Cancelled Stanfest gets support, donations Canada-wide

The Stan Rogers Folk Festival in Canso, N.S. is getting a wave of support from people, companies and other music festivals.

Thousands of visitors were out of luck when the 3-day Canso festival was cancelled

After its decision to cancel because of Hurricane Arthur, the Stan Rogers Folk Festival in Canso, N.S. is getting a wave of support from people, companies and other music festivals. 

The three-day festival was supposed to begin July 4.

"The first email that we got was the Edmonton folk festival and it's just snowballed," said Stanfest festival's artistic director, Troy Greencorn. 

"I got two messages within a couple minutes ... from the Vancouver Island folk festival and the other was from the Regina folk festival."

Music festivals across Canada and even from the United States contacted Greencorn to offer support, including the Strawberry Music Festival in Yosemite Park, California, which experienced a similar setback after a forest fire delayed the event. 

On P.E.I., Garrison Hill Entertainment, a Newfoundland company, is hosting two concerts to cover the cost of getting some of the musicians to Nova Scotia from overseas

"Hundreds of individuals ... other organizations, venues, tremendous support from the audience but also other presenters," said Greencorn. "They just know the seriousness of what this type of situation presents for an organization."

The festival has also had offers from would-be concert goers to donate the cost of their Stanfest tickets, rather than accepting a refund.

Greencorn said conversations like these gave Stanfest the idea to create a formal crowdfunding site online. The group is finalizing the details and plans to release more information on the weekend.

"It's certainly been a very difficult situation but our spirits just keep getting lifted by these messages and in the midst of chaos I just can't stop smiling," said Greencorn. 

The Stan Rogers Folk Festival is on the hook for costs related to the festival's cancellation. Paying for this would eat up at least a third of the festival's half-million-dollar budget, said Greencorn. 

This is the first time the festival has been cancelled in 17 years. The concerts usually bring thousands of visitors to Canso.