News: With Squamish Cancellation, What Does The Future Hold For Island Festivals?

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With Squamish Valley Music Festival folding, what does the future hold for festivals on Vancouver Island?
With Squamish Valley Music Festival folding, what does the future hold for festivals on Vancouver Island?
The Squamish Valley Music Festival announced it has cancelled their 2016 festival. No reasons were given for the cancellation. Some speculate the low Canadian dollar played a part. How will Squamish’s cancellation affect music festivals and artists on Vancouver Island? CTV Vancouver Island looked into that in their March 2 newscast.

Follow the link or watch the embedded video below for CTV’s coverage.
http://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=820722

Here’s what we do know about Island festivals so far:

– TD Victoria International JazzFest have Case/Lang/Veirs (Neko Case/KD Lang/Laura Veirs) and Tedeschi Trucks Band as two of their headliners

– Victoria Ska and Reggae Fest should be announcing their lineup soon within a month based on when organizers have released info in the past

– Tall Tree Music Festival should also be announcing their lineup, typically at a lineup launch party, with in the next month or so.

– Rock The Shores have City and Colour with the rest of the lineup due within the next couple weeks.

– The Phillips Backyard Weekender being held two weeks earlier than it has been in the past could mean their lineup announcement may be imminent.

– Rock of The Woods 2016 is a go after a hard fought battle to obtain a permit from Cowichan Valley city council to continue the festival for at least the next three years. The lineup is still to be announced.

– SunFest is moving to a new larger venue location near Cowichan Lake and will have country superstar Carrie Underwood as headliner along with Dierks Bentley Dallas Smith, Chase Bryant, The Road Hammers, High Valley and Neil McCoy. Full lineup still to be released.

– Rifflandia made an interesting post on social media March 2nd saying that the “lineup dropping soon”. How much of the lineup is unknown as historically the Rifflandia lineup doesn’t announce till early summer.