Kincardine Summer Music Festival offers world class entertainment


By Barb McKay


The 21st annual Kincardine Summer Music Festival, as always, is packed full of high caliber talent, according to the festival’s organizers.


KSMF secretary John Schnarr says this year’s festival has attracted musicians and vocalists that are world-class. Topping the list is renowned Canadian jazz vocalist, Denzal Sinclaire. The Toronto-born jazz artist is also a master of the piano and a talented composer and won the 2004 National Jazz Award for best album. He is touring with jazz superstar Diana Krall before attending KSMF. Sinclaire will perform Aug. 9 at the Best Western Governor’s Inn as part of the evening concert series.


“Denzal is a great Canadian jazz artist,” said Schnarr. “He’s a top drawer person.”


Schnarr said the festival has a history of attracting great talent and each year the evening concert line up features new additions and exciting performers. Evening concerts will be held at 7:30 p.m., with concerts from Aug. 5 to 10 being held at the Best Western Governor’s Inn and concerts from Aug. 11 to 18 being held at the Knox Presbyterian Church in Kincardine.


“The jazz artists we’ve had really are the best jazz artists in Canada,” he said.


As in other years, the evening concert series kicks off with KSMF Jazz Faculty All-Stars. The group is being promoted as the new generation of jazz faculty for the festival. The group of instructors features incomparable musicians, including Jules Estrin, the jazz program co-ordinator, on trombone; Amy Peck, on saxophone; Brian O’Kane, on trumpet; Earl MacDonald, on piano; Geoff Young, on guitar; Mike Downes, on bass; and Joel Haynes, on drums. The evening concert will be held Aug. 5.


This year’s KSMF features some of the best North American blues, classical and world music. Schnarr said another performance not to be missed is the compilation of blues singer Robin Banks, guitarist Rick Taylor and blues harmonica player Carlos del Junco, who perform Aug. 7.


“That will be a cool, cool blues night,” he said.


A unique concert experience will be Aug. 12 when award-winning classical harpist Caroline Leonardelli teams up with organist Matthew Larkin to perform pieces from their recently-released album Legendes.

“That will be really unusual,” Schnarr said. “It will be a great concert.”


Returning this year is concert violinist Marc Djokic, who wowed audiences last year with his abilities on the electric violin. He will perform solo Aug. 13 and will be joined Aug. 17 by pianist Kati Gleiser, of Owen Sound; Jasmine Schnarr, on viola; and Thomas Beard on cello.


This year’s Kincardine Summer Music Festival will once again feature the 4 O’Clock in the Park free concert series, held in Victoria Park daily. Schnarr said there is a great line up of musicians, vocalists and groups, including the Charlie Bell Trio, Kincardine Brass and Weston Silver Bands, My Sweet Patootie, Jason Hunter Jazz Trio, JazzFM.91 Youth Big Band and Georgian Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra, plus many more.


“The idea behind the 4’O Clock in the Park concerts is that people can come to the park and have a nice hour of music,” said Schnarr, “then go down on the main street and have something to eat or do some shopping.”


As always, a major component of the music festival is the student music programs. There are 23 music education programs, including children’s music, band, strings, guitar, choir, jazz, blues and chamber music, for every age and ability. While many programs are already full, there are still some music programs with limited availability.


For more information about the concerts and music programs, visit the music festival website at


Tickets for the evening concerts are available through the box office by calling 519-396-9400, at Jerome Flowers and Gifts, Kincardine’s Scottish Shop, Dalton’s Pottery in Ripley and online at