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. We have one extra-special three-hour show this 2020 season available for $45. See below on August 15 for details! We are excited to be celebrating Beethoven's 250th birthday with this spectacular show!

Limited time offer: purchase the entire series and receive a 10% discount!

Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 7:15 PM

Sheng Cai

A prize winner in many international competitions (Bosendorfer, Toronto and Montreal Symphony competitions) Sheng Cai performs a spectacular piano recital to open Waterside 2020 with a demanding program including Chopin, Grieg and, of course, Beethoven.

Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 4:15 PM
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!

Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 4:15 PM
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!

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 7:15 PM

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.

Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 3:15 PM

Cheng2 Duo

What a privilege to have this dynamic sister/brother duo back on our stage! Silvie and Bryan will be performing an extra special 3-hour presentation that will include all five of Beethoven's sonatas for Piano and Cello along with two intermissions during which special celebratory refreshments will be served in honour of Beethoven's birthday. This is a Beethoven Birthday Bash not to be missed!

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.