Music returns to Historic St. Mary’s in Indian River this summer for the 25th anniversary of the Indian River Festival (IRF). The Festival showcases folk, jazz, blues, roots, classical, choral, traditional and contemporary music.
For 2021, the Festival will have a pared-down concert schedule compared to regular seasons with approximately 11 concerts throughout the summer, plus various community events. The 25th anniversary season will shine the spotlight on exclusively Island artists, paying homage both to the rich musical history of PEI and the committed group of Islanders who saved Historic St. Mary’s from demolition and brought IRF to life.
The lineup for IRF’s 25th anniversary season includes Rose Cousins, Irish Mythen, Catherine MacLellan, Gordie MacKeemon & his Rhythm Boys, Sirens, Tina Bouey, Magdalena von Eccher, Liam Corcoran, members of the PEI Symphony Orchestra, Meaghan Blanchard, Logan Richard, Emmet MacLellan, Nicole Bellamy, Jillian Clow, Nathan Keoughan, Andrea Núñez, Sébastien Comtois, Max Keenlyside, and Glen Montgomery.
In addition to concerts, IRF is committed to fostering a sense of togetherness through a series of community events such as songwriting workshops, masterclasses and more. Open Stage, where community members are invited to take to the stage themselves, will also make a return this summer.
“Supporting local has never sounded so good,” says Executive Director Lindsay Connolly. “There has always been an extraordinary level of talent on the Island, and we are honoured to feature many established and emerging [local] artists this summer. It feels even more special to be focusing on Island artists because this is our 25th anniversary season!”
IRF is offering a special early bird incentive for 15% off tickets until May 17. Tickets can be purchased by calling (or visiting) the Festival office in Kensington at 836-4933 or online at indianriverfestival.com.
St. Marys’ Church is located at 1374 Hamilton Road in Indian River.