Full SweetWater festival in works for September

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The SweetWater Music Festival is back with a full festival featuring acclaimed Canadian and international musicians performing classical, jazz, and contemporary music.

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After scaling back and adjusting its programming the past two years because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival is again offering four days of music from Sept. 15 to 18 in live in-person events at venues in Owen Sound and Meaford.

“It’s great to be back presenting a full in-person festival for 2022,” artistic director Edwin Huizinga said in a news release. “We are excited to welcome some wonderful artists to Owen Sound this September featuring wind players on many of our concerts.”

The SweetWater 2022 lineup has a special focus on wind players, with this year’s resident artists also including Sheila Jaffe and Carissa Klopoushak (violin), Emily Eng (viola), Arlen Hlusko (cello), Zeynep Ozsuca (piano), Sacha Rattle (clarinet), Joe Phillips (bass), Aleh Remezau (oboe), and Todd Williams (French horn).

There will also be special concerts featuring Ahmed Moneka and Juno-award winning supergroup The Fretless.

The festival will begin on Sept. 15 with a free classical Thursday night concert featuring the music of Britten and Brahams at Georgian Shores United Church sponsored by Christopher Little and Associates of RBC Dominion Securities.

On Sept. 17, 18 and 19, there will be noon-hour outdoor community concerts featuring The Fretless, Next Wave emerging artists and more. Venues include the Grey Sauble Arboretum, Grey Gallery and Owen Sound Farmers’ Market. Everyone is welcome to attend and donations will be accepted.

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On Sept. 16 at 7 p.m., the festival returns to the Historic Leith Church for works by Prokofiev and Schumann, with an audience reception to follow.

On Sept. 17 there will be two concerts, starting with a 7 p.m. concert at the Harmony Centre featuring 20th century classical compositions.

Beginning at 9:30 p.m. at Heartwood Music Hall, there will be a concert featuring the music of Iraq-born artist Ahmed Moneka. The show will feature Moneka Arabic Jazz, a project reflecting a life and journey in art from Baghdad to Toronto, the release said.

The festival concludes on Sept. 18 with a matinee concert featuring the “trad” sounds of the Canadian quartet, The Fretless.

Also new this year is the option to “choose your own ticket price” in recognition of the financial challenges due to the pandemic and inflation. Concert-goers also have the opportunity to add support if they are able to, the release said.

The pass price for all four of the evening concerts is $150. Tickets can be purchased at the Roxy Theatre Box Office with passes available by calling the box office at 519-371-2833.

More festival details are available at

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