Heritage Celebrations With Lots of Bark - And We Have Snow!!!!

    The upcoming Cannington Dog Sled Race & Winter Carnival Feb. 21 & 22
    becomes significant all bark, no frostbite Heritage Canada celebration
    weekend...and the snow has arrived!

    CANNINGTON, ON, Feb. 19 /CNW/ - With the 5th annual Cannington Dog Sled
Races & Winter Festival rapidly approaching, excitement has risen considerably
with the announcement of Heritage Canada's support of the event. Their
involvement has assisted in the transformation of a large area in MacLeod Park
into the Heritage Village, a unique native encampment alive with culture and
traditions of the Métis and First Nations peoples of Canada. Some performance
highlights of the Heritage Village include:

    (*) Oshawa Métis Council - traditional foods, teachings, artifact display
        and event ceremonial smudging
    (*) Olivine Bousquet Métis Dancers - traditional dance & workshops
    (*) Métis Artists Collective - traditional storytelling, mixed media
        displays & music
    (*) Trapper Bob - on the land teaching, teepee installation, historical
    (*) British Native Allies - 12 re-enactors in full costume (1812)
        demonstrating traditional practices & crafts
    (*) Métis Fiddler Quartet - traditional music
    (*) Charlie Fife - Michif singer songwriter & musician
    (*) Archie Martin - Miq'Mak Metis Elder - historical & traditional
    (*) Joseph Paquetter - Metis Elder story teller - presiding elder for
        ceremonial smudging & storyteller

    Beyond the Village In the Lakes of Muskoka Cottage Brewery Beer Garden,
yet another fine array of talent has been brought in to entertain the crowds.
Saturday, the Garden stage will feature the unique musical offerings of The
Porkbelly Futures, David Celia and Alun Piggins. On Sunday, spectators will be
dazzled by the amazing musical renderings of Grainne Ryan, Too Many Sisters
and the Wolfgang Brothers.
    Let's not forget the hay rides, the Outdoor Market Place, the kids'
games, dog sled rides, Petting Zoo, clowns & facing painting, food vendors,
Comedy Night and, yes...of course...those amazing dogs! When race starter Jim
Cunningham begins the countdown, they are definitely good to go.
    Weekend passes for adults are $8 at the gate and children 13 and under
are just $2 (or free with a button from participating elementary schools). The
recent storm has ensured the dogs will run but for additional information on
the event, go to www.canningtondogsledraces.com or call 705-928-2997.

    Photo Editors Note: Accompanying photos available on CNW Photo Network
and archived at http://photos.newswire.ca. Free to accredited media members.

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at http://photos.newswire.ca.
    Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
    website at http://photos.newswire.ca. Images are free to accredited
    members of the media/

For further information:

For further information: Media passes, pre-arranged interviews contact:
Barry Hobbs, (705) 928-2997

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