Sound of Music announces part of the 2019 program - no word yet on a new Executive Director.

News 100 redBy Staff

September 21st, 2018



Sound of Music Festival has announced the first two headliners for the 40th edition of Canada’s Largest Free Music Festival.

Kicking off the FREE festival on Thursday, June 13, 2019 is Lonestar on the TD Stage. Headlining the OLG Stage on Saturday, June 15, 2019 is the newest member of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, Terri Clark.

Sound of music - from stage

A Sound of Music audience.

Lineup announcements will be continuing all year leading up to the 40th anniversary shows, June 8-16, 2019 on Burlington’s Downtown and Waterfront. The shows offer up a huge variety of music for all ages.

Events and activities include Silver Series presented by Schlegel Villages – June 14, Downtown Streetfest presented by Burlington Downtown Business Association – June 14-16 and Family Zone – June 15-16, the Grande Festival Parade on June 15 and more!

“With the 40th edition of the festival, we’re excited to be working on several exciting initiatives that will engage the community and celebrate the history of Canada’s Largest Free Music Festival! We can’t wait to share more.”, says Peter Martin, President.

“We’re thrilled to be announcing earlier than ever, and sharing with our community our own excitement for the 40th anniversary of SOMF! The community has encouraged more local programming and more diversity, and we’re proud to deliver that this year! This is just one announcement of many to come! We’re honoured to be able to celebrate Burlington, music, and community!”, proudly exclaims the Festival’s programming team.”

The Festival is currently recruiting for volunteers. Visit for further information if you are interested in applying.

Dave-Miller SoM

David Miller – let go by the Sound of Music board in July – no replacement yet.

The Festival has yet to announce who the new Executive Director is going to be. The Festival Board ended the contract they had with Dave Miller and said the Board would begin a search for the next Executive Director.

The Gazette understands that members of the Board are filling that role while the search takes place. The legislation that governs what non-profit corporations can di does permit a Boar d to fill in on a short term basis. Is two months short term?

This Board of Directors has managed to become mute when it comes to how they govern themselves and the hundreds of people who serve as volunteers seem prepared to let them behave this way.

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2 comments to Sound of Music announces part of the 2019 program – no word yet on a new Executive Director.

  • Dawn

    I also hope, as a taxpayer, that any organization or government body giving money to this organization does a thorough review. Enough doubt has been cast on this group.

  • Dawn

    Strange choice having an American band open Canada’s Largest Free Music Festival? The Board sound unqualified, “mute” is one word for it. Could be tough to find sponsors and staff under the current seemingly incompetent leadership. It would appear longtime sponsor Tim Hortons is no longer supporting as they are not even mentioned. The Board has completely destabilized the organization. Hopefully, a suitable replacement is found in short order to start digging them out of the hole they’ve created, it would be a loss to the entire community.