Montreal's Osheaga Festival postponed to 2022 due to COVID-19 pandemic
MONTREAL -- Organizers of Montreal's Osheaga festival are cancelling the event for a second consecutive year.
In the end, given all the extra complications, there just won't be time to ensure a good festival, said organizer Nick Farkas.
Osheaga normally draws over 100,000 people to Parc Jean-Drapeau, and the logistics are immense, he said.
"There’s a lot of things that go into building the festival site and everything that comes with putting together the 12th largest city in Quebec for a weekend, so eventually we gave ourselves a deadline of this month," Farkas said.
"With everything happening just in the past month, we've gone from 'Oh, this is going to happen,' to 'No, this isn't going to happen.'"
Evenko said in a statement that the 15th edition will be postponed to July 2022 due to the "ever-changing situation surrounding COVID-19."
The festival was scheduled to take place from July 30 to August 1 at Parc Jean-Drapeau and feature big names such as Foo Fighters, Cardi B and Post Malone.
Evenko also announced the postponement of its ÎleSonique and Lasso Montreal festivals.
Many festivals have chosen to cancel their planned events this summer due to COVID-19 and health restrictions prohibiting gatherings.
Ontario's Boots and Hearts festival, Ottawa's Bluesfest and the Country Thunder festivals in Craven, Sask. and Calgary have also been cancelled.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 22, 2021, with files from CTV Montreal.