June 7 – September 15
The Indian River Festival offers a summer-long series of concerts set in one of the most accoustically perfect venues to be found anywhere.
Built in 1902, St. Mary’s Church is a stunning example of the French Gothic style and its renowned architect, William Critchlow Harris, created a space that is perfectly suited to live concert performances. It is idyllically set overlooking fields and pines near Malpeque Bay.
In the 1970’s and ’80’s, St. Mary’s Church, was in serious disrepair. At that time, suggestions were made to tear down the church as the parish alone could not afford to undertake the expensive renovations. Instead, the ‘Save St. Mary’s’ campaign was launched in 1987.
Due to an overwhelming response from area churches, businesses, individuals, families and other groups, the necessary renovations were paid for and completed within 3 years. One of the campaign initiatives was the “Sundays in the Summer” concert series proved to be extremely popular and a secure source of revenue; however, the volunteer core behind the series became stretched to its capacity. In order to evolve to the next level, a dedicated focus was required to become a separate entity and permanent event.
Consequently, in 1996 the Indian River Festival was founded. Over its 23 year run, the Festival has been bringing the best in classical, traditional, folk, jazz and world music to St. Mary’s Church.
This Saturday night (8 June 2019) the festival will have a special event Lobster Tails n Tunes. Featuring PEI Lobster with culinary demonstrations and amazing samples, learn tricks of the trade and have a good ol’ feed of freshly caught Island Lobster. Culinary events featuring Chef Ilona Daniel will take in the food Pavilion, after which will be a special musical performance by island artists Inn Echo.
To view the full program and book your tickets please visit www.indianriverfestival.com