As Ontario continues with its reopening plan, the Huntsville Festival of the Arts (HfA) is delighted to announce its 2021-2022 winter programming. The province’s recent announcement to lift indoor capacity restrictions signals HfA’s return to in-person concerts at the Algonquin Theater and Deerhurst Resort. The lineup also includes a number of FREE outdoor events that encompass the winter season and invite the community to celebrate the spaces of Huntsville with music, laughter and lights.
The season kicks off with two performances at the Algonquin Theater perfect for the holiday season. Good Lovelies returns with their popular annual Christmas show on December 16e. Subsequently, Ballet Jörgen presents its traditional Nutcracker treasure: a Canadian tradition for two shows on December 18e. Created by famous choreographer and artistic director Bengt Jörgen on Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, this delicious classic is a favorite that brings magic to the holidays. The Nutcracker is sponsored by Chartwell Residences and will feature local dance students from Muskoka Dance Academy and JJ’s Dance.
The New Year brings Canadian rock legend Tom Cochrane and his band Red Rider to Deerhurst Resort on January 29e (sponsored by Bullock’s Independent). Winter is heating up with The Original Wailers, Bob Marley’s legendary band with guitarist Al Anderson on February 16e. Spring features more incredible Canadian talent with Matt Andersen performing on March 20e, and acclaimed singer / songwriter Donovan Woods on April 23rd.
Country music will be a staple of HfA’s winter programming. TEBEY Platinum Sale Rocks Deerhurst Resort March 2sd, while Juno Award-winning Washboard Union presents its impeccable three-part harmony and premier musicality at the Algonquin Theater on February 3.rd. And stay tuned for the announcement of a very special country show in Deerhurst on February 26.e.
The winter season also continues HfA’s adventurous outdoor programming. The New Year will see the construction of Snow Village: a whimsical winter playground coming to River Mill Park in January 2021. Families will discover and enjoy interactive snow activities such as ice sculptures, snow forts. snow and a snow maze. The community will also be invited to participate in the construction (more details to be announced). This project is made possible through the support of Tim Hortons and the Huntsville Municipal Accommodation Tax Association. January will also see the return of the popular A Play, A Pie & A Pint in January (details to be announced soon).
February will offer a special winter edition of Nuit Blanche North on February 12e. The one-night-only event will feature shows and interactive activities throughout downtown and Muskoka Heritage Place.
Next, local youth aged 7 to 12 will present an outdoor version of Hans Christian Andersen’s famous ‘Frozen’ fairy tale (who is also the inspiration for the movie Frozen). The play will feature music and giant puppets and will take place in several different venues in downtown Huntsville for 3 performances from February 25-27, 2022. Sponsored by Suzanne Riverin and Nigel Lewis.
HfA is also collaborating on the creation of a unique new winter attraction that will run from November 2021 to May 2022. Eclipse “Walk with Light” is an interactive, unique and artistic night walk in the forest at the Rotary Village station inside of Muskoka Heritage Place. Participants travel a circular path of light, where they will encounter unique heritage buildings and illuminated soundscapes linked to the seasons of the year and the cycles of the day and the moon. There will be music, lyrics and hundreds of interactive lights that respond to sounds created by visitors themselves. The project is a collaboration between Limbic Media, the Huntsville / Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce, the City of Huntsville, Downtown BIA and the Huntsville Municipal Accommodation Tax Association.
Throughout the various stages of COVID, HfA has featured programming for all ages on a variety of stages. The Huntsville Arts Festival will always prioritize the safety of its clients and its community. All events will include enhanced health and safety protocols in accordance with relevant guidelines from the Province of Ontario and the Simcoe / Muskoka District Health Unit. This includes full proof of vaccination for all members of the public aged 12 and over attending concerts in indoor venues. For more information on COVID rules and regulations, please visit huntsvillefestival.ca.
The Huntsville Arts Festival would like to thank all of its generous sponsors, donors and members for their support of the festival during these difficult times. The winter season is made possible by the Province of Ontario through the RECONNECT program, as well as by Canadian Heritage and the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund. For a full list of supporters, visit https://huntsvillefestival.ca/about/sponsorship/.
To find out more about our exceptional programming or to purchase tickets, visit www.huntsvillefestival.ca or call 705-788-2787.
Winter programming of the Huntsville Arts Festival 2021-22
- Eclipse: Walk with the light | November-May | Muskoka Historic Place
- Good Lovelies: Christmas Show 2021 | December 16 | Algonquin Theater
- The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition | December 18 (2 shows) | Algonquin Theater
- A game, a pie and a pint | January (date to be confirmed)
- Snow Village | January to March | Moulin de la Rivière Park
- Tom Cochrane with Red Rider | January 29 | Deerhurst Resort
- The Washboard Union | February 3 | Algonquin Theater
- Nuit Blanche North (Winter Edition) | February 12 | Downtown Huntsville and Muskoka Heritage Place
- Original lamentations | February 16 | Algonquin Theater
- The Snow Queen | February 25-27 | Downtown Huntsville
- Mystery artist (to be confirmed) | February 26 | Deerhurst Resort
- TEBEY | March 2 | Deerhurst Resort
- Matt Andersen | March 20 | Algonquin Theater
- Donovan Wood | April 23 | Algonquin Theater