Five Alarm Funk performing at the Islands Folk Festival in 2009 at Providence Farm in Duncan. This year’s Islands Folk Festival has been cancelled due to COVID-19. (Kevin Oke photo)

Islands Folk Festival cancelled in Cowichan for 2020

While we are disappointed, we stand behind the government’s decision

One of the biggest music festivals scheduled for the Cowichan Valley in 2020 officially pulled the plug Monday, April 20, due to provincial restrictions around the COVID-19 virus.

The Cowichan Folk Guild announced the cancellation of the Islands Folk Festival that was to take place this July at Providence Farm with regret, but said they stand behind the provincial government’s decision to ban any and all large gatherings this summer to try to prevent further spread of the global pandemic.

RELATED: Summer events, parades, large weddings off the table this summer: Henry

“Dr. Bonnie Henry has made an official announcement that no festivals or large gatherings will take place over the summer in B.C. this year,” said Artistic Director Andrew Brown in a press release.

“We were hopeful that the festival would still take place during the early stages of the quarantine, but it soon became apparent that there would be serious implications at play as time went on. While we are disappointed, we stand behind the government’s decision that was made using scientific data and expert consultations. Many of our festival attendees are in vulnerable groups, and it is imperative we keep all of our patrons, artists, and volunteers safe.”

All tickets and camping passes for the 2020 festival will be honoured for the 2021 festival the release said.

“We have been asked a few times already if we will accept this year’s ticket payment as a donation to the guild to assist us with operating costs, and we will be more than grateful to accept those offers,” Brown said. “The festival is our main source of revenue for the year, and we will be exploring ways to minimize the impact we will be feeling, but guarantee we will be back next year with smiles and gratitude to everyone who takes part in our festival.”

RELATED: Host of great acts coming to Providence Farm in Duncan for 35th annual Folk Fest

He said they are working to try to make sure as many of the artists who were to be in the lineup this year will roll over into next summer instead.

“Now more than ever, musicians, artists, and promoters/crews need our support, as the means to make their living will be on hold for a fair amount of time,” Brown pointed out. “Please consider purchasing albums and merchandise directly from your favourite musicians, and be sure to take in several of the live streams many artists are hosting.

“The Cowichan Folk Guild is dedicated to providing live music to our community and are considering different ways to do something special the weekend of the festival that you will be able to tune into, so keep an eye out for that. As always, our gratitude goes out to everyone who helps make our festival so special. See you all soon!”



editor@cowichanvalleycitizen.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Coronavirusmusic festivals

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Minivan driver’s speed a factor in fatal 2018 Malahat crash

Driver was travelling at 101 km/h in a construction zone

Business notes: Downtown Duncan open-air food court opens

What’s happening in Cowichan’s business community

Documentary on legendary Chief Tzouhalem to be filmed in Cowichan

Film is the latest project by Drama Camp Productions

West Shore RCMP arrests five suspects in multi-jurisdictional drug trafficking investigation

Cocaine, prohibited loaded handgun, weapons, stolen vehicles seized

B.C. sees 25 new COVID-19 cases, community exposure tracked

One death, outbreaks remain in two long-term care facilities

VIDEO: Alberta man rescues baby eagle believed to be drowning in East Kootenay lake

Brett Bacon was boating on a lake in Windermere when he spotted the baby eagle struggling in the water

Vancouver Island business ad unintentionally features OK gesture linked to white supremacy

Innocuous ‘OK’ gesture in cleaning franchise advertisement gets flak on social media for ‘supposedly’ promoting white supremacy

Comox Valley RCMP looking for missing woman

Ami Guthrie was last seen in Courtenay in early July

Conservationists raise concerns over state of care for grizzly cubs transferred to B.C. zoo

‘Let them be assessed now before their fate is sealed,’ urges B.C. conservationist Barb Murray

B.C.’s COVID-19 job recovery led by tourism, finance minister says

Okanagan a bright spot for in-province visitor economy

National Kitten Day aka the ‘purrfect’ day to foster a new friend

July 10 marks National Kitten Day, a special day to celebrate all things kittens

Lower Mainland YouTubers claim to be Kelowna display toilet ‘poopers’

RCMP can not speak to legitimacy of video, will be investigating

Haida matriarchs occupy ancient villages as fishing lodges reopen to visitors

‘Daughters of the rivers’ say occupation follows two fishing lodges reopening without Haida consent

Most Read