A Message to the Community Concerning Covid-19
It is with very heavy hearts that we’re sharing with you – our festival family – that due to public health concerns related to the current Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 Live from the Rock Folk Festival has been cancelled. We know how much the festival means to the entire Live from the Rock community and although choosing to cancel for the first time in our history was not an easy call to make, we know wholeheartedly that it was the right call to make.
Like organizations in the province, across the country and around the world, the Live from the Rock Blues & Folk Society Board of Directors and festival organizers have been following the current situation as it unfolds in front of us. On the advice of public health officials and the direction of the province of Ontario, we have come to the conclusion that the health, safety and wellbeing of members of our beautiful community and festival family are so much more important than any single event could ever be.
While we know that for many of you the festival is so much more than just an event, we can only send our love and thoughts to all those impacted by the pandemic and to those who may have been looking forward to a light in all this uncertainty. With what seems like an endless stream of closures, cancellations and blows to the artistic community, we want to remind everyone that through times of challenge or times of hardship, we continue to have our music – the songs and stories that bring us closer together and lift each other up.
It is our hope that we can all be together again in Red Rock during the second weekend of August 2021, feeling the grass under our feet and soaking up the sun while we’re wrapped up in the arms of music and the special friends we look forward to sharing it with every year.
To you – our community of amazing volunteers, attendees, sponsors and supporters – we thank you. Thank you for your understanding and continued support. We love you and it is our sincere hope that we will be able to see you next year with so much to be thankful for that we can celebrate together.
The Folks at Live from the Rock
The Live from the Rock Folk Festival is an annual music and arts festival located on the beautiful shore of Lake Superior in Red Rock, Ontario. Since the Live from the Rock Blues & Folk Society held the first festival in August of 2002, Live from the Rock has become an annual tradition for over 2,000 music lovers on the north shore of Superior. This grassroots festival is run almost 100 per cent by volunteers and without the support of over 200 dedicated volunteers and the Township of Red Rock, the Live from the Rock Folk Festival could not exist.
The festival offers world class music on four daytime workshop-style stages, as well as an evening festival concert stage. Daytime Workshops are a magical experience! Multiple musicians/bands grace the stage at the same time and each take turns playing songs according to the workshop theme. The musicians often join in on each others songs, which makes music that is unique and original and often never heard again. They feed off each other's stories and songs and you as an audience member often get the chance to sing along or sit back and watch the magic unfold. Most musicians/bands get a chance to play several of their own songs during each workshop. The first notes can be heard floating across the lake starting at noon on Friday morning and they don't stop until the Festival Stage closes the weekend on Sunday evening.
We are proudly sponsored by a variety of organizations and businesses. Please see our
Sponsorship section to see the sponsors who make this festival possible.