Haliburton Forest Festival 2011

The Haliburton 2011 Forest Festival

August 17-21 2011

Haliburton Forest Wolf Centre

The Forest Festival brings a rich blend of the performing arts within the incomparable wilderness beauty of Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve.

Comprised of more than 70,000 acres of rolling hardwood forest, Haliburton Forest is Canada’s first certified sustainable forest, adhering to the very stringent standards of an international NGO, the Forest Stewardship Council.

Scattered with pristine lakes, meandering rivers and extensive wetlands, the Forest is a nature enthusiast’s dream and home to the incomparable Walk in the Clouds and educational Wolf Center.

The Forest Festival 2011

Enjoy the Entertainment - Haliburton Forest FestivalStarting Wednesday evening, August 17 to Sunday evening, August 21, 2011.

Seven concerts will entertain you and your family and friends.

Held at two venues in Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve

(1) The stunning, lakeside amphitheatre that overlooks serene and isolated Bone Lake

(2) The historic Logging Museum located at Base Camp where you can also enjoy art installations of The Land Art Project along forest trails.


Bone Lake Amphitheatre

Bone Lake is a gorgeous and secluded lake reserved for our exclusive use by Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve. Our amphitheatre accommodates 400, with seating on a “first come” basis. In order to maximize involvement and enchantment with the natural world the structure is uncovered. In this open setting the stars and moon emerge in full view after sunset. Canadians know the special magic of a wilderness lake at dawn, and the profound stillness after sunset when time stands still and sound resonates with extraordinary resonance and clarity. In this setting we learn to breathe again, to become alert to ripples in the water, the rustle of leaves overhead and to the constantly changing light.

Access to the amphitheatre from N. Kennisis Lake Road is provided by a lantern-lit broad forest path built up with wood chips. There are portable washrooms at the site, and a concession stand. Due to the uneven ground, the site, unfortunately, is not wheelchair accessible.

Historic Logging Museum

Originally the planer building, the Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve Logging Museum is one of the last buildings that comprised a very busy mill that dwarfed everything else at Base Camp. It is now the repository of a great collection of artifacts associated with the early history of Haliburton Forest. With a bit of creative relocation, we are able to transform the Museum into a wonderfully warm and acoustically sound concert space.

The Forest Festival offers an unforgettable experience while entertaining residents and visitors to the Haliburton Highlands.

Performances By, Festival Where and When

TorQ Percussion Quartet – Wednesday Aug. 17 – 8:00pm – Bone Lake Amphitheatre

The Spinney Brothers – Thursday Aug. 18 – 8:00 pm – Bone Lake Amphitheatre

Russell de Carle – Friday Aug. 19 – 8:00 pm – Bone Lake Amphitheatre

Patricia O’Callahan – Saturday Aug. 20 – 2:00 pm – Historic Logging Museum

Grooveyard – Saturday Aug. 20 – 8:00 pm – Historic Logging Museum

Dave Young Quartet – Sunday Aug. 21 – 2:00 pm – Historic Logging Museum

Stuart Laughton – Sunday Aug. 21 – 5:00 pm – Historic Logging Museum

Sultans of String – Sunday Aug. 21 – 8:00 pm – Bone Lake Amphitheatre

Haliburton Festival Ticket Information

·A $3.00 service charge per order applies to all online, and mail orders.

·All ticket sales are final.

·They welcome children old enough to enjoy our concerts. Tickets must be purchased for each child seated with a parent or guardian.

Individual Ticket Prices

Until July 15, 2011 – $25.00 plus HST ($28.25)

After July 15, 2011 – $30.00 plus HST ($33.90)

All seven shows for $160.00 plus HST ($180.80)

For group rates please contact their office.

