Under The Spire

Twelve concerts to enjoy in August

The 28th season of Under the Spire Music Festival (USMF) at Historic St. Mary’s boasts a diverse lineup of performers from Canada and beyond. 

Musician Meaghan Blanchard

Rounding out the performance schedule in July are Jessica Gallant is Dolly Parton on July 29 and Guillaume Villeneuve & Bertrand Cuiller on July 30.

The concerts continue in August with a mix of folk, roots, country and multiple styles of classical music including opera, art song, cabaret, solo piano and chamber music. 

This year’s Midsummer Magic, August 4 and 6, will celebrate the impact and legacy of Robert Kortgaard, who worked as the Festival’s artistic director for 25 years. Kortgaard has curated an evening of operatic favourites and an afternoon of some of his favourite summer songs. He will be joined on-stage by pianist Peter Tiefenbach, and singers Alex Halliday, Midori Marsh, and Parker Clements. 

Nick Doneff (Rick Donair)

A special concert on August 11 will feature a tribute to Gordon Lightfoot. Curated by Alicia Toner, with performances by Alicia, Meaghan Blanchard, Shane Pendergast and Nick Doneff, this concert will feature some of Lightfoot’s best-known songs and stories of the musician’s impact in Canadian music.  

The full August lineup includes: Midsummer Magic: Opera Favourites (Opera) August 4 at 7:30 pm; Midsummer Magic: Summer Songs (Opera)August 6 at 3 pm; Island Proud: Pierce Clarke and Joce Reyome (Roots) August 9 at 7:30 pm;  Kaia Kater (Folk) August 10, 7:30 pm; Sundown: A Gordon Lightfoot Tribute, August 11 at 7:30; The North Sound (Country); August 12 at 7:30 pm; Island Proud: County Line Romance and Shane Pendergast (Folk) August 16 at 7:30 pm; Ben Caplan (Folk) August 18 at 7:30 pm; a free community Acadian Traditions Celidh August 19 at 7:30 pm; Charles Richard-Hamelin (Classical) August 20 at 3 pm; Irish Mythen (Folk) August 25 at 7:30 pm; and Cowan-Cicchilitti (Classical) August 27 at 3 pm.

Visit underthespire.ca or call 836-4933 for the full schedule, ticketing and more information about the artists and their programs. Historic St Mary’s is located on Hamilton Road in Indian River, PEI.