Stratford Summer Music

about stratford summer music

"Stratford Summer Music stages an annual summer music festival of diverse musical experiences for both regional and wider audiences, 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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John A. Miller, Artistic Producer

John A. Miller

Photo by BDS Studios

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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Director Positions Available

Stratford Summer Music is a project of the Stratford Arts Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization.  Charitable Registration #RR001-87819-7417.

The Board of Directors of Stratford Summer Music is currently inviting submissions from qualified individuals interested in serving as a Member of the Board of Directors. As of March, 2018 we will have openings for four individuals who have expertise in one or more of the following areas:  Finance, Accounting, Legal, Fund Development and the Corporate Sector.

The three year term of office, which is renewable, will commence as of the Annual General Meeting in March 2018. 

Directors are expected to attend monthly Board meetings (10 per year) either in person in our Stratford office or by teleconference, and participate on one Board subcommittee (Fund Development, Marketing and Audience Development).  This is a volunteer position.

The Mission for Stratford Summer Music is to stage an annual festival of diverse musical and educational experiences for both regional and wider audiences, to celebrate music in its many manifestations and to enhance the reputation of the Stratford region as a home for all the arts. 2018 will mark the 18th festival season.

Please contact Marcel van Hulle, Board Chair at if you have any questions or are interested in serving on the Board.

SSM 2015-2016 Annual Report

SSM Annual Report 2015-16 Final

2018 Board of Directors

Honorary Chair:  Lloyd Robertson O.C.,  Anchor Emeritus, CTV News

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

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

Treasurer:  Mr. John Wright (Stratford) - Chairman, Ontario Electrical Construction Co. Ltd.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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