It appears a planned large-scale outdoor music event will take longer than originally planned to come to fruition, with organizers citing a weak Canadian dollar as the reason.
Revelree Music Festival, which was expected to take place the weekend of July 23, is on hold, said Scott Palko, festival director.
“We are obviously disappointed that Revelree will not be brought to life this year, but we are absolutely committed to bringing an incredible live music event to Sarnia-Lambton,” said Palko.
He said the low dollar is affecting festivals across Canada.
“As much as we do not want to delay the event, we know that by doing so, we are working toward a long, successful, sustainable life of the festival in Sarnia. It’s a short-term loss for a long-term gain for the community,” said Palko.
Sarnia City Council had approved the use of Canatara Park for the venue, with capacity being up to 20,000 attendees.
“We have great relationships with the City, Police, Fire=, Security and all critical stakeholders that will help make the festival an amazing experience,” said Palko. “Everyone wants to see this event happen and has given their commitment to us that they will help see it through to fruition.”
Organizers are already engaging acts for a 2017 date so as to get the lineup set and an announcement made this fall.
In addition to the main festival, Revelree will be hosting, sponsoring and promoting various live music acts in Sarnia-Lambton over the next year as a lead up to the festival. One of these event will be a “Battle of the Bands,” with the winner being awarded a slot on the festival playbill.