ST. JOSEPH ISLAND – Organizers of the Go North Music Festival today announced that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 4th edition of the festival has been cancelled. This year’s event was scheduled for July 10-11, 2020 on St. Joseph Island.
“First and foremost, we must consider the health or our audience, performers, volunteers and all the vendors, sound and lighting crew members and our responsibility to do our part to slow and stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Jody Wildman, Chair of the organizing committee.
For those who had already purchased ticket for this year’s festival, full refunds are now available, or these tickets can be used in 2021. Ticket holders can contact [email protected], or request a refund directly from Eventbrite.ca if purchased online.
The Go North Festival was established in 2017 and takes place at the concert grounds in Richards Landing on St. Joseph Island. What had been a one-day festival was to expand to include a concert on the Friday evening in addition to its Saturday schedule. Organizers plan to implement this expansion when the festival returns in July 2021, as well as continuing to provide on-site camping, local food and refreshments, art, games and activities and musical performances for kids.
“We will continue to look for great live acts, with a focus on Canadian talent from across the country,” said festival coordinator Sherie Gladu. “In the interim, we encourage people to share their favourite bands with us and ideas for expanding festival activities.”
The festival committee noted that concerts and festivals scheduled for 2020 are being cancelled across Canada and around the world, which will be devastating for the artists who would have performed at these venues. They encourage music-lovers find online forums to support musicians, especially Canadian musicians, in any way they can throughout 2020.