Peterborough Musicfest is Canada’s longest running free admission summer concert series

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After much deliberation, and in consultation with public health officials and local authorities, we must announce, with very heavy hearts, that Peterborough Musicfest (PMF) will not proceed in 2020.

“To postpone an entire season — a first in our thirty-three year history — is disheartening to say the least,” says Brenda O’Brien, Peterborough Musicfest board chair.

“That said, we know it is the right thing to do. These are unprecedented times that require concrete action to save lives. Our community, performers, staff members, contractors, and volunteers deserve no less. Thank you to all — our friends, fans and family — who have waited so patiently while we considered this difficult decision.”

PMF contributes more than $5 million to our region in direct investment and ancillary benefits (full hotels, bars and restaurants etc.). We know the festival’s postponement will be very difficult for many workers, businesses, attractions and performers to shoulder. Our promise to the community that has nurtured this festival at every step on its journey toward becoming the biggest live music festival of its kind in Canada is to firmly fix our sights on recovery.

We hope to have more information about new initiatives in the coming months, and we very much look forward to seeing you all in Del Crary Park in 2021 where we will once again join together to celebrate our spirited community with the life-giving force that is music.

In the meantime, please take care of yourselves and let us collectively offer our profound thanks to the heroes keeping us safe and well, and to the creators keeping us engaged and connected.


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