Stratford Summer Music

about stratford summer music

Stratford Summer Music stages an annual summer music festival of diverse musical experiences of superior quality, to celebrate music and to enhance the reputation of the Stratford region as an exceptional home for all the arts. - Stratford Summer Music mission statement

Stratford Summer Music, an annual multi-week music festival that presents 100 events featuring 350+ artists, is set in indoor and outdoor venues throughout downtown Stratford, Ontario. With an artistic vision to produce, to the highest standards possible, an annual program of diverse and exciting musical performances by local, provincial, national and international artists and to provide the widest possible range of musical genres on our stages, Stratford Summer Music exposes audiences to a standard of musical excellence difficult to find outside large urban centres.

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Mark Fewer, Artistic Director

Mark Fewer

photo by Scott Wishart, Over The Top 2018

Violinist Mark Fewer leads a multi-disciplined life in music. Violin soloist, chamber musician, orchestral leader, artistic director, conductor, arranger, teacher, jazz violinist, recording artist and occasional radio host, he has performed worldwide to great critical acclaim. Described as “intrepid” (The Globe and Mail), “genre-bending” (National Post), “profound” (The WholeNote), and “freaky good”(The Gazette), he has performed around the world in halls such as Carnegie, Wigmore and Salle Pleyel, and is equally at home in recital venues such as Bartok House (Budapest) to Le Poisson Rouge (NYC) to The Forum (Taipei).

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John A. Miller, Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus

For the past 34 years John Miller has devoted his considerable energies to matters cultural by developing a specialization in Canadian arts and artists and, in particular, a keen knowledge of music by and about Canadians.

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SSM 2017 Annual Report

SSM Annual Report 2017

SSM 2018 Annual Report

SSM Annual Report 2018

photo credit: Scott Wishart

2019 Board of Directors

Chair: Mr. Marcel van Hulle (Stratford/Toronto) - Senior Vice President, Info-Tech Research Group

Vice-Chair: Ms. Mary E. Hofstetter C.M. (Stratford) - Arts, Culture, Governance Consultant.  Past President, The Banff Centre

Treasurer:  Mr. Doug Roth (Toronto/Stratford) – Chief Strategy and Financial Officer, Heart and Stroke Foundation


Mr. Graham Bunting (Stratford) - City Councillor, City of Stratford

Mr. Denis Harrison (Stratford) – Former Crown Attorney, current Federal Prosecutor

Mr. David Kerr (Stratford/Toronto) - Partner at Deloitte Canada, Toronto

Ms. Jessica Leney (Stratford) – Enrichment Resource Support Teacher, Learning Services Department Avon Maitland District School Board

Ms. Betsy Little (London) - CEO Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex

Ms. Jean Anne McLeod (Toronto/Stratford) – Chief Operating Officer, Stikeman Elliott LLP

Mr. Paul Toner (Toronto/ Stratford) – President, Simeon Canada

Mr. Jeremy Wreford (Stratford) – Retail Business Owner, Bradshaws Stratford