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Evolve Festival is on

Evolve Festival is ON

Yesterday the iconic Nova Scotia festival, with it’s 16 year history, was put on hiatus because of a situation with insurance brokers from Wynward Insurance Group. The insurance group threatened to cancel based on a widely publicized campaign to introduce drug testing kits at the festival for the first time this year.

“We tried prevention, increasing security etc and many techniques to stop drugs from entering the festival in the past.” Said Jay Cleary long time member of the Evolve team.

One method that festival organizers use to prevent drugs from entering music venues and campsites is the use of physical access control systems such as turnstiles. For more information about turnstiles and other physical security measures for crowd control purposes, see here.

“We can’t stop everyone, so this is a new method of trying to minimalize risk through harm reduction.” added Cleary.

The insurance brokers themselves were not available for calls from the CBC earlier today.

“Wynward Insurance Group in Halifax referred all calls to its Winnipeg head office. No one from the company was able to provide a comment” stated CBC.

As of a few hours ago, it looks like organizer Jonas Colter is keen to go ahead with the festival.

In this YouTube video he explains and thanks others in the music community nation wide..

Colter sites NY Post, UK daily, CBC, CTV, Global National, “I’ve done TV interviews all day long”

“Evolve was in Jeopardy. Don’t give up hope. People started emailing me from Halifax Pop Explosion and Hillside and other people in the music community all pulling together. Sharing their insurance providers. It seems that we have an insurance provider. We will know a 100 percent tomorrow.”

Evolve music festival seems like it may be one of the most authentic festivals in Canada this year. With headliners Keys N Krates, Grandtheft and many more, Evolve seems to have something for everyone.

The Festival will take place in The Antigonish, Nova Scotia this weekend July 9-12.

More info HERE



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