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Jian Ghomeshi

The First CBC Music Festival Rocks Toronto’s Echo Beach

CBC Music Festival Toronto Sam Roberts Band

Sam Roberts Band headlines the inaugural CBC Music Festival in Toronto

MAY 25  Top local and international artists are set to sing on the Lake Ontario shore at the inaugural CBC Music Festival. Taking place rain or shine, the all-day outdoor beachfront concert features a strong contingent of musicians from across the country—including the Sam Roberts Band, Sloan and Kathleen Edwards—rocking out alongside Iceland’s Of Monsters and Men and many others. Watch out for guest appearances by Canadian broadcasting personalities like Jian Ghomeshi, too. Echo Beach, 2:30 p.m., $59.50; call 1-855-985-5000 or visit cbcmusic.ca for further details and to purchase tickets.  —Macrina Smart


Catch author Martin Amis at WordFest. Photo: Isabel Fonseca.

Calgary is getting downright literary as WordFest: Banff-Calgary International Writers Festival hosts a swarm of international writers this week. Running until October 14, featured writers will take part in readings, performances, panel discussions and interviews at various venues in Calgary and Banff.

Among the festival’s guest writers are: Ivan E. Coyote, storyteller, performer and author of Missed Her; Martin Amis, UK literary giant and author of Lionel Asbo: State of England; Jian Ghomeshi, host of CBC Radio One’s Q and author of musical memoir 1982; Richard Ford, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Canada; and many more.

Purchase tickets at WordFest Box Office, EPCOR Centre Box Office or The Banff Centre Box Office (Banff events only).

Weekly Planner: July 16 to 22

Jim Cuddy plays the Huntsville Festival of the Arts this week.

The 20th annual Huntsville Festival of the Arts is now in full swing, with it’s slate of daily concerts by local performers plus three headlining shows this week. First up is Blue Rodeo frontman Jim Cuddy, playing on July 17 in an intimate trio setting with violinist Anne Lindsay and guitarist Colin Cripps. On July 19, powerhouse vocalist Molly Johnson demonstrates why she’s one of the country’s best-known jazz and blues singers. And on July 21, CBC radio host, writer and musician Jian Ghomeshi takes the stage to share stories and insight from his time behind the microphone.

The Festival of the Sound, another hugely anticipated annual concert event, returns on July 18 with a gala featuring England’s Choir of Trinity College performing Eleanor Daley’s festival-commissioned Paradise: A Song of Georgian Bay, plus works by Bach, Mendelssohn and more. And if that wasn’t enough, the event offers classical music every day this week, including an appearance by the Canadian Brass on July 21.

Want more music? You’ve got it at Bracebridge’s Rene M. Caisse Memorial Theatre, which hosts a Jazz in July celebration on July 21. Expect an ebullient evening of big band swing, Latin jazz, R&B, motown and more, as interpreted by 12-piece ensemble Spektrum.

Once you’ve taken in the tunes, it’s time to eye some superlative visuals at the 50th Muskoka Arts and Crafts Summer Show. Running from July 20 to 22 at Bracebridge’s Annie Williams Park, this very popular gathering brings together dozens of Ontario-based painters, sculptors, jewellers, fashion designers and even a batch of gourmet food vendors. It’s a veritable one-stop shop to help make your home or cottage look its best for years to come.