Heavy Montreal cancels 2017 concert with Parc Jean-Drapeau under construction

Heavy Montreal is taking a one-year hiatus while construction is underway in Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Sainte-Hélène.

Osheaga still scheduled for next summer despite venue change

Heavy Montreal says it will be back in 2018. (Heavy Montreal)

Heavy Montreal is taking a one-year hiatus while construction is underway in Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Sainte-Hélène.

"Several factors, including the renovations at Parc Jean-Drapeau and the increase in cultural events during Montréal's 375th anniversary, contributed to our decision," Nick Farkas, vice-president for Evenko, which organizes the heavy metal festival, said in a statement.

The 2015 festival was held over three days and drew thousands of people. Farkas said Heavy Montreal will be back in 2018.

The cancellation means some music-weary residents on Montreal's South Shore, where Saint-Lambert launched a legal battle over concert noise concerns, will get a bit of a reprieve. 

Evenko earlier announced that two other music festivals, Osheaga and Île Soniq, will be relocated to neighbouring Île Notre-Dame in 2017 due to construction in the park, moving them even closer to Saint-Lambert.

Montreal is redeveloping the popular festival site to increase capacity from 45,000 to 65,000 people, as part of the city's 375th anniversary celebrations.

The $70-million project will include construction of a new amphitheatre facing Saint-Lambert across the river.