The Friday concert is traditionally held in Historic Leith Church after the summer series of Leith Summer Music concerts has concluded. The Donna Steinacher Foundation administered by the Friends of Leith Church has provided generous scholarships for young musicians who now have international careers and return to play in the SweetWater Music Festival.
The Choir was started in September, 1972, when Professor Dilmore of the University of Western Ontario agreed to set up a community orchestra (now The Georgian Bay Symphony). He needed a group of singers to accompany the orchestra in some of the Christmas choruses from Handel’s Messiah. That group of singers eventually became what’s known today as the Georgian Bay Concert Choir.
Members of the GBSO join forces with SweetWater musicians for performances that require larger ensembles. this will be the case in 2013 when the Mozart Clarinet concerto, a Haydn cello concerto and Bach double violin concerto are performed.
Te Roxy Theatre, owned and operated by the Owen Sound Little Theatre, is the premier regional destination for live theatre and music performances. Built circa 1913, this historic soft-seat opera house accommodates 400 people, and is located in Owen Sound’s historic downtown core. The Owen Sound Little Theatre is a not-for-profit charitable organization now celebrating its 53th year and produces four productions annually. SweetWater annually partners with the Roxy for box office services as well as using the theatre for concerts during our September Festival.
The Harmony Centre in Owen Sound is housed in the former Knox United Church. The aim of the Centre is to provide a "community shared space" that is affordable and to be used by arts, education, social service, and performance groups. SweetWater has based its free, interactive Saturday events during the Festival at the Harmony Centre. In addition, the venue has been used for one-off concerts as well as Annual General Meetings and special project meetings for initiatives such as Access Music.
Young musicians identified by their excellent performance in the Kiwanis communication are offered the opportunity to take master classes with SweetWater musicians.