Stanfest to 'Rise Again' with fundraising concert in Halifax
Catherine MacLellan, Dave Gunning, J.P. Cormier, Joel Plaskett all to perform August 20
After its decision to cancel because of post-tropical storm Arthur, the Stan Rogers Folk Festival in Canso, N.S. received a wave of support that continues with a fundraising concert announced for August.
Rise Again – The Show Must Go On is planned for the Halifax Metro Centre on August 20.
Organizers of Stanfest say it was a major blow to cancel the annual music event, but they will be back.
"Hurricane Arthur was a major financial setback for us," said Troy Greencorn, the festival’s artistic director. "After 17 editions of the festival, it doesn’t mean the end, but it presents a major challenge to overcome.
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.
12,000 music fans were expected
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.
"Besides the fiscal hit, the festival robbed our loyal audience and many newcomers of an important summer experience," said Greencorn. "Many of our patrons have expressed that their year just isn’t the same without Stanfest."
He said they are hoping to create a mini-festival within the Halifax Metro Centre.
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.
Artists who have signed up to perform August 20 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
Tickets are now available online at www.ticketatlantic.com.