Live Music in Ontario’s Cottage Country: Summer 2018

A big part of the summer fun tradition in Ontario’s cottage country is the live music played by fantastic artists for appreciative – and sun kissed – music fans. You want unique venues? We’ve got it all – from renowned establishments such as The Kee to Bala and the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts (home base of the Festival of the Sound), community venues like Gravenhurst’s one-of-a-kind Music on the Barge and the very popular Etwell Concert Series shows, where the open air pavilion fills with soulful blues tunes up to the forested canopy above. From air conditioned concert halls to patios on our iconic waters, the region has – as always – a happening summer music scene. Here is just a partial list of concerts coming up this June, July and August:

Algonquin Theatre Huntsville 

The 50th Anniversary of the White Album: June 14
No Sugar Tonight: June 16
Alexis Taylor: June 23
Queen Flash: June 30
Next Generation Leahy: July 6
Madison Violet: July 7
Ones – The Number One Hits of the Beatles: July 11
Kyung-A Lee: July 14
Jazz in the Garden: July 15
The Legendary Downchild Blues Band: July 18
Jim Cuddy Band: July 25
Remembering Stuart: July 27
Micah Barnes At the Sands: August 2
Michael Kaeshammer: August 3
Oscar Peterson the Jazz Legend: August 4
Mad Dogs & Englishmen: August 8
Whitehorse: August 10
Doc Walker: August 15
Goitse: August 16
Matt Andersen: August 17
28th Annual Night of Harmony: August 18

Bands on the Bay Parry Sound

Phil Morgan Band: June 5
Filthy Rich & the Empty Pockets: June 12
Tia McGraff: June 19
Guys Without Ties: June 26
David Dino White: July 3
Mapstone: July 10
Abigail Lappell: July 17
Gary Klayton: August 14
Jason Maxwell: August 21
Tennyson King: August 28

Bandshell Concert Series Bracebridge

Neil Hutchinson: June 28
Jam Sandwich: July 5
Muskoka Concert Band: July 12
Bracebridge Legion Pipes and Drums: July 26
Northern Lights Steel Orchestra: August 2
Grady Kelneck: August 9
Douglas McLean: August 16
The Old Tyme Gospel Band: August 23
Mike Phillips: August 30

Photo Credit: Muskoka 411

Brunswick Sports Grill & Pub Parry Sound

Enjoy a variety of live music performances assorted weekends at 9pm

Boston Pizza Gravenhurst

Live music every Friday night (Note: BP in Gravenhurst is currently closed for renovations – please check their Facebook page for completion date before heading out)

Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts Parry Sound

Classic Albums Live presents AC/DC’s Back In Black: June 1
Motown Gold: June 8
Roy Orbison Tribute Concert: June 28
All-Day Bands on the Bay & Canada Day Celebrations: July 1
Heather Rankin: July 4
ABBAMANIA & The Bee Gees: July 6
Glenn Miller Orchestra: July 7
Imagine John – The Ultimate John Lennon Tribute: July 12
Remembering Stuart: July 13
Tartan Terrors: July 14
Matt Andersen: July 17
Take It Easy – The Story of the Eagles: August 19
The British Legends: August 23
Classic Lightfoot Live: August 30

Concerts on the Dock Huntsville

Christina Hutt: July 4
Jack Nickalls: July 11
Northern Lights Steel Orchestra: July 18
Muskoka Concert Band: July 25
Paul Lagendyk: August 1
Cameron of Lochiel Pipes and Drums: August 8
Mighty Lopez: August 15
Jenny Smith: August 18
Matt Allen: August 29

Photo Credit: Huntsville Doppler

The Country Gourmet Cafe & Gallery Parry Sound

Check their Facebook page for upcoming events

Deerhurst Resort Huntsville

Choir! Choir! Choir!: July 13
Enjoy live music every Friday & Saturday in Compass Bar & Grill from 8:30pm-close

