Stanfest will rise again Wednesday night in Halifax.
Musicians will play the Halifax Metro Centre in support the much loved folk festival in Canso that was cancelled last month as post tropical storm Arthur made its way to Nova Scotia.
The show is called Rise Again - The Show Must Go On. It’s now a fundraiser in support of the Stan Rogers Folk Festival.
Artistic director Troy Greencorn made the difficult decision to cancel Stanfest in July and says the Halifax show is a chance to give fans the show they missed out on and the experience they return to year after year.
He also wants to send the message that Stanfest 2015 will be back.
'Every seat that is sold helps us reach the goal, the goal being a successful recovery.' - Troy Greencorn
"Every seat that is sold helps us reach the goal, the goal being a successful recovery and a healthy festival going forward," Greencorn says. "We’re certainly well past the pivot point with the night, so we’re certain that it’s already a success."
The three-day festival was supposed to begin July 4, bringing over 50 artists to the stage. The weekend usually draws 12,000 music fans to the Canso area.
He said the event brings millions in annual economic impact and is crucial to the East Coast music industry, Nova Scotia, and Guysborough County in particular.
Crowdfunding campaign raised close to $30,000
After the cancellation, a crowdfunding campaign was started and has raised close to $30,000. The “Rise Again” concert will be the biggest fundraiser for festival organizers as they try to get back on track and plan the 2015 Stanfest.
"I’m hopeful that we’ll have made it one third of the way," Greencorn says. "Which represents just part of the journey. There’s still two thirds of the journey to go. But we’re really encouraged that in barely two months we’ve managed to come that far."
Artists who have signed up to perform Wednesday night include:
- Carl Bond
- Catherine MacLellan
- Dave Gunning
- J.P. Cormier
- Joel Plaskett
- Laura Smith
- Matt Andersen
- Molly Thomason
- Rhapsody Quintet
- The Stanfields
- Stephen Fearing
- Thom Swift
Greencorn says it was disappointing they couldn’t fit all the musicians into the show.
"For many of the artists we’ve selected for this evening, a lot of them have cut their teeth and grown in the industry as we have," he says.
Tickets are still available online at www.ticketatlantic.com.