By Don Norman
The organizers of Lac du Bonnet’s Fire n Water Festival, have joined the chorus of other Manitoba summer festivals that have put their events on ice in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The organization released a statement on Wednesday that confirms what many local music enthusiasts were likely expecting. “Sadly, the Board of the Fire and Water Music Festival, has made the decision to cancel this year’s event. This decision was made based on the value we place on the safety of our artists, volunteers, and participants during the Covid-19 Pandemic,” read the statement.
The August Long Weekend festival has been a local favourite since 2006 and attracts artists, performers and audiences from all over the continent.
Despite the bad news, the statement contains a glimmer of hope. “Although we are unable to gather on the August Long Weekend, we will monitor the situation and plan to gather again some day. Until then, continue to enjoy local live music in any way that is safe.”