Wakefield Guitar Festival August 16th - 18th 2024
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The first Wakefield Guitar Festival takes place, at the Wakefield Community Centre, August 16-18 and offers an array of activities for players, makers, and fans of steel string and classical guitars. On offer are three concerts by world-renowned guitarists Jocelyn Gould, Colin Davin, and Emma Rush, a luthier showcase featuring high-end guitar makers from Canada and beyond with instrument demos by guitarist Alex Bougie, and a selection of workshops and masterclasses.
There will be plenty of opportunities to connect with fellow guitar fans throughout the day and at our post-concert pub nights.
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Emma Rush

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Emma Rush is “widely regarded as one of Canada’s premier classical guitarists” (Vivascene Magazine) and her career has commanded world recognition. International touring highlights include the Shanghai International Guitar Festival, Festival de Guitarras Lagos de Moreno (Mexico), Future Echoes Festival (Sweden), and the prestigious Internationales Gitarren Symposion Iserlohn (Germany).
Rush is a favourite guest at Canadian guitar festivals including GuitarFest West (Calgary), Guitar Alla Grande (Ottawa), Sauble Beach Guitar Festival (ON), and the Montreal International Guitar Festival and she tours regularly across Canada and world-wide. Rush is a diverse musician and on any given day can be found performing rare historical works, unusual gems of the Latin guitar repertoire, or new Canadian works written for her. “Emma Rush has crafted a sound that transcends generations and speaks directly to the heart and soul.” (Too Much Love Magazine)

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Jocelyn Gould

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JUNO winner Jocelyn Gould has been called “a leader in the next generation of great mainstream jazz guitarists” by Howard Paul, CEO of Benedetto Guitars. Her debut release as a leader, Elegant Traveler, won a 2021 JUNO for Jazz Album of the Year. Her sophomore album, Golden Hour, reached #1 on the Canadian Earshot charts.
Jocelyn has spent the last several years touring extensively. 2023 saw Jocelyn featured in a 34 city American and Canadian solo guitar theatre tour. She also made her debut as a leader in the U.K., Spain and Israel as part of an extensive three continent tour celebrating the release of her third album, Sonic Bouquet.
Jocelyn Gould has performed internationally in the groups of Grammy nominated vocalist Freddy Cole, trumpeter Etienne Charles and DownBeat Critics Poll winner trombonist Michael Dease. She can be heard on albums led by Michael Dease, Caity Gyorgy, Jon Gordon, Diego Rivera, Randy Napoleon, and Will Bonness.
Jocelyn is a full time professor and Head of Guitar at Humber College in Toronto. She is endorsed by Benedetto Guitars.

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Colin Davin

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Guitarist Colin Davin has emerged as one of today’s most dynamic artists. Performance highlights include concertos with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, New Mexico Philharmonic, and Richmond Symphony; and duo collaborations with guitarist Sharon Isbin, harpist Emily Levin, soprano Estelí Gomez, violinist Tessa Lark, and cellist Edward Arron.
Colin appeared as a featured musical guest on the Late Show with David Letterman alongside the late Jessye Norman. He has performed at venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Alhambra Palace, the Paris Conservatoire, the Fridge Fringe in Dubai, and Afghanistan National Institute of Music.
Colin Davin is the Director of Guitar Studio and Associate Professor of Guitar at Shenandoah Conservatory. He previously served as Co-Head of the guitar department at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and on the faculty of the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory. He has presented masterclasses at The Juilliard School, Aspen Music Festival, Oberlin Conservatory, and more.
He holds a Master of Music from The Juilliard School, with Sharon Isbin; a Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California, with William Kanengiser; and underwent preparatory studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music, with Jason Vieaux.
Colin Davin plays a guitar by Joshia de Jonge with Augustine Strings.

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Alex Bougie

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Alex Bougie is a classical guitarist from the Ottawa region who wishes to transmit his love of music through both teaching and performance. After obtaining his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Ottawa under the tutelage of Patrick Roux, he has amassed a wealth of experience as an arranger, musical director, and by performing both as accompanist and soloist.
He performs and records regularly as a founding member of the Ottawa Guitar Trio, an ensemble which aims to promote classical and instrumental music to a wider audience by presenting their own arrangements of music from movie scores, video game soundtracks as well as pieces from the classical canon.

