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.
Thursday, July 4, 2019 at 7:15 PM
This prize-winning (Chopin International 2015) Canadian pianist returns to our stage performing Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and, of course, Chopin. His power, precision and nuance at the keyboard defy credibility. Charles Richard-Hamelin is a “must see, must hear.”
Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 4:15 PM
True North Brass
This quintet of prominent orchestral brass players, many of them Principals in major orchestras, will perform an enticing range of repertoire from J.S. Bach and Mozart to Gershwin. Considered one of the world’s finest brass ensembles – not to be missed!
Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 7:15 PM
Brazilian Guitar Quartet
Made up of two six-string and two eight-string guitars, this quartet produces a phenomenally rich and varied sound. By combining disparate elements – American jazz, French Impressionism and African rhythmic impulses – they produce a virtuosic, distinctively Brazilian sound. A unique opportunity!
This outstanding piano trio has been on our stage several times and we’re fortunate that they continue to return to Waterside while in such high demand around the world. There aren’t enough superlatives for this “old friend” of Waterside – one of the world’s finest piano trios.
Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 4:15 PM
This piano quartet of four dynamic musicians, each enjoying outstanding individual careers, together share a passion for chamber music. A highlight of their program will be selections from “The Mosaique Project,” a newly commissioned suite of engaging piano quartets by Canadian composers.
Purchase the entire series and receive a 10% discount!
Enjoy a prix fixe meal at "The Back Kitchen" on concert days.
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.