ROXODUS Music Festival Cancelled
Written by Michael Oshust
Organizers of the highly-anticipated Roxodus music festival say the event has been cancelled citing concerns with the venue, though Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) also say they are investigating a former employee of the company behind the festival.
The organizers of the event, which boasted a lineup with Aerosmith, Kid Rock, Nickelback, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, among others, announced the cancellation of the four-day show on Wednesday morning. The festival was scheduled for July 11 to 14 in Clearview Township, north of Toronto, Ontario.
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On Wednesday, July 3, 2019, the OPP told Global News Toronto that their Huronia West Detachment was investigating a complaint that officers received late last week against MF Live Inc., the company that owns the festival — though police have since clarified that officers are investigating a former employee of the company. Police would not say what the nature of the investigation was or provide any details. They would not tell if it is tied to the festival’s cancellation. A police spokesperson said they would not be releasing a formal statement on the investigation unless it leads to something concrete.
It is unclear what the organizers plan to announce with regards to ticket refunds. Social media users reacting to the news have been expressing disappointment and have been demanding refunds.
Clearview Township responded to news of the cancellation in a statement Wednesday, July 3, 2019
“The cancellation of Roxodus Music Fest by MF Live Inc., Roxodus Music Fest promoters, is unfortunate news,” the statement read.
“The decision to cancel the festival was a business decision made independently by MF Live Inc. … Clearview Staff and Council have done everything foreseeably [possible] to protect the public and the taxpayers while working with Roxodus organizers to meet all the necessary Municipal requirements.”
Clearview Township Mayor Doug Measures said prior to this announcement, there had been discussion about potentially moving the event to Burl’s Creek in Oro-Medonte, Ont., the same location where the Rolling Stones concert was held on June 29, 2019.
Mayor Doug Measures stated he received a call from the mayor of Oro-Medonte last Thursday and the mayor offered to assist in moving the event after hearing it may be in trouble. “Despite last minute attempts with MF Live to arrange the show at Burl’s Creek, we can confirm that Roxodus will not take place at our property,” the Burl’s Creek public relations team said in a statement.
Clearview Township Mayor Doug Measures said “For certain, we have had a very wet spring here in Clearview … I’m not surprised that the soil is very saturated here with water.”