August 19, 2017 until September 2, 2017
All Day

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

August 19 to 31  daily afternoon demonstrations, workshops and activities.

Tues 1 – 4 Artists Demonstrations on the Rails End Gallery Patio

Wed/Thurs/Fri 1 – 4 every afternoon Main Gallery DrumFest Workshop – where it all gets created! Join us and help make and embellish costumes under the direction of our Volunteers and staff. No experience needed.

Friday August 25 all afternoon  help us start a Sound Garden made from found materials on the Rails End Patio.

Thursday August 24 7 – 10 pm  Concert with Noah Zacharin, Steve Payne and Albert Saxby: A Singer Songwriter Evening $20 admission Tickets 705-457-2330

Wednesday August 30 2- 4 pm Drumming Workshop for Women and Girls led by Gillian Thomas fee $10 per person. All equipment supplied. Gillian Thomas is skilled drum facilitator and leader of the Dorset Drum Circle which is built around women’s empowerment through drumming.  Registration call 705-457-2330

Friday September 1 there will be an intimate evening of music, rhythm and story in our Main Gallery. Cash bar. Light refreshments (admission fee – suggested donation $10)

Saturday September 2 

Saturday September 2 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


11 am Opening and dedication ceremony led by John Proctor and Dani Stahle Procession through Head Lake Park

11 – 1 pm preparations for Procession – Everyone is encouraged to take part by donning costumes, face and body painting, learning to drum, listening to live music by Susan G and Connector, 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

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

1:30 – 2 pm Celtic Jam warms up the stage for the Concert

2  –  4:30 pm FREE Concert

4:30 – 5:30 pm GIANT Drum Circle


  • Celtic Jam –  a local group featuring fiddle, drums, guitar, mandolin
  • 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 hear
  • Roger Gibbs –  Roger grew up in a musical family and began his career in Barbados singing with Caribbean dance bands in the 1970’s. He joined as lead singer of the Sandpebbles (brother John played with them), a popular Calypso band that had a string of hits, recorded three albums, several singles and toured extensively throughout the Caribbean, Canada and USA. He shared the stage with many Caribbean stars such as the Mighty Sparrow, Lord Kitchener, Byron Lee and the Dragonaires, Johnny Nash, Tomorrow’s Children, Kalyan, the Tradewinds, the Merrymen (his older brother Chris’ group), and many others. Roger studied music theory through the Associated Boards of the Royal Schools of Music and has pursued a life-long interest in traditional music of the Caribbean. He worked in the late 70s as a Cultural Affairs Officer (Music), Ministry of Education & Culture (Barbados) and served as the head music programmer for Carifesta 1981, a pan-Caribbean festival of the arts that featured hundreds of top artists from over 30 countries.
  • Susan G. 
  • Connector 
  • Korexion – JUNO award winning artist Keipher KOREXION Scott hails from Trench Town, Jamaica and is increasingly becoming a voice of the people. Korexion uses his love for music to communicate his message to his audience. His ability to capture and express the emotions and experiences of a generation makes him a rare and compelling artist
  • 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.
  • Rails End Drum Troupe under direction of Joe Truss with Bazza Hayward  – born out of a weekly Drum Circle at Rails End Gallery that has been meeting for over 10 years the group has been learning a new piece just for Haliburton DrumFest and invite you to join in.

After the concert 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 2017.

We thank Haliburton County Development Corporation and DH3 Dance Happens Here Haliburton 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 thanks project partners CCE (Caribbean Community Engagement) and Abbey North Drummers for joining us. 

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