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rise again benefit for stan rogers folk festival aug 20th w/ joel plaskett, catherine maclellan, matt andersen, Molly Thomason, The Stanfields & more!
Rise Again – The Show Must Go On is a concert event planned for the Halifax Metro Centre on August 20th. An impressive cast of artists has come together to show their support for the Stan Rogers Folk Festival. Organizers were forced to cancel their 18th annual festival in the face of Hurricane Arthur as it blew into Atlantic Canada. Annually Stanfest, as it is affectionately know brings over 50 artists together in front of 12,000 fans in Canso.
“We made the only possible decision given the forecasts and information we had at the time. Its just foolhardy to invite thousands of campers and festival goers into a hurricane in a town perched on the edge of the continent.” (Troy Greencorn) The decision was validated when tents already standing were damaged on take-down and winds reached upwards of 80km/h. At times on Saturday (July5) over 100,000 homes were without power in N.S. alone.
“Hurricane Arthur was a major financial setback for us. After 17 editions of the festival, it doesn’t mean the end, but it presents a major challenge to overcome. The event is just too important to the East Coast Music industry, Nova Scotia, and Guysorough County in particular. It brings millions in annual economic impact.” (Troy Greencorn) The festival has received tremendous support from donors, sponsors, suppliers and audience members powering a crowd funding campaign now nearing $30,000. The “Rise Again” concert is the signature fundraiser in the efforts by the festival to quickly get back on track and start to build for a bigger and better 2015 event.
Artists who have signed on to date for the August 20th concert include:
“Besides the fiscal hit, the festival robbed our loyal audience and many newcomers of an important summer experience. Many of our patrons have expressed that their year just isn’t the same without Stanfest, and the opportunities to see friends and discover new music that it affords. We have set out to create a mini-festival within the Metro Centre. “Stanfest is all about the songs and the songwriters and this show will capture that uniqueness. Favourite elements of the weekend like “Singing Stan”, the unique groupings of musicians, campground jams and a diverse mix of musical styles and genres will be featured in the show. This isn’t a funeral for 2014, but rather a rally for 2015.” (Troy Greencorn)
Tickets have been priced at $ 42.50 (Tax Included). A ticketing fee is additional. Tickets available on line atwww.ticketatlantic.com, Ticket Atlantic Box Office, participating Atlantic Superstores and charge by phone 451-1221, toll free 1-877-451-1221. Service charges apply.
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