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Music in the Park silenced this summer

May 29, 2020   ·   0 Comments

The bandshell at Keogh Park in Tottenham won’t be getting much use this summer.

A popular place to spend a Sunday, the park has been the home of the Sunday Concerts in the Park series for over a decade.

The concerts which take place from June through to August bring a variety of bands and performers from not only the region but from different places around Ontario.

The concerts have always been free and people bring a blanket or a lawn chair to enjoy a summer afternoon and listen to some music.

The series will not take place this summer due to restrictions in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Event organizer Nick Dougherty announced the cancellation early in May after it became apparent that gatherings of people would not be allowed in Town parks.

Mr. Doughtery said the cancellation was “disappointing but understandable.”

The weekly event has in-town sponsors who support the music, however there are many factors in place that have caused the cancellation of the music series.

“No permits, nor funding, no insurance,” is how Mr. Dougherty described the current situation with trying to put together an event at the park.

While access to the park is available for people just walking through, events that bring a large group of people together are not yet allowed.

The concerts normally get underway at 2:00 p.m. with different acts taking the stage every week. Bands perform two sets of music and usually wrap up around 4:00 p.m.

There are a variety of types of music through the summer ranging from country to classic rock.

Many of the performers come back every year to treat Tottenham to some good music.

If you want to hear some good live music this summer, you may have to put your own band together.

There is no word yet on when town facilities will again be open to the public.

By Brian Lockhart


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