HUNTSVILLE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
July 1 to 23: Featuring classical, blues, Aboriginal and pop music, this festival offers 21 mainstage performances, including jazz singer Holly Cole, guitarist Jesse Cook, a cappella group The Nylons and Aboriginal artist Susan Aglukark. Many free events are offered throughout the festival, too.
Main venue: The Algonquin Theatre (705-789-4975, Huntsville, www.huntsvillefestival.on.ca).MUSKOKA MUSIC FESTIVAL
July 10 to August 10: A diverse spectrum of music—including big band, bluegrass, Mediterranean, ragtime, classical and jazz—are part of this year’s festival, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Artists performing include The Foggy Hogtown Boys, Toronto All-Star Big Band, pianist Mimi Blais and violinist Moshe Hammer.
Main venue: The Port Carling Memorial Community Centre (705-765-1048, 1-888-311-ARTS, Port Carling, www.artsinmuskoka.com).
MUSKOKA LAKES WINERY BLUES FESTIVAL
July 15: This festival includes live blues music, a day-long celebration of the blueberry harvest, tastings of Muskoka Lakes Winery’s latest blueberry-wine vintages and, just for good measure, a pig roast.
Main venue: The Muskoka Lakes Winery (705-762-3203, Bala, www.cranberry.ca).
FESTIVAL OF THE SOUND
July 21 to August 13: The festival was founded back in 1980 by renowned pianist Anton Kuerti and has grown to encompass more than 60 concerts each season. This year celebrates composers Mozart, Schumann and Shostakovich with performances by such artists as baritone Russell Braun, violinist James Ehnes and clarinetist James Campbell. Other highlights include the fifth annual Jazz Canada Weekend on the August Civic Holiday weekend.
Main venue: The Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts (705-746-2410, 1-866-364-0061, Parry Sound, www.festivalofthesound.ca).