Canada is the Focus of SweetWater 2017

July 3, 2017


C-A-N-A-D-A! That’s the focus of the 14th edition of the SweetWater Music Festival, September 15 to 17. Artistic Director Mark Fewer has assembled a spectacular all-Canadian line up on

Saturday night as Canada marks 150 years of Confederation. From well-loved classical works to cutting edge jazz to contemporary compositions, SweetWater 2017 truly has something for everyone.


SweetWater will open with a Gala Concert on Friday night at the Historic Leith Church. The Heroes will feature one of the world’s best singers, one of the world’s best clarinettists, and one of the world’s best pianists. Canadian baritone Russell Braun will make his SweetWater debut. Plus, James Campbell and John Novacek will perform works by Brahms and Beethoven.


SweetWater moves to the Roxy Theatre in Owen Sound on Saturday evening for the first of two Canadian-themed concerts, Glorious & Free (presented by The Medley Family). It will feature works by some of Canada’s greatest composers including the premiere of a new work by local composer Richard Mascall.


The music moves later that night to Heartwood Hall for the Canadian-themed jazz concert, After Hours. This high energy concert with Juno winner Duane Andrews, Drew Jurecka, Joseph Phillips, Rory McLeod, Amahl Arulanadam, and Edwin Huizinga performing original Canadian jazz. It should be a packed house after the sellout crowd at SweetWater Jazz in May.


You won’t want to miss the fantastic festival finale on Sunday afternoon at the Roxy.

Pianorama features local pianist Kati Gleiser performing one of Mozart's greatest works for piano, the “Concerto in A Major, K 488” with the World's Smallest Orchestra. Plus, Guy Few and John Novacek will perform Shostakovich’s “Piano Concerto No. 1.”


SweetWater will once again showcase some of the world’s best musicians including Carolyn Maule, Aiyun Huang, and many more.


As always, SweetWater features free, interactive music experiences including the annual Luthier Exhibit, the family favorite Mozart for Munchkins, and community play along, Classical Jam. Plus, the Luthier Event will conclude with a special performance of the Mozart Clarinet Quintet featuring James Campbell.


Festival Passes and concert tickets are available online and at the Roxy Theatre Box Office (call 519 371 2833 for over the phone purchases). The Festival 3-Concert Pass (excluding After Hours ) is $105 (only 150 passes available). The Friday Night Gala is $45, Saturday and Sunday concerts at the Roxy are $35, and the After Hours at Heartwood is $30. Student tickets are $10 for all concerts.


The SweetWater Music Festival is supported by Canadian Heritage and the Ontario Arts

Council. SweetWater 2017 is also sponsored by the Community Foundation Grey Bruce and the Eva Leflar Foundation.