Island Festival Goers Braved the Heat

Island Festival Goers Braved the Heat

It was smokin’ hot for the 2nd annual Go North Music Festival on St. Joseph Island Saturday, but the resourceful organizers came up with a plan to help cool everyone down.

Super soaker was a huge hit.
Super soaker was a huge hit.

“Don’t throw anything out, you never know when you’ll need it.” Well, the frame work from the old SJI Triathlon finish line was hauled out of storage and converted into a super soaker for festival goers, when the forecast predicted another weekend of extreme heat.

The 30C temps did help boost beverage sales at this year’s event, as people tried to stay hydrated. Overall ticket sales and overnight campers were also up from last year.

There were 9 bands who played the festival, starting with local high school students and teachers in CASS FM at 2:30pm and closing the main stage with Elliott Brood at 11pm.

Something new for 2018 was an art reveal for festival goers to participate in. A canvas and coloured markers were on the grounds all day, and people were encouraged to express their love for art and the festival.

Local artist Doug Hook can't resist being part of the art project and signs his name.
Local artist Doug Hook can't resist being part of the art project and signs his name.
Artist David Creed and the big reveal.
Artist David Creed and the big reveal.

Also new was the "midnight ramble" at the campfire stage, which unfortunately had no campfire due to MNRF Fire Restrictions, but was a fun way to finish off the night on a more intimate small stage and let campers wind down and after the Elliott Brood set was over.

CASS FM plays a great set and opens the festival.
CASS FM plays a great set and opens the festival.
Elliott Brood gets the crowd on their feet.
Elliott Brood gets the crowd on their feet.