s beloved artists, along with a message from our new president, Cathy Ballantyne! 

Music Lovers Rejoice, Regroup, Reunite

Well, it’s really, really happening this year … musicians and patrons are returning to our beloved Charles W. Stockey Centre! The rafters will once again resound with time-honoured classics performed live for you by some of the world’s most celebrated musicians.

Available now, our 32-page 2022 Brochure provides a comprehensive list of our performers and their planned programs. With so many diverse musical offerings it is impossible to single out highlights, so here are but a few “sound bites” to tantalize:

PianoFest: 10 curated offerings peppered throughout the two-week Festival
Free Tuesday evening concerts
Pop-up community events
An energetic a cappella treat
5 music cruises featuring diverse musical genres … and fireworks!

I am Cathy Ballantyne and I am honoured to be the 2022-24 Festival President. Along with my fellow board members, Festival staff, and Artistic Director James Campbell, I invite you to be part of the re-awakening of our live Festival. We are eager to become reacquainted with returning patrons and to meet all of you who are new to the Festival.

As we gather, please be assured that we remain committed to meeting or exceeding all public health safety regulations.

As the Festival strives to be a celebration of classical music for audiences of all ages, this year we are pleased to expand our youth and family-friendly pricing options. Please see page 30 of the 2022 Brochure for details.

If you have not received your 2022 Brochure by mail, you can view it here.

Welcome all,

Cathy Ballantyne
President, Festival of the Sound
Hello Festival of the Sound Plant Lovers!
We are excited to host the Festival’s 3rd Annual Virtual PLANT SALE FUNDRAISER!

May 14 – June 1, 2022: order your plants through the Festival e-Shop

Saturday June 4, 2022: pick up plants at the Festival Station office, 1 Avenue Road, Parry Sound. Our Annual Plant Sale Fundraiser takes place from May 14 – June 1 through the Festival e-Shop
Thanks to our great community, and the generous support of Scotiabank Parry Sound, we raised $4700 in 2021.

Our goal this year is to raise $5200! With the enthusiasm of our plant-loving patrons, and the generosity of our plant growers, we have no doubt we will reach this goal.

Our Festival e-Shop is open! Get your garden in shape and support Festival of the Sound!

We will be offering a wide variety of plants for sale, along with our famous mystery plants. The online sale will continue until Saturday, May 28th. We encourage you to shop early but also check out the Festival e-Shop often as new plants will be added as they become available.

Each order will receive a confirmation email containing your order details. 1-2 business days later you will receive a second email with a designated pick-up time on Saturday, June 4th.

On Saturday, June 4th, our tireless volunteers will be at the Festival Station Office ready to put the ordered plants in your car. Please plan for a brief, safe visit with us inside the Rotunda, browse our gift shop and/or pick up your Festival tickets!

DON’T NEED ANY MORE PLANTS? No problem! Please consider donating to our Festival’s 3rd Annual Plant Sale Fundraiser. Contact to donate plants.

Our Festival Shop at 1 Avenue Road is open to the public. Online shopping is available 24/7 and curbside pickup can be arranged for both the plant sale and any other Festival merchandise. Visit the Festival e-Shop today!Meet Our Cover Artist: Sara TysonA tern, a squirrel, and a dragonfly.

Trillium, Columbine, Ferns, Aster, Water Lilies, Solomon’s Seal, Swamp Milkweed, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Meadow Beauty, Trout Lily, Sundew, Bindweed, Vetch, Blueberry as well as Oak, Maple, Beech, and Pine.

Can you spot these northern natives as they blend to enliven the intricate artwork which is the symbol of our 2022 Festival of the Sound?
 Click on the image to explore more about Sara’s process to create this year’s Festival of the Sound artwork. An Interview with Cameron CrozmanOur Education & Outreach Coordinator Chloe Weston had the chance to connect with Cameron Crozman, a perennial favourite of the Festival, about what he is looking forward to this summer! Below is a condensed excerpt of the interview. If you would like to read their conversation in its entirety, please click here or on the image below. Cameron Crozman playing cello on Artistic Director James Campbell’s dock in 2021. Photo: Mark S. Rash. What are you looking forward to most about being back this summer in Parry Sound, finally with a live audience?

I think that the sense of community at the Festival of the Sound is particularly strong – between the musicians as well as with the audience, and with the broader community – so it’s definitely going to be nice to feel a part of that again. But of course I can’t forget the breakfasts at the Bayside Inn, swimming in Jim’s lake, and drinking some Trestle Beer!

This summer you have curated your own concert programs as our Stockey Young Artistic Director. What inspired your concert programs and choice of artists?

My Stockey Young Artistic Director curation was originally slated for the summer 2020, and at the time it was the first opportunity I had to wear an artistic director’s hat. It gave me the itch to explore this kind of musical role more deeply. Last fall I curated a mini-series of 3 concerts for Jeunesses Musicales Canada in Montreal, and I just returned from the launch of a new festival of music and wine in the Okanagan Valley called ClassicalValley which I started along with composer-cellist and Kelowna-native Nicholas Denton Protsack. 
(You can check out Cameron’s exciting new festival at!)

Let’s dive into your Cameron’s Choice concert entitled Originals on July 27th. This is a concert you curated with new music – and even one of your own compositions!? I, for one, did not know that you composed as well – tell us about your composition Falling Forward. 

Well – I don’t compose! This will be my first piece. The title is taken from a favourite maxim of a mentor of mine in Montreal – that while working on a new project, making mistakes and blunders is okay as long as you’re also making progress, and therefore one should always feel like they are “falling forward”. It seemed fitting for this first attempt at writing music of my own. Donate to Festival of the Sound