How To Buy Tickets

By Phone: 705.754.2198

By Mail To:

  • Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve Ltd.
  • 1095 Redkenn Road, Haliburton, ON
  • K0M 1S0

In Person:

Base Camp Office

Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve

Monday to Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

July 1 to Labour Day: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Community Ticket Outlets:

  • The Rails End Gallery and Arts Center 705-457-2330
  • The Art Hive 705-754-0021
  • The Haliburton County Folk Society 705-754-3655
  • The Dominin Hotel 705-286-6954

What To Wear to the Festival

Audience members for the sunset concerts at Bone Lake are advised to dress warmly, as temperatures can fall after nightfall, August is noted for its cool nights. This will include long pants and layering including a warm jacket. Due to the undulating, unevenness of the Canadian Shield at Bone Lake, close toed, sensible footwear is highly recommended. In the event of rain, concerts will be held indoors at the Logging Museum at the Base Camp of Haliburton Forest. Rain wear, of course, is still appropriate.


There are portable washrooms at Bone Lake, both in the parking area and at the Amphitheatre. Base Camp at Haliburton Forest, the location for indoor concerts in the Logging Museum, has indoor washrooms.

Planning on attending this festival at the Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve on Redken Drive you can get more information on the festival by

Contacting Sean Pennylegion by phone 705-754-2198

Or Email: admin@theforestfestival.com

Or visit their website http://www.theforestfestival.com/


Check Out the Entertainers for 2011

TorQ Percussion Quartet

The Call of the Drum


Bone Lake Amphitheatre

“In the beginning was noise. The Big Bang. And noise begat rhythm. And rhythm begat everything else. Everywhere we look we see rhythms, patterns moving through time – in the cycle of the stars and the migrations of animals, in the fruiting and withering of the plants. Rhythm is the heart of mystery.” Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart in Drumming At The Edge of Magic

TorQ Percussion Quartet constructs a world of sound based on rhythm, with virtuosic command of a bewildering variety of plucked, struck and even bowed instruments from around the globe. The group’s presentations are carefully planned, almost choreographed, and frequently employ humour. TorQ compositions can be spacious and soothing, inducing an almost trance-like state in the listener with their slowly unfolding melodic journeys. Other selections are no-holds-barred, visually arresting showpieces that will cause a riot of echoes to ricochet around our wilderness lake, lingering long after the last note is struck. The quartet includes Rich Burrows, Jamie Drake, Daniel Morphy and Adam Campbell, who returns to Bone Lake after his performances in our 2007 production of R. Murray Schafer’s Princess of Stars.

John Terauds of The Toronto Star has written “TorQ can stand proud among the growing throng of chamber percussion ensembles around the world.” For many, percussion is an irresistible calling, being deeply rooted in science, nature and the mapping of our brains. The great mythologist Joseph Campbell (whose work inspired George Lucas’s Star Wars) says “you don’t find a shaman without finding a drum.” The Forest Festival’s Bone Lake amphitheatre under the stars is the perfect place for TorQ to connect us with the call of the drum, the music of the spheres.


The Spinney Brothers

Orange Blossom Special


Bone Lake Amphitheatre

Bluegrass is irresistible, feel-good acoustic music and The Spinney Brothers are the real deal, with a list of East Coast bluegrass and country awards as long as your arm. Why, these boys from the bluegrass-rich Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia are so good they’re receiving more and more invitations from the very places that grew the music in the first place: the Carolinas, Tennessee and Kentucky.

Brothers Allan (guitar) and Rick (banjo) debuted their band in 1992, showcasing a tight and energetic duet vocal style. Gary Dalrymple on mandolin and fiddle and Terry Mumford on stand-up bass complement the brothers’ instrumental work, forming the string instrument combination that has been the classic bluegrass format since the sound was created by Bill Munroe sixty years ago.

The Spinneys honour tradition in other ways too, choosing songs that use plain musical materials to tell a good story. These range from heart-felt gospel sentiments – “There’s talk all around that God is dead, but I see God everywhere” – to the gently risqué [about a couple that’s gaining an alarming amount of weight] – “Me and my wife we had a dance routine … everybody said it was unique; now it’s only when we’re back-to-back that we’re dancin’ cheek-to-cheek.”

The Spinney Brothers play music that matters, directly from their heart to yours.

