The 2012-2013 Pre-Festival Concert and Event Series is Underway!

In Honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Bach Music Festival of Canada and the South Huron Community Choir present The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert. And what a concert it will be! With guests who will perform and entertain, honouring of the local Diamond Jubilee Medal winners, performances by some of the Graduates of University Music Programs from the South Huron community, and as well the wonderful Community Choir under the leadership of Janet Heerema! Sunday November 4th, 3pm at Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church, followed by a Tea! Tickets are only $15 and can be purchased through the Bach Festival office (519 235-2565) or through members of the Board of Directors as well as the South Huron Community Choir Members.  Click on the link below for a larger version of the Poster and details. See you at the Concert!Bach Festival Jubilee Poster

Hit the Road Jack!

The fundraising efforts of the Bach Music Festival of Canada are underway!

Hit the Road Jack! a Cabaret Concert featuring the final Exeter performance of the Gerald Fagan Singers under the direction of Gerald Fagan, prior to his retirement!

Sunday May 27th  12Noon – 3pm

at the South Huron Rec Centre!

Table seating, Bar, Lunch!

Concert & Lunch for only $25 (Adults) $10 (Students) under 6 years free!

Lunch will include Ham, Potato Salad, Coleslaw, Baked Beans, Buns, Pickles, Celery and Carrots, Coffee & Desserts.

For further information on the Concert including Tickets contact Cathy Seip at   519 235-2828

JUNO a Go-Go!

Holy Smokes! What a Saturday night Gala!

Security, stars, (and the rest of us) mingled at the limo surrounded Ottawa Convention Centre having a chance to meet, greet, sip, nosh while waiting for the Saturday Big Event to start. The great news about the JUNOs is that having been at the Friday night Welcome Reception, you see the same folks – and they see you too.

Which means you always have someone to talk to.  We are a friendly bunch!

The event got right down to business – welcome by Jian Ghomeshi who was funny, didn’t take himself too seriously and kept the numerous awards moving. The food was delish, cocktails tasty but the real lip-smacking goodness was the sheer talent in the room all to celebrate one another.

First act up was Lights! Here she is with Jian.

As the numerous awards were presented, the life long achievers given their due, the receptive crowd continued to cheer their colleagues in a truly Canadian celebration.

JUNO Nominees & Winners who I hung out with (because, you know, that’s just how the Bach Festival of Canada rolls….) can be seen here:

Stretch Orchestra – 2012 JUNO Winner for Instrumental Album of the Year Matt Brubeck, Jesse Stewart & Jesse’s fabulous partner in life/crime Michele McMillan.

Nominee Susan Hoeppner with me at the Dinner and Awards Gala.

Liz Parker,phenomenal Publicist (especially for you Classical musicians and organizations out there!) with Canadian music ‘darling’ Susan Aglukark. If you look closely behind Susan and Liz, you will see London’s own Joe Vaughanand his beautiful wife Carol! (This photo was taken at the Saskatchewan After Party, raising the bar for the 2013 JUNOs!)

Canadian Music Centre’s Atlantic RepresentativeShawn Bostick, also sitting at the table with Susan, Liz and I.

This isSocalled, seen here from their Friday night 1:00am Showcase (yes people I said 1:00am!!). Nominees in the World Music category they are a klezmer hip hop high energetic band. The reason for this photo is that this sax player is actually playing 2 saxophones at once!!

The Good Lovelies are all that and more! LovelyKerri Ough and I ran into each other numerous times – she is a UWO grad and all around terrific talent!

And just to end the evening, here Liz, Susan and Iafter agreeing to take on the world through Classical Music!

JUNO Awards Welcome Reception

The Bach Music Festival of Canada team continued to do what it came to the 2012 JUNOs Awards to do – celebrate the efforts of Canadian contemporary Classical musicians and to introduce the Festival to the nation’s best. 

To say we accomplished this, may be a bit of an understatement. For sheer enthusiasm, warmth and generousity of spirit the Bach Festival  left an indelible impression with everyone we met.

Tara Rintoul and Robert Wouda, former Gerald Fagan Singers members now living in Ottawa, joined us for the day’s events introducing us to some JUNO Nominated Ottawa musicians, including Stretch Orchestra, who won in their category!

The following photos tell the story much better than I could – and as the days progress we will continue to upload with anecdotes, escapades. Below we are seen with members of the industry including K’naan!

I can say without a doubt that the Bach Festival did Exeter Ontario proud, London Ontario proud, the sponsors and supporters of the Festival proud, and truly laid the groundwork for the 2013 Festival!

The next morning we met for breakfast before the Board left me to my JUNO devices (!). Some moments we agreed “What happens at the JUNOs stays at the JUNOs!” but for the rest of those moments, we look forward to sharing with you in the coming weeks!


Classical Music Showcase Conquers!

The Bach Festival has been anticipating our participation in the Classical Music Showcase of the 2012 JUNO Awards! And now, we are here to lend our support and immense cheerleading skills to the promotion of contemporary classical music in Canada. The National Arts Centre was the perfect venue for the Showcase that featured some of theJUNO Nominees in the Classical Music categories. 

Hosted by Paul Wells from MacLean’s, a full house at the Classical Music Showcase set the tone for the weekend events at the JUNOs! The audience was treated to performances by:

Christine Petrowska Quilico piano

Derek Charke composer

Susan Hoeppner flute

Heather Schmidt piano

New Orford String Quartet

After the performances we had a chance to meet the artists as well as some of the audience members and supporters at the reception.

