The upcoming Stan Rogers Folk Festival has been cancelled for this year due to an approaching tropical storm. Wednesday, July 2, festival management made the announcement to cancel the Canso festival from July 4 through July 6 based on the forecasted landfall of tropical storm Arthur over the weekend, which could become a hurricane.
After consulting a number of forecasting services, the team determined there is a “high likelihood” of winds over 100 kilometres per hour, and heavy rainfall.
“It is impossible in these circumstances for us to guarantee public safety. That makes the decision for us,” said the statement from Troy Greencorn, artistic director.
“It’s a horrible decision to have to make after so much work by so many people, but we just aren’t prepared to take the risks.”
Greencorn said they also consulted suppliers for the tents and production of the festival, who believe cancelling is the right decision.
“Hosting an outdoor, camping festival in a hurricane would be foolhardy.”
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Greencorn said the festival, which was going to feature performers like Great Big Sea’s Alan Doyle, Ani DiFranco, Lennie Gallant, Bruce Guthro and Thom Swift, will update ticket holders with more information through the festival’s website at stanfest.com and social network sites by early next week.
Arthur is expected to grow to hurricane strength Wednesday night as it moves up the East Coast of the United States, according to the Canadian Hurricane Centre.
The forecaster says a trough of low pressure will be moving east from the Great Lakes, guiding the storm towards Atlantic Canada.
“The nature of the trough approaching from the Great Lakes will make all the difference in Arthur’s intensity, track and structure,” the centre said on Wednesday.
The storm could range from direct rain and wind, to a well-offshore storm with some rain.