About
Kingsville Music Society

The Kingsville Music Society (KMS) is an Ontario registered nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting non-alienating world-class celebrations of the musical arts. KMS creates productions that engage audiences with diverse programming, stimulate arts education, foster economic growth, and unite artists and audiences in Kingsville, Ontario Canada. KMS strives to be clean and green at all events.

KMS started as the Sun Parlour Folk Music Society in 2013 with the vision of bringing high-quality artists from around the world to perform in Kingsville and the surrounding area. In 2020 the Society committed to further growth of the organization expanding and developing new multi-genre live music events and in 2021 the Society name changed to the Kingsville Music Society to embrace this growth.

KMS operates year-round to plan and produce an annual multi-day, multi-venue music festival, off-season concerts and Open Streets Kingsville. KMS works in partnership with the Town of Kingsville to provide music experiences throughout the year and outside of regular Society programming.

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About
The Community

Kingsville, Ontario, incorporated in 1901, is Canada’s southernmost town situated on the shores of Lake Erie. We acknowledge, recognize and deeply appreciate the traditional territory of the Attawandaron, Anishnaabeg and Haudenosauonee peoples and their historic connection to this place.

The Founders

Executive Director
Michele
Law

Artistic Director
John
Law

John and Michele Law are the Founders of the Kingsville Music Society (formerly Sun Parlour Folk Music Society), an Ontario Not-For-Profit established in 2013, and are committed to building Kingsville into a music capital in southwestern Ontario.
Michele and John Law are award-winning singer songwriters and toured extensively throughout North America and Australia for over 18 years, performing at music festivals and events. After settling in southwestern Ontario 15 years ago, they saw an opportunity to bring world-class music to the region, to offer performance and mentoring experiences for youth and local performers, volunteer opportunities for seniors and youth and to entice audiences from outside the area to participate and attend.
The Laws started a concert series featuring one out-of-town national touring act and invited 3 local songwriters to perform in a festival “in the round” workshop-style session. All of the shows were sold out, and in partnership with RBC and the Wheatley Legion, who donated the space, the room was transformed into a listening room. Over $5,000 raised by door admission went to providing music lessons and rental instruments for area disadvantaged youth.
A natural expansion of this series was the idea to bring a world-class music festival to the region with the profits being used to continue to assist disadvantaged youth to access the arts (The May Fund). They pulled together a core group of dedicated volunteers to help run the songwriter series who would later become the founding board of the Society. The popular Kingsville Folk Music Festival was held at Lakeside Park in Kingsville from 2014 to 2019.

The Board

KMS is governed by a 7-member board of directors made up of community members with a love of music and desire to inspire youth through the arts.

President
Dennis
Rogers

Secretary
Sheri
Lowrie

Treasurer
Corrine
Ferriera

Board Member
Mitchell
Shields

Board Member
Adam
Karry

Board Member
Lindsey
Ecker

Board Member
Mark
Somerville

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