Logger sports and poets, story tellers, art, music, bread baking, blacksmithing, and guided hikes as well as saw mill demos and theatre ... there will be events, activities and performances for all tastes at the fifth annual Alberni Forest Fest July 6-8.
Once again Forest Fest will host the Spoken Word Festival, which has drawn record crowds for the past two years to hear established and emerging writers from across Canada, as well as the Alberni Valley.
Music also plays a big part in the weekend-long festival which will feature, open air concerts with Tiller's Folly, Checo Tohomaso and the Victoria Soul Gospel Choir and a Friday night performance by the Victoria Doukhobor Choir at the Capitol Theatre.
The ever-popular Quality Foods Great Bread Bake-off will be held again this year, with the proceeds going to support the Bread of Life.
"The Spoken Word Festival is an opportunity for people in Port Alberni to hear well-known story tellers such as Ivan E. Coyote," said Forest Fest Committee Chair John Mayba. "We also showcase some of our own talented local writers."
Yukon storyteller Ivan Coyote is back by popular demand. Also on the Spoken Word program are Pamela Porter, winner of the 2005 Governor General's Award for Children's Literature for her novel "The Crazy Man"; Wendy Morton, known for her work bringing poetry into mainstream life; Louise Halfe, Saskatchewan's poet laureate, whose poetry has been short listed for the Governor General's Award; and multi-award-winning poet and author Harold Rhenish.
From the local literary scene, Tofino author and filmmaker Andrew Struthers, Port Alberni's Bob Collins and Derek Hanebury, all have several published works to their credit. Newer writers from the Alberni Valley who will share their work include Pamela Walker, author of "Murder at the Somass Hotel"; Linda Thompson, who has published in poetry reviews and participates regularly in poetry readings around Vancouver Island; and Florentia Scott, an active member of local writing groups.
Weekend passes to all events except the Friday night concert will be available at the Rollin Art Centre and the Alberni Valley Museum for $10.
Passes for children under 12 are $5. Tickets for the Friday night concert featuring Ivan Coyote are $15.00, which includes a festival badge.
Go to forestfest.ca for more details or call 723-2638.
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