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Joshia de Jonge

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Growing up in a family of guitar makers, Joshia was thirteen when she built her first guitar in 1992. Joshia primarily learnt from her father, Sergei de Jonge, and assisted teaching in his guitar-building courses, before going on to teach guitar making in her own shop with her husband, Patrick Hodgins. With over 30 years experience her guitars are a fusion of traditional and contemporary design with a minimalist aesthetic. Building a limited number of guitars a year allows her to pay close attention to detail. While volume is important, quality of tone is imperative. With every instrument she crafts she strives to achieve a full, pure tone that inspires and compliments each player. Joshia guitars are strung with Augustine Strings.

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Sergei de Jonge

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Sergei de Jonge has been building guitars since 1970, leaving teachers college to become Jean Larrivee’s first apprentice before striking out on his own. For over 50 years his goal has been instruments of the highest caliber with no compromise in aesthetics, structure or tone, built to serve the unique demands of the player. These days he enjoys sharing what he’s learnt with his students – teaching guitar building courses. Sergei is known for his innovative spirit, and pushing the boundaries of whats possible on the guitar. He builds with great passion and loves what he does!

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Linda Manzer

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Recipient of Officer of the Order of Canada

Linda Manzer has been designing and building world-class flattop and archtop acoustic guitars since 1974 and she studied with master luthiers Jean Claude Larrivée and the late James D’Aquisto.
Linda builds flattop, archtop and harp guitars plus her creative journey has given birth to many cutting edge innovations including in 1984, the “Wedge”, an ergonomic tapered guitar body shape originally designed for the renowned 42-stringed Pikasso guitar and available on all models since. Other interesting instruments include the sitar guitar, the fretless nylon archtop guitar and harp guitars with as many as 52 strings. Manzer collaborated with Pat Metheny on building a very special limited edition model - 30 only The Metheny Manzer Signature 6 limited Edition to celebrate her 30 year collaboration with multiple Grammy recipient Pat Metheny.
Manzer's guitars have also been played by Bruce Cockburn, Gordon Lightfoot, Paul Simon, Milton Nascimento, Carlos Santana, Gary Larson, Henrik Andersen, Stephen Fearing, Marie Lynn-Hammond and Julian Lage. Her guitars have been displayed in the Smithsonian, Washington D.C.; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Museum of Civilization, Ottawa Canada.
Manzer guitars have been displayed in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA and are in the permanent collection in the Canadian Museum of History and most recently in the McMichael Art Collections in Kleinburg Ontario, where she led the Group of Seven Guitar Project in 2017. That project commissioned guitars from seven world-renowned Canadian guitar makers in homage to the Group of Seven painters, plus a collective guitar built to honour Tom Thomson, who painted alongside the Group of Seven in the early part of the 20th century. Most recently she has spearheaded the Sunflower Guitar for Ukraine project. A guitar she built to raise money for humanitarian aid for Ukraine that is currently journeying through the hands of musicians and artists to its eventual home in Ukraine.

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Dave Ryers

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Dave has a deep appreciation for fine woodworking, especially as it applies to musical instruments. He began his luthier career in the late 1980s repairing stringed instruments. He then trained under renowned luthier, Sergei de Jonge in 2000 and again, years later, completed an extensive 2+ year apprenticeship with him. Dave focuses on the art and craft of building majestic instruments, rich in detail and tone, technologically advanced and yet, so simple. For Dave, guitar building is a life-long labour of love where the learning never stops.

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Mike Kennedy

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Michael strongly believes that a cohesive design in both structure and aesthetics is fundamental to producing exceptional instruments. His ideals for building could most succinctly be described as "clean elegance". Michael's approach to achieving these tonal and visual goals has continually developed over the course of his career but is rooted in the melding of science and instinct. With a formal education in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and a three year apprenticeship with master luthier Sergei de Jonge, Michael strives to not simply keep these forces in balance, but use them collaboratively to create something greater than the sum of its parts.
In addition to developing his own career, Michael co-founded the Mile End Guitar Coop 15 years ago amidst the bustling music and art scene of Montreal. The Mile End Guitar Coop is a shared workspace currently home to 10 luthiers focused on mutual support, openly shared knowledge, and engagement with the musical community at large with monthly shop concerts.