Etwell Concert Series Huntsville

Hogtown Allstars: June 24
Paul Reddick: July 1
Godboogie: July 4
Paul James: July 8
Johnny Max: July 11
Jake and the Fundamentals: July 15
Jack de Keyzer: July 22
Julian Fauth: July 25
Carlos de Junco: July 29
Matt Weidinger: August 1
Danny Marks: August 5
Steve Strongman: August 8
Tobin Spring and the Muskoka Blues Connection: August 12
Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whitely: August 19

Photo Credit: Festival of the Sound

Festival of the Sound Parry Sound

Gala Opening Concert – Times of Trouble, Times of Joy: July 20
Office Hour – Times of Trouble, Times of Joy: July 21
Gala Diner and Concert: July 21
Chamberfest at 25 – Times of Trouble, Times of Joy: July 22
The Elmer Iseler Singers – Times of Trouble, Times of Joy: July 22
Swing Cruise: July 23
Young Ears – National Youth Orchestra: July 24
Talk: July 24
A Look Into The Future: July 24
Bach – Mozart: July 25
Bach – Debussy: July 25
Office Hour: July 25
Chopin Concertos I: July 25
Bach – Dvorák: July 26
Bach – Schubert: July 26
Talk: July 26
Chopin Concertos II: July 26
Bach – Schumann: July 27
Bach – Brahms: July 27
Inspired by Folk Music: July 27
Strings Across The Sky: July 28
The StepCrew: July 28
James Keelaghan – Live In Concert: July 29
Folk Cruise – The Slocan Ramblers: July 29
The Magic of Schubert: July 31
Beethoven & Grieg: July 31
The Genius of J.S. Bach: July 31
Mozart in Paradise: August 1
Festival Baroque: August 1
Beethoven, Mendelssohn, & Mozart: August 1
Office Hour: August 2
Your Daughter Fanny: August 2
Brahms & Ravel: August 2
Russian Masters: August 2
Office Hour: August 3
Brahms Masterworks: August 3
Songbook: August 3
Jazz Canada with Strings: August 4
Gene at 90: August 5
Swing Hits: August 5
Films of the Silent Era: August 6
Cruise – Jazz Standards: August 6
TwoBass Hit: August 7
Brahms, Haydn & Schumann: August 7
Schubert, Mozart & Brahms: August 7
Office Hour: August 8
The Rondo: August 8
The Russian Soul: August 8
Mozart, Brahms & Schubert: August 8
Office Hour: August 9
The Sonata: August 9
Canadian Guitar Quartet: August 9
Haydn, Brahms & Dvorák: August 9
Office Hour: Guitar Masterclass: August 10
A Musical Offering: August 10
Great Melodies for Piano: August 10
Tonight, Tonight: August 10
Talk – Reflections on Lennie B.: August 11
National Academy Orchestra: August 11

Gravenhurst Opera House Gravenhurst

Sunday Morning Soul: June 8
Pavlo: July 14
Sawdust City Music Festival: August 3-5
Legends of the Toronto Sound: August 25

The Griffin Gastropub Bracebridge

Enjoy live music every Thursday night and weekend acts as well
Session Muskoka: August 4

Photo Credit: Session Muskoka

Highlander Brew Co. South River

Mighty Lopez: June 2
James Gray: June 9
The Whisky Brothers: June 23
Pam Millar And Sean Cotton: June 30
Jake & Jessie Thomas: July 21
Elyse Saunders: July 28
Juan Barbosa: August 11
Gord: August 18
Douglas McLean: August 25

The Kee to Bala Bala 

Cold Creek County: June 16
Matthew Good: June 29
The Reklaws: June 30
Matt Mays & Lowest of the Low: July 1
Kim Mitchell: July 7
July Talk: July 13
July Talk: July 14
The Glorious Sons: July 20
The Glorious Sons: July 21
The Trews: August 5
54·40: August 11
Jordan Mowat, DJ Shub & The Strictly Hip: August 17
The Sheepdogs: August 25

