This year's Stratford Belle lineup announced by Stratford Summer Music


  • Stratford   Wednesday, July 7, 2021   Spencer Seymour



By Spencer Seymour
Weekend music is returning to the Avon River this August. Stratford Summer Music recently announced its lineup for its annual music barge with beloved local artists filling the bill.
On August 6th and 7th at 1:00 p.m., Marcus Nance and Kevin Ramessar will perform covers of great troubadours like John Dowland and Gordon Lightfoot. Then at 4:30 p.m., Duane Andrews will take the barge as he brings his gypsy jazz style and Newfoundland roots with the influence of Django Reinhardt. On August 8th, these two acts will flip timeslots, with Andrews playing at 1:00 and Nance and Ramessar performing at 4:30.
The following weekend on August 13th, 14th, and 15th, Stratford Summer Music's sixth annual Vocal Academy will perform excerpts from opera, oratorio, and art songs at 1:00. This will be followed at 4:30 by rising Stratford pop-country star Hannah Thomas.
From August 20th to 22nd, Stratford band The Bookends will be on the barge at 1:00 with their modernized Celtic sound. They will be followed at 4:30 by The Festival Brass, a quintet of Stratford Festival musicians, who will perform classical hits and popular film music in a medley of styles.
On the final weekend of August, from the 27th to 29th, Juno-nominated singer Dayna Manning will be accompanied by the flute stylings of Laura Chambers for Canadian folk renditions, before a second performance by the Stratford Summer Music Vocal Academy.