There's been a change of plans when it comes to the Friday headliner at the River & Sky Music/Camping Festival.
Pink Mountaintops was supposed to fill that slot, but the band has cancelled its summer tour, including its performance at River & Sky.
The band has been replaced by the San Francisco indie rock duo, The Dodos, touring partners of Neko Case.
“I was looking forward to seeing Pink Mountaintops - they have a great new album,” said Festival Director Peter Zwarich.
“It is a festival so it is always a win-win situation – we are really excited to present The Dodos. This is a band that has been on Mark Browning’s (our Music Director) wish list for some time.”
Weekend passes for the June 18-20 festival — which takes place in the community of Field — sold out in June, despite organizers making 50 per cent more passes available this year.
They were bought by fans from as far away as Winnipeg, Edmonton, Montreal, the United States, and the Netherlands.
However, a limited number of advance day passes are still available ($45 for Friday; $70 for Saturday; and $30 for Sunday).
The festival is also still looking for volunteers — your energy in exchange for a chance to take in the festival all weekend.
River & Sky has expanded the number of workshops and activities for all ages, including: gentle and acro yoga with Liz O’Hara; a flash mob dance class with Global Groove; sun and star parties with the North Bay Astronomy Club; bug hunts with Junction Creek; a camping cooking workshop with the Northern Vegetarian Society; puppet making with Kimberley Howe; an interactive video game created by Brendan Lehman and Holly Robins and made possible by the Near North Mobile Media Lab; paddling with Laurentian University's Outdoor Adventure Leadership Program; and you can even learning to spin some fleece – no fooling.
Also new this year, is the festival’s inaugural R&S Campout Series - Song Development from Pen & Paper to Stage & Mic, set for the Wednesday and Thursday leading up to the festival.
At this workshop, regional musicians will have access to mentoring performers Bry Webb, Daniel Romano and Simone Schmidt to focus on various aspects of songwriting and delivery. This pilot project was made possible by a donation from A&M Remediation.
“I like the organic, personal, close-knit approach, with the workshop fostering development of local arts and culture,” said Paul Thususka, president of A&M Remediation.
To purchase tickets, visit www.riverandsky.ca. Those interested in volunteering are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org.