The COVID-19 Outbreak has Claimed Another New Brunswick Music Festival 

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Tay Creek Folk Festival have joined the growing list of cancelled events for 2020.

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Ryan Cook & Sunny Acres headlined the 2019 Tay Creek Folk Festival. Photo: Jeff Fevens.

Organizers behind the Tay Creek Folk Festival near Stanley, New Brunswick have announced the cancelation of their 2020 event as a result of the ongoing health crisis. The festival, originally planned to take place July 17-19, will return next summer. 

“It is with deep sadness that we are announcing our decision to cancel the thirteenth annual Tay Creek Folk Festival,” said the festival’s Jenny Jobbins in an announcement sent out on Sunday March 29. “It was a difficult choice to make but a number of factors came into play and it seemed the only correct decision at this time.  We are putting first and foremost the safety of our wonderful volunteers, musicians and visitors. We do not wish to compromise their health in any way. We feel that it would be irresponsible to hold our festival when big events from the Olympic Games to Glastonbury are putting the global pandemic above everything else.

“We want to thank all those of you who have made plans to help out or attend the festival, especially musicians and volunteers who have already invested time and energy,” she said. “This time next year we hope to be able to pick up where we left off.  Now we have a whole extra year to look forward to 2021.”

Tay Creek Folk Festival has enjoyed substantial growth over the past few years thanks in part to the work of many dedicated volunteers. 

“Our hearts are with each of you as you endeavour to stay healthy and connected during these strange and challenging times,” said Jobbins. “Enjoy your summer, read lots, spend time outdoors, enjoy your family, connect with your friends and stay safe and well.”

Tay Creek Folk Festival joins a growing list of cancelled festival in the province including Flourish Festival (Fredericton) and Paddlefest (St. Andrews). 

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