The wait is over. Indian River Festival is so excited to announce a new name: Under the Spire Music Festival!

The decision to change the Festival name was approached with much thought and care, and included consultation with stakeholders, audience members, artists, and the local community. Ultimately, the former name does not clearly indicate that it is a music festival; it does not reference or connect to the organization’s mandate, which is to present quality music to highlight the unparalleled acoustics of Historic St. Mary’s while helping restore and preserve this beautiful venue; and it does not reflect an awareness or respect for different cultures. The festival hopes that longtime and new concertgoers, the surrounding community, all Islanders, and other visitors to this magnificent space feel welcomed.

The Festival board and staff will continue to seek education and guidance focused on equity and inclusion to ensure every person can feel safe in Historic St. Mary’s, but recognizes the first step to take is to update the current name.

Although this is a big change, the mandate and core ideals of the Festival will continue to build on a legacy of over 25 years of beautiful music set in beloved Historic St. Mary’s in Kataganek. Since its founding in 1996, the Festival has hosted some of the best Canadian performers and strives to present musical excellence spanning multiple genres. Even if our name and image change, beautiful music will always be welcome at Historic St. Mary’s!

The team can’t wait to see you at Under the Spire Music Festival this summer! Stay tuned for the 2022 lineup which will be dropping very, very soon!

Read the full press release here: