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More summertime music, arts festivals cancelled in B.C.

Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival
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April 23, 2020 - 12:00 PM

If you were hoping to get your boogie on this summer, you’ll likely need to do so in the comfort of your own living room, or in your own yard.

Festivals across B.C. are being cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic including Shambhala in the West Kootenay and the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival.

Bass Coast, an electronic music festival in Merritt, scheduled for July 9 to 12, announced the cancellation of the 12th annual event yesterday, April 22.

Ticket holders can donate their tickets back to the festival or they will be assigned at random a year to attend between 2021 and 2024, according to the event website. Ticket reassignments will happen on May 15. All add-ons like cabins, tents and vehicle passes will be refunded to the purchaser.

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Those in Vernon hoping to take part in the Okanagan Valley’s largest sidewalk party are going to have to come up with something else to do.

The Sunshine Festival was scheduled for June 20, and usually offers street vendors, food trucks, musicians and sidewalk sales. The Downtown Vernon Association has cancelled that event, as well as Civic Sounds, which is a weekly concert series held in the Civic Plaza.

Even those who prefer theatre over music are left in the lurch.

Kelowna’s 2nd annual Fringe Festival has been pushed into 2021. 

Do you know of any other B.C. arts and music festivals that have been cancelled? Let us know in the comments below. 


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