Waterside Summer Series Music Festival (aka "Waterside") is a registered, not-for-profit charitable corporation with a mission to present excellent, primarily classical, music entertainment in the intimate setting of St. Paul's Presbyterian Church on Amherst Island. Although "Waterside" originated as a fundraiser for St. Alban's Anglican Church in 1994 and then operated in association with Loyalist Township for many successful years, the organization became totally independent after acquiring charitable status in 2016.

 

Amherst Island, a place of tranquility and natural beauty, is just a half-hour drive from downtown Kingston, west along the Loyalist Parkway. The ferry leaves the mainland every hour on the half-hour.

 

All concerts take place at St. Paul’s, just south of Stella.  Tickets cost $37 and include refreshments served during the 20-minute intermission.


The 2020 Season has been postponed. We are currently working with the artists to secure dates for 2021.

Keep checking back for more information!


Coming in Summer 2021

Sheng Cai

A prize winner in many international competitions (Bosendorfer, Toronto and Montreal Symphony competitions). Details on the 2021 program to follow.


Coming in Summer 2021
Leslie Fagan, soprano; James Campbell, clarinet; and Leopoldo Erice, piano

Stars of the Festival of the Sound, Parry Sound that is, visit Waterside Summer Series with a delightful program of German Romantics and operatic fireworks!


Coming in Summer 2021
Phaeton Piano Trio

Three outstanding German artists, each with international careers. In 2018 they embarked on a cycle of recordings with works by Mendelssohn and his contemporaries, so Mendelssohn will be on the program and, of course, Beethoven! New to Waterside's stage - you'll be thrilled!


Coming in Summer 2021

Four Seasons Harp Quartet

Featuring Lori Gemmell, Caroline Leonardeli, Carolyn Lizotte, and Jennifer Swartz. Another first for Waterside! We've never had one harp on stage, let alone four major Canadian harpists! Vivaldi's Four Seasons transcribed by the Harp Quartet of Venice will make up the second half of the program with readings by the charismatic Tom Allen. A rare event!

 

Special announcement: The Quartet is joined by iconic Tom Allen from CBC Radio 2.


Coming in Summer 2021

Cheng2 Duo

What a privilege to have this dynamic sister/brother duo back on our stage! Silvie and Bryan are coming back to Amherst Island - what a treat! More details on the 2021 program to follow.


Visit "The Back Kitchen" for a meal or ice cream!

 

Picnics can be enjoyed on the St. Paul's church lawn, at the picnic tables in the Village, or at Lane's End Park at the bottom of Stella 40 Foot Road.  Please leave nothing behind!


Waterside concerts are a perfect summer outing, bringing together beautiful music and a remarkable natural setting.