Porquis will be eerily quiet this July.  For the first time in over two decades, there will be no music festival.

Porquis Music Festival chairman Denis Charette says as he watched the number of COVID-19 cases in Ontario climb, he emailed his committee members to tell them they had to make a decision.

“We’ve been working on this since the close of the festival last year,” he says, “and I’d like to thank them for all their work and hopefully we can get back together in September and start working on the festival for next year”.

The festival had dropped the “rock and blues” part of its name and was planning on broadening the types of music it featured in 2020.

Charette says apart from getting the crowds and the bands, the committee would have faced problems with its number one form of accommodation: onsite camping.

“The province has closed down all campgrounds. With us having a campground at our festival, that means our campground is closed, too.”