Community events

Open house, ceilidhs, listening hours and more

Featuring over 30 concerts and community events, the 2023 Under the Spire Music Festival (USMF) season will see the return of some Festival favourites, as well as new performers and emerging artists. Having previously announced its 2023 season concerts, USMF is now releasing its schedule of community events being offered at Historic St Mary’s from June to September.

Lovely Nelly will perform a free concert at the Open House in June

The Festival will host an Open House on June 10 at 1 pm, featuring a free concert with Lovely Nelly and strawberry shortcake.  

USMF is re-launching Spire Choir for a Choral Fundraiser concert on June 18 at 3 pm. The event will also feature the Summerside Community Choir and Arioso.  

The popular Open Stage event, which welcomes anyone to St. Mary’s to perform in their favourite genre on a world-class stage, will be held this year on July 22 at 3 pm. It will be hosted by Noah Malcolm.

Making its debut in 2022, the Pride Ceilidh will return this year on July 25 at 7:30 pm. It will feature artists Julie Bull, Keelin Wedge, Brandon Howard Roy and more. 

The Acadian Traditions Ceilidh, which also debuted last year, will make its return August 19 at 7:30 pm and will feature artists Christina Haldane, Carl Philippe Gionet and more. 

This season, from Tuesday through Thursday from 12 noon–5 pm, visitors are encouraged to bring their favourite albums, song suggestions or composers to Community Listening Hours and USMF staff will play them through their world-class sound system. 

All concerts and events take place in Historic St. Mary’s on Hamilton Road in Indian River. Visit or call 836-4933 for the full schedule, ticketing and more details.