Watercross racers Brandon Haarar-Moriarty left and David Murray launch from the start during the last race of last year’s Ontario Watercross Racing series in Gravenhurst. File photo submitted by Ontario Watercross Racing credit Ryan Longlade of Infinite Pictures and Film.

Pinestone announces music festival

By Chad Ingram

July 19 2016

The Pinestone Resort and Conference Centre will host a music festival later this summer with tickets on sale now.

“It’s similar to what the Haliburton Forest did last year” general manager John Teljeur said in reference to the Forest Festival. That event has been cancelled this year.

Shows for the Edgewater Music Festival will take place Sundays in August with acts Alfie Zappacosta Circle 5 and The Nylons already booked.

Grammy- and Juno-award-winning singer-songwriter Zappacosta will play Sunday Aug. 7 reggae band Circle 5 on Sunday Aug. 14 and a capella group The Nylons on Sunday Aug. 28 as part of their farewell tour.

Teljeur said the Pinestone is working on booking other acts and that some shows may also be added on weekday evenings.

Performances are scheduled to take place outside near the pond at the front of the resort with seating for about 700 and are being produced by Lesley English who’s produced numerous shows throughout the county and is a former manager of the Forest Festival.

“We’re going to operate the entire event ourselves” Teljeur said adding that food and beverages from the resort’s new restaurant Stone 21 would be available at the concert venue. “We’re going to have the restaurant open have the deck open.”

There will also be a charitable aspect to the festival with some proceeds scheduled to go to local organizations including the YWCA Women’s Shelter and food banks among others.

Teljeur has been trying to organize a music festival in the community for years including at the Minden fairgrounds.

“It’s a very different version of it” Teljeur said. “Bringing musical acts into the area is always something I’ve wanted to do.”

Tickets can be purchased at the resort and soon on its website.