Muskoka Jazz Festival cancelled in Port Carling

MUSKOKA- Muskoka Jazz Festival organizers have posted a cancellation notice for the event on their website.

Thomas Palloway is the managing director of Headlite Canada, the event company organizing the festival. In April 2019 he presented the idea to the Muskoka Lakes council seeking approval for the event.

Palloway told councillors he wanted to bring “world class talented” jazz musicians to Muskoka.

“This is about as good as it gets, this is comparable to any large festival. We have proposed to do this on James Bartleman Island, it’s about the right size, it’s a fantastic very Muskoka venue. We will work with district and district engineering and so far everything is going ahead as planned,” Palloway said in his deputation to council.

He had planned an aggressive marketing campaign for the festival including U.S. markets.

Township council supported the event.

Upon checking ticket information for the August 24th event we discovered the following statement on their website:

“It is with a heavy heart that we have had to cancel this year's Muskoka Jazz Festival.

We began this project with the objective of bringing Muskoka a unique event featuring some of Canada's finest musical talent and had achieved objective in securing the support and commitment of a number of the best artists you will find anywhere in the country.

We thank them for their support.

Unfortunately, the challenges of organizing this first time event proved insurmountable for a number of reasons. Thus, in the best interests of all, we have made the decision to cancel this years event rather than deliver a less than satisfactory audience experience.

We are working with the online ticket seller on the management of refunds and more information on this will be available shortly.

Please send any questions you have to”

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