Peacefest postponed

Pandemic forces decision

Susan Thompson
South Peace News

Plans for a revival of Peace River’s formerly annual music festival will have to wait another year.

Peacefest on the Town has once again been postponed, this time until 2022.

Peacefest joins other major festivals such as North Country Fair and the Edmonton Folk Music Festival in deciding not to proceed this summer.

The revamped Peacefest music festival was set to be split among several small venues rather than held outdoors on a single large stage, an idea the board of the Peacefest Events Society had come up with last year but had to cancel in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This year, the festival was set to feature Duane Steele, the Honey Cowboy, the Northbloods, Chloe Albert and several other musical artists.

It’s the fourth year in a row the festival hasn’t gone forward. Peacefest was cancelled in 2016, returned in 2017, and despite the best efforts of local volunteers, has now been cancelled every year since 2018.

However, the Peacefest Events Society says the majority of the artists they had booked for this year’s event are already scheduled to play next year.

Pre-sale tickets had already been available for $89 each. Ticket holders will be emailed and given the option to reschedule their ticket for the 2022 event, get a refund, make a donation, or make a partial donation.

Peacefest originally began in 1997 after a devastating flood that closed almost half of the town’s businesses and put 180 people out of work. In past years Peacefest attracted some big names in Canadian music such as Tom Cochrane, Trooper, Big Sugar, Sam Roberts Band, Matthew Good, Corb Lund, Blue Rodeo, Glass Tiger, 54 40, Bif Naked and many others.

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