“During a concentrated period in the summer musicians would take in the powerful inspiration this stunning part of the world elicits—and it would focus the muse. And as the years passed, the music would draw audiences to a region which is ascendant—which is growing, culturally and economically—the Pacific Northwest. I invite you to share in this vision.”

I wrote the above two paragraphs back in 2006 and we are now smack in the middle upon our 12th Season! In 2012 we began a winter artist-residency programme and a summer Fellowship Artists’ Mentoring Programme just prior to the summer festival. After having completed the fifth year of this tremendously successful programme, led by Steven Dann and Marc Ryser, we now have in place all three of the elements (albeit at a modest scale) of the full performing arts centre that we have envisioned from the outset. Our artistic reputation continues to grow and resonate throughout the arts community in Canada and I invite you to peruse past programmes and artist-rosters…I continue to marvel at them. This year we have an even more extraordinary company of artists and programme than ever!

As we move into our thirteenth Season in 2018,  I encourage you to make plans for MBTS 2018 well in advance.  We have some very special surprises in the works and I recommend that you book now for the Festival beginning on July 21st, 2018.  All of this progress to date could not be possible without the support of all of our sponsors, donors, volunteers, artists, audiences, Members of the Board of Directors, and a host of other MBTS friends—and I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to them all.

Christopher Donison,
Founder and Executive Artistic Director,
Music by the Sea at Bamfield British Columbia