The coronavirus has just been right for a first Quebec music festival with the announcement of the cancellation of Santa Teresa, Thursday evening. This news could create a domino effect on other events to be held in the coming weeks.
A few days ago, in a decree that was relatively under the radar, the federal government indicated that it was extending the closing of Canadas borders until June 30. This new measure thus means that no foreign artist can come to the country before the month of July.
Since its programming included among its headliners the Russians Pussy Riot and the Belgian rapper Romeo Elvis, the Santa Teresa festival decided to completely cancel its planned event in Sainte-Therese from May 15 to 17.
“Measures related to containment and bans on assemblies, as well as bans on entry to the country for non-residents and international travelers prevent us from holding the event as planned,” the organization said in a statement. .
The festival ticket office will contact the ticket holders directly for reimbursement in the coming weeks. The Santa Teresa team is asking festival goers not to contact the organization at this time, as a strategy will be in place for refunds.
The situation does not seem better for Metro Metro, which was also scheduled for the long weekend in May on the Esplanade of the Olympic Park. Without wanting to officially confirm the cancellation of the event, the organizer Olivier Primeau mentioned to Newspaper that he was now studying two scenarios: postponing the festival to fall or canceling the event altogether.
“We are in discussion with our partner RIO (Regie des installations olympiques),” said the promoter. They are the ones who manage this with the city of Montreal and the government of Quebec. We are stand-by since more than a month.”
“Let’s be realistic. I don’t think that in May, the ban on going out will be lifted for big festivals, “added Olivier Primeau.
Speaking with the organizer, who had sold 80% of the tickets for his event, or ten thousand, we understand that he is already looking to hold the festival in 2021. “We could suggest to people that if they keep their this year’s ticket until next year, they will have discounts in the store. ”
On the side of Pouzza Fest, which is held on the same dates as Santa Teresa and Metro Metro, the organization still had not made a final decision on Thursday. Among the artists on the program are Millencolin (Sweden) and Good Riddance (United States).
Later, in June, the Francos find themselves even more threatened with this prolonged border closure. However, the organizers could offer a strictly Canadian program to festival-goers. But they will obviously have to put a cross on several European artists already announced (-M-, Philippe Katerine, Oxmo Puccino, Vincent Delerm, Fefe & Leeroy).
“Since the start of this crisis, and depending on the situation, our teams have been working with our stakeholders to assess different potential scenarios for all our events. We will keep you informed as soon as we have new information to share with you, “said Paul Wilson of CH Group, which includes the Spectra Team.