UPDATE: Bonnaroo co-founder announces Ontario music festival July 24-26

Photo: Terry Ting

Photo: Terry Ting

Mark your calendars, music fans! AC Entertainment and Republic Live will be bringing a multi-day music and arts festival to Burl’s Creek Event Grounds, about an hour north of Toronto, from July 24th to 26th.

Shannon McNevan, executive director of Republic Live admits “this is obviously a little sooner than we planned on talking about it,” but in response to an exclusive story on Festival Snobs last week, they are “certainly ready to announce the fest.”

In addition to four stages (two of which will be naturally-graded amphitheaters), organizers say the event will feature an on-site farmers market and a mysterious “late-night forest.”

In keeping with the theme of mystery, McNevan says that while HomeAway was one of the names they kicked around, the festival has yet to be named.

McNevan and Ashley Capps, co-founder of Bonnaroo, promise a lineup with “some of the leading artists in music and the best selection of indie bands and local heroes.”

In addition to the music, the festival will be a “unique” event that showcases Southern Ontario culture, and McNevan predicts the expansive craft beer selection will be a hit with attendees.

While Capps says the festival will not be Bonnaroo North, “living together for a weekend and having this shared, communal experience will make it Bonnaroo-like.”

Similar to Bonnaroo, there will be enough camping options to satisfy both festival rookies and the grizzled fest veteran. McNevan and Capps promise general admission camping, VIP “glamping” and even shuttle transportation to and from Toronto.

Sound too good to be true? McNevan also says that ticket prices will be the “lowest of this nature in Canada.”

More details, including the official lineup, ticket prices and festival name are expected in the coming weeks.

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