Riot Fest Might Not Happen This Year

Co-founders of the festival can't confirm if the Toronto edition will happen this year.

It is uncertain whether Riot Fest Toronto will happen this year following a merger between the festival’s local co-promoter and Live Nation Canada.

For four years Union Events and the Chicago-based founders of Riot Fest have co-represented the Toronto edition of the rock/punk/hiphop music festival.

A spokesperson for Live Nation Canada has recently announced that the festival deal with Union Events excludes Riot Fest (NOW) but includes Calgary’s X-Fest and Chasing Summer, as well Edmonton’s Sonic Boom.

According to NOW, the founders of Riot Fest could not confirm whether or not Riot Fest will happen in Toronto this year, while the Denver and Chicago festival editions have already been announced.

Riot Fest Toronto 2015Photo by Christopher Andrew

Posted by Riot Fest on Friday, September 25, 2015

Co-founder Mike Petryshyn said in a statement, “We wish Union Events the best of luck in their new venture…they’ve been great partners and have become our close friends. We are still sorting through the future plans for Riot Fest in Toronto but would like to thank the fans for their support these past four years.”

Riot Fest Toronto greeted 20,000 people per day last year at Downsview Park on September 19 and 20.

Photo by Christopher Andrew via Facebook.