Haliburton Colourfest 2011

Colourfest 2011 in Haliburton

Colourfest HaliburtonWhen it comes to the fall season, a have to see and do event is the Haliburton Colourfest. The Haliburton Highlands is surrounded by large and small magnificent lakes, our Canadian Shield and natures’s spectacular display of autumn colours.

Colourfest 2011 Coming this fall season for your enjoyment.

  • Saturday October 1, 2011
  • 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
  • Location Haliburton Village/Head Lake Park

A Little Colourfest Background

Things to do ColourfestThe Haliburton Fall Festival started off in 2008 as an initiative of the Haliburton Village Business Improvement Area to enhance the downtown core with gorgeous fall displays, a scarecrow contest, guess-the-weight contest of a giant pumpkin, vintage car display, pancake breakfast to start the day off at the local Haliburton United Church, corn roast, and a family-friendly entertainer on main street.

Aided by the support of a dedicated group of volunteers the fall festival inspired strong community spirit and participation through the onset of a soft shoulder season.

In 2010, using a grant from the Haliburton County Development Corporation, a professional Event Coordinator was brought in to develop the festival. Her first initiative: re-brand the festival, Colourfest. Then came the logo, promotional materials, marketing and advertising campaign and much more.

Colourfest supplied continuous entertainment by Haliburton’s popular local performers, musical buskers along main street, over 100 vintage automobiles at the public dock, spectacular fall colours bus rides, Kids’ Colour Splash create-a-mural, Kids’ Word Splash poetry display, the corn roast and pancake breakfast, all happening at Haliburton’s Head Lake and with magnificent fall colours as its backdrop.

Plus, with the assistance of the Municipality of Dysart et al and newly enlisted local sponsors, Colourfest packed the village with local residents, cottagers and visitors, leading to Colourfest 2010 being named the “Best Fall Fest Yet!” coming from your Haliburton Echo.

Coming of the 2011 Colourfest

With the outcome of Colourfest 2010’s success came Celebrate Ontario funding from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture enabling additional attractions for Colourfest 2011: Headliner entertainment, kids’ inflatable games, and a  promotional website.

Now you are invited to experience Colourfest in the gorgeous Haliburton Highlands with things like:

  • Vibrant street displays
  • Exciting Headliner Entertainment
  • Award-winning step dancers, fiddlers, great local performers
  • Bigger-than-ever Vintage Car Show & Parade
  • OPP Golden Helmets Precision Motorcycle Show
  • Colourfest Hockey Tournament & Dance
  • Colourfest Pet Contest
  • Barn Dance in the park
  • Kids’ Colour Splash Art Attack, Inflatables, Giant Pumpkin contest, prizes, Clowns, Buskers
  • See the Colours bus ride
  • Corn roast
  • Plus, Colourfest’s Pancake Breakfast is a delicious way to start the day at Haliburton United Church from 8 – 11. BYO Chairs. FREE entry.

Things To Do and Enjoy

Entertainment and things to do are broken down into two areas.

  1. Attractions – family events, food and contests
  2. Headliner Entertainment – music and singers


Saturday, October 1, 2011

Pancake Breakfast

  • 8:00 – 11:00 am
  • Location: Haliburton United Church,
  • 10 George St.

Vintage Car Show

  • 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Location: Head Lake Park
  • Sponsored by Curry Motors, Tim-br Mart and Todd’s Independent.

Headliner Entertainment

  • 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
  • Location: Head Lake Park
  • Sponsored by Pinestone Resort, Conference Centre & Golf Course, Ontario Ministry of Tourism

“Meet the Animals” Petting Zoo

  • 10:00 am
  • Location: Head Lake Park
  • Sponsored by the Haliburton County Farmers’ Association

Incredible Inflatables

  • 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
  • Location: Head Lake Park
  • Sponsored by McKecks The Blue Line

Colourfest Pet Contest & PRIZES!

  • 9:00 am Registration
  • 9:30 am Contest
  • Location: Head Lake Park
  • Sponsored by Iams

Kids’ Colour Splash

  • 10:30 am – 2:00 pm
  • Location: York Street
  • Rails End Gallery Art Attack on patio

Ziggy the Clown BalloonFest and Stiltman

  • 10:30 am – 3:00 pm
  • Location: Highland (main street)

The Great Busker Show featuring Mark & Gustavo

  • 10:30 am, 12:45 pm, 2:00 pm
  • Location: Buck & Up, Highland St.

Giant Pumpkin & Watermelon Guess-the-Weight Contest & PRIZES!

