Summer festival shakeup: What's affecting music fests across the country?

The low dollar and ever-expanding market are among the pressures facing Canadian festivals — some have even cancelled their summer events.
Both the Squamish Valley Music Festival in B.C. and the Wolfe Island Music Festival near Kingston, Ontario have cancelled their summer events. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Vancouver Sun music writer Francois Marchand, singer-songwriter Sarah Harmer, and Wolfe Island Music Festival organizer Virginia Clark discuss what's behind the current shakeup in the summer-festival scene.

​RELATED: Squamish Valley Music Festival: What happened?

Are there just too many festivals or is the low Canadian dollar affecting their ability to bring in big headliners? Our panel looks at what this all means for music fans, performers, and workers. 

'There is a saturation of the market for festivals right now, there are so many of them,' says Francois Marchand. (Roger Kisby/Getty Images)

Beyond the issues Canadian music festivals are facing, our guests touched on the moments that mattered and stayed with them from over the years. For Clark, one of those moments was when an artist had dropped out of the line-up and she asked someone else to come play: Shad.

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