Sadly it appears that Canada’s WayHome Music & Arts Festival is the latest victim of the looming North American festival bubble. Today organizers announced that the festival will be placed on “pause” and will not take place in 2018.
Beginning in 2015, promoters Republic Live birthed the massive outdoor music festival which took place at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds just north of Toronto. In the 3 years of its existence, the festival featured some of the biggest names in music such as Neil Young, Sam Smith, Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, Bassnectar, and The Killers.
However, after an extremely low turnout this year, it appears the festival struggled to compete in that regions overly saturated market that currently includes massive music festivals like Lollapalooza, Osheaga, Panorama, and The Meadows just to name a few.
Unlike most of the recently defunct music festivals whose lackluster experiences and own organization were to blame for its failures, sadly WayHome always garnered immensely favorable feedback and offered patrons who did attend a positive and unique festival experience, making today’s news that much more difficult to swallow.
While there is not yet any confirmation on if the festival will return in 2019, given the current climate, I certainly wouldn’t count on it.
Read today’s official statement from WayHome Music & Arts Festival organizers below:
“A sense of calm comes from a PAUSE. It can be a simple moment to take a much needed breath or an opportunity to reflect, reassess and reimagine. A PAUSE is equal parts necessary & important.
WayHome Music & Arts will be on PAUSE in 2018.
THANK YOU for the love & support the community of WayHomies have shown over the last three years. The millions of magical moments we created and shared together will sit in our memory banks to be relived for years to come.
This isn’t goodbye, just see you later.”