The coronavirus comes from having because of a first music festival, québec with the announcement of the cancellation of Santa Teresa, on Thursday evening. This news could create a domino effect on other events that must take place in the coming weeks.
A few days ago, in a decree that was relatively gone under the radar, the federal government indicated that it was extending the closure of the canadian border-until 30 June. This new measure means that no foreign artist can’t come to the country before the month of July.
Since its programming was one of its headliners the Russian Pussy Riot, and the rapper belgian Roméo Elvis, the festival in Santa Teresa has decided to cancel their planned event in Sainte-Thérèse, from 15 to 17 may.
“The measures related to containment and to the prohibitions of the rallies, as well as prohibitions on the entry to the country for non-residents and international travellers, we cannot hold the event as it was intended,” says the organization in a press release.
The festival ticket office will receive a direct ticket holders to a refund in the next few weeks. The team of Santa Teresa asked festival goers not to communicate with the organization at this time, because a strategy will be put in place for the repayment.
Subway Subway very uncertain
The situation does not seem better on the side of the Metro Subway, which was also planned for the long weekend of may on the Esplanade of the olympic Park. Without wanting to officially confirm the cancellation of the event, the organiser Olivier Primeau told the Newspaper he was studying now two scenarios : the postponement of the festival to the fall or the complete cancellation of the event.
“We are in discussion with our partner the RIO (Régie des installations olympiques), said the promoter. They are the ones who manage it with the city of Montreal and the Quebec government. There is stand-by for more than a month. ”
“Let’s be realistic. I do not think that in the month of may, the prohibition of going out is going to be lifted for big festivals, ” adds Olivier Primeau.
In speaking with the organizer, who had sold 80% of tickets for its event, or ten thousand, we understand that it already looks to hold the festival in 2021. “We could offer to people that if they keep their ticket this year until next year, they will have discounts in the shop. ”
On the side of the Pouzza Fest, which takes place on the same dates as Santa Teresa and Metro subway, the organisation had not taken a final decision on Thursday. Among the artists on the programming, it account Millencolin (Sweden) and Good Riddance (United States).
Later, in June, the Francos are even more threatened with the extended closure of the borders. The organisers, however, would have the opportunity to offer programming that is strictly canadian festival-goers. But they will have to visibly put a cross on many european artists already announced (-M-, Philippe Katerine, Oxmo Puccino, Vincent Delerm, Féfé & Leeroy).
“Since the beginning of this crisis, and according to the evolution of the situation, our teams work with our stakeholders to evaluate different potential scenarios for all of our events. We will keep you informed as soon as we have new information to share, ” said Paul Wilson, of the CH Group, which comprises Team Spectra in its rows.