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Pop, folk, blues, world, traditional and classical

Michael KaeshammerThe Indian River Festival, now in it’s 23rd year presents the best in folk, jazz, blues, roots, classical, choral, traditional, contemporary music in Historic St. Marys Church in Indian River.

The lineup of artists for 2018 Indian River Festival summer season includes: Sarah Slean with the Atlantic String Machine, Michael Kaeshammer, The Sirens, Lennie Gallant, Amanda Jackson, Mike Biggar, Payadora Tango Ensemble, Chris Norman, Trio Tangere, Justin Nozuka, The Sweet Lowdown, Marc Djokic & Isabel Bayrakdarian, Dave Carroll, Dennis & Kinley, The Ennis Sisters, Alicia Toner, Hillsburn, Ensemble Made in Canada and more.

Summer concerts take place in St. Marys’ Church on Hamilton Road in Indian River and doors open one hour prior to concert time and everyone is encouraged to arrive early, enjoy a drink and conversation in the pavilion.

The Festival has received a Music PEI Award for Achievement in Classical Music, several ECMA nominations for event and venue of the year, twice named in the Globe and Mail as one of the best small summer classical music festivals in Canada, and was listed as one of the top summer classical music festivals in Canada by CBC Music.

It should be noted that Artistic Director, Robert Kortgaard will be celebrating his 20th year with the festival this year. Of his time with the Festival Robert Kortgaard says: “When I think of summertime PEI, I think of long, sunshiny days, languid beach walks, local lobsters and famous Malpeque oysters, incredible colour contrasts between sky, ocean and the rich, red soil…. and, of course, the Indian River Festival.

“Our cherished, award winning venue will come to life, rafters ringing, when we welcome the very best musical artists of multiple genres, and continue our tradition of offering thrilling live music in perfect acoustics, a stunning location, and a warm welcome to all from our IRF team. We are proud to have developed an international reputation for attracting the finest performers and happiest audiences to our little piece of heaven on earth. Check out our line-up of great concerts and come early to relax in our pavilion before being swept up in the musical rapture of the Indian River Festival experience.”

The season will start with a free open house on June 8 at 1 pm.

“We want the entire Island community to come and enjoy music and food and be one of the first to step foot inside beautiful Historic St. Marys before the season starts,” said Don Quarles, Executive Director of the Festival. “We will have some special surprises for you this season and hope you put our summer schedule in your calendar.”

Tickets go on sale April 3 at, Ticketpro website, by calling 1-888-311-9090 or at the office in Kensington, 836-4933. To purchase discounted group tickets email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Presented by the Confederation Bridge, the Indian River Festival Festival presents performances from a dynamic mix of some of the biggest names in Canadian music and emerging talent attracting thousands of music lovers annually to St. Mary’s Church to experience the best in folk, blues, jazz, classical, traditional, contemporary and world music.

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