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Stratford Summer Music on Hold

May 1, 2020

Stratford Summer Music has put its 20th anniversary season on hold. The concerts and celebratory 20th-anniversary events will be postponed to 2021.

But organizers are open to producing music events when the government regulations change.

Mark Fewer, who took over from SSM founder and artistic producer John A. Miller in 2019, says, “I don’t believe in the word “cancel,” as I don’t believe you can ever stop the power of music from making its way into our lives. While we are with heavy hearts at suspending our celebrations for our 20th anniversary, it is only temporary, so you could say we are “delaying the party.” Being put into a holding pattern will only make the eventual sounds of our celebrations that much sweeter.

Mark Fewer. Photo: Scott Wishart.

“But more important at this moment is to take care of one another, our families and our communities. When we reach the other side of this, my hope is that we can greet one another with an even deeper sense of connection. And we will celebrate and raise one another up – with music!”

Like so many summer festivals, SSM is awaiting guidance from the provincial government regarding public gatherings. They are currently exploring creative ways of presenting music that will comply with any new regulations.

So as soon as the guidelines are relaxed, there’s a good chance that Stratford Summer Music will be ready to present live music.

In the meantime, keep an eye on their website and Facebook page for details.

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Stratford Summer Music on Hold

Keith Tomasek
1 May 2020
News and Rumors

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