Photo Credit: The Kee to Bala

The Landmark Pub Burk’s Falls

Enjoy live music at the pub most Saturday nights

The Mill on Main Huntsville

Enjoy live music most Friday and Saturday nights

Music on the Barge Gravenhurst

Bi-Focals Concert Band, Orillia Silver Band & The Little White Lies: July 1
Pauly and the Good Fellas: July 8
The Beckett Family: July 15
The Little Surf Band: July 22
Man in Black and Special Friends: July 29
Sawdust City Music Festival: August 5
The Liverpool 4: August 12
The Good Brothers: August 19

Photo Credit: Town of Gravenhurst

Muskoka Chautauqua Port Carling

Toronto All-Star Big Band: August 11
The Good Bros: August 19
Opera Muskoka – Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte: August 21
Opera Muskoka – Stars of Tomorrow: August 22
Opera Muskoka – Vocal Master Class: August 23
Opera Muskoka – Jennifer Tung in Concert: August 23
Opera Muskoka – Violin Master Class: August 24
Opera Muskoka – Moshe Hammer in Concert: August 24

Muskoka Brewery Bracebridge

Tobin Spring: June 2
Papa John: June 9
Tobin Spring: June 15
Venture Fest: June 16
Karla Crawford: June 22
Papa John: June 30
Tobin Spring: July 6
Errol Blackwood: July 7
Papa John: July 13
Tobin Spring: July 21
Errol Blackwood: July 28
Tobin Spring: August 3
Spencer Nicholson: August 4
Karla Crawford: August 10
Spencer Nicholson: August 11
Errol Blackwood: August 17
Papa John: August 24
Tobin Spring: August 25
Tobin Spring: August 31

The Oar & Paddle Gravenhurst

Mitch Beube: June 5
Bad Strangers: June 6
Small Town Rd: June 12
Frank Deresti: June 13
Papa John: June 19
Paul Noonan: June 20
Kenny Munshaw: June 26
Grady Kelneck: June 27
Mitch Beube: July 3
Jamie Drake: July 4
Small Town Rd: July 10
Angie Nussey: July 11
Sean Cotton: July 17
Papa John: July 18
Nicole Peacock: July 24
Paul Noonan: July 25
Winnie Brave: July 31
Mike Phillips: August 1

Photo Credit: Peter’s Players

Peter’s Players Gravenhurst 

Sugaray Rayford: June 1
Spring Music Cruise
: June 3
Elise LeGrow: June 9
The Lachy Doley Group: June 30
Heather Rankin: July 7
Tami Neilson: July 11
John Nemeth: July 12
Summer Music Cruise: August 5
Marc Jordan & Friends: August 7
Ruthie Foster: August 8
Walter Trout: August 9
Zepp 1 – Classic Albums Live: August 14
Carl Dixon sings the Guess Who: August 15
Carole Pope: August 20
Great Lake Swimmers: August 21
Brass Transit (The Music of Chicago): August 30

Rawley Resort Port Severn

Shawn Mei: June 1
Mark Stewart: June 3
Shawn Mei: June 6
Shawn Mei: June 7
Mark Stewart: June 8
Eric Pukara: June 9
Erik Pukara: June 10
Lighthouse 45 Open House: June 13
Shawn Mei: June 13
Mark Stewart: June 14
Shawn Mei: June 15
Shawn Mei: June 16
Mark Stewart: June 17
Shawn Mei: June 20
Shawn Mei: June 21
Mark Stewart: June 22
Eric Pukara: June 23
Erik Pukara: June 24
Adrien Robitaille: June 25
Adrien Robitaille: June 26
Shawn Mei: June 27
Mark Stewart: June 28
Shawn Mei: June 29
Mark Stewart: June 30

Rene M. Caisse Memorial Theatre Bracebridge

The Seiler Strings: July 21

Sawdust City Brewing Saloon Gravenhurst

Enjoy live music in the saloon – check here for updates
Funkfest: June 30
Sawdust City Music Festival: August 3-5

Photo Credit: Funkfest – Sawdust City Brewing

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