Under the Spire, formerly known as Indian River Festival, has been presenting the very best in classical, traditional, folk, jazz and world music in Historic St. Mary’s since 1996. An annual destination event for tourists and locals alike, it continues to facilitate restoration projects to preserve this beloved venue while maintaining a busy concert schedule from June through September each year.
Over its 26 year history, the Under the Spire has received many accolades including several Music PEI Awards for Livestream of the Year (2022) and Achievement in Classical Music (2019, 2018), the Kensington and Area Chamber of Commerce Community Impact Award, several ECMA nominations for event and venue of the year, twice named in the Globe and Mail as one of the best small summer classical music festivals in Canada, and was listed as one of the top summer classical music festival’s in Canada by CBC Music. Learn more below.
One of the reasons our festival flourishes is due, in part, to our wonderful volunteers. They play a crucial role in helping to create the endearing, heartwarming environment for which Under the Spire is known. If you have spare hours to help out or you wish to get involved on a more regular basis, we would love to hear from you. We truly value your gift of time! Click here for more information.
Sponsors & Funders
Special thank you to our Sponsors & Funders. We wouldn’t be where we are today without their generous support.
Pianist Robert Kortgaard was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and grew up in Calgary, Alberta. He completed his Bachelor and Master’s degrees at the Juilliard School in New York City. As a recipient of arts awards from the Canada Council, he furthered his musical studies in Italy and England. Mr. Kortgaard has performed as a soloist with major Canadian orchestras and has given recitals throughout Canada and the United States, as well as in England, Finland, Portugal, Italy, Indonesia, the Czech Republic, China and Japan. Read more here.
Artists wishing to perform at Under the Spire, please click here for more information.