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Noemi Schembri

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At the age of 11 I started playing the guitar and my interest and curiosity about how that instrument, made of wood, was built.
In 2011 I moved to Canada to study under the guidance of renowned Master Luthier Sergei De Jonge. During the time spent with Sergei I had the opportunity to learn modern techniques for building steel-string and classical guitars and he taught me to look at the guitar in a different way, to understand its dynamics, the delicate balances that characterize it and on which of them intervene to achieve the desired goal.
After my Canadian apprenticeship, I returned to northern Italy and opened my first workshop in Solighetto (TV). In 2021 I moved to a larger workshop in Susegana, (TV) where I build my guitars today.

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Zach Lefebvre

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Driven by the pursuit of finding "the perfect sound" Zach Lefebvre's ever-evolving guitars are well-known for their rich, lush sound and huge dynamic range. Delivering a palette of tonal colours packed with impressive sustain and clarity matched with playability that makes them a joy to play. Zach's guitars are contemporary while respecting numerous traditional aspects of guitar design. TreeHouse Guitars are built to deliver a world-class sound for the discerning musician while being long-lasting, dependable tools in large stadiums, on small stages or in cozy living rooms.
TreeHouse Guitars' inception was in 2012 after Zach apprenticed under the watchful eye of renowned Canadian luthier, Sergei de Jonge. A few of Zach's design details are a nod to the profound influence de Jonge has had on his work. Zach's guitars are crafted using structural and acoustic engineering principals, all in an effort to reach what Zach perceives as "the perfect guitar”.

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Michel Pellerin

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Michel Pellerin has handcrafted over 250 personally designed signature instruments to date. The potential of these instruments hold in their essence a sonic grandeur, with rich textural tones and subtle nuances. His consistency in the evolution of his guitars and harp-guitars is recognized by his mentors and now allows him to frequently exchange conceptual ideas with renowned luthiers as Mario Beauregard and Linda Manzer. Michel is definitely one of the leaders of the new generation of young guitar builders.
"Michel is one of the most exciting new innovative builders in the scene. I love what he does and always keep an eye on what he comes up with" - Linda Manzer

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Dontcho Ivanov

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Dontcho Ivanov is a guitar builder based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He learned to build classical and flamenco guitars in the Spanish tradition with Hugues Lefort and steel-string guitars in the Californian style with Mario Beauregard. From his background as a classical guitarist, Dontcho inherited the obsession of sound. Tone, playability, aesthetics and longevity are his main concerns. In his cozy workshop, Dontcho builds primarily Nylon and Steel string guitars. They are handcrafted with meticulous precision and care from the finest quality wood. His instruments show a remarkably high quality of acoustic response and craftsmanship.

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Mike Sankey

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Ottawa-based luthier Mike Sankey has been creating one-of-a-kind guitars for over 25 years. While better known for organic yet futuristic electric instruments, his work has always been informed by a deep knowledge and appreciation of historical precedent. Leveraging modern technologies such as 3d printing and computer-aided design has been a means to the end goal of making instruments that are each a totally unique expression of the luthiers’ art.

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Michael Greenfield

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Michael Greenfield is passionate about tone. Great tone. FAT tone. Squeezing every last molecule of tone out of his guitars.
Greenfield is dedicated to crafting extraordinary guitars. He continually researches the history, mechanics, dynamics and physics of the instrument to cultivate a deeper understanding of what makes it work and how he can continue to advance his guitars.
Greenfield handcrafts bespoke guitars for those who wish to experience the exhilaration of playing a truly responsive instrument, fashioned to the highest standard. Each commission begins with a personal consultation. The resultant choice of model, specifications, materials and options combine to make your Greenfield Guitar a truly one-of-a-kind instrument – tailor-made, exclusively for you. Michael’s goal is to address your musical requirements and/or enhance your collection.

