Love Problems and Friends rocked out at the last Concerts in the Park performance in August 2018 at Memorial Park. Nine free and varied musical performances were held every Friday in July and August. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)

A summer like no other: Concerts in the Park cancelled

Hope and area’s weekly concert series will not go ahead this summer

It will be a summer like no other in Hope and area, with big and small events deciding to pull the plug during the coronavirus pandemic.

Following on an earlier announcement about the cancellation of Brigade Days, Concerts In The Park announced they are cancelling for the summer.

The concert series is usually held one evening a week throughout July and August at Hope’s Memorial Park – in past years the concerts have attracted local musicians and some from as far off as Australia and Sweden. Organizers announced Monday, May 11 that they were greatly disappointed to have to cancel this year.

“We know it’s probably one of the safest large gatherings out there, and believe me, we were hopeful there would be a safe way to hold the concerts,” organizers stated on their Facebook page. Despite plenty of spacious outdoor seating, organizers decided to cancel for a number of reasons. Few bands are touring this summer, they stated, and some sponsors of the summer music events are not in a position to financially support them. Concerts would also have to be kept under 50 as per provincial public health orders.

While the cancellation is going ahead, organizers say they are keeping their options open if the situation changes and they are able to do a one-off event closer to the end of summer. “If we don’t see you then, we look forward to seeing you at WinterFest 2020 or Concerts In The Park 2021,” they added.

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