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July 22-30, 2017

Eleven intimate concerts featuring international artists,

in Canada’s most breathtaking venue

Music by the Sea (MBTS) returns to the small and remote community of Bamfield on Vancouver Island for a 9-day music festival, July 22 – 30, 2017. Eleven concerts offer a unique and diverse selection of classical and contemporary solo and chamber music, sophisticated jazz and alternative music. All concerts take place in the beautiful Rix Centre for Ocean Discoveries on the water’s edge. Superb acoustics and the spectacular backdrop of Vancouver Island’s mystic, bold Pacific make this truly the most inspiring venue in Canada.

 MBTS is unique among music festivals, bringing together a group of individual artists across a range of genres, with a focus on classical and jazz music. This year’s artists include award winning jazz saxophonists PJ Perry and Campbell Ryga, bassist Neil Swainson, and pianistBrian Dickinson. They are joined by acclaimed classical musicians, violist Joana Hood of the Lafayette String Quartet, violist Tom Stone, formerly of the Cypress String Quartet, and Aaron Schwebel, concertmaster of the National Ballet Orchestra.  A complete list of artists can be found at www.musicbythesea.ca.

 Collaboration, musical exploration, and spontaneity are hallmarks of MBTS. “Each year we create a new company of jazz and classical artists from around the globe”, explains Executive Artistic Director Christopher Donison. “The artists collaborate to create a unique programme and all of them remain in residence for the duration of the Festival, forming new ensembles and rehearsing works which are added to the programme during the Festival.”

 The picturesque village of Bamfield is located in a protected inlet on the south shore of Barkley Sound, Vancouver Island on Canada’s west coast.  It is surrounded by the traditional territories of the Huu-ay-aht First Nation, and portions of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Though small in size, Bamfield offers a remarkable variety of lodgings, galleries, guided tours and eco-adventures for Festival attendees.

 Individual concert tickets start at $40 but Festival passes are also available. Both are on sale now at www.musicbythesea.ca or by phone at 250-888-7772. For more information, including transportation and accommodation options, visit www.musicbythesea.ca .

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