Stanfest to 'Rise Again' with fundraising concert

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TRURO DAILY NEWS - After financial setbacks from cancelling this year’s Stanfest, organizers are trying to get back on track with a fundraising concert at the Halifax Metro Centre featuring many Stanfest performers.

Dave Gunning, J.P. Cormier, Joel Plaskett, Laura Smith, and Matt Andersen are just a few of the names on the bill for Rise Again – The Show Must Go On set for Aug. 20.

“Hurricane Arthur was a major financial setback for us,” said Troy Greencorn, artistic director for the festival, in a press release. “After 17 editions of the festival, it doesn’t mean the end, but it presents a major challenge to overcome. The event is just too important to the East Coast Music industry, Nova Scotia, and Guysborough County in particular.”

Organizers cancelled their 18th annual festival in the face of Hurricane Arthur as it blew into Atlantic Canada in early July. 

Since then, they’ve received support from donors, sponsors, suppliers and audience members powering a crowd funding campaign now nearing $30,000.

The “Rise Again” concert is the signature fundraiser in the efforts by the festival to quickly get back on track and start to build for a bigger and better 2015 event.

“We have set out to create a mini-festival within the Metro Centre. Stanfest is all about the songs and the songwriters and this show will capture that uniqueness. Favourite elements of the weekend like “Singing Stan”, the unique groupings of musicians, campground jams and a diverse mix of musical styles and genres will be featured in the show. This isn’t a funeral for 2014, but rather a rally for 2015.”

More info is available here.  

Organizations: Metro Centre

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Guysborough County, Atlantic Canada

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