June 4, 2003
For the seventh straight year, the team at La Scena Musicale brings you our annual Guide to
Canadian Summer Festivals in classical music, supplemented for the second year
by our guide to Canadian jazz festivals. This year, the 95 festivals in our
guide--up from last year's 84 festivals--show that classical music festivals in
Canada are alive and well. Why are there so many great festivals in Canada? The
high concentration of festivals in Quebec shows that government encouragement
does indeed help. Let's hope that this continues.
Putting together Canada's most complete guide to classical and jazz summer
festivals was not easy. Our dedicated calendar team worked extra hours
tirelessly to compile the listings of over one thousand different performances.
We've relied on the kind cooperation of all the festivals to submit their event
information in electronic format. No doubt we will continue to receive more
details after this issue hits the press, so please visit our Festivals web page
<festivals.scena.org> for updates.
The national June summer festival issue is among our most widely-read; this
year 62,000 copies are being distributed across Canada in the combined
distribution network of both LSM and The Music Scene.
Looking towards 2003-04, La Scena Musicale will embark on its eighth
full year as a 10-times a year magazine, and The Music Scene
will begin its second year of service to classical music enthusiasts in English
Canada (Southern Ontario and Western Canada) with three issues (September,
December and March).
These efforts are brought to you by The
Music Scene/La Scène Musicale, a registered charity dedicated to promoting
classical music in Canada. To raise funds to continue this valuable service, on
September 17, 2003, we will present our second Public's Choice Benefit Gala in
Montreal. Please help us choose the concert programme by filling out the ballot
at the beginning of the magazine. (Incidentally, our first Gala, held on
September 12, 2001, may have the dubious honour of being the first Canadian
concert dedicated to peace and to the victims of the September 11
Have a musical
Wah Keung Chan, President, The Music
Scene/La Scène Musicale