Juno Award-winning and internationally celebrated violinist Mark Fewer has a genre-bending style and a mind-bending career.

He’s performed the world over and is celebrated and highly regarded in the fields of classical, chamber, orchestral, folk and jazz, just to name a few. Now, he’s wearing a new hat — that of the artistic director of the Stratford Summer Music Festival, a six-week festival happening right now in Stratford, Ont., that’s known for its excellence and wide-ranging programming.

Fewer is now adding his own touch to this year’s festival. He joined us in the JAZZ.FM91 studios to chat about what it takes to lead such a long and busy event, why it’s challenging to get people to spend money on music in the age of the Internet, and why he wants jazz to take up a larger spot in the festival.

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