KSMF faculty members are Juno winners

Music festival to run Aug. 3 to 16

By Barb McKay

Kincardine Summer Music Festival (KSMF) faculty members have received national recognition.


Guitarist Mike Rud and bass player Mike Downes were awarded Juno Awards this past spring in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Rud won the Vocal Jazz Album of the Year for Notes on Montreal with vocalist Sienna Dahlen and Mike Downes won Traditional Jazz Album of the Year for Ripple Effect.


Both musicians will kick off the 23rd annual KSMF evening concert series on Sunday, Aug. 3 as part of the KSMF Jazz Ensemble with Jules Estrin on trombone, Kelly Jefferson on sax and Ted Warren on drums. Rud will perform with jazz vocalist Sienna Dahlen on Monday, Aug. 4. Both shows will take place at the Best Western Plus Governor’s Inn.


This year’s evening concert series line up includes an impressive assortment of award-winning talent including blues guitarist Jimmy Bowskill who was discovered by Jeff Healey when he was just 11 years old. Jazz violinist Drew Jureka has arranged, written and performed on more than 150 albums, many of which earned Grammy nominations and Juno awards.


From Aug. 11 to 16, the evening concerts will move to the Knox Presbyterian Church. Artists include Valdy, the Toronto Brass Quintet and Marc Djokic, just to name a few. The KSMF will end the two-week concert series with the incredible Festival Chamber Ensemble, which will perform Beethoven String Trio Op. 9, No. 1, Frank Bridge Phantasy, and Brahms Piano Quartet in G minor.


KSMF committee member John Schnarr told The Independent last week that the festival will once again feature the 4 O’Clock in the Park free concert series. The concerts will be held daily from Aug. 3 to 8 and Aug. 10 to 15 in Victoria Park and feature the Jules Estrin Quartet, singer/songwriter duo Beckon,

indie/folk band North Country Towers, My Sweet Patootie, James Garnett Trio, Bobby Dean Blackburn, the Lighthouse Swing Band and more.


In addition, the KSMF will offer a variety of music classes for children and adults at beginner and advanced levels, taught by professional musicians performing in the festival.


For more information about the KSMF or to register for visit www.ksmf.com, call 519-396-9716 or email info@ksmf.ca.