August 28, 2018 until September 1, 2018
All Day

A celebration of rhythm inspired by the awesomeness of drumming in community.

August 28 -31  daily afternoon demonstrations, workshops and activities.

Community Drum Circle Wednesday August 29 6:30  pm ALL WELCOME

Warm Up for Saturday’s events!

Friday August 31 there will be an intimate evening of music, rhythm and story in the Rails End Main Gallery.  Light refreshments (admission fee – suggested donation $10)

Saturday September 1


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Donations in support of Haliburton DrumFest are welcome. Thank you for your support!

Saturday September 1 is a full day of activities for all ages. Join the drum procession, don a costume, decorate your face and body, learn about percussion and drumming!

Enjoy lunch from a local food vendor, experience the sounds and vibrations of our outdoor sound garden in anticipation of the afternoon concert in Head Lake Park where we present a diverse lineup of performances. FREE



For the detailed online Schedule of Concerts, Drum Circles, Activities, Vendors and event Supporters CLICK HERE

10 am Opening and dedication ceremony

10 – noon Drum Circles, Demonstrations and preparations for Procession – Everyone is encouraged to take part by donning costumes, face and body painting, learning to drum, listening to live music, hooping, dancing and making merry! This is a participatory, family friendly event!  We plan to have a few local vendors providing food, arts and craft etc. Vendors please call 705-457-2330 to book your spot or click here to apply.

noon  Procession in Head Lake Park with drummers, dancers and costumed participants. All welcome to be part of the procession!

Activities and drum circles continue throughout the afternoon. There will be performances on the Community Stage and at the Main Stage all afternoon. Please check in again for times.

Rotary Bandshell – Main Stage Performances include:

  • Oregano Percussion  Oregano Percussion is a Toronto-based group that performs music from around the world. With a vast array of percussion instruments, they combine different styles from Latin to Caribbean music, songwriting pop, percussion chamber music and world/jazz. Their spicy touch focuses on new and traditional tunes from various cultures. Alejandro Céspedes and Michelle Colton are artists and endorsers of Pearl Percussion & Adams Musical InstrumentsDream Cymbals & Gongs; and Humes & Berg. They both have an active freelance/teaching career in Toronto. Oregano Percussion performs throughout North America and recently presented clinics at schools in the U.S. and Cuba. They have been Artists-in-Residence at MusicFest Canada, and will be guest faculty at the Birch Creek Music Performance Center in 2018.
  • Nhapitapi Nhapitapi is a Toronto based Zimbabwean Music Band, who specialize in rich old musical and dance traditions from Southern Africa. Over the last 6 years they have performed at International Music Festivals ( e.g Afrofest, Zimfest, Carrasauga, Nhemamusasa North, Bana Y Africa among others), community centres, schools, major music venues across Turtle Island (Canada and the US). Nhapitapi music draws on the Mbira , an old spiritual instrument that has been played in Southern Africa for hundreds of years. Typically, Nhapitapi starts with the sound of three interlocking Mbiras both energizing and healing. Upon the Mbiras they stack up vocals, shakers, hand drum, drum set, bass and lead guitars, producing a unique brand of Chimurenga Sound ( Liberation Sound). The effect is magical and invigorating, when the time is right they throw in swell energetic dances to complete the party. Many have found the music to have a universal appeal both to those who know it well, and to people who have never heard it before!
  • Northern Lights Steel Orchestra – One of the largest steelpan groups in North America, the Northern Lights Steel Orchestra is a non-profit organization with the simple goal of promoting the steelpan art form. Seeing steelpan in an elevated role, Mervyn T. Jordan established the orchestra in the fall of 1998. Having taken this sweet sounding Caribbean instrument beyond a novel form of tropical entertainment, the NLSO delivers an impressive fusion of musical styles for maximum enjoyment while adding a unique bit to the cultural life of the community. With something different to offer, interest has grown and people of all ages have been attracted by its wide appeal. This multi-ethnic group has quickly become one of the premier pan orchestras in North America.

At the end of the afternoon we invite everyone to join in a circle of sound and rhythm on the shores of Head Lake. Come, experience the awesomeness of drumming and rhythm at Haliburton DrumFest.

We thank Celebrate Ontario for their financial support; the Canadian Museums Association and Canada Summer Jobs for staffing grants and our Volunteer Organizing Committee for their vision and creative inspiration. 

Rails End Gallery and Arts Centre’s Drum Committee welcomes your input. Please contact Laurie Jones, Curator 

Check in again for details closer to the event. This is a family friendly affair and everyone is welcome to participate.

Volunteer for Haliburton DrumFest

There are many ways to get involved, get to know people and make a contribution to Haliburton DrumFest this year.

Contact Laurie Jones, Curator, Rails End Gallery and Arts Centre at or call us 705-457-2330


Haliburton DrumFest 2018