Windy weather delays Jazz Festival festivities
Another day of extreme weather in Saskatoon has put the Jazz Festival on hold after the free stage events were cancelled Tuesday and Wednesday.
Jazz Fest representative Rob Maguire said the decision to cancel the events was made to protect concert goers.
"We have been particularly attentive of it particularly in the past couple of years when there has been high-profile stage collapses in Canada ... We plan for the worst and than hope for the best," he said.
The strong winds will force Jazz Fest crews to spend a little extra time looking over stages but Maguire said they're prepared for the worst.
"When we build our stages, we build them to withstand high winds and storm. Being in the Prairies we always take that into consideration," he said.
Most of the musicians affected by the cancellations were local but Maguire said some were from out of town.
"There have indeed been touring acts ... the upside is that most of these bands coming in that probably wouldn't have been their only show," he said.
But even with blackouts taking down entire sections of the city, Maguire said as long as the wind dies down the show will go on.
"We are quite lucky ... our venues are run off of generators. So long as the weather is not stormy a blackout will not prevent the show from taking place," he said.
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