Live Music in Ontario’s Cottage Country: Summer 2015

A big part of the summer fun tradition in Ontario’s cottage country is the live music being played by fantastic artists for appreciative – and sun-kissed – music fans. From renowned establishments such as The Kee to Bala and the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts to community venues like Gravenhurt’s one-of-a-kind barge on Gull Lake, from air conditioned concert halls to patios on our iconic waters, the great Canadian wilderness is 2015’s happening music scene just north of Toronto. Here is just a partial list of concerts taking place:

Festivals With Live Music:

Huntsville Festival of the Arts: Huntsville, July & August
An eclectic array of exceptional performances all summer long.

Festival of the Sound: Parry Sound, July 18-August 9
Classical music’s finest performers meet at the Charles W. Stockey Centre.

Session Muskoka Craft Beer Festival: Bracebridge, August 1
Featuring The Strumbellas, Lighthouse and Madison Violet and more.

Coleman Turtle Music Festival: Parry Sound, August 1-2
Featuring over 20 bands including Our Lady Peace, I Mother Earth, Hollerado, Great Lake Swimmers, Alert The Medic, Brothers of the North, The Mohrs and more.

Opera Muskoka: Bracebridge, August 17-20
Featuring incredible performers including Canadian tenor Richard Margison, master classes with Jennifer Tung, and more.

By Venue:

Algonquin Theatre – Huntsville

Leisa Way & The Wayward Swing Band: July 2
Peter Longworth: July 4
Hot Rocks: July 8
Corb Lund: July 9
Vishten: July 15
Stand By Me – The Music of the Brill Building: July 16
The Good Lovelies: July 18
Jim Cuddy Band: July 23
Leahys in Song: July 24
Buffy Sainte Marie: July 29
David Clayton Thomas: July 30
Toronto All Star Big Band: July 31
Molly Johnson: August 1
Pavlo: August 6
Amy Wallace: August 8
Dala: August 12
Lunch at Allen’s: August 13
Matt Andersen: August 19
The Velocity of Autumn: August 20

Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts – Parry Sound

Blue Rodeo: June 26
AbbaMania: July 3
The Fab Four – The Best of the Beatles: July 10
Amanda Martinez: July 11
Festival of the Sound: July 18 – August 9
Chris Mapstone: August 14
Blue Eyes Meets Basie: August 15
Whiskey Jack – The Songs & Stories of Stompin’ Tom: August 27
Night Fever – The Best of the BeeGees: August 28

Etwell Concert Series Live Blues in a Country Setting – Huntsville


Lance Anderson: June 28
Jon Knight and Soulstack: July 4
Morgan Davis: July 12
Fathead: July 19
Johnny Max Band: July 26
The Rick Fines Band: August 2
Jimmy Bowskill and Espanola Slim: August 9
Etwell BluesFest: August 16
Paul Reddick: August 22

Gravenhurst Opera House – Gravenhurst

MudmenMudmen: June 27
Jack Hutton & Friends: July 18
A Midsummer’s Interlude: August 1

Genius + Soul – The Music of Ray Charles: August 15
Alex Pangman and Her Alleycats: September 5

The Kee to Bala – Bala

Colin James: June 28
54-40: July 4
Tim Hicks: July 11
Arkells: July 18
David Wilcox: July 25
Monster Truck: July 31
The Trews: August 2
Brett Kissel: August 15

Peter’s Players – Gravenhurst

Pretzel Logic: June 12
Paul Reddick Band: June 20
Southern Hospitality: July 4
Rick Vito & the Lucky Devils: July 10
Ronnie Baker Brooks: July 11
Buckwheat Zydeco: July 19
Blind Boys of Alabama: July 22
Wide Mouth Mason: July 30
Brass Transit: July 31
Robin Zander of Cheap Trick
: August 4
Albert Lee: August 11
Doyle Bramhall II: August 17
Matt Andersen: August 18
Joel Plaskett Duo: August 20
Great Lake Swimmers: August 21
Zach Deputy: August 22
David Myles: August 23

Looking for something a little more intimate with some local flavour? Check out exceptional live music happening at various establishments across the region all summer long:

Bands on the Bay – Tuesdays June 9 – September 1, Stockey Centre, Parry Sound
Blues Babes Guest House & Studio, South River

Concerts on the Dock – Wednesdays July 8 – August 26, Huntsville
Deerhurst Resort
– Live Show “HIT L!ST – Huntsville

Fine Thymes Bistro & Bakery – Bracebridge
Griffin Gastropub – every Thursday night, Bracebridge
Michael’s on Main – Sundridge
Music on the Barge – Sunday evenings from June until late August, Gravenhurst

The Oar & Paddle – every Wednesday night, Gravenhurst
Rawley Resort – Mondays June 29 – September 7, Port Severn 

Sawdust City Brewing Company – every Saturday night, Gravenhurst 

Like us to add a concert or performance to this list? Email and keep the good tunes growing.

To plan your getaway to the great Canadian wilderness this summer, click here.

Featured photo shows David Wilcox, appearing at The Kee to Bala.

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