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Ottawa Citizen
June 17, 1967

In a natural amphitheatre at Camp Fortune, the CBC will stage a series of 32 open air concerts from June 25 to September 1.

Averaging five concerts a week, the live entertainment package offering classical and popular music will be recorded for broadcast on local and national CBS radio networks. Big-name start will support talent drawn largely from the Ottawa Hull area.

Operatic tenor Leopold Simoneau and soprano Louise Lebrun will be soloists with the Cantata Singers conducted by Brian Law and accompanied by the CBC Studio Orchestra July 21 and 22.

French-Canadian singer Gilles Vigneault will take the stage July 20.

Tenor Jean Bonhomme of Ottawa who now sings with Covent Garden's Royal Opera, will return for concerts August 11 and 12.

Ottawa Group

The Brian Browne Trio, which originated in Ottawa and is now a Toronto success, will perform June 28 and 29.

The opening program on June 25 will present Sydney Rosenberg, bassoon and Janet Roy, violin, with the CBC Studio Orchestra conducted by Dr. Frederick Karam. Portions of the concert will be broadcast on the national network July 1 as part of CBC Radio's Dominion Day program.

A feature of Centennial celebrations in the capital, the summer-long music festival at Camp Fortune will be presented on a flood-lit stage at the bottom of a grassy glen near a waterfall and surrounded by trees.

Thirty-four individual programs will be recorded there for broadcast later on French and English CBC Radio stations in the area. Some programs will be carried by the national network.

Of the seasons 32 concerts, only 18 will be repeats.

All concerts are offered to the public free of charge. However, in case of rain, public performance will be cancelled and the program recorded fo broadcast in the CBC studios.

Anticipating crowds of at least 3,000 people for each concert, CBC officials have planned for adequate parking; well-lit pathways that wind beside a stream from parking lot through the woods to the concert site; sightseeing by ski-lift; picnic, food and refreshment facilities; an art display and a boutique with quality stock.

Careful pre-concert spraying is expected to dispense with a mosquito-black fly threat. But no benches will spoil the rustic atmosphere of the setting. Audiences must bring cushions, rugs, or camp chairs.

Special Buses

Printed maps and brochures available from the CBC and tourist information centres will describe the route to the amphitheatre on Travelers Hill behind Fortune Lodge - along Highway 11 through Old Chelsea to Meach Lake, or along the Gatineau Parkway.

There will also be special chartered buses at a return fare of 50 cents each person, leaving from the Chateau Laurier about 45 minutes before concert time. Concerts will start at 8 p.m. weekdays and 4:15 p.m. on Sundays.

[Illegible] ...conference and buffet dinner unveiled the project Wednesday evening. Hosts were John Dunn, Ottawa area director of the CBC, and Denis Townsend, Ottawa area program director.

Mr. Townsend said the Camp Fortune Summer Festival Series has become possible through the cooperation of the Ottawa Ski Club which made the site available; Local 180, Ottawa-Hull District, Federation of Musicians, whose grant of money covered repeat concerts not being recorded for broadcast, and the National Capital Commission, which helped to choose and landscape the area.

The completed concert schedule had drawn on the cooperative resources of all departments of the CBC, Mr. Townsend said, but he gave much credit for organizing the program to CBC radio producer Ian Fellows.

 

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