C'Mon Festival
Live At The Winspear

C'Mon Festival

Festival Preview
Thursday, July 14 12:00 PM

RSVPs are now closed for this event but walk ins are welcome and will be seated in order of arrival once all registered guests have been seated.

C'mon Festival is Pay-What-You-Can At The Door (Cash Only).

After a two-year, pandemic-induced hiatus, Edmonton’s innovative classical music event, the C’mon (Chamber music old & new) Festival is excited to reconnect with its audience. Returning to the Winspear Centre this summer from July 14 - 17, the festival is pleased to continue its policy of “pay what you can.” The C’mon Festival presents Edmonton’s finest professional musicians - many from the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) - in a relaxed atmosphere, performing “seriously fun classical music.”

The vibe of the C’mon Festival is casual, eclectic, full of surprises - from the great beauty and emotional intensity of Fanny Mendelssohn’s Romanze to the baroque-flavoured quirkiness of (Pulitzer Prize-winning composer) Caroline Shaw’s Boris Kerner (featuring the haunting tones of clayflower pots). The festival is thrilled to present Julia Wolfe’s Blue Dress- this Appalachian folk-flavoured music inspired a whole program for violins around this powerful piece. There’s a generous dollop of genre-blurring in master jazz artist Wynton Marsalis’ writing for the bassoon. And the fabulous Blue Danube festival finale returns!

In addition to the festival’s three main programs (July 15 and 16 at 7:30 pm, July 17 at 3pm), there will be a noon hour preview concert on July 14 with two-time Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion Daniel Gervais and festival favourite, violinist Alissa Cheung of the Montreal-based Bozzini Quartet. Following Saturday’s concert is an extra, late night set, showcasing improvised sounds by percussionist Mark Segger and Alissa.

Artistic director Kathryn Macintosh, also the assistant principal trombonist of the ESO, is really looking forward to this year’s festival. “The last couple of years have been a challenging time for so many people. I’m glad we can finally enjoy an in-person festival. There’s nothing like live music to help us feel rejuvenated and connected to each other, for musicians and audience alike”.

Program to include:

Fiddle or violin? Come check out the difference!

Martin Arnold b.1959 Slip Minuet (2014)
Traditional Fiddle Tunes TBA

Program subject to change.


Alissa Cheung, Violin
Daniel Gervais, Violin

31 - Admission Policy - Div Well Style

Winspear Admission policy

Admission to the facility and the event of this ticket is subject to compliance with the facility protocols in effect on the date of entry to the event. Failure of any ticketholder to comply with laws or facility protocols may result in refusal of admission or expulsion.

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39 - Land Acknowledgement

Land Acknowledgement

The Winspear Centre and Edmonton Symphony Orchestra would like to acknowledge that we are on Treaty 6 Territory, a traditional meeting ground, gathering place, and traveling route for many Indigenous Peoples. We honour and recognize the rich artistic, cultural, and musical traditions of the Cree, Nakota Sioux, Metis, Dene, Saulteaux, and the many more Indigenous communities that call this land we share, home.