Huntsville Festival of the Arts
Incorporated as a not-for-profit in 1993, the Huntsville Festival of the Arts is also a charitable organization that works to strengthen community and enhance the quality of life for residents of and visitors to the Huntsville area, by providing high quality entertainment, arts education and cultural enrichment. Founded by Toronto residents Attila Glatz and Susan Alberghini in conjunction with local residents, Jim and Jane Alexander, the Huntsville Festival of the Arts has become one of Canada’s most significant and highly acclaimed rural arts festivals. The Festival’s roots were initially strongly classical and centered around a resident professional symphony orchestra under the baton of Kerry Stratton. Today the Festival covers a broad spectrum of classical and contemporary music events, as well as dance, theatre, literature, children’s cultural activities and public celebrations. In 2005 Huntsville’s new Algonquin Theatre became the Festival’s principal venue. In addition, several Huntsville locations are used, including Trinity United Church, Muskoka Heritage Place, Deerhurst Resort Pavilion and the Town Centre’s outdoor gazebos and waterfront.
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Huntsville Festival of the Arts Winter Season
This application is for the marketing of the “Huntsville Festival of the Arts’ Winter Season”, taking place from November 2021 to February 2022. The season will feature concerts, performances, and outdoor events in and around downtown Huntsville in the region of Muskoka. Programming will include: (1) two performances of the Nutcracker Ballet by Canada’s Ballet Jorgen (November 20). This Canadian version of the ballet will incorporate work from the Group of Seven in the set design; (2) a Santa Claus Parade (November 19); (3) “Winter Comedy Weekend” (February 5) featuring Shawn Majumdar and Ali Hassan; (4) “Family Discovery Weekend” (February 11-13) featuring free outdoor family friendly arts experiences including a winter version of our popular Nuit Blanche North (traditionally takes place in the summer, along with outdoor performances of the Snow Queen taking place in a variety of spaces in downtown Huntsville; (5) “Muskoka Country Weekend” (February 26) featuring a concert at Deerhurst Resort by Scottish/Canadian Country crooner Johnny Reid; (6) “Snow Village” (January to March), a free winter playground in Downtown Huntsville’s River Mill Park featuring ice sculptures, snow forts and a snow maze; (7) “ECLIPSE: Walk With Light (November 1 to March 31), an interactive light path guiding visitors through Huntsville’s historic Muskoka Heritage Place; and (8) an outdoor Olympic sized ice rink at Lion’s Lookout (January to March).