  • 10:30 am
  • Location: Old Village Barn Square, Highland St.
  • Hosted by Haliburton Foodland

OPP Golden Helmets Precision Motorcycle Team

  • 11:15 am
  • Location: Highland/Maple Ave.
  • Presented by Haliburton Village BIA & Community Care Haliburton County

Colourfest Corn Roast

  • 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Location: Front of V&S Department Store, Highland St.
  • Hosted by Youth Unlimited

Taoist Tai Chi Society™ demonstration

  • 1:15 pm
  • Location: corner of Cedar & Highland

Tao, Kahala, Zoe Youth Family Trio

  • 11:40 am
  • Location: Highland St. at the Old Village Barn

Simply Befiddled Musical Trio

  • 11:40 am – 1:10 pm
  • Location: V&S Mall, Highland St.

Spectacular Colours Bus Ride to Skyline Park

  • 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Location: Maple Ave. beside Rexall
  • Bus departs every 30 minutes.
  • Sponsored by Century 21 Granite Realty Group

Vintage Car Parade

  • 3:00 pm
  • Location: Highland St. (main street)

Headliner Entertainment

Saturday, October 1, 2011 at Head Lake Park hosted by Mike Jaycock (CanoeFM) and Rick Lowes (MooseFM)

  • 10:00 – 10:10 am Highlands Swing Band
  • 10:10 am Mike Jaycock (Canoe FM) hosts Welcome: Reeve Murray Fearrey and Rick Johnson, MPP
  • 10:20 – 10:30 am Highlands Swing Band
  • 10:35 – 11:05 am Carl Dixon
  • 11:05 am – 12:15 pm Break
  • 12:15 – 1:45 pm CELTIC BLAZE featuring STEPHANIE CADMAN *Dynamic 90 minute show: Step dancers, fiddlers
  • 1:45 pm Rick Lowes (Moose FM) hosts
  • 2:00 – 2:45 pm ANNE LINDSAY QUARTET *Award-winning fiddler/singer
  • 2:50 – 3:00 pm Julie Barban’s Heritage Ballet Dancers: Tribute to Wizard of Oz
  • 3:10 – 4:00 pm Barn Dance and you are invited, bring your friends and your best dancing shoes
  • 4:00 – 4:30 pm Amelia and Saxby

Avoid disappointment – Events are subject to change.

 Some Highlights of the Attractions

Vintage Car Show at Colourfest

Haliburton Vintage Car ShowThe second annual Haliburton Fall Festival held in 2009 featured a Vintage Car Show for the first time. The brainchild of past Haliburton Village BIA Chair, Bob Park, it quickly became a well-known attraction with the enthusiastic assistance of the Haliburton Highlands Time Travellers Car Club.

In 2010, 110 vintage automobiles participated, plus 17 Triumph Sports Cars! Talk about adding colour to our newly re-branded: Colourfest 2010!

Every summer we would see the old cars travel in groups down highway #35, on this Colourfest day their all lined up along beautiful Head Lake on the way into Haliburton Village.

And this year, Colourfest is even expecting even more.

“We brought 17 little British sports cars to Haliburton. We had 39 people who shopped and ate lunch in your town and they all loved it. We will be back next year with 30 cars.” Robert Polutnik, Triumph Fall Car Cruise

If you wish to participate and you got one of them old cars you can.

Take in the show at Head Lake Park in Haliburton Village, Vintage Car Show runs from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Golden Helmets

Golden Helments visit HaliburtonYour Ontario Provincial Police Golden Helmets Precision Motorcycle Team was formed in 1963. Annually they tour the Ontario providing exhibitions of exceptional riding skills at fairs, festivals and parades.

The 20-member team, comprised of OPP officers on regular patrol duties, consists of the Ride Master, Commentator, the motorcycle technician and 17 riders. Each team member has to have successfully carried out a three week motorcycle course and a minimum of one season on motorcycle patrol.

All Golden Helment members must be in good physical condition and possess a police fitness pin.

The motorcycles utilized by the Golden Helmets are all Harley Davidson Police Specials. They have 1690 c.c. engines and weigh 800 pounds, same ones used on normal patrol.

For the duration of each 30-minute performance the riders take their machines through a series of complicated patterns, which are designed to demonstrate the maneuverability of the machines along with the riders’ skills.

Although a nucleus of the team stays on from year to year, there are generally changes and each spring new members needs to be trained. The team averages 30 performances per season, which runs from June to September with one performance coming up here at the Colourfest in Haliburton.