Spinney Brothers Video


Russell deCarle

with Steve Briggs and Denis Keldie

Under the Big, Big Sky


Bone Lake Amphitheatre

Russell deCarle has a great voice – a familiar voice that’s helped Praire Oyster round up four number one country hits over the years, several gold and platinum CDs plus Juno and Canadian Country Music Awards. He continues to write music based on life experiences he holds dear to his heart: “Emotionally I think I’ve always been affected by the bluesy side of life; that’s always been what stirs it up for me.”

Accompanied by ace guitarist Steve Briggs and accordion whiz Denis Kelkie, Russell has been touring his long-awaited Under The Big Big Sky, a magnificent release that features the trio with good friends Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo) and instrumentalists such as Kevin Breit, Amos Garrett, David Wilcox and Chris Whiteley.

“I’ve always thought of myself as a singer, not just a country singer. I’m a music lover first and foremost – a product of all the stuff I’ve ever listened to – and my tastes are very broad. To me this is a touchy, bluesy-jazzy record more than anything else. It’s certainly a product of where I came from musically.” From his backyard in rural Ontario to the big sky of Bone Lake, Russell deCarle will give you an evening to remember, one just like the one he describes in Fingernail Moon:

End of the day, the Milky Way,

Stretching far as the eye can see;

Everything’s right with the world tonight,

Picture perfect for you and me.

Russell deCarle Video


Patricia O’Callaghan

with Robert Kortgaard, piano and Andrew Downing, bass

Take This Waltz


Historic Logging Museum

“Patricia O’Callaghan’s interpretation of songs by Kurt Weill, Leonard Bernstein, Leonard Cohen, Randy Newman and Pearl Jam, to say nothing of Bob Dylan’s classic “Like a Rolling Stone,” have all the charm of a completely new love at first sight.” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

At age seventeen Patricia O’Callaghan decided she should become an opera singer (she previously couldn’t decide whether to become a rock star or a nun). Today, she is your ideal introduction to the world of cabaret—a world that Billboard Magazine, reviewing one of her discs, called “serious but satirical, seamy yet sophisticated, an intimate setting for the archly cerebral and the utterly sincere; a stray, turn-of-the-century form of chanson that wandered in off the street, slipped through the interludes of Europe’s music hall heyday, and found refuge in the wine cellar of the adjacent cafe.”

O’Callaghan has certainly covered a lot of ground, with four solo releases plus ambitious collaborations with the Gryphon Trio (Christos Hatzis’s Constantinople and the newly recorded Broken Hearts and Madmen; songs and tangos of the Americas). The Vancouver Opera, Edmonton Opera, Soulpepper Theatre Company and Tapestry New Opera Works have all featured O’Callaghan in principal roles to critical acclaim. Not many opera singers get reviewed in Playboy too, but the magazine writes: “What a concept: a gorgeous voice and a gorgeous melody. Even if you’re not yet a cabaret fan, O’Callaghan will break (or steal) your heart in those late-night moments.” Ah, yes, those late-night moments. As Leonard Cohen intones:

Oh my love, Oh my love

Take this waltz, take this waltz

It’s yours now. It’s all that there is.



Play That Funky Music


Historic Logging Museum

Once again, Saturday night means party night at The Forest Festival. Unsure whether or not to bring your dancing shoes? Just kick off whatever you’re wearing and dance barefoot, because Grooveyard is a sizzling and soulful Toronto band with an eclectic repertoire and a performance energy that will loosen nails in The Logging Museum’s historic timbers.

Lead singer Lester McLain is a compelling, versatile vocalist and sax player with a dynamic presentation that includes that priceless ability to get an audience up and having a good time. Guitarist Michael Occhipinti and keyboardist Paul Neufeld are hugely accomplished, JUNO Award-winning musicians who co-lead NOJO, one of Canada’s most critically acclaimed jazz groups. Together with bassist Mike Pellarin and drummer Don Pham they bring killer chops and an irresistibly propulsive energy to the band.

