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Riversongs 2019

Art, Music, Poetry

June 14th - June 23rd

Coffee Houses
Ziibii minwaa Nibi
Try The Strings!


June 15

Beginnings - Opening Gala

Whispering River Orchestra and guest artists

Joyce Lai, violin, and Ian Clarke, viola, perform

Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante​ in E-flat Major during

Riversongs 2019 opening Gala concert.

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Mary Street Centre


June 23

Closing Gala

Riversongs Festival Choir and Whispering River Orchestra

perform a number of classical works, including Schubert's Unfinished Symphony in B minor, Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A major 

featuring Chris Todd, clarinet

and Haydn's Paukenmesse in C Major featuring

Kira Braun, soprano, Celine Cascanette, alto

Fabian Arciniegas, tenor, William McArton, bass

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Mary Street Centre

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June 17 - 20

Daily Workshops

Canadore College - West Parry Sound Campus

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Introduction to Composition with Dr. Patricia Morehead                     

Conducting with Dr. Philip Morehead                                                                         

3:00 pm - 4:25 pm

Musical Yoga with Favourite local teachers                                                              

Voice Lessons with Maguire, Cascanette, Arciniegas                                              

Introduction to Strings with WRO Section Leaders                                     

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Poetry & Anishinaabe with Fretwell & Ryckman                                        

Composition Circle with Dr. Patricia Morehead                                             

Strings Repertoire with WRO Sections Leaders                                          


1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Open Doors Art Room with Debbie McGibbon                                       

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"Two-Time" Workshops

Canadore College - West Parry Sound Campus

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm 

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Celtic Fiddling with Gwen Dunlop

Feldenkrais Method with Rozanna Weinberger

June 17 & 18

June 19 & 20

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Coffee Houses

June 17 - 2o

The Hive

Canadore College

Music, Poetry & Sweet Treats All Evening Long.

4:30 pm - Poetry Circle

Join us during a Poetry Circle as Katerina Fretwell leads experienced and first-time poets through exercises that explore creativity through poetry. Accompanied by Robert Ryckman, poets can then learn to

translate lines from their own poems into Anishinaabe language!

7:30 pm - Coffee House

After dinner, participate in the evening's Coffee House as poets, musicians, artists, actors and creatives of all types

gather to share their gifts with their community, accompanied by

warm beverages and delicious baked goods.

This supportive environment encourages original material 

so don't be afraid to share the poem you just wrote or

that new song you've been working on!

Strawberry Moon Coffee House

WRO Youth of All Ages

The Usual Suspects

Kick Ptarmigan

June 17

June 18

June 19

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Ziibii minwaa Nibi

June 21

Ziibii minwa Nibi

Rivers and Waters

Charles W. Stockey Centre

Join our Solstice Celebration on June 21st as we ignite Parry Sound's creative spark from the waters of Georgian Bay.

Featuring a whole host of volunteers and organizations from around

Parry Sound, including Sail Parry Sound, Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve,

White Squall, Parry Sound Rotary Club & More.

9:00 am - 2:45 pm

Sun, Moon and Water

A Family Arts & Creativity Day


First Nation Teachings with Vince and Donna Pawis 

Art, Composition, and Poetry Workshops

Biosphere Walk with members of the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve


3:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Drop-In Workshops


Paper Making

Bert Weir stylized Banner Making 

Art, Composition, and Poetry Workshops

Biosphere Walk with members of the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve

Orchestral Strings "Meet n' Greet" - Try a new instrument!

5:00 pm - 6:45 pm

Family BBQ Dinner

Enjoy dinner and the beauty of the bay from the deck of the Stockey Centre.

All proceeds to Parry Sound Rotary Club

7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Art Sail, Canoe Choir, Kayak Ballet

Riversongs Festival Choir sings from inside a canoe on the bay as members of White Squall Paddling Centre perform their kayak ballet and members of Sail Parry Sound fly Bert Weir stylized banners from their keelboats in this epic celebration of water and creativity.

Banners made by the Community of Parry Sound

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Bert Weir Memorial Premiere & Coffee House

Featuring young composers from Britt, Humphrey, Parry Sound and more!

Students composing music during the week present their compositions alongside premieres from Canadian composers

Matthew Tam and Chia Yin Wu.

Featuring the World Premiere of the

First Annual Bert Weir Memorial Composition Award:

October Blaze - Dianne Berry

Inspired by Bert Weir's October Blaze

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Try the Strings!

June 17 - 2o

Now is the Time!

Have you always wanted to learn how to play an orchestral stringed instrument, such as the violin or the cello?

Do you wish you could regain some of your old string playing skills?

Are you just itching to try?

It is never too late! We have the solution. 

Register now to spend time with a professional string instructor on the orchestral stringed instrument of your choice

(violin, viola, cello, double bass) in a group workshop setting where you'll learn among others of a similar skill set and have fun playing as a group.

No experience necessary! 

We provide instruments and the instructors to help you play them.

All you need is the willingness to try!

Register Here

or call  705-996-0736

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Try It All!

Don't stop with just strings; all of our workshops are No Experience Necessary.

Interested in Conducting or Composition?

Want to sit with a vocal instructor and find your voice?

Why wait?

Experience everything that Riversongs has to offer!

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