TORONTO — A classic rock festival presented by first-time promoters MF Live Inc has been canceled a little more than a week out. Roxodus Music Festival, set to include Nickelback, Lynryd Skynyrd, Kid Rock, Aerosmith and Alice Cooper, among others, July 11–14 at Edenvale Airport, 90 minutes outside Toronto, was canceled due to bad weather over the spring.
The festival announced on Facebook that "during the past couple of months" their venue in Clearview Township "battled tremendous rainy weather" that impacted their ability to put on the event.
"It is with a heavy heart that we announce the cancellation of Roxodus Music Festival this year," said Fab Loranger, principal at MF Live Inc, in a press release. "Our team has worked tirelessly to find a solution in which the show can go on but unfortunately we could not make it happen this year. Our dream of producing a 'once in a lifetime experience' has been put on hold as we take the time to nurture our venue. We sincerely thank all of our artists, sponsors, partners, and neighbours who have supported us from the very beginning. The embrace from our community has meant the world to us and we hope to one day see our dream come to life."
Information about ticket refunds will be released shortly.
Billboard was scheduled to interview Loranger on June 24, after his partner Mike Dunphy was no longer available, but he was called away to final meetings on-site.
All appeared to be going well for the music festival announced late November by radio personality Alan Cross, who called himself the "Minister of Information/Chief Media Mouthpiece" for Roxodus.
Clearview Township approved all the necessary permits on June 19, signaling everything was in order. Dunphy — who has helped stage the Wasaga Beach Motorcycle Rally that reportedly drew upwards of 75,000 people — told CTV they submitted a 250-page document.
Then on July 2, CTV Barrie wrote "rumours hint that things may not be smooth sailing" and that the news organization "spoke with an official with Burl's Creek Event Grounds [about moving the event there] who said, 'There have been discussions with the organizers of Roxodus, but further details cannot be provided at this time.'"
Billboard has been told that the higher profile Roxodus acts were paid upfront and that there were no last-minute cancellations — like there had been with Rock The Roses' Hair In The Fair in Welland, Ontario, which saw Vince Neil, Sebastian Bach, Moxy and Trailer Park Boys pulling out reportedly due to lack of payment.
The original press release described Roxodus as "committed to providing a unique, next-level festival experience and delivering a stellar roster of acclaimed artists – the highly anticipated festival is promising to be a must-attend event for the summer [and] is committed to catering to all ranges of audience needs – through single-day admission, a selection of weekend-long camping packages, VIP experiences and Platinum VIP options that include private car service, chartered helicopters and float planes as potential means of transportation."
UPDATE: Burl's Creek issued a statement to Billboard, saying, "Despite last-minute attempts with MF Live to arrange the show at Burl's Creek, we can confirm that Roxodus will not take place at our property."