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Théo Kazourian

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What inspires me,
Passionate about woodworking and the fascinating complexity of acoustic guitars, I strive to deliver the best of my savoir-faire in each of my instruments.
Guitar making is for me like a confession that awakens multiple emotions, nourishing me, inspiring me and accompanying me throughout the building process.
The choice to work alone allows me to master all the steps necessary to create a high-end instrument imbued with a unique sound signature.
I seek to produce powerful, dynamic and sensitive instruments, which are capable of transporting the musician and his audience into a sound experience rich in emotions.

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Behrad Gorgani

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Behrad started his journey into the world of musical instruments studying under the mentorship of master luthier Phill Davis while obtaining his bachelor’s degree in graphic design from OCAD University. He later studied with world-renowned luthiers Sergei de Jonge and Trevor Gore to further refine his craft. Upon finishing his degree, Behrad worked as a faculty member at OCAD University, teaching ukulele construction and introductory woodworking. Over the last few years, Behrad worked for Bill Rickard of Rickard Banjos, designing and building a line of acoustic guitars. He currently builds one-of-a-kind handcrafted guitars, selling them in North America, Europe, and Asia, as well as teaching aspiring guitar builders from his studio in Toronto, Canada.

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Orla Strijker

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Orla Strijker (24) is an acoustic guitar builder from the Netherlands.
Back in 2019 she was an apprentice under Sergei de Jonge.
When she was 13 she knew she wanted to become a guitar builder. First she built her own electric guitar at school. And soon after that she started working at the world famous guitar store ‘The Fellowship of Acoustics’, repairing guitars.
It was there that she found her love for western guitars. In 2016 Sergei invited her to come to Canada to be his apprentice, which she did in 2019. And now since 2020 she has her own shop in the Netherlands where she builds and repairs guitars.
Orla builds the traditional Martin style guitars, with a little bit of her own touch. In her 8 to 9 years working at the Fellowship of Acoustics, she worked on thousands of guitars, which has had an effect on the way she builds her guitars.

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Mario Beauregard

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Mario Beauregard has been researching,developing and creating instruments from flat tops to archtops for the past 32 years.
Recipient of 3 grants from le Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec, which allowed him to study from the Roberto Venn school of Luthery to being the first apprentice of Ervin Somogyi and study archtop under the guidance of Taku Sakashta.
Consultant in the industry from factory to independant builders. Shared and passed his knowledge and experience to apprentices ( from Canada,Japan,Italy) whom today, Mario is very proud and happy to see their careers develop succesfully.
Beauregard continues to push the boundaries of creativity and functionality in order to offer the ultimate experience to the musicians.
More than ever, I feel blessed and continue to enjoy this amazing journey we all share!

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Fraser Chute

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Fraser has always had music in his life. He took piano lessons from a young age, and at about ten years old, added formal drum lessons as well. Fast forward many years later. Life happened and full time work was a thing. But there was always this itch to play the guitar. Not just to play them, but to really understand the guitar and how they worked. The Spanish guitar was the bug, which transitioned to the Flamenco guitar.
At this point in time, Fraser had been taking Flamenco guitar lessons for a while and he wanted a better guitar. Sound familiar? A chance encounter with an article in the Kitchissippi Times about a gentleman who built guitars for his family and at 92 years old was still doing it, was the epiphany that started him on his way to building guitars.
Fraser built his first guitar in his basement in 2009, a Flamenco guitar. In the spring of 2010, he had the opportunity and means to take Sergei de Jonge's Guitar Making Course. As for many, Sergei's guidance and knowledge helped pave the way to building fine guitars. In 2011, the backyard detached garage was converted to the shop that has evolved to what it is today. After reading most of what has been written about building guitars he has realized an intuitive sense is a valuable asset when building a guitar based on experience from the guitars that came before.
Each guitar he has made has allowed him to develop a better understanding of what makes a good Spanish guitar. He understands and accepts that no two guitars are exactly alike. That is the challenge and the excitement of building guitars and hearing them played for the first time.

