The Forest Festival Announces 2010 Concert Line Up at Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve

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The Forest Festival, a unique annual outdoor concert series, to be held August 18th through 22nd, 2010 at the renowned Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve in Haliburton, Ontario, announces its impressive 2010 line up of musical performers.

Fabulous musical artists, performing in a spectacular wilderness setting, this is The Forest Festival (http://www.theforestfestival.com). Opening the evening of Wednesday August 18, 2010, this annual festival of open-air concerts that links nature, ecology and music, will run for 5 days and feature seven unique musical performances. Once again, Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve (http://www.haliburtonforest.com) , located in Haliburton, Ontario, will host this popular outdoor concert series, providing a stunning stage of majestic forests and sparkling lakes for the extraordinary Canadian musicians and artists that are scheduled to perform.

The seven concerts that make up this season's Forest Festival will include five evening concerts and two matinees. Performances will take place at two locations within Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve's 70,000 acre property; at the historic Logging Museum, located at Base Camp, and at the spectacular 400 seat Bone Lake Amphitheatre overlooking picturesque Bone Lake. Concert tickets are just $30.00 plus tax, or $160.00 plus tax for all seven concerts, and are available online, by phone and in person at Haliburton Forest and several other locations in Haliburton. A limited number of intriguing value added packages are also available. These special Forest Festival packages combine concert tickets with Haliburton Forest accommodations, meals and activities such as the Wolf Centre and the 'Walk in the Clouds' canopy tour.

Kicking off the Forest Festival on the evening of Wednesday, August 18th will be the Creaking Tree String Quartet, a Juno-nominated 4-piece string band that compose, arrange and play a mix of toe-tapping folk and bluegrass sounds. Next night, Canadian pop legend Dan Hill will perform what is certain to be a sold out concert. With five Juno awards and multiple gold and platinum albums, Dan Hill is an internationally acclaimed musician and best-selling author. An Evening with Dan Hill will feature storytelling and songs, as well as remembrances of his friend, the late Paul Quarrington, a favourite at past Forest Festivals.

On Friday night, the Forest Festival offers a rare experience, not to be missed. The Nathaniel Dett Chorale, 21 classically trained vocalists will perform their inspiring Afro-centric music under the stars at the Bone Lake Amphitheatre. The Nathaniel Dett Chorale, whose repertoire includes classical, spiritual, gospel, jazz, folk and blues have performed with such musical greats as jazz pianist Joe Sealy, opera star Kathleen Battle, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Featuring Jazz from Havana, the Hilario Duran Trio will play their Latin sounds on Saturday, August 21st at 2:00 pm at the Logging Museum. Winner of many international awards, Hilario Duran is renowned for the hottest instrumental jazz in Canada. The Hilario Duran Trio also features two of Canada's finest jazz musicians; Roberto Occhipinti on bass and Mark Kelso. Later that evening, put on your dancing shoes for Toronto's legendary Soul Stew. Famed as the best soul band in Canada, Soul Stew plays an inspired mix of R & B, funk, jazz, and of course, soul. On Sunday, August 22nd, Ken Whiteley's Gospel Review will inspire with their passionate gospel renditions and devotional tunes. Veteran musician Ken Whiteley, accompanied by guest vocalists and an ace rhythm section, are sure to shake the rafters with joy at this Sunday Sing-Out. Finishing off the festival with a bang on Sunday night is a concert by True North Brass. Regularly featured on CBC radio and television and in concert, True North is regarded by those in the know as the finest brass group since the Canadian Brass. This not to be missed concert will feature J. Scott Irvine's Meditations on a Huron Carol in the authentic wilderness setting of the Haliburton Forest's Bone Lake Amphitheatre.

About The Forest Festival: Presenting seven unique outdoor concerts and musical performances that compliment the beauty of the surrounding wilderness, the Forest Festival offers music lovers a truly unforgettable experience. Held annually in Haliburton, Ontario at Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve http://www.haliburtonforest.com, Canada's first certified sustainable forest, the Forest Festival runs from August 18 to August 22, 2010. For more information or to order festival tickets, visit the Forest Festival website http://www.theforestfestival.com or telephone: (705)754-2198.

Contact Information:
The Forest Festival
Sean Pennylegion - Festival Director
Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve Ltd.
RR#1, Haliburton, Ontario K0M 1S0
Phone: (705) 754-2198
http://www.theforestfestival.com

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