 Some Highlights of the Live Entertainment

Stephanie Cadman

CELTIC BLAZE – 12:15 – 1:45 pm
featuring Stephanie Cadman – tap champion, dance soloist and fiddler

Stephanie Cadman The ArtistStephanie Cadman grew up in Ottawa and born into a musical family, she was drawn to the fiddle and developed a interest for dance and theatre beginning at age four. Now as an accomplished artist, her professional reputation extends all through North America and around the world.

Stephanie started off her professional career as a lead in the hit musical ‘Swingstep’ combining her skills as actor, dancer, singer and fiddler. She then went on to perform in the Mirvish Productions Celtic review ‘Needfire’, and the Broadway National Tour of ’42nd Street’. She was a founding member of the hit dance show ‘The StepCrew’, and is also one of Canada’s top violinists featured in the production of ‘Bowfire’.

As a dancer Stephanie is accomplished in tap, Celtic stepdancing, ballet and jazz. She has appeared as a dance soloist and fiddler with Symphonies all over North America including the Kennedy Center’s National Symphony orchestra. She was the top female at the World Tap Dance Championships in Germany at age 16. She also holds three stepdancing titles at the prestigious Pembroke Championships.

Stephanie has been privileged to have shared the stage with Ashley Macisaac, The Chieftains, Colin James, Jason McCoy, Lara St John, Amy Sky, and opened ‘NYE 2010’ for Frankie Valli and The Eagles in Houston Texas. She also starred in Sir Sean Connery’s 2009 ‘Dress to Kilt’ benefit concert in NYC. She takes great pride in having performed for Canadian Forces show tours at several bases in the Middle East, and in the Canadian North. Read More

Anne Lindsay

Anne Lindsay Biography Anne Lindsay has established herself as one of the most engaging and versatile instrumentalists in Canada, adapting her unique violin/fiddle style to the eclectic sounds and musical languages of this country’s rich cultural texture.

In 2007 she was named Violinist of the Year at the National Jazz Awards, Solo Instrumentalist and Producer of the Year at the 2007 Canadian Folk Music Awards. In 2006 she won both the KM Hunter Award from the Ontario Arts Council and the Songs From the Heart – Instrumental category from the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals.

Currently composing, performing and recording with her own band, Anne is also a much sought after side person, composer, arranger and background vocalist, performing with some of Canada’s top musical acts: Blue Rodeo, Jim Cuddy, John McDermott. She played a key role as folk fiddler in The Lord of the Rings stage show and has been resident fiddler for the Toronto Maple Leafs

Anne began her musical studies at the age of five, specializing in violin, piano and voice. A graduate of York University, Toronto (BFA Special Honors Music), the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto and the Banff Centre, Alberta.

Anne has performed and recorded with many major artists (Blue Rodeo, The Chieftains, Led Zeppelin, Roger Daltry, Dionne Warwick and Natalie McMaster), she has also composed and arranged music for documentary film scores, stage productions, CDs, radio and television commercials. Her fluency is evident in her wide-ranging repertoire, encompassing jazz, rock, classical, country, old-time fiddle, Celtic, Cajun, and Klezmer styles, and the recent addition of two new Scandinavian fiddles – the Finnish jouhikko and the Swedish nyckelharpa. Read More


Kids having fun with Inflatable Toys

Family Time

So I hope you can attend this years Colourfest in Haliburton. Plenty of live entertainment beyond what was mention above along with some local Haliburton upcoming artists. Plenty of things to do for the kids so make it a family event.

Colourfest falls very close to when Haliburton has the best colours available to make this a very enjoyable weekend to visit the area.

You can stay with us here at our family resort or other accommodation providers in the area, either way get out to the Haliburton Highlands and enjoy the Colourfest Events and take in the fall colours which will be close to prime time.

Colourfest 2011 Information

Saturday October 1, 2011
10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Haliburton Village
Head Lake Park
Email Colourfest info@colourfest.ca
Telephone:  705-457-2532
Fax: 705-457-2534

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Country life was always a factor when we looked for a place to live, so back in 2002 Heather and I quit our city jobs and purchased a small Country Resort on Halls Lake in the Haliburton Highlands of Ontario Canada. We live on the resort grounds and enjoying helping people with their all season vacation and Family Reunion planning. Our Blog supports resort guests and visitors to the area by letting them know all the things happening in the Haliburton Highlands in order to get the most out of their vacation or weekend getaway. We'll be happy to help you find what your looking for in the Haliburton Highlands. May it be things to do, places to eat, family activities, sites to see, cottages for rent or sale, almost anything to do with the Haliburton Highlands.

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