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Christian Piteau

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Christian Piteau has been a luthier since 2021, following a 24-year career as an architectural technician. He developed a passion for designing and building custom guitars. His motivation was initiated by an introductory course on setups and maintenance offered by his luthier. He was drawn to guitar making and woodworking and he realised that a career change was in his future. He returned to school to complete a DEC in lutherie. After 3 years of studies, he graduated from the Bruand lutherie guitar school workshop at the top of the 2021 class.
Due to experience from his previous field, he designs his instruments in collaboration with his clients. His goal is to inform and guide you through all aspects of your dream instrument project. He strives to advise you in choosing the appropriate materials and design to get the tone, aesthetics and playability of the instrument that you are looking for, according to the style of music you are playing.

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Masterclasses

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Masterclasses are available with classical guitarists Colin Davin and Emma Rush. These classes offer a chance to perform for a renowned guitarist and get their feedback on technique and musicianship. Masterclass spots are 45 minutes for each performer. If you don’t want to play but still want to learn you are welcome - and encouraged - to join in as an auditor.
There are very limited spots available for masterclass performers.
Please contact Emma or Colin if you would like to perform in a masterclass.
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Workshops

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Emma Rush presents: Women in the 19th Century Guitar World

Emma Rush discusses the lives and works of rarely heard composers from the 19th century including Emilia Giuliani Guglielmi, Catharina Pratten, Julia Piston, and Delores de Goñi. Among these women were virtuosic concert performers, savvy entrepreneurs, world travelling adventurers, and teachers of royalty. They had connections with guitar making too! This presentation is a fascinating look at a vibrant but overlooked piece of guitar history.

Sergei de Jonge presents: Thoughts on Guitar Construction

Sergei de Jonge will discuss his methods of building both steel string and classical guitars, with an emphasis on top bracing, including varied double top styles, lattice, fan, and more. His knowledge is vast with over 50 years of experience building, experimenting, and pushing the limits of what’s possible on the guitar.
Your questions will be welcomed.
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Concerts

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The festival features an impressive lineup of artists. Colin Davin, a globally recognized guitarist, brings dynamic artistry on Friday with versatile performances, from orchestral concertos to intimate duos. Saturday showcases JUNO winner Jocelyn Gould, a leader in mainstream jazz guitar, known for chart-topping albums and captivating performances worldwide. On Sunday, Canada's premier classical guitarist, Emma Rush, promises a soul-stirring performance with her internationally acclaimed career and diverse repertoire. Throughout the festival, classical guitarist Alex Bougie, passionate about music and teaching, enchants the audience, contributing to the rich tapestry of this musical celebration.

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Schedule

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Friday7:00 PM - 8:30 PMEmma Rush ConcertSaturday10:00 AM - 12:00 PMColin Davin Masterclass11:00 AM - 12:00 PMLuthier Exhibition11:00 AM - 12:00 PMGuitar demos in lobby1:00 PM - 4:00 PMLuthier Exhibition1:00 PM - 4:00 PMGuitar demos in lobby2:00 PM - 4:00 PMSergei de Jonge Workshop7:00 PM - 9:00 PMJocelyn Gould ConcertSunday10:00 AM - 12:00 PMEmma Rush Masterclass11:00 AM - 12:00 PMLuthier Exhibition11:00 AM - 12:00 PMGuitar demos in lobby1:00 PM - 4:00 PMLuthier Exhibition1:00 PM - 4:00 PMGuitar demos in lobby2:00 PM - 4:00 PMEmma Rush Workshop7:00 PM - 9:00 PMColin Davin Concert
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Tickets

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Festival Passes

Access to all activities within the festival, come for the whole weekend or just a single day.

Full Weekend CAD 150
One Day CAD 60

Individual Event Tickets

Access only to a specific activity.

Saturday Exhibition Pass CAD 20
Sunday Exhibition Pass CAD 20
Sergei de Jonge Workshop CAD 25
Emma Rush Workshop CAD 25
Emma Rush Concert CAD 35
Jocelyn Gould Concert CAD 35
Colin Davin Concert CAD 35
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