BIGLAKE Festival back in PEC for a second year

Cellists from Toronto Amahl Arulanandam and Brian Holt, known as VC2, played at Lock Mór Cidery on Tuesday as part of the inaugural Big Lake Festival in 2021. (Desirée Decoste/Gazette staff)




BIGLAKE Festival is back for a second year of musical performances in some of Prince Edward County’s (PEC) most unique locations. 

Festival co-founders Johannes Debus and Elissa Lee are thrilled to be organizing a second year of the musical celebration. 

The festival will be taking place form Aug. 12-19 and ticket prices range from $10 for kids and $25-$75 for adults.

“We are thrilled to be presenting another year of varied styles, genres, formations and eras – there is something for all musical tastes and ages,” commented Debus co-founder of BIGLAKE Arts. “Thank you to everyone in Prince Edward County for making the first edition of BIGLAKE such a success and we look forward to capturing that magic again this summer!” 

This year’s exciting lineup will showcase artists Tony Yike Yang, Trey Lee, Christina Petrowksa Quilico,Alison Beckwith, Jeremy Hao, Dominic Desautels, Susan Hoeppner, Jeanie Chung, Ryan Scott, Shane Cook and The Woodchippers, Sheila Jaffe, Annis Ma, Victor Lee, Philip Chiu, Ladom Ensemble, Rachel Fenlon, Quatuor Vibrances, Autorickshaw, Rihab Chaieb, with special performances by BIGLAKE founders Johannes Debus and Elissa Lee. 

“New to this year’s festival will be a partnership with the Musicus Society in Hong Kong,”  added Lee, co-founder of BIGLAKE Arts and 2021 Juno Award Winning Violinist. “We are proud to host three rising star artists who are studying at various schools in North America and are at the start of their promising professional careers. Also new this year, we’ve created a Festival Pass for guests who want to enjoy several performances.”

Opening night, Aug. 12, will be Bach & Beethoven at Base31 Drill Hall by BIGLAKE String Orchestra, 

Aug. 13 will be RIVERS – Celebrating Ann Southam at Cold Creek Vineyards by Christina Petrowska Quilico, 

Aug. 14 will be a Kids Concert – Pinocchio’s Adventures in Funland by BIGLAKE Ensemble at Wellington Music Hall,

Aug. 14 Fiddle ’n’ Dance by Shane Cook & The Woodchippers at Loch Mór Cidery,

Aug. 15 Musical and Edible Promenade by various artist with starting point being Wellington Park Gazebo,

Aug. 15 Sounds of Persia by Ladom Ensemble will take place at The CAPE,

Aug. 16 Journey of the Soul (candlelight concert) by Rachel Fenlon at Wellington Music Hall,

Aug. 17 Nordic Voices by Quatuor Vibrances will be at SHED (Chetwyn Farms),

Aug. 18 IMPACT Fundraiser Concert with The BIGLAKE Quartet at The CAPE,

Aug. 18 A Taste of India at The Drake Devonshire with Autorickshaw,

 and as the Festival Finale on Aug. 19 Vox Mediterranean – A Journey Round the Mediterranean Sea by Rihab Chaieb & Johannes Debus will take place at Mirazule.

In addition to the festival lineup, BIGLAKE is pleased to present two contrasting concerts back to back, in anticipation of BIGLAKE Festival, featuring new young Canadian talent July 28 and July 29. To get your free tickets for July Double Bill concerts please visit

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