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2021 FESTIVAL UPDATE
Over the years the Coal Shed Music Festival has faced many challenges, not the least of which has been the Covid 19 virus, cancelling the festival in 2020. Unfortunately, the 2021 festival will need to be postponed once again. The reasons behind this years cancellation are two-fold. Firstly, the pandemic continues to cast its shadow of uncertainty over the possibility of live events and gatherings in general this coming summer. Secondly, Phils wife Janet has recently suffered a stroke and faces a long road to recovery. This will require Phil to be there for her every step of the way.
For fifteen years Phil DeMille has been the face of the Coal Shed Music Festival. Together with his wife Janet, they have grown the festival from a one-weekend local event to a three-weekend multi-stage signature summer showcase of internationally recognized talent. Year after year, the Yarmouth waterfront has been thrilled and entertained by artists from a wide range of music genres. And each and every year the playbill has grown with more and more talented acts – hundreds of musicians. There has been music for children, youth talent shows, kitchen parties, song writing workshops, and hours and hours of fabulous concert performances.
All that talent over all those years and all for free! Year after year, if you found yourself on the Yarmouth waterfront during those festival weekends, you got to enjoy it all for free. If you had the means to contribute, all that was asked of you was a small contribution to the food bank or the school breakfast program. Thats what the Coal Shed Music Festival is really about. Over the years Phil and Janet have raised thousands of dollars for these worthy causes. The decision to cancel this year has not been an easy decision but a necessary one. Lets look to the future and hope for the best. Hopefully, 2022 will see a return to some form of "normal."