As you might guess, Grooveyard’s repertoire draws heavily on classic funk and soul, reggae, disco, jazz and ’80’s new wave. Not just a cover band, this outfit puts a distinctive stamp on the music it performs – and on your feet, which will hurt in the morning


Dave Young Quartet

with Kevin Turcotte, trumpet; Robi Botos, piano or Reg Schwager, guitar; Terry Clarke, drums

Jazz at the Woodyard


Historic Logging Museum

Dave Young is a quiet, deferential man with a twinkle in his eye. But with a deeply burnished double bass fiddle in his hands he can suddenly and miraculously channel the true and authentic spirit of jazz, accessing endless reserves of melodic and rhythmic invention. For this, he’s a multiple winner of National Jazz Award’s “Bassist of the Year” and has been named Member of The Order of Canada.

The Dave Young Quartet features very special artists (each with a prominent career); but if we could magically bring all Dave’s friends and on-stage collaborators over the years here too we could really fill the Logging Museum. Can you imagine Oscar Peterson (with whom Dave enjoyed a decades-long musical relationship), Clark Terry, “Sweets” Edison, Zoot Sims, Joe Williams, Oliver Jones, Kenny Burrell, Hank Jones, Gary Burton, Rob McConnell, Barney Kessel and James Moody all crammed on our stage? We’re talking jazz Royalty here, folks! And let’s not forget Lenny Breau, because one of Dave’s most beloved gigs was a five-year stint as a member of that iconic jazz guitarist’s quartet.

Dave Young’s many CDs include the recently issued Mean What You Say and the JUNO-winning Fables and Dreams (with co-leader Phil Dwyer), as well as Two by Two – Volumes 1 & 2, which feature Dave in duet performances with jazz legends such as Oscar Peterson, Cedar Walton, Mulgrew Miller, Tommy Flanagan, Ellis Marsalis, Kenny Barron and Oliver Jones.

Come to the concert. Sit close.

Dave Young Quartet Video 


Sultans of String

The Gardens of Lebanon


Bone Lake Amphitheatre

Here’s the deal. We want you to trek out to a wilderness lake in the middle of nowhere to hear musicians on a floating stage play Spanish Flamenco, Arabic folk, Cuban rhythm and French gypsy-jazz. Is that crazy or what?

Well, if we’re talking Sultans of String, the answer is yes (“yes” it’s crazy and “yes” you’ll come). “Canada’s ambassadors of musical diversity” perform fiery violin dances with rumba guitar while a funk bass lays down an unstoppable groove. Then they’ll draw you in with a complex, deeply layered mix of acoustic strings and electronic wizardry that can take you out of this world. Then they’re back to the kind of world rhythms that bring audiences to their feet with an irresistible need to dance.

Six-string violinist and Sultans of String bandleader Chris McKhool traces his roots to Lebanon (where his name is spelled Makhoul) and Egypt. It’s understandable, then, that the seductive thread of Arabic music is part of who he is. Chris’s passion for exploring rhythms and melodies has led him to the far corners of the world, collecting instruments and styles everywhere he went. A chance encounter with Kevin Laliberté and his rumba guitar resulted in the creation of the Sultans sound, what one writer has called “atomic world-jazz flamenco.” Virtuosic musicians on bass, percussion and guitar complete an ensemble that comes as close as any to embracing “the world in one band.”

The Sultans Yalla Yalla release was nominated for a JUNO last year. We’ve nominated them to bring this year’s Festival to a spectacular close.

Sultans of String Video


Stuart Laughton

with Burke Carroll and Dave Young


Free Concert in the Historic Logging Museum

The doors will be wide open and admission free when Porkbelly Futures founder and multi-instrumentalist Stuart Laughton (no stranger to The Forest Festival) steps forward to sing from his constantly evolving collection of favourite songs—perhaps by Merle Haggard, Mark Knopfler, Nina Simone, Lyle Lovett, Tony Quarrington, James Taylor, Lucinda Williams, Willie P. Bennett or Jim Cuddy. Threatening to steal the show at all times will be master pedal steel guitarist Burke Carroll and the incomparable Dave Young on bass. Enjoy the show, grab a bite to eat and stay for Sultans of String.

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About The Author


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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