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Music fans gearing up for Trout Forest Music Festival

Story by Lindsey Enns

Music lovers from across Ontario and Manitoba are getting ready for a weekend full of great music and camping as the 17th annual Trout Forest Music Festival in Ear Falls is just around the corner.

David Hoey, Executive Director says that this year will be very similar to years past in that the event will include an assortment of family entertainment and will showcase local and surrounding area artists.

“After 16 years we are pretty set in our ways,” Hoey said.

“We encourage people to return to the festival each year but we have been seeing a lot of newcomers.”

This year the event will take place on August 10, 11 and 12 and campers can start showing up on August 9. Performers make up much of the Manitoba folk singer scene and will include family favourite Fred Penner, folk singer Rambling Dan Frechette, The Magnificent 7s, Guy Gallaway and Alexa Cuba just to name a few. Performances will kick off on Friday evening and will continue all weekend until early Sunday evening. Like years past, there will be three stages, family entertainment and an open mic set up on both Saturday and Sunday.

“We will have a chalkboard set up so that people can sign up on for their 15 minutes of fame,” Hoey said.

Ear Falls is located on Highway 105 approximately 110 km north of the Trans- Canada Highway at Vermilion Bay. It is nearly one and a half hours from Dryden and four hours from Winnipeg or Thunder Bay. Hoey said that over his eight years planning the event that he has noticed a bit of a younger crowd but that they have never experienced any problems and he is looking forward to yet another successful year.

“People that have been coming for years know to pack extra socks, rain gear and stuff for if it’s hot out but we offer a lot on site too.”

Day, evening and weekend passes are still available. For more information you can visit

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