For the second year in a row, the North Country Fair has been cancelled. However, the organizers have pivoted to camping and small events.
“We opened our festival grounds as a campground,” says North Country Fair artistic director Laurie Iverson. Iverson is still working on “planning during ‘unplannable’ times,” but hopes that the North Country Campground can provide “smaller doses (of music and art) through the summer, obviously COVID restrictions pending.”
One of these events is a ‘songfest’ on Saturday, July 3, from 2 to 9 p.m.
The full title of the event is “Going up to the country! – a Canada Day Long Weekend songfest at North Country Campground.”
Performers are Scott Cook and the Indoorables, Joe Nolan and the Dogs, Swear by the Moon, Picture the Ocean, Kimberley MacGregor, Bramwell Park, Elliot Thomas, and more to be announced later.
These are mostly local to Alberta, says Iverson. Over 43 years of holding music festivals, North Country has built up “a large community of artists who are willing to come out,” even with the knowledge that the event may have to be cancelled because of changes in COVID-19 restrictions.
This was added to the website on June 7. By 3 p.m., eight of the 129 tickets were sold.
The songfest costs $25, which will be refunded if COVID restrictions change and stop the event. Camping costs are not included.
This is much smaller than the North Country Fair, which is the main source of income for the LSLNCCA (Lesser Slave Lake North Country Community Association).
LSLNCCA became a nonprofit in 1980. After years of renting other festival grounds, it bought land near Driftpile First Nation in 2002. The campground is on the Driftpile River.
Another upcoming event is – Rocking Saturday Night – on June 26.
Saturday yoga has been planned.
Other ideas include an adult music camp, and possibly a youth one.
New events will be added to www.northcountrycampground.ca as they are planned.