Music Connects Us

Notes from our Artistic Director

July 1, 2022

This month’s eblast is a gift to us all from Paul and Joy Lavis, supporters of Huron Waves particularly for July/22.  We thank the Lavis’ for helping Huron Waves to begin its path towards the 2023 season, one month at a time.  If you’d also like to help us build momentum, please be confidentially in touch with Karen Stewart at


One Picture is Worth a Thousand Notes!

…and if that’s the case, then here are thousands of notes and a few photos of wonderful moments from this inaugural season for Huron Waves.

For this issue, rather than write plenty of text, I hope the images will speak for themselves and show you the highlights throughout June among the 12 different locations where the music festival’s concerts and events were set as live presentations or filmed for the video that launched the season on June 1.

Among many others who deserve recognition and appreciation, let me send huge Thanks to Bonnie Sitter for her resolve to capture these moments on film and to our General Manager, Karen Stewart, for her unending energy behind the scenes (and sometimes outdoors, behind the trees) to bring my artistic plans to life, all to the delight of our audiences and participants.

For our Huron Waves Spring video, Faux-Pop Media filmed Basil Leahy in Cowbell Brewery, Blyth and  xXXXXXXXX
xXXXXXXXXXXXXX 6 year-old violin prodigy, Sam Wong, in Trivitt Memorial Church, Exeter…two of eleven video segments.XXXXXXXXX  
To date: 26,467 viewings of A Huron Waves Spring, 2022.   See it here.  xXXXXXXXX
Photo at Cowbell by Adam Sipione / Photo of Sam Wong with his music teacher, Frank Leahy, by Bonnie Sitter  xXXXXXXXX 
Sunrise Sound Walkers at 7am tuned themselves to nature’s sounds along Lake Huron’s shoreline, this scene at Port Albert.


Wingham hosted Whiskey Jack’s salute to Canadian country music icons.                  Photo by David Mage


Canada’s Queer Songbook Orchestra made its first appearance in Huron County.  Unanimous audience conclusion:  Bring Them Back!

There were moving moments in Grand Bend Place as musicians played the bandura, Ukraine’s national instrument, and Ukrainian students recounted war’s horrors on their country.


At Dark Horse Winery, South Huron, Wm Prince, Morgan Toney & Keith Mullins andGraham Greene highlighted our Indigenous Peoples Week celebration. Thrilling. Inspirational.

A superb classical music finale featured violinist Bora Kim and pianist
Todd Yaniw at Trivtt Memorial Church in Exeter.

All these musical memories came about because scores of supporters, donors and volunteers stepped forward.  A complete list of all Huron Waves’ private contributors appears on our website, here.    This is a summary of our main public, corporate and philanthropic friends as well as our media partners in southwest Ontario.    Thanks to everyone for launching this first season in June, 2022!

Media Supporters:

Gifts of support are appreciated as vital cornerstones of the festival’s stability and as steps towards its preparedness for future seasons and programming;  each donation is recognised with an official receipt for tax purposes to the value permitted by Revenue Canada.

Huron Waves Music Festival
Box 271, Exeter, ON, NOM 1S6
A federally-registered charitable organization, Registration #81910 0850 RR0001

Board of Directors

Paul Ciufo – President
Nargis Tarmohamed – Vice President
Jane Orr – Secretary
Kimberley Payne – Treasurer
James Bannerman
Cass Bayley
Dianne Faubert
Rekha Lal

Artistic Director – John A. Miller                             General Manager – Karen Stewart

Thanks to everyone who helped us mount this first Huron Waves season.  Already I’m thinking about season two (2023), so if you have ideas, please share them with me because, as I’ve often written, Music Connects Us.

John A. Miller, Artistic Director 
Photos by Bonnie Sitter unless otherwise identified.