Heather Moffatt and JUNO NOMINEE Heather SchmidtHeather Moffatt with JUNO Nominee Heather Schmidt

Nominees Susan Hoeppner & Derek Charke with Derek’s fantastic wife!

Friedhelm, Gerry, Susan and Paul

The New Orford String Quartet – JUNO Nominees!

Cathy Seip with Bach friends!

Ellen Shapiro with Melissa Nisbett from Tree Canada

Full of excitement about the success of the Showcase, we head to the Official Welcome Reception of the 2012 JUNO Awards! I think it’s fair to say, the Showcase was a warm-up and we were on our best behaviour… (Wait til you see some of the photos from this next event!)

With Oscar in Ottawa!

2012 JUNO Awards – Let the Games Begin!

What an exciting time to be in Ottawa Canada for the 2012 JUNO Awards!

Artistic Director Gerald Fagan and I arrived by VIA train, the Official Train of the JUNOs, Friday evening, in time to check into the Lord Elgin Hotel, one of the Official Hotels of the JUNOs ( are you noticing a trend here?) and the JUNO excitement is everywhere. The train ride from London to Ottawa was very exciting – Gerry studied his music for the April 6th Good Friday Concert in London. The entire trip. I’m not kidding. Except for when he took a break to eat a peanut butter sandwich. Don’t believe me? Check these photos out for proof!

Here he is waiting for the Toronto connection.

And once on the train again, out comes the music.

Nothing like a peanut butter sandwich!

Upon arriving in Ottawa the JUNOs were there to welcome us!

Here is a picture of Gerry! 

After taking this picture of me, saying that I should be sure to have my picture in our JUNO diary, Gerry took this one and declared ‘perfect!’. Hmmmm…. 

Our fantastic Board of Directors is joining the festivities as well. Board Member Paul Ciufo arrived Friday night and met us for a late dinner at the Lord Elgin, one of the official Hotels of the JUNOs. Our waiter very kindly captured this shot.

He seemed somewhat nonplussed about our Official Status at the Junos importance. Luckily, the banana bread pudding with nutmeg ice cream by Chef Michael Smith was a balm to our hurt egos. Sigh.

Not to be upstaged, a van of the Bach Music Festival of Canada Board Members left Exeter Ontario at 4:30am to arrive in Ottawa for our Classical Music Showcase, an Official event of the JUNOs! which is at 3:30pm at the National Arts Centre.

Friedhelm Hoffmann, Heather Moffatt, Cathy Seip, Ellen Shapiro andJean Jacobe along with Paul and Wayne Deluca and Janet Heerema are the most extraordinary Board of Directors that any organization would be so proud to be associated with. What an effort for each to make, to support the Festival as well as the efforts of Canadian contemporary classical musicians! We will miss Board membersJanet Heerema and  Wayne DeLuca’s presence here – but he is cheering us from away!

This is just the beginning! More posts to come today and through the weekend. Thank you for joining us on this amazing journey! Louise Fagan, Executive Producer Bach Festival

Bach Festival at the JUNOS!

What an incredible year this is turning out to be for the Bach Music Festival of Canada. I am extremely delighted to announce that the Festival is going to the 2012 JUNO Awards in Ottawa Canada! We are delighted to be partners with the the Canadian Music Centre, the National Arts Centre, as well as the major record labels in presenting the Classical Music Showcase. Friday March 30th, the official Opening Day of the JUNO Awards, with a 3:30pm Showcase scheduled at the National Arts Centre!

Throughout the entire weekend, I will be blogging of the experience – the Classical Music Showcase, the Official Welcoming Reception, the JUNO Gala Dinner and Awards Night, and the Scotiabank Place live Broadcast event called the Red Carpet at the JUNOS hosted by William Shatner. The blog will appear here, as well as on facebook and through numerous media outlets including the Exeter Times Advocate and the Beat Magazine.

Will you be in Ottawa? If so, please join the Bach Music Festival of Canada Board of Directors, Artistic Director Gerald Fagan and myself, as we join in the celebration of the Classical Music industry in Canada at the Classical Music Showcase.  If you are not in Ottawa this weekend, then join us through this site and others, to share the experience. See you at the JUNOS! – Louise Fagan, Executive Producer

Exciting News!

So many exciting events and updates regarding the Bach Music Festival of Canada to fill you in on. Over the next couple weeks we will be posting updates here and on our facebook page. Also in the spring, our next newsletter will be published with so many fun facts, photos and announcements.

The fabulous Colleen Sharen and I are co-writing a business strategy case study on the start-up of the Bach Festival. The talented Ms Sharen is a woman with alot on the go! You can find more about her here

I’ll be bach (!!) with more exciting news in a couple days. Until then, enjoy the music in your life in whatever way it reveals itself.



It is with excitement that the Bach Music Festival of Canada reflects on the phenomenal 1st Festival while we begin our plans for the 2nd Festival to be held July 14 – 20, 2013.  We are in awe of our volunteers, the community, the artists as well as the team that brought the first Festival to fruition. What a ride!

2013 may seem like a long ways off, but those of us who collaborated on the inaugural Festival will attest to the many months of preparation it takes to pull it all together. Programming, development, marketing, sponsorship, hospitality, fundraising, – the list is long. But we are the team to accomplish it! And with your help, the 2nd Festival will be exceed our expectations just as the 1st one did.

Send us a note and tell us how you would like to be involved. The 2013 Festival is just around the corner!

Bach Festival Poster 2011